Primary sources are the "raw stuff" of history, created or experienced during the time period being studied.
Secondary sources analyze and interpret historical events, periods of time, or phenomena, and use primary sources to do so.
The Digital Public Library of America includes over 40 million primary documents, photographs, and other primary sources from archives and libraries across the United States.
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Primary Source Sets of interest:
Hubbard, William, 1621 or 1622-1704. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/ref/collection/nby_eeayer/id/3689>.
The figure of the Indians' fort or palizado in New England and the manner of the destroying it by Captayne Underhill and Captayne Mason / RH. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2001695745/>.
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) contains extensive collections of clothing, objects, crafts, and material culture from many Native American communities.
Pequot basket. Date unknown. The National Museum of the American Indian, https://americanindian.si.edu/collections-search/objects/NMAI_188227?destination=edan_searchtab%3Fpage%3D3%26edan_q%3Dpequot%2520basket. Accessed 24 February 2021.