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Topic: Black Experience in the Americas — Finding Primary Sources

Primary Sources in History

Primary sources are documents that were created during a particular time in history that described events as they were happening. Letters, memoirs, newspapers, bills and accounting books are some of the many types of sources that historians used to study the past. On this page, check out the different web resources available to find primary sources that document the African Diaspora in the Americas.


Newspaper articles are considered a type of primary source. Check out these newspaper databases:

Archival Resources

Today, the web contains many archival and rare books materials that have been digitized and are freely available online. Below is a list of some of the best site to search for primary sources online.

Archival Projects

Digital Collections (Images)