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Introduction to Primary Source Research: What is a Primary Source?

Examples of Primary Sources

  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Oral Histories
  • Telegrams
  • Emails
  • Notes and memos
  • Scrapbooks
  • Photographs

Primary Source Collections at the WVRHC

The WVRHC holds a variety of primary source materials in our collections. They include:

Archives & Manuscripts


Modern Congressional

and Political Papers

Photographs Oral Histories