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LGBTQIAP+ Resources: Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources provide firsthand evidence of historical events.  These include letters, diaries, photographs, speeches,manuscripts, newspapers, interviews, memoirs, government documents, audio recordings, film or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art. Many of these are unpublished, one-of-a-kind items. 

A growing number of Primary Sources are available on the web, thanks to digitization projects by libraries, universities, and other agencies.

Locating Primary Sources

To locate primary resources in the library catalog, perform a Subject or Keyword search on the person, place, event, etc., in combination with one of the following terms:

  • diaries     
  • personal narratives
  • correspondence
  • sources
  • pictorial works
  • maps
  • speeches
  • addresses

Primary Source Databases

Archival Resources Online