Using archival records
We have a rich collection of primary source documents (archival records). Primary source documents are important because they give us first-hand evidence of people, places, objects and events. State and local archives, libraries and historical societies also keep archival records.
Primary sources are created at the time of the event or during the lives of the people they describe, and have not been rewritten or reinterpreted by someone else. Here are some examples of primary sources from our online classroom Vrroom:
- personal letters
- government records
- newspaper and magazine articles
- film and sound recordings.
A lot of information available on the internet is secondary source material. Other examples of secondary sources include:
- scholarly articles
To be eligible for the National Archives' Special Category, you must use our records. However, you can also use primary sources held by libraries, historical societies and your own family to support your argument.