Primary sources are original sources, in which its witnesses or first recorders describe a time, person or event. They are the subject interpretation of a witness to an event and serve as the materials historians use to analyze the past. Primary sources can either be the original document or published at a later date in electronic, microfilm and printed collections.
Some types of primary sources include:
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Located in Toronto, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives aspires to be a significant resource and catalyst for those who strive for a future world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are accepted, valued, and celebrated.
Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria
The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is committed to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of transgender and gender nonconforming people. The records of research related to trans and gender nonconforming people go back over 100 years, while records of activism by trans and gender nonconforming people span over 50 years and come from 18 countries across five continents. At over 320 linear feet / 98 linear meters, the collections comprise the largest trans archives in the world.
Two-Spirit Archives at the University of Winnipeg
Consists of newsletters, journals, magazines, reports, newspaper clippings, correspondence, poetry, photographs, posters, art, textiles, books, videocassettes, and other ephemera that document the Indigenous Two-Spirit movement in Manitoba and throughout North America. It is believed to be the most comprehensive collection of material on Two-Spirit people in Canada. Through the stewardship of these records, the University of Winnipeg Archives hopes to centre Two-Spirit people in our history and assist Indigenous people in the ongoing decolonization process by proudly reclaiming this element of their history, culture, and spirituality.
Women Working, 1800-1930
Women Working, 1800–1930 is a digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, workplace regulations, home life, costs of living, commerce, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are among the issues documented in this online research collection from Harvard University.