A primary source is a first person account of an event. It can refer to original documents, or physical objects and can include but is not limited to diaries, speeches, letters, newspapers, photographs, artwork and manuscript material.
New York City has many historical societies, museums and libraries where collections are housed relating to the history of New York City. This is a listing of some of these institutions.
"The New Colossus"
(Library of Congress)
The history of New York City is an integral part of the story of America. Consequently, historical sources can be found in collections that are not limited to New York City materials. The list of collections that have been digitized and made publically accessible through the web is continuously growing so the sources listed below are just a sampling of what is actually available.