December 15, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: American Revolution

American Revolution primary source setAmerican Memory Timeline: American Revolution select primary sources & primary source analysis promptsLearning from the Source: Minutemen & the Start of the Revolution learning activityThe American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts collectionMapping the American Revolution and Its EraBattle maps and charts of the American Revolution (1881)Printed Ephemera 1763-1783A broadside titled "No Stamped Paper to be had" … [Read more...]

Today in History: James McNeill Whistler

Today in History–July 10–TPS-Barat features  James McNeill Whistler, born on this date in 1834. This American artist spent time in St. Petersburg, Russia during his childhood and later in England and France, where he studied. Learn more about Whistler through these primary and secondary sources.James McNeill Whistler images & artWhistler’s Butterfly Picture This blog June 20, 2013Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of WhistlerianaFreer and Sackler … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession

Review the Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession and read the program forward (page 3). What goals for the procession does the forward set? How do the accomplishments of the highlighted women on pages 3 and 4 seem to support those goals?Closely read the first 11 paragraphs of page 4: Why Women Want to Vote. What is the tone of the text? What specific words and phrases support your conclusion? What group of women do you think was the primary audience for this text? What specific words … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: A. Philip Randolph

Leading the procession from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln MemorialMore A. Philip Randolph imagesA. Philip Randolph historical newspaper coverage The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters A. Philip Randolph letter to NAACP Secretary Walter White March 18, 1941The Negro in National Defense 1941 posterWhy Should We March? 1941 flyerExecutive Order 8802: Prohibition of Discrimination in the Defense Industry 1941 Our DocumentsNAACP joined union organizer A. Philip … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Liberty Bell

Liberty bell image setLiberty bell sheet musicLiberty bell song recordingsLiberty bell books & other textsHistoric American newspapers: Liberty bell … [Read more...]

Today in History: American Federation of Labor & Quarry Workers

Today in History–September 08–the Library of Congress features the Quarry Workers’ International Union of North America, which was granted a charter by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) on this date in 1903. While granite had been mined around the area of Barre, Vermont for years, new waves of immigrants with a strong tradition of unionism arrived in the late 19th century. Find out more about quarries, the life of the miners in Vermont and elsewhere, and the AFL by visiting … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Iowa

Iowa stories from America’s LibraryIowa primary source setIowa-focused primary source sets address national and international history as well as Iowa-specific historyIowa mapsIowa imagesIowa sheet musicIowa songs & oral historiesIowa books & other textsIowa historical newspapersIowa broadsides & printed ephemeraLao Natasinh Dance Troupe of Iowa webcastWriters from Iowa's International Writer's Program Read From Their WorkIowa: U.S. … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: California

California stories from America’s LibraryCalifornia primary source setCurated collectionsCalifornia maps Pictorial Americana: selected images of California California images from American Memory More California images California books & articles California correspondence, reports, printed ephemera & other texts California historic newspapers California sheet music California songs and oral histories California legislation California Guide to Law … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: Boston, Massachusetts

Boston mapsBoston image set from American MemoryMore Boston imagesCanoeing on the Charles River, Boston, Mass 1904 filmTR attends his son Archie's wedding at Boston 1917Boston books & articlesBoston correspondence, reports, printed ephemera & other textsBoston sheet music"The Boston Burglar" song lyricsBoston songs (audio recordings)Boston legislationState Spotlight: Massachusetts … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: New York

New York stories from America’s LibraryNew York primary source setNew York state mapsGreater New York Illustrated (1899)Pictorial Americana: Selected images of New York stateNew York state imagesNew York state books & articlesNew York historical newspapersNew York state reports, printed ephemera, correspondence & other textsNew York state sheet musicNew York state oral histories & songsNew York legislationNew York Guide to Law … [Read more...]