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World History: Primary Sources

Last Updated: Mar 4, 2024 10:06 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 world history.

Abend im Café Bauer (Evening at the Café Bauer).

Lesser Ury, Abend im Café Bauer (Evening at the Café Bauer). 1898. German. Oil on canvas. Public domain (Source:


Newspapers & Periodicals

Archival Material & Documents

Focus on America and Europe

Audio & Video