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Colonial Latin America - Oakland Campus: Primary sources

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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: 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:

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

 

Primary Sources on the Web

Primary Documents