“Primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories.”
Examples include: Letters, diaries, oral histories, telegrams, scrapbooks, and photographs
Vote for Me: West Virginia Political Memorabilia
Francis H. Pierpont Civil War Telegrams
Rush Dew Holt Political Cartoons
Preserving Appalachian Voices in the Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline Collection
Archival material from the Ohio County Public Library
Appalachian archival material (not all digital)
West Virginia: State Resource Guide (Library of Congress)
West Virginia material from the Internet Archive (primary and secondary sources)
This downloadable guide developed by Robin Katz will help you find additional primary source material not covered in the links above
Once you've located primary sources related to your topic, it's important to evaluate them. The guide from Robin Katz, as well as the websites noted below, will help you to determine the trustworthiness of the sources and the veracity of the information in the material.
The following worksheets will help you critically think about the archival material you're using:
Along with secondary sources, newspapers are a good resource for providing context and corroborating information in the material you've been using. Where do the materials agree? Where do they disagree?