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Primary sources

What are Primary Sources?

Created by witnesses or recorders who experience first-hand the events or conditions being documented, primary sources are first-hand testimonies that provide direct evidence from a particular period of history. Primary sources may be everyday items produced whilst an event or phase is occurring, such as photographs, letters, periodicals and manuscripts, but can also include artefacts compiled later, such as memoirs and oral histories.

Primary Source Databases

Public Domain Primary Sources

"Voynich Manuscript". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

European History Primary Sources

Griffith Archive