Primary sources are valuable to the historian because they provide a record that was created at the time being studied. Any source that was created at the time of an historical event is a primary source. Primary sources may be anything from cave paintings to YouTube videos. This page will offer the student a vast supply of primary source material to use in their research.
World History Primary Sources
The Epic of Gilgamesh: History's earliest known written story.
The Hammurabi Code: One of history's earliest written codes of law.
The Tanakh: The Hebrew Bible. One of the world's oldest scriptures
Harkhuf's Expeditions to Nubia
US History Primary SourcesHenry Clay's Compromise Speech 1850: The Nature of the Government and its Operations
John C. Calhoun: Slavery, A Positive Good
John C. Calhoun: A Response to Henry Clay's Compromise of 1850
Daniel Webster: Seventh of March Speech
Daniel Webster: Famous Speeches
John Brown: Speech to the Court of Virginia
The Trial of John Brown:
Henry George: The Crime of Poverty Speech
The Speeches of Theodore Roosevelt