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Resources for National History Day: Primary Sources: Original Documents, Artifacts, Images

This guide was designed to assist middle school students discover resources for their history day projects.

What is a Primary Source?

A primary source is a document, photo, sketch, video, sound recording, etc. that was made at the time something happened by someone who was there. 

Finding Images

AP Images


Primary Sources in the UFDC

The UF Digital Collections offer primary source materials including photographs, maps, and original documents. Check them out! (you dont have to be on campus to access these great resources)

Oral History Collections

Florida Digital Newspaper Library

Living in Florida: Its Cities & People

Digital Library of the Caribbean

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Florida

Aerial Photographs

Baldwin Library of Childrens Literature


The UF Rare Books Collection has many books that show early inventions (including printing presses, telescopes, radios, etc.) and books on the history of science.  You will need to come to the rare books room to use them.

History of Science Call Numbers

Guide to Materials in the Jim Liversidge Collection on American Popular Culture

Guide to Materials in the Performing Arts Collections at UF

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