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National History Day: Breaking Barriers

This resource helps you through the 5 steps of Research for your National History Day Project.

What are Primary Resources?

These resources are firsthand evidence typically authored or created by someone who was a contemporary to the event. They often include but not limited to the following:

  • interviews
  • transcripts
  • diaries
  • letters or personal papers        
  • autobiographies
  • photographs
  • historical or government records
  • statistical data (from the time)


Common Links for National Primary Resources:

Gathering Ideas

These following resources can help with gathering ideas for your NHD project!  You can gather ideas from multiple resources beyond this list, but this gives you a good start! 

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