New York City History

Identifying a Primary Source

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.

Primary Source

Handwritten Note by Emma Lazarus regarding "The New Collosus"

 "The New Colossus"
Emma Lazurus
(Library of Congress)

Digital Primary Sources

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.

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Jessica Wagner Webster
Newman Library, 523