A poster providing the definition and some examples of primary sources.
Primary sources are original materials that are created at a specific time in history. They have not been changed or altered and provide direct or firsthand evidence about an event, person or object.
- Artifacts: Coins, plant specimens, fossils, furniture, tools, clothing, objects from the period being studied.
- Audio recordings: Radio programs
- Interviews: Oral histories, telephone, email.
- Newspaper articles
- Original documents: Birth certificates, wills, marriage certificates, trial transcripts.
- Records of organizations or government agencies: Annual reports, treaties, constitutions, government documents.
- Survey research: Market surveys, public opinion polls.
- Audio recordings: Video programs.
- Works of art, literature and music: Paintings, sculptures, musical scores, buildings, novels, poems.
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