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American Memory Primary Sources Library

American Memory Primary Sources Library

Classroom provides this searchable data base of primary sources linked to the Library of Congress American Memories project. It is useful for teacher educators teaching Social Studies Methods, any classroom teacher, and all K-12 students.


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Mary Wall
Mary Wall (Consultant)
10 years ago

Outstanding collection of American history artifacts.

Technical Remarks:

Easily searchable. Well indexed.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Jane Rodgers
Jane Rodgers (Faculty)
14 years ago
bad link
tatjana mitrovic
tatjana mitrovic (Student)
15 years ago
I was especially impressed with the September 11 collection that gives an opportunity to a teacher to use different media files (audio, video, pictures, texts...) The material could be used in any language to prompt student's to suppor their opinion and/or discuss on a topic. In that case, the audio file could be used as a lead in for a lesson, for students to get familiar with the task. Audio file could also be used as a follow up ctivity,after exhausting all the other (reading, pictures...) materials given on the topic and thus giving students the opportunity to discuss, compare, criticize in the target language. The site an endless resource of ideas and I wish it had more audio files in languages other than English that could be used as authentic material for teaching history and culture as well.

Technical Remarks:

The files are easily accessible and classified in different categories by: title, subject, audio, photography, video and written narrative. This gives you an opportunity to find almost anything very easily and to fnd similar files on the same topic/area. Audio and video files are in 3 formats so there is virtually no possibility not to be able to open the file.
Used in course? Yes