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INQ 271: Black Spaces in America: Primary Sources

Primary vs. Secondary Resources

A primary source is a document or physical object written/created during the moment in time you are interested in researching. A primary source provides information directly from the source (a book written by Adolf Hitler). A secondary source provides information indirectly (a historian's recounting of research done on Hitler).

American University has helpful guide explaining the differences between primary and secondary sources here.

Databases and Websites for Primary Sources

Primary Source Books

Using the Discover Fintel search, try the keywords African-American and 19th century. You can also add other keywords to find primary sources. Some suggestions: letters, personal narratives, correspondence, documents, diaries, interviews.