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Resources for School of Education: Primary Sources

A work-in-progress compiling resources for the field of K-12 education

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are first-hand accounts, original manuscripts, records, or documents produced from the time period at hand. Some examples of types of primary sources include the following:

  • Letters
  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Speeches
  • Interviews
  • Government documents
  • Historical records
  • Personal papers, memoirs
  • Artwork
  • Diaries
  • Newspaper articles from the time period
  • Court cases
  • Original reports on science experiments

These may be available in their original form or they may be reproduced or reprinted in another book.


Can you tell the difference between a primary and a secondary source? Test your knowledge with this brief quiz by --
Are They Primary or Secondary Sources?

Online Databases can also offer various primary sources

Listed below are various K-12 level online databases that include a variety of primary sources.