Primary Source History Services can help you or your organization with historical research, analysis, and writing, as well as historical interpretation, exhibits, and presentation.

We have deep expertise in digital history — the development of historical materials for the web.

We also seek to influence public discourse through history-oriented articles and op-ed pieces in newspapers and other popular publications.

When conducting research for outside clients, we work on a per-contract, per-day, or per-hour basis. Contact us for pricing details.

The company is owned and operated by Anne Mitchell Whisnant and David E. Whisnant.

Anne Mitchell Whisnant earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Super-Scenic Motorway, her history of the National Park Service’s Blue Ridge Parkway, appeared in the fall of 2006 from the University of North Carolina Press. It was followed in 2011 by Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway, an online repository of Parkway historical materials co-developed with the UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries. Anne has also published widely in both scholarly journals and the popular press, and she co-managed several National Park Service historical projects. Read more about Anne’s work here.

David E. Whisnant earned his Ph.D. from Duke University and spent thirty years doing teaching and research at the University of Illinois, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of four books and scores of articles and reviews on traditional and vernacular culture, the politics of culture, and cultural policy in the American South, the Appalachian region, and Latin America. He has also been a consultant to many public sector folklore projects including the Smithsonian’s National Folk Festival. His current project (2014ff) is a blog on the history of Asheville, NC (visit¬†Asheville Junction here). ¬†Read more about David’s work here.