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ENG 111 - Writing and Inquiry: Primary Source Documents

Examples of Primary Source Documents

  • Speeches
  • Court Documents
  • Original works of literature, art and music
  • First hand newspaper and magazine accounts
  • Slave Narratives
  • Diaries or Memoirs
  • Letters
  • Manuscripts
  • Interviews
  • Official Records
  • Photographs
  • Dissertations
  • Maps

Finding Primary Source Documents for State and Local Topics

For local historical newspapers and other primary source documents, visit the Local History Collection at May Memorial Library located at
May Memorial Library
342 S. Spring Street
Burlington, NC 27215


The Local History Collection at May Memorial is a repository for the ancestor charts of members of the Alamance County Genealogical society and for the Society’s collection of genealogical journals.  As well as works on the history and genealogy of Alamance County and its neighboring counties — Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Orange, Randolph and Rockingham.


What is a Primary Source Document?

A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.

Primary Sources Vs. Secondary Sources

Finding Primary Source Documents through Library Databases

Finding Primary Source Documents Online