Primary sources help history come alive by giving a voice to the past.
A primary source is a document that was created at or during the time period being studied. Using primary sources in your research will help you:
|Primary source example
|A letter from Abigail Adams to political writer, Mercy Otis Warren, written in 1776.
|Secondary source example
|The book First Ladies of the Republic by Jeanne E. Abrams published in 2018.
New to searching archives for primary sources? That's ok! These online archives cover diverse topics from around the world. If you need help finding a primary source about a specific topic, ask a librarian for assistance.