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Primary sources are those sources of information closest to a person, event, or particular time period. They are original sources of information, which have not been edited or analyzed by later scholars. Some examples of primary sources include:
newspaper articles from the time period
and works of art (novels, poems, paintings, etc.)
To find primary sources at Grafton, try combining your subject keyword with types of primary sources, like "letters", "autobiograph*," or "personal narratives."
History Microform Collection
Grafton's Microform Collection is located in the Periodicals Room on the first floor. Please ask a librarian if you need help finding the microform and using the machines.
Harper's WeeklyHistoric newspaper, including illustrations, advertisements, and news stories. Holdings: 1857 - 1877
Chronicling AmericaThis site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. The data is open and can be used outside of the platform.
This FBI website includes primary source documents from the FBI files and includes a category for the Civil Rights.
North American Slave NarrativesThis digital archive collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries.
Library of Congress Digital CollectionsAccess online collections: view maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings & watch historic films.
Virginia MemoryDigital collection provided by the Library of Virginia including photographs, Virginia newspapers, maps, and public records.
Links to primary sources in African American history. From the University of Washington.
Teaching ToleranceThis collection includes more than 100 primary sources selected to support robust teaching and learning about the Key Concepts and Summary Objectives found in A Framework for Teaching American Slavery. The texts are also mapped to the four domains of the Social Justice Standards. Each includes a set of text-dependent questions.
American History in VideoThe largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and the presentation of historical events over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.