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:
- Government documents
- Historical records
- Personal papers, memoirs
- 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 TeachingHistory.org --
Are They Primary or Secondary Sources?