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Answered By: Kristen Adams
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2020     Views: 7

Broadly speaking primary sources are items that are directly associated with their producer or user (consumer) and the time period in which they were created. Primary sources can be printed (such as books written in the 18th century or newspapers or a published novel), can be manuscripts (such as diaries), public or official records (such as laws or treaties), architectural drawings or city plans,  paintings or other forms of artwork, images, or objects (such as clothing or an early automobile).

The Primary Sources Guide is a great place to find databases and websites where you can locate primary sources.

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