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Digital Treasures

Here are a wealth of reference web sites and pages for viewing prior to our conference.

"Primary sources are actual records that have survived from the past such as letters, photographs and articles of clothing"

- Historians' Sources: What are Primary Sources? The Learning Page.
The Library of Congress.

Introducing Primary Source Material

The Historianís Sources
Students learn about the historical record and then learn to analyze primary sources.

Why Use Primary Sources?
An illustrated handout that provides a rationale for using primary sources.

Collections of primary source material and resources

The Colorado Digitization Program
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.

Global Gateway
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 Administration (NARA)
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.


Learning Page Lesson Plans
Many teacher-created and classroom-tested lessons indexed by theme, topic, discipline or era.

Colorado Digitization Program Lessons

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 in Colorado.

Digital Classroom
The National Archives and Records Administration educators site has many document-based lessons for use in the classroom.

Primary Source Analysis Tools

Document Analysis Worksheets
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

Discovering American Memory
A series of engaging activities for teachers and students.

Professional development

The 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.

Colorado Digitization Program's Tools for Educators

Includes lessons for educators on how to use photos, letters, maps, broadsides and more with students.


The Source
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

MultiMedia Schools
Articles, reviews, and columns address issues associated with using electronic information resources in K-12 schools.

Copyright Information

Questions and Answers:
Copyright and Fair Use with American Memory


Copyright for Educators

Copyright with Cyberbee

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers

More Digital Libraries

Ohio Memory Project

Making of America

New York Public Library Digital Library Collection

Special Collections, Virginia Tech



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