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HIST 675 Seminar in History: American Memory - Museums, Historic Sites, and Monuments: Primary Sources

Course guide containing links to SAA, ALA, AAM, and AHA resources detailing best practices, preservation techniques, and more.

What are Primary Sources?

"Primary sources of information are those that provide first-hand accounts of the events, practices, or conditions you are researching. In general, these are documents that were created by the witnesses or first recorders of these events at about the time they occurred, and include diaries, letters, reports, photographs, creative works, financial records, memos, and newspaper articles (to name just a few types)."   ~U. of Illinois Village Site


Non-Governmental Primary Sources Online

Examples of Primary Sources in Forsyth Library

Old Newspapers: Newspaper Source Plus and Access World News contain a wide selection of domestic and foreign newspapers, many with accessible archives. 

Library of Congress Sources

America's Historical Documents