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History: Finding Primary Sources

Find Primary Sources in the FCC Library

Try a search in our Library Catalog using one of these keywords:


Library Databases with Primary Sources

Local Libraries and Archives with Primary Sources

Find primary sources related to Frederick County and Maryland in the archives and special collections of Frederick County Libraries. 

What is a Primary Source?

In the discipline of History, Primary Sources . . .

  • are "first-hand" accounts of an event or time period.
  • are normally written during or shortly after the event or time period.
  • can be published or unpublished writings, audio recordings, video recordings, or photographs from individuals, organizations, companies, or government agencies.
  • include diaries, letters, speeches, oral histories, news accounts (print, film, and audio), autobiographies, government or organizational records, artifacts, maps, advertisements, and photographs.
  • can be found in libraries (often called "special collections"), historical societies, archives, as well as online.


Recommended Websites for Primary Sources

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