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IDS 461: Seminar in American Studies (Duclos-Orsello): Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research.

By the Instruction & Research Services Committee of the Reference and User Service Association History Section in the American Library Association. 

Local and New England Resources

Art, Architecture & Music Sources

Online Primary Sources for American Studies

Primary Sources for American Studies -- SSU Print Resources

What They Said (Coverage: 1969-1995) Call Number: Ref. D410 .W46 1995

Historic Documents (Coverage 1972-present) Call Number: Ref. E 839.5 .H57

Digitized Book Collections

Historical Newspapers and Periodicals