This guide contains primary sources that can be used to do research on African-American history. A primary source is a firsthand account or direct evidence of an event or topic. They are original works created at the time of the historical event, and can be documents, images, or artifacts.
These differ from secondary sources, which are one step removed from the original work. In other words, they are an interpretation or analysis of a historical event or topic based on what was learned from primary or other secondary sources.
One way you can tell these two types of sources apart is whether or not they have a reference or works cited list. Primary sources should not have these since they are the original record of an event! Secondary sources will contain references.
For additional primary source materials see U.S. History: Beginnings to 1877 - HIST201 - Primary Sources, U.S. History: 1877 to present - HIST202 - Primary Sources, World Civilization I - HIST101 - Primary Sources, and World Civilization II - HIST102 - Primary Sources.