May 29, 2017

Primary Source Learning: Primary Sources Through Time

Looking for primary sources related to a particular time period in U.S. history? The Teaching with Library of Congress blog suggests using the American Memory Timeline,  an online presentation that provides a comprehensive look through U.S. history using primary sources from the Library’s collections. For teaching ideas, read the whole blog post. More resources are listed below. U.S. History by Time Period links to primary sources & more resources, colonial beginnings to the 21st … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Ask Us, Ask a Librarian!

If you've browsed and searched the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus and still can't find what you were looking for, feel free to contact us with questions about Library resources or strategies for teaching with primary sources. We also welcome you to leave a comment on any post. You can get help directly from the Library of Congress too. The Ask a Librarian resource provides several different avenues to get your questions answered. There are links to email forms for a variety of Library … [Read more...]

Using Sources: Viewing & Saving Primary Sources from American Memory

Overview American Memory is a collection of nearly 150 collections containing millions of primary sources related to American culture and history. Below you will find tips for accessing and saving primary source items from the American Memory collections. Viewing & saving prints, photographs, images of text documents The Library of Congress American Memory collections contain hundreds of thousands of of prints, photographs, and images of text documents. While you will find some of these … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: African American History & Culture

Celebrate the rich and varied history and culture of African Americans through the foci of primary source images, documents, music, and more. You'll also find related lesson plans, stories, interactives, and streaming webcasts--come explore! Lesson Plans & Activity Ideas Primary Source Sets American Memory Collections Online Exhibitions Veterans History Project Spotlights, Features & Special Presentations Image Sets Music & Dance Webcasts Congressional … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: American Memory & Me Birthday Project

Overview Students naturally look for connections between themselves and what they are learning. This project connects students to historical events that happened on their birthdays, helping them to recognize that each person is part of and contributes to the ongoing American memory. To complete this project, students will . . . discover different types of primary sources. learn how primary sources inform us about events and people of particular time periods. understand that they are … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Exploring & Searching Individual American Memory Collections

Each American Memory collection provides unique resources and options for searching and browsing the primary source collection items. These options can help you find primary source items more efficiently. The collection shown above presents digital scans of both Adams's 242 original negatives and his 209 photographic prints. When he offered the collection to the Library in 1965, Adams wrote, "The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Searching Across the American Memory Collections

Exploring American Memory American Memory is the online gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. This section of the Library of Congress offers millions of digital items from nearly 150 historical collections. Tips for Searching the Collections You can locate items in the American Memory collections by using the Browse or Search functions. Browse Function You can browse collections by topic, time period, source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Gilded Age Teaching Resources & Strategies

This morning I saw a tweet mentioning primary sources related to immigration in the Gilded Age and I began to wonder . . . What learning activities related to the Gilded Age could we imagine using Library of Congress primary sources? What other teaching resources and strategies are available on LOC.gov and elsewhere? See the results below and feel free to comment on learning activities and resources that you've created or uncovered in the Speak Your Mind section. H/T to @oswego98 for the … [Read more...]