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History and Your Library

Historians rely on primary sources to tell stories. Primary sources are documents that provide original, time-specific accounts of historical events. Primary sources might include items such as letters, diaries, photographs, memoirs, newspaper articles, interviews/oral histories, popular periodicals, and a variety of other materials. Such sources are available at Lied Library. Primary sources have unique strengths and can give historians different perspectives of the past and serve different purposes.

Let's look at how primary sources can offer different perspectives of an event by considering the history of atomic testing.

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