Answered By: Tina Sixt
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2016     Views: 12

Primary sources are "first hand" accounts or "original" documents, usually created or produced during the time of the event.

Examples include:

  • speeches
  • interviews
  • diaries
  • newspaper accounts
  • letters
  • autobiographies
  • maps
  • photographs
  • sound recordings

View our history research guide to learn where to find primary sources.

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