History - Fort Wayne

Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are materials written by someone who personally experienced or witnessed the event being described. These original documents are not about another document or account, nor are they an interpretation of another source.

Types of Primary Sources

  • Autobiographies, diaries, or memoirs
  • Letters
  • Collections of documents, or original copies
  • Recordings of speeches
  • News articles or film footage
  • Creative works
  • Relics or artifacts
  • Articles reporting NEW research

Find Out More

Our Library Information Guide has a section on Primary and Secondary Sources where you can learn more about identifying each.

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