Historical Resources on the
Images and Documents
Area 3 History and Cultures Project
Contains lessons that use a wide
array of primary sources. The best thing is that the documents are very short
and can be used with a wide array of classes.
thousands of images that you can download to use in your Powerpoints
Google Image Search – when in doubt, type in a very specific search into Google and see what happens.
3. American Treasures of the Library of Congress – great collection of images of RARE document, images, etc. This is
an ideal site for early American history – you won’t find this stuff anywhere else. Check out special presentations
for other exhibits - for example, right now there is an amazing Historical Inaugural collection.
Treasures of Congress – Different from the site above. This one is organized chronologically by topic, and has several images and
a historical review for each time period. Great spot to get some early images from U.S. History (1787-1977) that are high in quality.
4. Making Sense of Documents – Rich site in which historians lead you through the process of using various forms of primary evidence. Each site also has examples that you could use.
Authentic History – Great resource for music from the 20th century. Music
is played in streaming format – NOT DOWNLOADABLE. You’ll need to
use a recorder (I’ve used Total Recorder, but many new Dell Computers come with a program called Creative – it
has many parts to it, but one is a recorder called Creative Recorder
5. From Revolution to Reconstruction, And What Happened Afterwards – Well organized, easy to use, numerous documents from throughout
American History (including pre-settlement)
6. Teaching With Documents – this site is hosted by NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) and is part of their
Digital Classroom program. While this doesn’t contain a wide array of documents
like earlier sources, this site also contains detailed lesson plans!
7. Famous Trials – Great site for information about famous trials. Boston Massacre Trial,
Susan B. Anthony, Black Sox Trial, Scopes Monkey Trial, and Sacco and Vanzetti Trial are all highlights. All trial lessons
in the handbook came from this site.
8. Fraker, Alan. Doing the DBQ: Advanced Placement U.S. History Examination
- An excellent source for document based questions – focused
questions in which all the documents play some part in answering the question. Also
good because the documents have already been excerpted.
9. Internet Archive: Moving
Image Archive. Amazing collection of films and music that are PUBLIC DOMAIN. The Prelinger Archive has an excellent collection of educational films from the 20th
10. Garner, Joe. Stay Tuned: Television’s Unforgettable Moments. (Andrews McMeel Publishing:
Kansas City). Excellent collection of television, news and sports moments. Includes a DVD and CDs along with a book for each event.