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HIS 270-02 and HIS 270-03 (Professor James)

Resources for students in HIS 270 in Fall 2022

Why Use Primary Sources?

WW1 soldier diary

Primary sources:

  • provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence of a topic
  • are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events and conditions being documented
  • are often created during the time of the event, but some are created after the fact, such as oral histories or autobiographies


Image from of page six and seven of Diary of Joseph Cecil Thompson in April 1915, taken by Ellen Thompson.

Find Primary Sources in Magazine and Newspaper Archive Databases