Put primary sources in your students' hands
The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set.
Children of a century past: How were their lives different from today's? How were they the same? Especially for early grades.
The drafts and debates that brought the Constitution and the Bill of Rights into being, including notes by the documents' framers.
Songs, maps, and iconic photographs document the daily ordeals of rural migrant families during a disastrous decade.
Discover some of the innovative thinkers and creative works that contributed to the cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance.
The immigrant experience in America from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in primary sources.
The U.S.'s tumultuous transformation into an industrial power, as revealed in films, images, songs, and stories.
Compelling photographs, including many by Ansel Adams, illuminate the experience of Japanese Americans interned during World War II.
Powerful photos and documents illuminate a century of segregation and the struggles against it.
Vivid posters, photographs, and stories from the government programs created to fight the Great Depression.
Political cartoons and other documents from three centuries of U.S. history shed light on the persuasive strategies used in public debates.
How do scientists record and communicate their observations? Explore notes, sketches, maps, and more from across the centuries.
Watch six well-known symbols of the U.S. change over the centuries. Especially for early grades.
How did Thanksgiving begin, and how has it been celebrated throughout U.S. history?
Astronomers' depictions of the universe, from before Copernicus to after photography.
Images and documents introduce three important U.S. presidents. Especially for early grades.
Three hundred years of studying and predicting the weather, from antique barometers to computer-generated maps.
Maps, photos, sheet music and more document the expansion of the U.S. westward in the 19th century.
The battle for women's right to vote comes to life in the scrapbooks, posters, news stories, cartoons, and firsthand accounts of suffrage activists.
Explore a war like no other through photographs, sheet music, newspapers, and soldiers’ accounts.