July 29, 2021

Finding Resources: Veterans History Project

From the Library of Congress Veterans History Project Research Guide: The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the firsthand narratives of United States military veterans from World War I through the present. In addition to unedited audio- and video-recorded oral history interviews, VHP accepts memoirs and collections of original photographs, letters, diaries, maps and other historical documents from any … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: Freedom Summer 1964

Freedom Summer 1964 is a free digital learning tool from the Indiana University Center on Representative Government that explores key events surrounding this time in America's history, and the impact of the Civil Rights movement on civil rights legislation. In Freedom Summer, players predict the outcomes of both civil and Congressional actions, and discover how key events surrounding the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, including the 1964 Mississippi voter registration drive, the … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Postcards

Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division Research Guide Selected collections Panoramic and oversized postcards Postcards of Native Americans Postcards of churches in the United States Postcards of churches outside the United States Postcards of scenic views and tourist attractions Advertisement postcards Search tips Reference works Related resources Africana Historic Postcard Collection Democratic Republic of Congo … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: LOC.gov Teachers’ Section

The Teachers section of the Library of Congress website is chock full of ready-made classroom materials, free professional development and many more resources for educators. Below we describe the resources and provide links to get you what you need quickly. Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program grantees, who comprise the TPS Consortium, deliver TPS professional development and academic courses, design curriculum and apps/online interactives using primary sources from the Library’s … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Story Maps

Story Maps are immersive web applications that tell the incredible stories of the Library’s collections through narrative, multimedia, and interactive maps. The story maps are created within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based software platform created by Esri. Story Maps are chock full of primary sources, including photographs, illustrations, texts, newspaper articles, and even maps. “I find story maps to be a twenty-first-century tool for a twenty-first-century library,” said … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Library of Congress Research Guides

There are close to 800 Library of Congress Research Guides to the Library's general collections of books and periodicals, as well as general subject guides prepared by reference librarians. You can browse or search the guides by subject (default), research center, or alphabetical list. Individual guides are included in curated primary source sets on the Primary Source Nexus and are very helpful in pointing to select resources and providing direction for more in-depth searching. There are also … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: LOC.gov Primary Source Sets & Teacher Guides

You'll find nearly 100 primary source sets with Teacher Guides in the Teacher's section of LOC.gov. Each set contains a carefully curated selection of diverse primary sources accompanied by information for teachers on how to use the set and help students analyze the sources within it. As you can see from the image above, there is a handy search bar to help you easily conduct a keyword search. Use the links below to jump to select groupings of the LOC.gov primary source sets and related PSN … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Before and After with Juxtapose

Juxtapose, from Northwestern University's Knight Lab, helps one compare two similar sources, particularly photographs or maps, which can help show before/after stories or change over time. Above you can see two portraits of Abraham Lincoln, one from 1861 shortly after his first inauguration and the other from 1865 shortly before his second inauguration and subsequent assassination. Below, is a great example using Juxtapose to highlight the change over time created by educator Peter … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Free to Use & Reuse Primary Source Sets

These primary source sets provide just a small sample of the Library's digital collections that are free to use and reuse. The digital collections comprise millions of items including books, newspapers, manuscripts, prints and photos, maps, musical scores, films, sound recordings and more. Click the topic link to access each Free to Use & Reuse set from the Library. Those sets that have related sets of images found on the Library's Flickr Photostream or sets of Library resources and/or … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Library of Congress Flickr Commons

The Library of Congress collaborated with Flickr in 2007 to launch the Commons with the mission of providing another outlet for copyright free images from its collections and the goal of enjoining the Flickr community to contribute information about the sources: “Please help make the photographs you enjoy more discoverable by adding tags and leaving comments. Your contributions and knowledge make these photos even richer.” Starting out with 3,100 images, the Library photostream has more than … [Read more...]