Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories.
Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons.
These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research.
2014 Theme: Civil Rights in America
Photograph of the Civil Rights March on Washington
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Marchers in DC
This photograph shows participants at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, on August 28, 1963. The event brought hundreds of thousands of marchers to the National Mall in Washington, DC, to support civil rights for African Americans.
Welcome to Open Vault, the home of WGBH Media Library and Archives (MLA). We provide online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. Since launching in 2007, the ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.