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HIST 300-30: Religion and Deviance in Latin America: Primary Sources for Latin American History

Religion and Deviance in Latin America

Starting with Primary Sources

Primary sources provide first-hand accounts of events during specific time periods, and demonstrate how participants and observers perceived their lives around them. Primary sources for history include:

  • Diaries, journals, speeches, interviews, letters, memos, manuscripts, and other papers in which individuals describe events in which they were participants or observers;
  • Government or organizational records which document conditions in society (including minutes and reports of an organization or agency, records of births, deaths, marriages; permits and licenses issued; census data; etc.);
  • Books, newspapers, magazines, or journal articles written from a particular time period that provide evidence of opinions or ideas from a time or event; 
  • Photographs, paintings, and other kinds of artifacts (physical objects, buildings, furniture, tools, appliances, household items, clothing, toys) that show events or societal trends from the time.

Historical Primary Sources Collected in Books

Other Collections of Primary Sources available Online

Historical Newspapers