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Primary sources are original records or firsthand accounts. Designation as a primary source may depend on context, focus and perspective, and time of study. Typically, a primary source is from the same time period as the subject studied. If sources provide interpretation or analysis, they may be secondary sources. Context is important for distinguishing between a primary or secondary source.
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America County Histories to 1900 (New York), Civil War, African-American Newspapers, more
The Avalon Project
Documents in law, history, and diplomacy
Legal documents and more
UAlbany Libraries Special Collections
Libraries and archives house special collections (books, documents, artifacts) related to specific topics. Search for these collections in colleges, universities, and historical repositories such as historical societies.
Library of Congress
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Documents, photos, and records
Period newspapers or magazines like Life [magazine]
Find by using databases, particularly Academic Search. Other examples are Harper's Weekly and Look.
Links to primary sources
Look for firsthand accounts, reports from government and agencies, and other documents that publish original material, including newspapers from the period.
Constitution of the United States