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What Is a Primary Source?

Types of Primary Sources

A primary source is direct evidence or firsthand testimony of an event or time period. Letters, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, photos and videos, data, and physical objects are all examples of potential primary sources.

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Letters Manuscripts Diaries Newspapers
Speeches Interviews Memoirs Photos
Audio Video Data Objects