March 25, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Film & Video

Film & video collections America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures 1894-1915 American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment 1870-1920 Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco 1897-1916 Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada 1945-1982 Civil Rights History Project Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertisements Great Conversations in Music … [Read more...]

Today in History: Skyscrapers

Today in History–November 8–the Library of Congress features architect skyscrapers. On this day in 1906, cameraman Fred A. Dobson began filming The Skyscrapers of New York atop an uncompleted skyscraper at Broadway and 12th Street. To learn more about how engineering and architectural innovations in the mid-to-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries transformed the skylines of American cities, visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Video Recordings

Video is used to tell stories and provide information. Because we live in a world increasingly dominated by video, it is critical that we teach students how to analyze this powerful primary source that combines moving images with sound and, sometimes, text. In addition to dramatic or documentary films, primary source video recordings include news reports, interviews, press conferences, testimonies, advertisements, entertainment broadcasts, and more. The analysis of video recordings, like primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.

Today in History–March 21–the Library of Congress features showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., born on this day in 1869 (or, possibly, 1867). Learn more about this entertainment impresario who produced the Ziegfeld Follies by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Ziegfeld and the theater. Ziegfeld mages from American Memory More Ziegfeld images Ziegfeld Follies songs (audio recordings) Ziegfeld Follies sheet music The … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: I Have a Dream Image Sequencing

On August 28, 1963 a march organized by supporters of stronger civil rights legislation drew more than 250,000 people to Washington, D.C. Encouraged and inspired, Martin Luther King, Jr. strayed from the short speech he had prepared and delivered instead his famous extemporaneous I Have a Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Primary sources can help students better understand the power and significance of this historic speech.  In addition to having students complete an image … [Read more...]

Today in History: The U.S. Naval Academy & the Navy

Today in History–October 10–the Library of Congress features the United States Naval Academy, which began its first term on this day in 1845.  Learn more about the naval academy and the U.S. navy in the Today in History section then click the links below to access more navy-related primary sources. Naval Academy primary source set Selected naval images (Pictorial Americana) Navy images Navy films & video interviews Navy songs and oral histories Navy oral histories … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cowboys & Fall Roundup Time

Today in History–October 7–the Library of Congress features cowboys, or buckaroos, and fall roundup time. On this day in 1979 the Ninety-Six Ranch in Nevada completed its fall roundup and trail drive. Learn more about this roundup in the Today in History section then click the links below to access all sorts of cowboy stories and primary sources. Cowboy stories Buckaroos Nevada’s Buckaroos Cowboy poetry Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora Cheyenne Frontier Days Montana … [Read more...]

Today in History: Rock Springs Massacre

Today in History–September 2–the Library of Congress features the Rock Springs massacre, which happened on this day in 1885 when a mob of white coal miners attacked their Chinese co-workers after they refused to participate in a strike for higher wages planned by the American miners. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources about China and people of Chinese immigrants to America. Rock Springs massacre overview Rock … [Read more...]

Today in History: Edison Gets Kinetographic Camera Patent

Today in History–August 31–the Library of Congress features the awarding of a federal patent for a kinetographic camera—the forerunner to the motion picture film projector—to Thomas A. Edison on this date in 1897. Find out more by reading the Today in History section and accessing the resources below. Edison's kinetographic films and parlors Kinetograph historical newspaper coverage (through 1922) Inventing Entertainment: the Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison … [Read more...]

Today in History: Calvin Coolidge

Today in History–August 3–the Library of Congress features Calvin Coolidge, sworn into office as President of the United States on this day in 1923 after the unexpected death of Warren Harding. During his six years as prosperity, Coolidge focused on business and the consumer economy grew rapidly. To learn more about Calvin Coolidge and the Coolidge era, visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources and primary sources. Calvin Coolidge Becomes … [Read more...]