Here are a wealth of reference web sites and
pages for viewing prior to our conference.
sources are actual records that have survived from the
past such as letters, photographs and articles of clothing"
Sources: What are Primary Sources? The Learning Page.
The Library of Congress.
Introducing Primary Source Material
Students learn about the historical record and then learn to analyze primary
Use Primary Sources?
An illustrated handout that provides a rationale for using primary sources.
primary source material and resources
The Colorado Digitization
This site houses the Heritage Colorado Database, with thousands of Images representing
Colorado's cultural, scientific and historic heritage. Also, find lessons created
by teachers for students, and professional development opportunities.
The Library of Congress American Memory
American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the
history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million
digital items from more than 100 historical collections. The Learning Page has
lessons, features, activities and tips and tricks for using these collections
in your classroom. Internet
Resources has additional sites for primary source material.
Bilingual, multimedia digital libraries resulting from collaborative efforts
with other countries. Current collections are Meeting of the Frontiers with
Russia and Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier: Parallel
Histories with Spain.
National Archives and Records
NARA has the cornerstone documents of our government, the Declaration of Independence,
the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights, as well as the
100 milestone documents of American history. Currently you can participate
in 'The People's Vote' and vote
for which documents you think were most influential in American History. This
site also has many document-based lessons for use in the classroom.
Yale Avalon Project
Documents in law, history and diplomacy.
Center for History and New Media
Bringing together innovative digital media with historical scholarship, including
History Matters, with primary documents in text, image and audio for a U.S.
history survey course.
Page Lesson Plans
Many teacher-created and classroom-tested lessons indexed by
theme, topic, discipline or era.
Colorado Digitization Program
These lessons were written by teachers. Many have been
aligned to Colorado model content standards and piloted in the classroom.
Also available are lessons written by cultural heritage institutions
The National Archives and Records Administration educators site has many document-based
lessons for use in the classroom.
Primary Source Analysis Tools
Worksheets to help your students work with written documents, posters, cartoons
and more from the National Archives and Records Administration
Media Analysis Tools
Help guide your students into deeper analysis of primary sources with these
worksheets created by educators through the Library of Congress American Memory.
A series of engaging activities for teachers and students.
Learning Page Professional Development
Through a variety of professional development programs and resources, educators
can learn how to effectively use American Memory resources in the classroom.
Program's Tools for Educators
Includes lessons for educators
on how to use photos, letters, maps, broadsides and more with
A newsletter with practical teaching ideas for American Memory Users.
Knowledge Quest on the Web
An online companion to the journal of the American Association of School Librarians
Articles, reviews, and columns address issues associated with using electronic
information resources in K-12 schools.
Copyright and Fair Use with American Memory
Copyright for Educators
Copyright with Cyberbee
Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers
More Digital Libraries
Ohio Memory Project
Making of America
New York Public Library Digital Library