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HS4900: Senior Seminar in History

Determining if a Source is a Primary Source

 Taft's diary page for October 5, 1851.
 Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft 1861-1865
 
A primary source is a document, speech, or other sort of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event. Examples include:
 
Original Documents
Autobiographies, diaries, interviews, letters, news film footage, official records, photographs, raw research data, speeches
 
Creative Works
Art, drama, films, music, novels, poetry
 
Relics or Artifacts
Buildings, clothing, furniture, jewelry, pottery

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