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WAK HIS 102: History of the United States since 1865: Primary Sources
Professor Thering requires that at least one of your debate sources be a primary source- a first-hand account of a historical event (by a participant or observer) including correspondence, diaries, speeches, memoirs, photographs, organization papers or archives, etc. The resources listed below contain primary source materials on topics covered in HIS 102.
Differentiate Between Primary and Secondary Sources
Primary vs. Secondary Sources - The video above explains the key characteristics, similarities, and differences of primary and secondary sources. This video provides you with the skills to determine if a source is a primary or secondary source. You will need to be able to complete this task for your midterm project, and potentially for future assignments.
In addition to the collections at UWM, you have access to collections available online through the Wisconsin Historical Society website. Find primary sources and historical essays (secondary sources) about the history of Wisconsin.
Tip: For digitized primary sources, look in the box titled "Online Collections" on the center of the page.
DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.