Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied (as in the case of memoirs). They reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period.
See the Finding Historical Primary Sources Library Guide for a comprehensive guide to locating primary sources.
See associated pages on Archives (archival collections at local institutions and beyond), Digital Collections (digital archives on Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies), and Newspapers (information on how to access historical newspapers).
Below are institutions and collections at UC Berkeley and beyond where Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies-related primary source material can be viewed.