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- Unpublished sources: personal letters, diaries, family wills, family histories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
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.