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What Are Primary Sources?
A primary source comes directly from the concept or people in question. Primary sources give us direct glimpses into how people thought and felt at the time. A few possibilities include:
- Diaries, letters, manuscripts, autobiographies
- Photographs, drawings, and other creative works
- Sound recordings
- News footage and newspaper articles from the period
- Artifacts like clothing and furniture
- Original research reports and lab notes
- Laws, statutes, and court opinions
Why Primary Sources?
Primary sources build key learning skills
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Provide greater understanding of topics being studied
- Allow you to come to your own conclusions
- Develop grounding in history to better question what has been or is being said about a topic/event
Primary Source Collections
- LOC Primary Sources for Texas
- Contains historic artifacts and cultural materials from across the U.S.
- History Study Center
- HINT: Search Texas in the title and use a keyword like: "new deal"
- West Texas Digital Archive
- Over 100,000 unique historical photographs, newspapers, yearbooks, letters, oral histories, periodicals, manuscripts, journals, documents, maps, audio/video files and more pertaining to the history of west Texas.
Texas Reference Center
Articles from periodicals, reference books, and newspapers on Texas history, culture, and life, biographies of important Texans, and more.
Example search thread: New Deal, 1933-1939 AND Texas AND econom*