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Images & Primary Sources

What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are critical to historians' work.  They are often referred to as "history's first draft."  Generally speaking, primary sources include:

  • Original works of art, such as novels, paintings and photographs
  • Eye-witness accounts of events, as often appear in newpaper articles
  • Diaries, letters and other correspondence (yes, even tweets!)

The categorization of sources as primary, secondary and tertiary sources is a complex endeavor that has a lot to do with one's research purpose, discipline, and place in time relative to the source (historcal context).  If you're interested in learning more, check out this tutorial.  

Where to find Images & Primary Documents

Try these web sites, which offer keyword searchable, high resolution images and other primary documents.  Be sure to follow the protocol for citing images.

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Poster of Cesar Chavez event

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