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Find a primary source

Primary sources are documents that provide first-hand evidence of an event or idea, such as diaries, letters, popular press accounts of events and official documents. Most people think of primary sources as being written at the time an event occurred, while secondary sources interpret the event or idea at a later date. Some sources for primary documents in Perkins Library are the government documents section, newspapers (print and online), and the databases Primary Sources in African-American History and Primary Sources in American Women's History.