Historical context and ideas for integrating individual digital collections of primary sources into instruction.
Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress (Summary and Teaching Resources) Most of the 20,000 items in this collection are from the 1850s through the Civil War years.
Band Music from the Civil War Era (Summary Only) This collection features over 700 examples of brass band music popular during the Civil War period.
Civil War Maps (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection of more than 2,300 items provides students an opportunity to study the Civil War era through cartographic data.
Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment: Selections from the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection documents the Civil War experience of Captain Tilton C. Reynolds, a member of the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers through correspondence, photographs, and other materials dating between 1861 and 1865.
Hotchkiss Map Collection (Summary only) View cartographic items made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss (1828-1899), a topographic engineer in the Confederate Army. These maps were used by Generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson in developing strategies for battles.
Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library (Summary Only) This site serves as a gateway to two other American Memory Collections on Abraham Lincoln and includes a presentation about some of the Lincoln documents held by the Library of Congress.
Poet at Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Biggs Harned Walt Whitman Collection (Summary and Teaching Resources) Explore Walt Whitman's journals for notes written during Civil War visits to Washington, D.C. hospitals.
Selected Civil War Photographs (Summary and Teaching Resources) The 1,118 photographs in this collection featuring encampments, preparations for battle, battlefields and military portraits can be used as a basis for researching the Civil War.
Voices From the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Story (Summary Only) Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom.
Washington During the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection documents life in Civil War era Washington, D.C. as seen through the eyes of Horatio Taft
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/connections/lincolniana/ (Summary and Teaching Resources) Learn tips for integrating these historic sheet music compositions into Civil War teaching.