Cornelius Van Vorst, ca.1620; 
Jersey City Free Public Library; Grover Cleveland Political Cartoon; 
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historical Site Collection Peter Lee, former slave, ca.1880; 
Hoboken Historical Photographs Collection; Farm Map of Hillsboro, Somerset County, 1860; 
Historical Maps of New Jersey Collection; Bathing Beauties, 1890-1930; 
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark Collection; Flag Salute, 1950; 
Seabrook Farms Collection;

Using Primary Sources - Introduction
What is a primary source?
A primary source is a document, speech, or other sort of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study.
Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period. A primary source reflects the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer.
What are examples of primary sources?
  • Original Documents
    Autobiographies, diaries, e-mail, interviews, letters, minutes, news film footage, official records, photographs, raw research data, speeches.
  • Creative Works
    Art, drama, films, music, novels, poetry.
  • Relics or Artifacts
    Buildings, clothing, DNA, furniture, jewelry, pottery.
Information on primary sources adapted from University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno http://knowledgecenter.unr.edu/help/using/primary.aspx
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