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History : Research Primary Sources

What are primary sources?

Primary sources are first-hand sources created at the time of a particular event or period.

Finding archives with sources on your topic:

Primary sources can be found online, reproduced in printed books, or in their original form in archival collections.  To find out which American archives have manuscripts and records on your topic, search ArchiveGrid.  See our ArchiveGrid tutorial.

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Reading Handwritten Sources


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