Testimony of Bridget Donaghy to the Board of Special Inquiry

Decisions of the Board of Special Inquiry: The Story of Irish Immigrant Bridget Donaghy

In this guest post, former intern Griffin Godoy shares how he researched federal records to trace the immigration and naturalization story of an Irish Teenager.

Photograph of Lee Tso attached to his identification papers

Questioning Chinese Exclusion: The “Chinese Village” at the 1899 National Export Exposition

In this guest post, teacher Maria Adamson shares techniques for drawing students into the messiness of history, and giving them practice asking critically minded questions of the sources they encounter. Using this approach, she developed two new teaching activities focusing on identification papers of several Chinese people who were "on exhibit" in an ethnographic display in Philadelphia in 1899.

A New World War II Teaching Resource

Our new World War II page includes hundreds of primary sources and teaching activities!

Teaching the Holocaust with Primary Sources at the National Archives and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Find resources about U.S. immigration and refugee policy during World War II and the Holocaust, shared during a recent webinar.

Hand raising in the air in front of an American flag at a march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 2000

The Bill of Rights and Expanding Rights in America

Find primary source documents and teaching activities related to protecting and expanding rights in America in commemoration of Bill of Rights Day on December 15.

Boy with dirty face and kerosene headlamp on his head

Teaching Resources for the Progressive Era, 1920s, Immigration, and a Changing America

Access primary sources and teaching activities for the Progressive Era, the 1920s, immigration, and a changing America at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.