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Primary Sources

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A primary source  is a document that was written or produced during the actual time of the event.  These documents can include:

  • Published sources: autobiographies, speeches, eyewitness accounts, court decisions, transcripts, interviews, advertisements, maps
  • Unpublished sources: personal letters, diaries, family wills, family histories
  • Oral histories or traditions: oral history recordings or interviews
  • Visual documents or artifacts: photographs, paintings, film, coins, clothing, or tombstones

Reference Series

20th Century America    

20th Century America: A Primary Source Collection from the Associated Press

Original stories from the 20th Century, just as they first appeared in breaking AP headlines. 

 

eRESOURCES

All eResources require a 14-digit Northbrook Public Library card number for access. Questions? Call the library at (847) 272-6224.

  • Primary documents of U.S. history-- speeches, letters, memoirs, editorials, etc.

  • Cover-to-cover from 1849-1990.

  • With access to issues from 1960- March 2013, CQ Researcher offers in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy.

  • This archive gives weekly in-depth articles on current, controversial issues.   Pros & cons, background information and much more is included for each issue.

  • Search across this entire collection of more than 400 e-books covering all subject areas.

  • A collection of reference books, all primary sources of historically significant people and events.

  • Combines full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary

  • 125 primary source documents from virtually every geographical region are given the "Milestone Documents" treatmetn in this new four-volume set. Important documents such as the Magna Carta, the Communist Manifesto, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo are included in their entirety, along with an in-depth analysis of the document, a biography of the author, and several helpful teachers' guides.

  • Comprehensive coverage from 1980 to the present.

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