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History of American Business - HIST 371 Resource Guide: Internet Links

Analysis of American business from the colonial period to the present

Primary Sources

Within the humanities and social sciences, “Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format.” (Yale University)




Resource Guides

Examples of Primary Sources

  • Diaries, memoirs, and autobiographies
  • Personal papers, organizational paper
  • Speeches
  • Interviews, oral history, personal narratives (transcripts or audio)
  • Letters
  • Photographs and recordings
  • Images
  • Newspaper/magazine articles (written at the time studied)
  • Artifacts
  • Government information
  • Maps
  • Manuscripts
  • Presidential papers
  • Legal cases (decisions, transcripts, hearings, treaties)
  • Statistical data, census records, research results

    Digital Collections

    Business History Websites

    Company Website Histories