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Primary Source Sets – Each set collects primary sources on a specific topic, all as easy-to-use PDFs, with historical background information and teaching ideas.

Primary Sources by State - Selected primary sources for each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

Themed Resources – The best Library of Congress resources on the most frequently taught themes.

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The World Digital Library: Cultural Treasures from Around the World

Imagine giving your students free, unlimited access to treasures from cultural institutions from around the world. Perhaps your students would examine an ancient manuscript up close for small but important details. Afterward, they might learn more about its significance from an expert, or search for additional items from the same time or place.

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More primary source material


The New Deal Network, an educational guide to the Great Depression of the 1930s, is sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Development of the NDN was funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Find photos, speeches, documents, and much more. Look at the "Archives in the Attic."

AMDOCS Available through the University of Kansas. Selected documents.

Pennsylvania Digitized Newspapers

Historic Newspaper on FLICKR (part of the LOC/FLICKR project)

Public Domain Sherpa: Finding and Using Public Domain Photos


International

****EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History****

Catalogs of the world's libraries

World Digital Library