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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Appalachian Studies: Primary Sources

What is a Primary Source?

Essentially, a primary source is a first-hand account created during the time period being studied. These include newspapers, letters, diaries, speeches, interviews, photographs, autobiographies, memoirs, posters, film footage and audio recordings.

By comparison, a secondary source is generally interpretive, analytical or evaluative. These include scholarly books and articles, biographies, and encyclopedia entries.

Primary Sources at UNCA & Available Locally

Primary Source Databases

Primary Sources on the Web