Primary sources are original documents or objects that originate from the time period being studied or were created at the time of a historical event. They provide significant context and value to your research through direct or first-hand experiences. Examples of primary sources include, but are not limited to, speeches, diaries, letters, and photos. Further descriptions of common source types are provided below.
Remember, whether a source is primary or secondary is often determined by how you intend to use it. For an overview of source types, visit Primary & Secondary Sources.