What are Primary Sources?
"Primary sources provide firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic or question under investigation."
- Source: Yale University. http://primarysources.yale.edu/
The definition of a primary sources varies by discipline, and includes historical letters and diaries, government documents, works of art and literature, data from a scientific experiment, findings from an archeological dig, and oral history recordings to name just a few examples. It is content which has not been analyzed or interpreted by scholars or researchers.
See this chart from Yale University for more examples of primary sources by academic discipline.
The databases listed below contain both primary and secondary source materials.
Sometimes called the "Maya Bible," the Popol Vuh -- available in print from Paley Library and online from Mesoweb -- consists of a series of texts that provide a window into the autochthonous literary traditions of ancient Mesoamerica.