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Your guide to history resources at Mayfield Library.

What are primary sources?

A primary source occurred at the time of the event by a witness or a participant. 

Examples include the following:

  • diaries
  • letters
  • speeches
  • oral histories
  • government documents
  • newspaper articles from the time of the event
  • photographs
  • music
  • literature of the time period

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