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Walt Whitman holding a butterfly on his finger

[Detail] Walt Whitman holding a butterfly on his finger

Historical context and ideas for integrating individual digital collections of primary sources into instruction.

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 (Summary and Teaching Resources) The life histories, in combination with fictional novels, can engage students in the study of themes such as loss of innocence, consequences of failure, or corruption and its consequences.

American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States (Summary Only) Search this collection using the terms "author", "poet" or "literature".

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 (Summary Only) This collection presents over 250 books documenting the travel in America. Authors include James Fenimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant, Charles Dickens, Washington Irving, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection contains 257 unpublished playscripts.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project 1936-1938 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery.

California As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection consists of the full texts and illustrations of 190 works documenting the formative era of California.

Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Explore this collection for images of authors, poets and playwrights.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement: 1850-1920 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection includes the writings of Mary Hunter Austin, John Muir, Ernest Thompson Seton and Henry David Thoreau.

The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection contains 68 digitized Federal Theatre Project playscripts.

Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910 (Summary and Teaching Resources)

Poet at Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Biggs Harned Walt Whitman Collection (Summary and Teaching Resources)

Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Each issue contains a selection of poems.

The Zora Neale Hurston Plays (Summary Only)