March 7, 2021

Analyzing Primary Sources: Tools & Guides

Primary sources, as described by the Library of Congress, "are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts that retell, analyze, or interpret events, usually at a distance of time or place. Bringing young people into close contact with these unique, often profoundly personal documents and objects can give them a sense of what it was like to be alive during a long-past era. Helping … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: African American History & Culture

Primary source sets with teacher guides Baseball: Across a Divided Society Harlem Renaissance Jim Crow in America The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom Story maps Educated and Enslaved: The Journey of Omar Ibn Said Freedom Susie King Taylor Curated resource sets - primary sources & secondary too Individuals Marian Anderson James Baldwin Mathematician & Astronomer Benjamin Banneker Mary McLeod Bethune Bill “Bojangles” Robinson … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Charles Curtis

Politician Charles Curtis of Kansas was, as he liked to tell audiences, "one-eighth Kaw Indian and a one-hundred per cent Republican".  He was a member of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, serving as Senate majority leader from 1924 until his inauguration as the 31st vice president in 1929. Representative Curtis historical newspaper coverage through 1907 Curtis Act: H.R. 8581 An Act for the protection of the people of Indian Territory June 23, 1898 Curtis Act … [Read more...]

Today in History: Belva Lockwood

Today in History—November 30—the In Custodia Legis blog features lawyer Belva Lockwood, the became the first woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on this day in 1880. In that case—Kaiser v. Stickney—she represented a local property owner in a debt dispute. Although Lockwood lost this case, she returned to the Supreme Court in 1906, at the age of 76, representing the Eastern and Emigrant Cherokees in the United States v. Cherokee Nation. This time her arguments prevailed and the Court … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Local Legacies 1999 2010 Dia de los Muertos Parade Flickr photo album Note: Walker’s Point, a neighborhood in Milwaukee, WI, hosts the largest Dia de los Muertos celebration in the state; the local art center invites community members to create ofrendas and other artwork Día de los Muertos 2014 Day of the Dead, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA USA Father and Daughter: Dia de los Muertos themed make up and costume Grover Beach, CA October 18, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Patsy Mink

Patsy Mink online exhibition Patsy Mink image set Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Patsy T. Mink Patsy Mink Remarks in the Congressional Record Legislation created in celebration and in memory of Patsy Mink Patsy Mink obituaries Patsy Mink biography U.S. House History, Art & Archives Patsy Mink timeline … [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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: John Lewis

John Lewis image set Summit Conference on Civil Rights John Lewis videos & webcasts Speech At The March On Washington August 28, 1963 Voices of Democracy Oral History Interview with John Lewis Documenting the American South John Lewis mentions in the Civil Rights History Project oral history videos Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by John Lewis 1987-2020 John Lewis Remarks in the Congressional Record Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation by John Lewis … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Bicycles

Free to Use and Reuse: Bicycles More Bicycle-related images Bicycling maps Bicycling films Bicycle sheet music Uncle Josh on a bicycle song recording "Shall Women Ride the Bicycle?" Elizabeth Cady Stanton [Mrs. Larson's [bicycle] Story] oral history "A brilliant idea: a comedy sketch" 1897 satirical commentary on gender identity and the liberation felt and practiced by women of the 19th century Bicycle printed ephemera Why not cycle abroad yourself? What a bicycle … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Disease

Select primary sources Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health photograph Anti-malaria educational play put on by youngsters dealing with the treatment of the disease photograph Ayer's sarsaparilla, for all blood diseases, cures others, will cure you Cheap lodging-houses as nests of disease illustration Complete privy properly protected to prevent flies from spreading diseases photograph … [Read more...]