September 25, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse could be seen from coast to coast in the United States, the first time that had happened since Aug. 1918. Spark discoveries about solar eclipses with primary sources! Eclipse blog posts from the Library Chasing Shadows: Eclipses and Eclipse Observations in the Library of Congress Collections Inside Adams blog August 18, 2017 Looking to the Sky: Solar Eclipse 2017 Picture This August 16, 2017 Solar Eclipse: A Moment of Awe, Wonder, and Belief … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Form & Function

Take a close look at the collection of images above (.pdf). What common theme can you identify? Note similarities and differences between the images. Now take a look at the bibliographic records of each image by clicking the links below. What is the function of the main object in each image? Choose one of these and investigate how the object was used in the past and if it is still used today. Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 What types of tasks can you envision the main … [Read more...]

Free Teaching with Primary Sources Webinars in April

In a series of free webinars in April, the Barat Education Foundation and the Constitutional Rights Foundation will show you how teaching with primary sources in math, science, ELA, and social studies will engage your students in core content AND provide them with real-world civic learning! Don't delay, register now! The first 35 registrants for each webinar will receive a $25 stipend. Webinar participants will also learn about another exciting opportunity with this Library of Congress … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Snow

Snow images Snowflake images CCSS K-5 writing prompts Snow-related films The first sleigh-ride 1897 Sleighing scene 1898 Montreal Fire Department on runners (sleigh) 1901 Esquimaux village Arrival of the Governor General, Lord Minto, at Quebec 1902 Snow-related song recordings Land of snow and a thousand lakes (Tuhatjärvien lumien maa) Snow deer Snow flakes waltz When the snow birds cross the valley Snow sheet music Snowflake sheet music Picnic … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Microcosm

The image above is small part of an illustration. Look carefully and make a hypothesis about the topic or theme of the larger illustration. Point to specific details that led you to this hypothesis. Next, zoom into a larger section of the same illustration. What additional details do you see? Refine or rewrite your hypothesis about the topic or theme of the larger illustration based on these new details. Now look at the full illustration. What new details do you see? What does this image … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Weather

Congress requires US military to collect weather data 1870 Weather Forecasting Among Services to [House] Members Weather forecasting primary source set, includes teacher's guide More weather forecasting primary sources Weather instruments primary source set Weather vanes primary source set Weather bureau primary source set Weather Service primary source set Meteorological stations primary source set Weather emergencies primary source set Weather sheet … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Bats & Vampires

Bats Bats: Spooky Superheroes? Folklife Today blog October 27, 2016 Creatures of the Night: Bats Inside Adams blog, October 31, 2012 "Unsuccessful effort to draw bats from the belfry of W.A. White" sketch by Theodore Roosevelt Bat image set Bat wildlife reports (California, South Dakota, Utah, United States; Alberta, Canada; New Zealand) Vampires "The press" and "Vampire press" in Three Parts 1889 The Vampires of Onset, Past and Present 1892 The Vampire of the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse timeline Samuel Morse: Artist, Politician, Photographer Samuel Morse: Invention of the Telegraph Samuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message from America’s Library What Hath God Wrought? curator video about first telegram Samuel Morse image set Samuel Morse historic newspaper coverage Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793 to 1919 (see collection highlights below) Art & Travel Childhood & Family Life … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson seldom left home but she read a lot, exchanged letters with many people, and spent a great deal of time with her family—her sister Lavinia also lived at home her entire life and her brother Austin and his wife lived next door. Learn more about this introspective poet by investigating the resources below. The complete poems of Emily Dickinson, with an introduction by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi … [Read more...]