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Women's Studies Resources: Primary Sources

What is a primary source?

The form primary sources take can vary from discipline to discipline. In literature it may be a story or poem.  In the social sciences, it may be the orginial research data from a study.  In history, a primary source document is a first-hand account or first recording of events. The historian uses a number of such primary sources to produce a secondary source.  

  Examples of primary source materials include letters, diaries, memoirs, speeches, contemporaneous newspaper accounts, government documents, statistics, photographs, etc. The items on this guide mainly represent a selection of historical primary sources related to women's studies.  Consult the History Librarian or the Women's Studies Librarian for more information.

Primary Sources