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The National Archives holds all kinds of permanently valuable documents–written documents, images, maps, audio, video, charts, and more–from all three branches of our government. Just a very few of our all-time favorite primary sources for engaging students are:
A Map of the Louisiana Purchase Territory
The $7.2 Million Check for the Purchase of Alaska
A News Broadcast Describing the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
A Letter from Mrs. E. Jackson in Favor of Voting Rights
As educators at the National Archives in Washington, DC, around the country, and in Presidential Libraries, we will share how we use these and some of the other billions of documents in the holdings of the National Archives as teaching tools.
We want to hear how you use primary sources as teaching and learning tools too!