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Transatlantic Slave Trade @ Pitt : Primary Sources

This LibGuide includes information and resources for the study of the history, politics, economics, and conditions of the Transatlantic Slave Trade that took place across the Atlantic Ocean from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

Primary Sources

What is a primary source?

A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types of primary sources include:

  • ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records 
  • CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art 
  • RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings

Search by keyword for Primary Sources in the Library Catalog:

  • charters   -   correspondence   -   diaries   -   early works   -   interviews   -   manuscripts   -   oratory   -   pamphlets   -    personal narratives   -   sources   -   speeches   -   letters   -   documents

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