Primary Sources provide first hand testimony or direct evidence to an event in history. They are created by witnesses or recorders at the time the event or condition occurs and can include autobiographies, memoirs and oral histories created later. Primary Sources are characterized by their content not by the format which could be original, microfilm, digital or published.
Using Primary Sources in your classroom or need them for an assignment?
Sample selection of websites:
ALA|Using Primary Sources on the Web
Primary Sources on the Web
Plimouth Plantation/Just for Teachers
Old Sturbridge Village
Google Images / Search: Jamestown, VA – Native Americans – Colonial America – Westward Expansion
Jack Daws Publications/Primary Source documents
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
Samples of resources available in the ERC :
Resources in local communities:
Haverhill – Buttonwoods Museum
Lowell – American Textile History Museum
Saugus Iron Works
History: Maps of the world – Explore the world through interactive maps illustrating geopolitical and geographic shifts over time.
Constitution for iPad – Reference copy of the US Constitution for your iPad. Includes text, notes, and images of original documents
Declaration for iPad – Reference copy of the US Declaration of Independence for your iPad. Includes text, notes, and images of original documents.
Early Jamestown - This interactive textbook exploration of the early days of the Jamestown settlement and the state of Virginia. Embedded videos chronicle the beginnings of the Jamestown Settlement, the first permanent English colony in North America.
National Archives Docs Teach – Engage in activities that will help you make sense of stories, events, and ideas of the past using documents from the holdings of the US National Archives.
Ellis Island – Museum Planet presents a comprehensive narrated digital tour of Ellis Island just off the the historic foot of Manhattan.