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What is a Primary Source?

A primary source is a document or physical objectwhich was written or created during the time under study.
These sources were present during an experience or  time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. 
Examples of primary sources include: Original Documents: diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, newspapers, news film footage, autobiographies, and  official records. Creative Works: poetry, drama, novels,  music, and art. Relics or Artifacts: pottery, clothing, furniture, and buildings

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