April 19, 2014

Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students

Capturing an Oral History

Capturing an Oral History Oral histories help us to understand people and communities, giving personal and cultural context to history. Capturing an oral history is not difficult as long as you prepare for the interview in advance. Preparing for the Interview Students should conduct research to know the context for terms, events, and people linked to the social and historical events being explored. Students should generate interview questions in advance. The interview team should … [Read more...]

Exploring the Digital Library: American Memory Search Tips

American Memory Home

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...]

Civil War Photography: Technology & Tricks

General Grant at City Point

The Civil War Glass Negatives collection provides access to about 7,000 views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath, many by Mathew Brady (biographical note) and Alexander Gardner. Taking photographs during the Civil War was a complex, time-consuming process difficult to master in a studio setting and even more difficult when working outdoors. Photographers mixed their own chemicals and prepared their own wet plate glass … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Teaching Ideas for Different Primary Source Types

See America

The Fall Issue of the TPS Quarterly is out and the featured article--"Beyond Typescript and Photographs: Using Primary Sources in Different Formats"--provides teaching ideas for using different primary source types in learning activities. Read the article to get tips on using handwritten manuscripts; posters, prints, and drawings; motion pictures; oral histories; historic sheet music and sound recordings; and maps. For more ideas related to specific primary source types, take a look at these … [Read more...]

Tech Tips & Tutorials

Learning @ the Source PD

In the Tech Tips & Tutorials category, we will show how to use technology to support primary source teaching and learning. If you have something that you do or would like to do to marry technology and primary sources, please let us know! Post a comment or contact PSN. … [Read more...]