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HST 110: Great American Inventors and Inventions (Anderson, Fall 2017): Primary Source Collections

What is a primary source?

Primary sources provide direct or firsthand evidence about an event, person, or object. These sources are contemporary to the events and people described. In the context of historical research, primary sources are sources that were created during the specific time period being studied. 

Some examples of primary sources include: 

  • Newspaper articles
  • Diaries
  • Letters
  • Memoirs and autobiographies
  • Speeches
  • Photographs
  • Novels, poems
  • Government documents

Primary Source Collections

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Sarah Klimek
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U.S. History Librarian
(517) 884-7435
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