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HIST032 - U.S. History I: Primary Sources


The ProQuest New York Times (1851-2004) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.

Historical Primary Sources

What are primary sources?

Primary sources are original documents and objects created during a period of time in history or after an event has occurred by someone who participated in that event.  Primary sources can be

Written: letters, diaries, journals, court decisions, literary works and memoirs

Visual: posters, maps, paintings, photographs

Objects: clothing and tools

Oral recordings: interviews and speeches

Below are some great resources for finding primary source documents.