Primary sources are materials created at the time of the topic you are researching, or by an eyewitness to the topic/event. Primary sources enable historians to get as close as possible to documentation of what likely actually happened during a historical period or event. For the purposes of History 630, you are working to identify chronicles or annals, that document what an eyewitness experienced during your topic focus.
Primary sources are first-hand accounts of an event or time in history that has yet to be interpreted by another person.
Examples of primary sources include:
US Diplomatic Documents and other Government Documents
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