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Primary Sources

A primary source is an original work by a participant or witness to any particular event or place in time.  Primary sources allow you to view and analyze photographs, news reports, plays, literature, diaries, letters, legal documents and other material from the time of your event. While secondary sources have already interpreted and analyzed the source, looking at primary documents and objects allows you to think for yourself and form your own opinions.

Some of the Primary Source Reference Books/ eBooks in Our Collection

Using original documents from the U.S. Army Military History Institute this book recalls experiences of Americans who fought in the First World War.

In a single source, this comprehensive two-volume work provides the entire history of American Indians, as told by Indians themselves.

The history of the enslavement of African Americans in North America from the start of European colonization through the end of the Civil War.

Arranged chronologically, 1763--2003, each primary source is has an overview, and additional in-depth analytical essays for historical context.

Print/ eBook available. Key documents during the revolutionary era: founding documents, speeches, political tracts and sermons, and letters.

Print/ eBook available. Journals, letters, speeches, government legislation, and court opinions that define the society, politics and culture of this era.

Print/ eBook available. Key documents during the Civil War era, including journals, letters, speeches, government legislation, and court opinions.

Print/ eBook available. Critical analysis of primary source documents including historical context, description of the document, and the author's life.

Print/ eBook available. Sixty primary source documents: historical context, author's life, and circumstances in which the document was written.

Print/ eBook available. In-depth critical analysis of a broad range of historical documents on important authors and subjects in World War I research.

Print/ eBook available. In-depth critical analysis of eighty historical documents on important authors and subjects in World War II research.