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HIST 23 Contemporary Chicano Movements

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