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What are Primary Documents?

"Primary sources are the raw materials of history - original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience."

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          Examples of Primary Sources

Official/Legal Personal Financial Communications
government records
deeds
wills
inventories
court documents
military records
tax records
census records
letters
diaries
journals
travel logs
invoices
bills
ship records/logs
account books
newspapers
advertisements
broadsides
maps

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