Tutt Library Research Guides
In the study of texts, a primary source is the text itself (the novel, essay, film, play, poem, television program, etc.), rather than critical works about the text.
In creating a biography or historical piece (writing, theatrical performance, film, etc.), the primary source can be direct quotes from the subject (via interview, letter(s), email, etc.), and eyewitness accounts which can be corroborated by another reliable source (i.e., documentary film, audio or video recording from a radio or newscast, etc.)
An engraving of Harriet Tubman from How Did Women Participate in the Underground Railroad? -- available in Women and Social Movements, 1600-2000
Colorado College Special Collections maintains collections of rare books, special editions, manuscripts, and published and archival material on Colorado, Colorado Springs, and Colorado College.
A bibliography from a secondary source is a great way to find primary sources.
This documentary use of film and written/audio accounts demonstrates various kinds of primary and secondary sources
To find primary sources, try using these terms in keyword searches:
Keyword Searchesslavery and speeches
women and diaries
colorado and oral history
Author SearchesLincoln, Abraham