A primary source is a document or record containing firsthand information or original data on an event, object, person, or work of art. Primary sources are usually created by individuals who experienced the event and recorded or wrote about it. Because of this, primary sources usually reflect the viewpoint of the participant or observer.
Examples of primary sources include:
|Original research studies have a hypothesis, methods, results and a discussion/conclusion||Speeches||Oral Histories||Manuscripts||Court Cases||Play or Short story|
|Letters||Memoirs||Pamphlets||Official recordings of a business, including financial ledgers and labor files||Artifacts||Audio or Video recordings|
|Diaries||Photographs||Newspapers written at the time of the event||Maps||Patents||Census Figures|
Determining whether or not something is a primary source depends on the topic you are researching. Primary sources are almost always produced in the time period you are researching.
Primary sources give us a unique insight into the past.
"Do they think of me at home"
A poem in the original Civil War diary of Charles A. Leuschner
May 1864-June 15, 1865
1864 entry from the original Civil War diary of Charles A. Leuschner