Tag Archives: primary_sources

Funding for Exploration

The famous Lewis and Clark expedition is a story of American pioneering. Today’s spotlight document focuses on the very start of this expedition, when in 1803 President Jefferson sent a confidential letter to Congress. Continue reading

Posted in Document Spotlights | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Settling the West

The 1862 Homestead Act provided Americans the opportunity for federal land grants. Today’s spotlight is on the first claim to be filed under the Homestead Act. Continue reading

Posted in Document Spotlights | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Purchase of Alaska

For today’s spotlight document we take a look at the treasury warrant used for the purchase of the 49th state. Continue reading

Posted in Document Spotlights | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Calling on the Vice President

Just hours before the tragedy at Ford’s Theatre, Booth made a visit to the Washington hotel where Vice President Johnson was staying and left today’s spotlight document: a calling card. Continue reading

Posted in Document Spotlights | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Newly Digitized Hoover Presidential Documents

At the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, Primarily Teaching workshop participants explored documents from Herbert Hoover’s time as the 31st President of the United States. Continue reading

Posted in Professional Development | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Native American Fishing Rights: Digitized in Seattle

Educators in our Primarily Teaching summer institute in Seattle scanned documents on Native American land and fishing rights in the West. Continue reading

Posted in National History Day, Professional Development, Research | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Digitizing Chinese Immigration in Our New Innovation Hub

Educators came to research our holdings to find and digitize documents for lessons and activities on Chinese immigration. Continue reading

Posted in National History Day, Professional Development, Research | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Using Primary Sources to Analyze the 2015 AP U.S. Government FRQ: Civil Rights & Liberties

Our intern offers insight into how she’ll teach the 14th Amendment to her AP students next year using primary sources. Continue reading

Posted in Research, Teaching Activities & Lesson Plans | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Educators in Chicago Digitize the WWI Homefront

Last week we welcomed educators to our annual Primarily Teaching summer institute in Chicago to explore documents on the homefront of World War I.  These teachers delved into the holdings of the National Archives at Chicago, and found some great documents on this topic appropriate … Continue reading

Posted in National History Day, Professional Development, Research | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Document Spotlights, National History Day, Professional Development, Research | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment