March 3, 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: U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

"I Do Solemnly Swear..." U.S. Presidential Inaugurations primary source sets “I Do Solemnly Swear...” Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress online exhibition Inaugurations: Stepping into History presentation An Orderly Transition The Inaugural Address Looking Back and Looking Ahead Select historical newspaper articles The Inaugural--The Past Reign, the Coming Reign The Herald (New York [N.Y.]), March 7, 1837 (Martin Van Buren) William … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Autumn

Autumn images Fall season images Autumn song recordings Autumn sheet music Books and other texts related to Autumn The Sparkling Diamond: Fall Season 1880 Autumn: U.S. historical newspapers "Autumn" poem by Helen Keller, 27 October 1893 Free to Use and Reuse primary source set: Autumn and Halloween Articles & blog posts related to Autumn Caught Our Eyes: Autumn in Russia Picture This September 28, 2017 Falling for Autumn Inside Adams September 24, 2010 … [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...]

World Spotlight: Ireland

Ireland maps Ireland images Ireland books & reports Printed ephemera, personal narratives & other texts related to Ireland Sheet music related to Ireland Song & oral history recordings related to Ireland Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Ireland Recorded webcasts related to Ireland U.S. legislation related to Ireland Global Legal Monitor Ireland articles Guide to Law Online: Ireland Ireland profile BBC Ireland timeline … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Henry Creamer & Turner Layton

Song recordings After you've gone Childhood days Dear old Southland Everybody's crazy 'bout the doggone blues, but I'm happy Goodbye Alexander, goodbye honey boy If you'll come back I'm waiting for you, 'Liza Jane I've got the finest man Jubilee blues Oh! Frenchy! Strut Miss Lizzie Sweet Emalina, my gal Sweet mamma (Papa's getting mad) Sweet 'n' pretty That's the doctor, Bill Way down yonder in New Orleans When the shadows softly come and go … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Music

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Music Guided primary source analysis activities The Banks of the Yellow Sea Leonard Bernstein illustrated letter Election Day L’Africana – L’Africaine Opera Learning from the Source lesson plans Capturing Character on Camera Mourning Lincoln & the Art of Tribute The Negro Speaks of Rivers Science Radium Romp The Star Spangled Banner K-2 The Star Spangled Banner 3-5 We Shall Overcome Library of Congress … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jefferson Davis Captured

Today in History–May 10–the Library of Congress features the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis by Union troops on this day in 1865. The capture thwarted Davis’ plan to escape by sea from the east coast of Florida and then to sail to Texas where he hoped to establish a new Confederacy. He was sent, along with his family, to Fort Monroe in Virginia. There he was placed in solitary confinement and indicted for treason but was never tried. Davis was released two years later, in May … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music 

Music has long had a powerful connection to social and political movements. The Women's Suffrage in Sheet Music collection spans the years 1838-1923 and includes over 200 pieces of sheet music written by notable composers and everyday citizens and representing the views of both suffragists and anti-suffragists. Collection items Essays Music in the Women's Suffrage Movement Highlighted Sheet Music Selections Learning integration resources Singing for Women's … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters was a German nickname for the African-American 369th Infantry Regiment, which ended up lauded for its valor. The regiment was also famous for its musicians, led by Lieutenant James Reese Europe. Discover more with this collection of secondary and primary sources. Secondary sources Harlem Hell Fighters: African-American Troops in World War I Headlines and Heroes blog February 12, 2019 African-American WWI 'Harlem Hell Fighters' proved their mettle, patriotism in … [Read more...]