Source (n.) one that supplies information, a firsthand document or primary reference work.
Primary sources: firsthand accounts or actual records that have survived the past. For example: oral histories, interviews, photographs, film, video, artifacts, tools, weapons, inventions, uniforms, tombstones, music, fine art, advertisements, journals, letters, diaries, census data, land surveys, maps, blueprints, architectural drawings, etc.
Secondary sources: secondhand sources are accounts of the past created by people interpreting the event some time after it happened. For example: textbooks, historical essays and books, film or television documentaries, and text labels in a museum.
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