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HU 3900: Inquiry Seminar - Intersectional Feminism - Prof. Kris Boudreau

Primary Sources for History

Primary sources are materials that provide firsthand testimony to a subject under investigation. Researchers often use these firsthand accounts of events or experiences to understand life from the viewpoint of the people they are studying. Primary sources include letters, diaries, photographs, newspaper articles, and pamphlets. Primary sources also include writings and recordings by witnesses who experienced the events or conditions being documented. For example, interviews, oral histories, autobiographies, and memoirs are primary sources. Primary sources also include art such as poems, songs, novels, videos, and paintings that portray experiences relevant to your research topic. 

Primary Sources: Library Databases

Primary Sources: Examples of Helpful Websites

To find primary sources via Google, try adding keywords like journals, papers, letters, documents, primary sources, or documentary history to your search terms. Primary sources can often be found on library, museum, and government websites. 

Primary source collections related to intersectional feminism: 

Broad collections of primary sources: