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Primary Source Document

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Definitions for primary source, primary source document, and primary document as defined by various dictionaries and historians and a description of their use to write historical works such as history books.

Robert C. Williams - The Historians' Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History, (2007, Armonk, New York, M. E. Sharpe)p. 56.

 "A primary source is a document, image, or artifact that provides evidence about the past.  It is an original document created contemporaneously with the event under discussion.  A direct quote from such a document is classified as a primary source."