Using Primary Sources with K-12 Students
Primary sources are the building blocks of historical research. The Society of American Archivists' Dictionary of Archives Terminology defines a primary source as "material that contains firsthand accounts of events and that was created contemporaneous to those events or later recalled by an eyewitness." Examples of primary sources include maps, photographs, correspondence, diaries, and government records.
Digital Commonwealth's Primary Source Sets serve as an entry point to exploring primary sources from libraries, archives, museums, and cultural institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please see the links below for additional resources related to accessing and using primary sources in the classroom and beyond.
- Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources
- Library of Congress: Massachusetts Collections
- Digital Public Library of America: Primary Source Sets
- National Archives: Docs Teach
- American Library Association: Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using
- Accessing Archives: Teaching with Primary Sources in K-12 Classrooms
- Primary Sources in K-12 Education: Opportunities for Archives