Primary Sources

Historians use primary sources to investigate the past. A primary source gives first-hand information about history. A letter from a Civil War soldier is a primary source. A historic photograph is a primary source that shows what a person or place looked like at that time. A primary source can also be from the time period, like a map of Vermont from 1762. The map shows what some people knew about the land at that time.

You can compare primary sources to discover how Vermont has changed over time. You can look at primary sources and see how people dressed in the past. Follow the links below to explore primary sources about Vermont history.