October 4, 2022

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: Harlem Renaissance

Harlem Renaissance primary source set, includes teacher's guide Harlem Renaissance primary source iBook Harlem Renaissance recollections: oral history Harlem Renaissance online exhibition Harlem Renaissance artists The Harlem Community Art Center and the WPA The Whites Invade Harlem WPA life history captured 1938 Harlem rent parties WPA life history captured 1939 Related resources Learning from the Source: The Negro Speaks of Rivers Learning from the Source: … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Great Depression

Primary source sets & activities American Memory Timeline: Great Depression and World War II 1929-1945, background information with select primary sources & teaching activities American Memory Timeline: Photographing People of the Great Depression Dust Bowl Migration includes teacher's guide Dust Bowl Songs & Photographs Primary Source Learning: Great Depression & World War II Primary Source Set Teaching Now: Determining the Main Idea of a Text Lesson … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Film & Video

Film & video collections All American News America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures 1894-1915 American Archive of Public Broadcasting 1960 on 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 The Carnegie Hall Collection of Conversations with Composers Chicago Ethnic Arts Project … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Georgia, USA

Georgia stories from America’s Library Georgia primary source set with teacher’s guide Georgia resource guide Georgia maps Georgia: select images More Georgia images Georgia sheet music Georgia songs & oral histories Georgia WPA life histories Georgia books & other texts Georgia historical newspapers Federal legislation related to Georgia Georgia Guide to Law Online Teaching resources Teaching the Civil Rights Movement with the Georgia … [Read more...]

Today in History: Works Progress Administration

Today in History–April 8–the Library of Congress features the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which was funded by the the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935, approved on this day in 1935. This national works program, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, employed more than 8.5 million people on 1.4 million public projects before it was disbanded in 1943. Learn more about the Library's treasure trove of WPA materials by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: Chicago, Illinois

PSN primary source collections Jane Addams & Hull House John Peter Altgeld Daniel Burnham Frank Lloyd Wright Anarchist Emma Goldman Dizzy Gillespie Louis H. Sullivan Chicago Cubs First American Automobile Race Great Chicago Fire Nuclear Fission Teaching resources Guided primary source analyses The Red Flag or the Anarchists of Chicago 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition School Strike Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers … [Read more...]

Today in History: Idaho

Today in History–March 4–the Library of Congress features Idaho. On this date in 1863 President Lincoln signed an act creating Idaho Territory. The area burgeoned and was admitted to the Union as a state in 1890. Learn more about this gem of a state by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to thousands of primary sources related to Idaho. Idaho stories from America’s Library Idaho primary source set with teacher’s guide Idaho resource guide Idaho maps … [Read more...]

Today in History: Indiana

Today in History–February 25–the Library of Congress features the British surrender of Fort Sackville at Vincennes, Indiana on this date in 1779. Despite a 1763 prohibition against western settlement, colonists had continued to travel to Indiana and other areas west of the Appalachians. Learn more about the defense of Fort Sackville by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to thousands of primary sources related to the state of Indiana. Indiana stories from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Columbus, Georgia

Today in History–February 19–the Library of Congress features Columbus, Georgia. On this date in 1917, future literary star Carson McCullers was born. Learn more about the city that influenced author Carson McCullers writing by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to thousands of primary sources related to the city of Columbus and the state of Georgia. Carson McCullers Was Born from America's Library Carson McCullers portraits Carson McCullers historical … [Read more...]