Primary sources are original artifacts or documents. They are usually defined as first hand information that are communicated by witnesses or participants in past events. They also include original creative works such as poetry, fiction, and plays. Primary sources are characterized not by their format but rather by the information they convey and their relationship to your research question.
Examples of primary sources include, but are not limited to:
Archives contain primary sources such as letters, records, and other documents, organized into collections, that can be navigated by finding aids. You may need to first figure out which archive may have collections relevant to your search.