What is a Primary Source?
Primary sources are original materials. It is a source of information that was created at the time you are studying. They are original materials on which other research is based. They can be physical, print or electronic formats.
Some examples of primary sources:
- Audio recordings
- Diaries / Journals
- Interviews (oral histories, etc.)
- Newspaper articles written at the time
- Original documents (trial transcripts, etc.)
- Records of organizations
- Proceedings of meetings
- Works of art
Primary Source Databases
A subscription database in the JPC collection.
Digital copies of the original Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Search back issues from 1841-1902.
Resources from the Library of Congress
Index letters, diaries, oral histories, and personal narratives.
An annotated selection of primary sources.
Topical Primary Sources
Lewis and Clark
Documents from American Memory ProjectLouisiana PurchaseThe Dawes Act
Digital Quaker Collection (Good for Slavery topics, Underground Railroad, abolitionist)
Civil War RelatedNative AmericansWounded KneeIndian Removal
American Women's History (various topics)
Additional Information on Primary Sources