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Theories of African American Studies

This LibGuide accompanies Dr. Katrinell M. Davis's Fall 2018 Theories of African American Studies (AFA 3101) course, providing various resources to assist throughout the course.

Primary Sources

Primary sources provide firsthand evidence or testimony of a historical topic. They are typically original sources created at or near the time of the event being described. Primary sources are raw data for interpreting the past. Although it is not always the case, many primary sources are unpublished. Manuscripts and archives are examples of original, unpublished primary sources.

Examples of Primary Sources:

  • Memoirs, diaries, letters, interviews, first-person accounts
  • Official publications, government documents, Census, business records
  • Paintings, engravings (i.e. visual representations from the period in question)

FSU Digital Primary Source Collections

Notable Open Access Collections

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