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HIS 331: History of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales: Primary Sources



Illuminated Manuscripts & Other Primary Sources

Primary Source Material

Primary sources can be a variety of materials in different mediums.  The key to identifying primary source materials is determining if this source originates or was created during the time under study.  Sources were present during the event or time period and offer a first-hand perspective on the historical event or time period under study.  Examples of primary source documents include:

  • Artifacts
  • Images/Visual Art
  • Maps
  • Music
  • Official Documents
  • Documents written during the time under study
  • Personal Accounts
  • Travel Narratives