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History Subject Guide

What is a Primary Source?

According to the Society of American Archivists, a primary source is any "material that contains firsthand accounts of events and that was created contemporaneous to those events or later recalled by an eyewitness." Use the nested links on the right to explore primary sources by kind or location.