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United States History: Primary Sources

Last Updated: Oct 4, 2018 10:08 AM

What is a primary source?

In the study of history, primary sources are documents, photographs, recordings, and artifacts created by contemporary historical actors or witnesses to historical events. Primary sources necessarily form the foundation of historical research. In the resources below you can find rich and multidimensional collections of primary sources from every era and reflecting every facet of United States history.

Detailed pictorial map of Yellowstone National Park, 1904. David Rumsey Map Collection (source).

Primary Sources: Focus on U.S. History

Maps

Librarian

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Primary Sources: Focus on America and Europe

Images

Audio & Video