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Primary Sources: SS 11 1900-Present

What are Primary Source Documents?

A Primary Source is a document, record, or work created at the time of an event or by a person who directly experienced an event.  A Primary Source contains original data and is from the time period being researched; it has not yet been filtered through interpretation.


  • Artifacts (e.g. coins, plant specimens, fossils, furniture, tools, clothing, all from the time under study)
  • Audio Recordings (e.g. radio programs)
  • Diaries
  • Interviews
  • Letters
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Photographs
  • Speeches
  • Video Recordings
  • Works of art, architecture, literature, and music (e.g., paintings, sculptures, musical scores, buildings, novels, poems).


      University of Maryland Libaries.  (2013).  Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources.  Retrieved from

      University of Victoria Libraries.  (2013).  Primary or Secondary Sources.  Retrieved from

*The above references are in APA format.

Featured Websites

Internet Modern History Sourcebook

CBC Digital Archives - Provides clips from CBC coverage back to the 1930s on topics relating to Canada's peoples, arts & entertainment, conflict & war, politics & economy, life & society, disasters & tragedies, science & technology, and sports.

News Sources


BBC On This Day - 1950 - 2005 - Search by Date or Theme

Archive of American Television - Includes over 800 oral history interviews with the legends of television

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