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Examples of Primary Sources

Photographs

Sleepy Lagoon Defendents.1944.  UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library   Calisphere.

Newspapers

Davies, Lawrence E.  "Seek Basic Causes of Zoot Suit Fray." New York Times: 21. Jun 11 1943. ProQuest. Web. 11 Sep. 2013 .

 

What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence on a subject.  They are created by someone who experienced the period or event first hand.  Examples include:

  • diaries or correspondence
  • autobiographies and oral histories
  • photographs and illustrations
  • newspaper articles (from the time period)
  • manuscripts
  • pamphlets, broadsides, or other ephemera

Source: What are Primary Sources (Yale University)

 

Primary Sources: Databases

 

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Primary sources on California history from the University of California
Primary sources on U.S. history from the Library of Congress
Primary sources on U.S. History from the National Archives
Primary sources on U.S. History from libraries, archives, and museums around the country.  From Digital Public Library of America
 

Subject Headings

Do a subject search using the subject headings below to find primary sources in the Library catalog.

  • sources
  • personal narratives
  • oral history
  • diaries
  • correspondence
  • autobiography
 

Google Books

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