What exactly are primary sources?

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning your topic of interest. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs that are published after the events, or oral histories that are recorded later.  Harvard has wonderful collections of primary sources, both original documents in archives, as well as digital and microfilm collections.   These collections include letters, newspapers, diaries, visual resources and many other formats.

What is your topic?   I would be happy to suggest some primary source collections related to your interests.

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