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History 389S: Family Rights/Human Rights

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Kelley Lawton

What is a Primary Source?

A primary source is a document or some other evidence that was created or written, typically at the time under study, by persons or organizations with first-hand knowledge of the event. Primary sources can be published or unpublished. They can also be creative works like novels, plays, art and films.


  • Letter
  • Diary
  • Photograph
  • Government document
  • Newspaper and magazine articles from a specific time period



Nineteenth Century

Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries