Category Archives: Document Spotlights

Fatal Crash

Today’s spotlight is on a photograph of the first fatal Wright Brothers flying machine crash. Continue reading

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New NASA Documents Digitized by Teachers in Atlanta

Last week, we welcomed teachers to Atlanta for our annual Primarily Teaching summer institute.  These educators explored the holdings of the National Archives at Atlanta for classroom-suitable documents, and ended up discovering NASA documents on really interesting space topics like the … Continue reading

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The First National Park

Today’s spotlight document is the 1872 Yellowstone Park Act. This public law was an ingenious American invention, born from a desire to protect the natural wonders of the West. Continue reading

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Video Clips from Henry Ford’s Motion Picture Department

Ford films show the assembly line, the industrial process, and a wide range of topics outside of industry as well. Continue reading

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Using Primary Sources to Show Friendship Between Nations

Core ideas behind museum-based activities can be adapted for learning about diplomacy in the classroom too. Continue reading

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A Legacy Ended too Soon: The Mystery of Amelia Earhart

Primary sources can help students researching Earhart for NHD and other projects. Continue reading

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The Importance of Treaties for Teaching American Indian History

Start teaching the history of a Native American tribe or tribes using American Indian Treaties and our online tools. Continue reading

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Ahoy Mateys! New Whaling Documents Come to DocsTeach this Month

Whaling is a major part of history! It offers windows into the past through music, art, mathematics, science, and geography. Continue reading

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Forty years ago: Desegregation in Boston Public Schools

Newly digitized primary sources and online teaching activities related to education equality are available on DocsTeach. Continue reading

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The Importance of U.S. Customs

When most Americans think about U.S. Customs today, they probably imagine answering questions at the airport or at border crossings about their stay in a foreign country. While that is one of its major roles, Customs has also played a … Continue reading

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