Primary sources are first-hand accounts, in a range of formats. Some examples include:
The format will vary from topic to topic. It may be a diary, correspondence, newspaper accounts, a painting, etc. from the period of study, as well as electronic, microfilm, and printed collections of these documents published at a later date.
A historical archive of several million cross-searchable pages of books, serials, supreme court records and briefs, and key manuscript collections from the United States, Great Britain, and France concerning debates of slavery and abolition, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Institution of Slavery, and the Age of Emancipation.
We have access to this database until February 9th.