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What are primary sources

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony of immediate evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses who experienced the events being documented or recorded. Examples of primary sources are:  letters, diaries, speeches, newspaper articles, autobiographies, oral histories, government and organizational records, statistical data, maps, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, advertisements, and artifacts.

International African Institute

Primary Source Research Databases

Cooperative Africana Microform Project

Posters and Photographs