What are primary sources?
Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories.
What kinds of materials can be primary sources?
Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, photographs, audio recordings, moving
pictures, video recordings, research data, government documents, as well as objects or artifacts such as works of art, ancient roads, buildings, tools, and
How are primary sources used in research?
Primary sources provide the raw material for interpreting the past; and, when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they
provide the resources necessary for historical research.
This video from the University of California at San Diego shows examples of primary and secondary sources surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.