October 8, 2015

City Spotlight: New Orleans

Down in dear old New Orleans

  War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's Library Winning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's Library The Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015 Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacy Happy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blog The Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season In Custodia Legis blog February 12, 2013 New Orleans historical newspapers Books & other texts related to New … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jewish American Resources

Die Toire

Jewish American Heritage Month proclamations & legislation PSN Jewish American source sets Happy Hanukkah Religious Freedom Touro Synagogue Aaron Copland Gertrude Stein Sophie Tucker Featured Source: Leonard Bernstein illustrated letter guided primary source analysis activities American Memory collections The Hannah Arendt Papers Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry The Aaron Copland Collection Yiddish Playscripts Prints & Photographs … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library


Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Shake & Source Newspaper Game

Shake & Source Newspaper Game Sheet

This is a guest post by Ruth Ferris, an elementary school librarian from Billings, Montana, and a grantee in the TPS Regional Grant Program. Ruth is sharing the Shake and Source Newspaper Game procedure, instructions, and materials under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 license. I developed the Shake and Source  when I created the lesson “Montana’s State Flower:  A Lesson in Civic Engagement” as an Educator Resource for the Montana Historical Society and recently adapted the game for more … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Abolition

A Plan for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery in the United States, without Danger or Loss to the Citizens of the South

Abolition newspapers Anti-Slavery Bugle (weekly) New-Lisbon, Ohio 1845-1861 The Examiner (weekly) Louisville, Kentucky 1847-1849 Primary source collections Abolition primary source set (American Memory collections) History of American Abolitionism 1861 More abolition books & articles Songs Related to the Abolition of Slavery Library of Congress article Abolition sheet music Abolition images Abolition webcasts John Brown primary source collections Frederick … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Ask Us, Ask a Librarian!

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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Slavery (U.S.)

The slaves' dream

Library slavery collections 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 slaves Caroline Hammond (a fugitive) "I was born in Anne Arundel County near Davidsonville about 3 miles from South River in the year 1844...." The story of Charles Crawley, ex-slave "God knows, how old I am. All I know is, I wuz born 'fore de war...." Voices from the Days of … [Read more...]

Today in History: San Diego, California

Portion of business section and harbor, San Diego, California

Today in History–September 28–the Library of Congress features San Diego, California. On this date in 1542 Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay under the Spanish flag. Learn about the evolution of this southern California city by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay San Diego maps San Diego images San Diego song recording San … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Eagle

The new picture of the eagle

American eagle image set Bald eagle image set American eagle sheet music American eagle march streaming song recording The American eagle against the British lion! 1844 broadside Historic American newspapers: American eagle Legislation related to the American eagle Featured Source: Eagle map of the United States primary source analysis activity … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Liberty Bell

The Human Liberty Bell

Liberty bell image set Liberty bell sheet music Liberty bell song recordings Liberty bell books & other texts Historic American newspapers: Liberty bell … [Read more...]