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SPAN 3312 Latin American Culture and Civilization, Dr. Chris Conway

Primary Sources :: Defined

"Primary sources . . . are defined as the direct evidence of a time and place that you are studying – any material (documents, objects, etc.) that was produced by eyewitnesses to or participants in an event or historical moment under investigation. Secondary sources, in contrast, are interpretations – often generated by scholars – that are based upon the examination of multiple primary sources." (from Primary

Types of primary sources

What types of primary sources might have been produced that would be relevant to your topic?

Which persons or organizations might have produced materials?

Possible formats include:

  • Books
  • Photographs and images
  • Magazines & newspapers
  • Advertisements
  • Diaries & journals
  • Movies, videos, DVDs
  • Memoirs and autobiographies
  • Audio recordings
  • Interviews
  • Letters
  • Speeches
  • Research data & statistics
  • Documents produced by organizations
  • Documents produced by government agencies

Find Primary Sources

On the 6th floor of Central Library, Special Collections specializes in historical materials relating to:

  • Texas
  • the U.S. War with Mexico (1846-1848)
  • the cartographic (maps) history of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico
  • Mexico from 1810-1920.

Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO)

(TARO) contains Special Collections' detailed guides. (SEARCH: University of Texas at Arlington Library, Special Collections in the drop-down menu)

Here are some of the maps from Special Collections