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History: United States: Find Primary Sources

A guide to the best U.S. history resources in Geisel Library and online.

What are they?

Primary sources are documents that were either created at the time historical events occurred, or created by the history-makers themselves later in the form of memoirs and oral histories.  They provide a first-person perspective on events and people from the past. Primary sources such as diaries, letters, and government memos offer a window into the thoughts and actions of historical figures.

To learn more, see our guide on Finding and Using Primary Source Documents

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