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African-American Perspectives

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred - or well after events in the case of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include:

  • letters, journals, memoirs and diaries
  • manuscripts, speeches, handbills and interviews
  • photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or videos
  • research data, objects or artifacts

These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past. (Learn more: Guide to Using Primary Sources on the Web).

Books With Primary Sources

Find primary sources in the FLO Catalog for by searching for "African Americans AND sources".  Some great starting points include:

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