July 29, 2017

Primary Source Learning: Oral Histories & Personal Narratives

LOC.gov contains numerous oral history and personal narrative resources. Check out the lists below! Teaching resources Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Digital Stories of Our Heroes Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001 Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Texas

Texas stories from America’s Library Texas primary source set Texas maps Pictorial Americana: selected images of Texas More Texas images Texas historical films Texas sheet music Songs & oral histories related to Texas Texas veterans oral histories Texas personal narratives from the American Folklife Center Texas Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project Texas stories: Voices From the Days of Slavery Texas books & other … [Read more...]

Today in History: Zora Neale Hurston

Today in History–January 7–the Library of Congress features writer Zora Neale Hurston, born on this date in 1891. She grew up in Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated black town in the United States. Trained as an anthropologist, Hurston documented life histories and folklore, later using what she learned to inform her novels and plays. Learn more about this Harlem renaissance woman by visting the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources. The Zora … [Read more...]

Today in History: West Virginia

Today in History–June 20–the Library of Congress features West Virginia, which became the 35th state on this date in 1863. Visit the Today in History section to learn about the state's history and culture, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. West Virginia stories from America’s Library West Virginia primary source set West Virginia maps Pictorial Americana: Selected images of West Virginia West Virginia images from American Memory More West … [Read more...]

Today in History: California Folk Music Project

Qanun solo: performed by Bedros Haroutunian Today in History–June 15–the Library of Congress features the California Folk Music Project. Visit the Today in History section to grab hold of some fun trivia and learn about the misnice and the qanun—now there's a great SCRABBLE® word. Then follow the links below to access more primary source collections related to recorded music and the state of California. Glossary of musical instruments recorded, photographed, or sketched for the California … [Read more...]