| - Find at least one
primary source that either you or a colleague could use
with students to enrich their studies and add it to your
account (will open in new window).
Memory Project: Perhaps the largest collection of digitized
primary sources materials relating to the history and culture of the United
States claiming over 7 million digitized items!
Memory Project Learning Page - Support materials for educators
on the use of primary sources in the classroom.
4-12 Lesson Plans - This site contains lesson
plans for grades 4 - 12 that include the use of primary
source materials. RECOMMENDED!
Memory Timeline: selected primary sources on a variety of topics in United States
History arranged by chronological
in History - This site posts new primary source content everyday on historical
events that took place on the same date in the past.
Born in Slavery:
Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938: "more
than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white
photographs of former slave"
of Yesteryear - Good introduction to primary source materials
for younger children. Students answer 1 question about each
of 6 photographs of boys and girls from the early 1900's.
University Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library - contains over 7,000
significant advertisements from 1911 to 1955, historic American
sheet music and scanned pages and texts of the writings
of African-American women, etc.
- History through the eyes of those who lived it: Featuring archived
photos, documents, and both verbal and written eyewitness accounts of famous
events in history.
Hoover Presidential Library and Museum: Check out the 'For Students'
and 'For Educators' sections.
Matters: Good resources for both primary source material and student-published work. In the student-published work section, there are numerous examples of interviews students have conducted with their
community members to document historical events in their area.
The History of Jim Crow:
"Explore the complex African-American experience of segregation from the 1870s
through the 1950s".
Hubble Telescope Gallery - Images and photos from the Hubble
Archives and Records Administration Exhibit Hall - This site contains
historical documents for a range of important (and not so important) events in
American history, including the original
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/ - explore 100 milestone documents of
Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture - This extensive site contains primary
source materials that relate to Uncle Tom's Cabin and the impact it had on American culture. Read the original handwritten text, newspaper articles
and much more.
Sources on the Web - How to find, evaluate and cite primary source web
Voices from the
Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories: "interviews
conducted between 1932 - 1975 [capturing] the recollections of twenty-three
identifiable people born between 1823 and the early 1860s and known to have
been former slaves".
Famous Individuals from the Past
Albert Einstein - Online
Alexander Graham Bell - contains
historical materials including his first diagram of the
telephone, letters between Bell and other famous
individuals, and photographs
of his family (part of the American Memory project).
Emma Goldman Papers - Historical background information and primary
sources on Emma Goldman, a radical and feminist of the late 1800's. Lesson
- Eleanor Roosevelt- Read the
American children wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt during the Great
Depression. Lesson plans included.
Galileo's Sunspot Drawings - see Galileo's actual sketches used to
determine the rotational rate of the sun and which were used by the Church
to indict him
Journeys of the Ingalls Family - Excellent companion piece to Laura Ingalls Wilder's popular
House" books (part of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum).
- Jack London
- Includes letters, postcards, telegrams,
photos and of course
samples of his writing. Lesson ideas included.
- Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens
- Thomas Edison