Primary Documents were either created during the time period being studied or were created by a participant in the events at a later date, as in the case of memoirs. Primary sources reflect the personal viewpoint of a participant or observer. Primary sources enable a researcher to get as close as possible to what actually took place during a certain time period or an historical event. A primary document might also be the specific text or material being studied, for example a work of fiction of a poem.
Types of Primary Documents: