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HIST 285/LACS 270 Historical Analysis: Health/Healing: Latin America

This guide is designed to help students in Professor Nichols Fall 2022 course with their research

What is a Primary Source?

►What is a Primary Source?              

    An original, first-hand account of an event or time period. They are usually written or made during or close to the event or time period.  A primary source is factual, not interpretive.


    Diaries, journals, and letters

    Newspaper and magazine articles (factual accounts)

    Government records (census, congressional reports, marriage, military)

    Photographs, maps, postcards, posters

    Recorded or transcribed speeches

    Interviews with participants or witnesses to particular event (e.g., The Civil Right Movement)

    Songs, Plays, novels, stories

Selected Primary Sources