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Primary Sources provide first hand testimony or direct evidence to an event in history. They are created by witnesses or recorders at the time the event or condition occurs and can include autobiographies, memoirs and oral histories created later. Primary Sources are characterized by their content not by the format which could be original, microfilm, digital or published.

Using Primary Sources in your classroom or need them for an assignment?

Sample selection of websites:

ALA|Using Primary Sources on the Web   

Primary Sources on the Web

National Archives 

Plimouth Plantation/Just for Teachers 

Plymouth Colony

Colonial Williamsburg

Old Sturbridge Village

Google Images / Search:  Jamestown, VA – Native Americans – Colonial America – Westward Expansion

Jack Daws Publications/Primary Source documents

Samples of resources available in the ERC :


Resources in local communities:

Haverhill – Buttonwoods Museum

Lowell – American Textile History Museum

Saugus Iron Works


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