5 Must Have Resources for History Teachers

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August 15, 2014
Below is a set of excellent websites ideal for history teachers. These websites, curated by Graphite, provide a treasure trove of primary source  materials that you can draw on in your history classes. The materials included are diverse ( textual documents, audio, images, manuscripts,maps..etc) and span a plethora of topics.

1- Library of Congress

Library of Congress is one of the largest libraries in the world that provides a wide variety of primary source materials including millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts.

2- National Archives

National Archives is a repository of legal and historical documents and records as provided by the federal government of the United States."Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you".

3- Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for more than 7 million photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the ​united ​states.The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

4- Docs Teach

Docs Teach provides thousands of primary source documents that span the course of American history. to bring the past to life as classroom teaching tools from the billions preserved at the National Archives. Use the search field to find written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video in our ever-expanding collection that spans the course of American history.

5- Hisorypin

Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history.
Everyone has history to share: whether its sitting in yellowed albums in the attic, collected in piles of crackly tapes, conserved in the 1000s of archives all over the world or passed down in memories and old stories.