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What is a Primary Source?
Primary sources are original records created during the time under study. Because they were present during the experience, they offer an inside first-hand view of a particular event unfiltered by interpretation, criticism, or evaluation.
- News film footage
- Official records
- Personal narratives
- Creative works: poetry, drama, novels, music, art
- Case studies
American Library Association Guide for Primary Source Materials
A guide to finding, evaluating, and using primary source materials created by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association (ALA).
The History of the New World : Girolamo Benzoni's Historia del Mondo Nuovo by
Call Number: (RH) E141 .B4213 2017
University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017.
Primary Source Collections
The PALABRA Archive
"Listen to audio recordings of prominent writers from Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, the Caribbean, and other regions with Luso-Hispanic heritage populations reading from their works at the Library of Congress."
SALAM : Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials
This site includes links to numerous academic libraries' collections of primary source materials for Latin American studies.
Primary source materials from more than 1,000 institutions. Includes personal and family histories, historical documents, and beyond.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
Provided by the Library of Congress, NUCMC is a searchable catalog of manuscript collections in WorldCat.
LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center
This directory includes links for Latin American historical resources, some broken down by country. No longer actively maintained, but a great jumping off point for research.
The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
Collection of nearly 1,300 images of slavery in the Americas. A project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.
Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano / Digital Library of Ibero-American Heritage
Digital collections of maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, images, and more, all relating to Ibero-American history.
Princeton Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera
Collection comprised primarily of materials from the early 1900s to today.
dLOC: Digital Library of the Caribbean
More than 2.5 million pages of historical Caribbean materials.
Abstracts for hundreds of journals covering the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding U.S. and Canada).
Born in Blood and Fire : A Concise History of Latin America by
Call Number: (RH) F1410 .C4397 2016
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2016.
Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora by
Call Number: (RH) PQ7081.5 .W68 2012
Houston, Tex. : Arte Público Press, 2012.
Forbidden Passages : Muslims and Moriscos in Colonial Spanish America by
Call Number: (RH) BP68.A1 C66 2016
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.
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