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Residential Schools: Primary Sources

About Primary Sources

Primary sources are original sources that first report on research or an idea. In other words, they are documents or records that contain firsthand reports or original data on a topic. Examples of primary sources include:

  • newspapers
  • interviews
  • research reports
  • scholarly journal articles
  • conference proceedings
  • diaries
  • letters
  • memoirs
  • original manuscripts
  • photographs
  • drawings
  • film footage
  • sheet music

Newspaper Sources

Try searching for the phrase Residential School. This term was used historically.

Primary Sources

Photograph

Elizabeth Long Memorial Home, Kitamaat (c. 1911)

Evaluating Sources

Although librarians have carefully compiled these sources, there is no substitute for your own evaluation. Use the following guides to help you.

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