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What are primary sources?
Put very simply, a primary source provides first-hand testimony or direct evidence of an event. Classic examples of primary sources include diaries, photographs, interviews, oral histories, newspaper articles, and--by some stretches-- autobiographies and memoirs.
Where to go for primary sources:
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
The Library of Congress has digitized about half of there collection-- an enormous number-- and has made it available for online viewing and searching. Note that certain photos are available only in person, or are limited to very small sizes.
Remember to use your Boolean operators in the search box.
El paso herald-Post: Chicano Movement
Available for viewing in the Special Collections Department of the Library, located on the 6th floor.
An open archive of digitized photographs from California's history. Select a date and issue to browse by, or do a keyword search.
Use this tool to browse through or search through the now-defunct El Paso Herald-Post, as well as archived issues of The Prospector. Try narrowing the dates to the 1960s and use some keyword terms like "protest" or "MEChA".
Declassified Documents Reference System
Search through documents now declassified by the United States government (these are primary sources, too.)
Go to the advanced search, limit your search to the 1960s, just like we did together in class, and enter your search terms in the boxes. I tried "protest" and "Vietnam" and found quite a few records.
Search "protest", then narrow the results by the date, using the bar on the upper right-hand corner of the screen; also narrow by geography (select "United States") by using the options on the left side of the screen.
These search terms will lead you to photographs.
JSTOR Explains the Difference between Primary and Secondary Sources