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:
First Hand Accounts & Memoirs
Firsthand accounts and memoirs of the Civil War are valuable primary sources. To find them at the VC/UHV Library, you have to use library terminology. In the library catalog, you will find these resources using the term personal narratives.
There are different ways to search the library catalog for personal narratives of the Civil War. We have print and electronic books available for use. The different ways along with suggested search terms are listed below.
- Civil War Personal Narratives
- Civil War 1861 Personal Narratives
Subject Browse / Subject Alphabetical
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
The Victoria Regional History Center has manuscript collections relating to the Civil War.