Primary sources are artifacts or documents created during the period of time under study.They provide an original source of information about your topic. Primary sources can include photographs, art, newspapers, diaries, interviews, letters, novels, speeches, government documents, and music.
Image source: Smith Tower (Gaggin and Gaggin, 1914), under construction, Seattle, ca. 1913 Postcard in public domain.
Archives house collections of primary documents used for historical research.
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