August 27, 2014

State Spotlight: Nevada

The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), 23 May 1905

Nevada stories from America’s Library Nevada primary source set Nevada maps Nevada images Nevada sheet music Nevada songs & oral histories Nevada films and webcasts Nevada books & other texts Correspondence related to Nevada Nevada: U.S. legislation Nevada Guide to Law Online More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Republics of the Soviet Union

Republics of the Soviet Union

How many Soviet republics are shown on this map? Which three were not recognized by the U.S. government? Use the Library's online zoom feature to compare and contrast this 1991 U.S. CIA map of the Soviet Republics to a 2009 U.S. CIA map of Russian administrative divisions. (You could also save larger, higher resolution images of each map: Soviet Republics | Russian administrative divisions.) What major differences do you notice? How are republics referred to in Russia today? Provide a … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Russia & the former Soviet Union

Russia--administrative divisions

These primary source collections relate to Russia as well as the former Soviet Union. Russia primary source set World Digital Library Soviet Union primary source set World Digital Library Meeting of Frontiers, Russia & America in Alaska bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library Prokudin-Gorskii Collection color photos from the Russian empire 1905-1915 Revelations from the Russian Archives online exhibition Russian Photographs, 1992-2002: Reflections online … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Sensory Exploration

Society Circus

The sensory exploration graphic organizer is a great way to introduce students, especially younger ones, to primary source analysis. It also helps with vocabulary development. Encourage students to write to fill in each column for each sense. After, you may have students create a poem of their choice using the words they brainstormed; they may choose to write the poem from the point of view of someone outside the image or from a person, animal, or thing inside the image. If students drew images, … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Iowa

Galbraith's railway mail service maps, Iowa

Iowa stories from America’s Library Iowa primary source set Iowa maps Iowa images Iowa sheet music Iowa songs & oral histories Iowa books & other texts Iowa historical newspapers Iowa broadsides & printed ephemera Lao Natasinh Dance Troupe of Iowa webcast Writers from Iowa's International Writer's Program Read From Their Work Iowa: U.S. legislation Iowa Guide to Law Online More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Circus radio broadcast

Circus broadcasted by radio for first time

Imagine you are the elephant. What is your "song" about? Create speech or thought bubbles for the two men and the elephant in this picture. How could we broadcast the elephant's "song" today? What kind of equipment would we use? How is that similar to and different from the equipment used in this image? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison biographical information from University of Virginia Miller Center Term: 23rd President of the United States (1889–1893) Born: August 20, 1833, North Bend, Ohio Nickname: “Kid Gloves Harrison,” “Little Ben” Education: Miami University (Ohio), graduated 1852 Religion: Presbyterian Marriage: October 20, 1853, to Caroline Lavinia Scott (1832–1892) April 6, 1896, to Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (1858–1948) Children: Russell Benjamin (1854–1936), Mary Scott (1858–1930), Elizabeth … [Read more...]

Featured Source: 1900 Gold Medal flour ad

Gold Medal Flour Ad. New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]), 10 March 1900

Review these advertising persuasion techniques. Describe the technique(s) you find present in this 1900 newspaper advertisement for Gold Medal flour that appeared in the New-York Daily Tribune. Review the headlines on this page and scan the articles (online | .pdf). Do you think the audience for the articles is the same audience that Gold Medal flour executives were hoping to reach? Why or why not? Do you think this advertisement was likely to have been successful in 1900? Why or why not? … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Georgia, USA

At a Georgia campmeeting

Georgia stories from America’s Library Georgia primary source set Georgia maps Georgia: select images More Georgia images Georgia sheet music Georgia songs & oral histories Georgia WPA life histories Georgia books & other texts Georgia historical newspapers Georgia legislation Georgia Guide to Law Online City Spotlight: Columbus, Georgia More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Featured Source: El Paso Herald August 12, 1914

El Paso herald. (El Paso, Tex.), 12 Aug. 1914

Zoom into this newspaper (online | .pdf). What is the most important topic on this page? What details support your conclusion? There is a question in the newspaper's nameplate, or top, section. What is the question and what do you think is the answer to the question? What details support your answer? Use clues from the news to figure out which state El Paso is in. What information about El Paso do you learn about from this front page? What other observations, reflections or questions … [Read more...]