Primary Sources

What is a Primary Source?
Primary sources provide firsthand evidence of historical events. They are generally unpublished materials such as letters, diaries, photographs, literary manuscripts, artifacts, audio and video recordings, oral histories, postcards, and posters. Primary sources are frequently called manuscripts or archives, and are often found in archives and manuscripts collections in libraries and archival repositories. Note: In some instances, published materials can also be viewed as primary sources for the period in which they were written. Newspapers are the most commonly used example of a published source that is also primary.
MSU Libraries Primary Source (Archives and Manuscripts) Links:

Finding Manuscripts and Archival Materials (Pathfinder)

Selected Primary Source Repositories in Mississippi

Delta State University Archives
Jackson State University Archives / Margaret Walker Alexander Research Center
Contact information: (601) 968-2123; 601) 968-2055
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
University of Southern Mississippi Archives
Mississippi Digital Library
University of Mississippi Archives

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