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Primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories. -- RUSA, a Division of ALA
documents produced by government agencies
audio or video recordings
objects or artifacts (such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons)
Some primary sources may be created after an event by people who experienced the event. Some examples: