Chronicling America: Library of Congress
November 30, 2014 - 10:43:01
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
World Family Names
May 14, 2014 - 4:38:01
The maps, tables and information presented about names on this website are derived from the analysis of large databases of name records across the world. We do not have intimate knowledge of each name, and as such we cannot comment on the origins or locations of specific names beyond the information presented on this website.
Anne Frank: The Only Existing Video Now Online - Open Culture
March 20, 2014 - 9:05:38
There’s no sound, and the clip only runs 20 seconds. But this is the only known footage of Anne Frank, and it’s now online. The Anne Frank House does a good job of setting the scene for the video taken on July 22, 1941. “The girl next door is getting married. Anne Frank is leaning out of the window of her house in Amsterdam to get a good look at the bride and groom… At the time of her wedding, the bride lived on the second floor at Merwedeplein 39. The Frank family lived at number 37, also on the second floor. The Anne Frank House can offer you this film footage thanks to the cooperation of the couple.” Find more videos on YouTube’s Anne Frank Channel. Also find this clip in our collection of YouTube Favorites.
A Story Of Healing - YouTube
March 12, 2014 - 11:56:54
In 1997, a film crew accompanied an Interplast volunteer surgical team to An Giang province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.
A Story of Healing, earned the 1997 Academy Award for best documentary short subject.
1959: The Year that Changed Jazz - Open Culture
March 9, 2014 - 16:09:12
1959. It was a pivotal year for jazz. Musicians started breaking away from bebop, exploring new, experimental forms. And four absolutely canonical LPs were recorded that year: Kind of Blue by Miles Davis; Time Out by Dave Brubeck; Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus; and The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman.
Time Travel Back to 1926 and Watch Wassily Kandinsky Create an Abstract Composition - Open Culture
March 9, 2014 - 10:48:40
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time and look over the shoulder of one of the early 20th century's greatest artists to watch him work? In this brief film from 1926, we get to see the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky as he turns a blank canvas into one of his distinctive abstract compositions.
15-Year-Old Jane Austen Writes a Satirical History Of England: Read the Handwritten Manuscript Online (1791) - Open Culture
February 19, 2014 - 5:23:20
Austen was, by and large, a homeschooled and autodidactic child. Although she had taken part in some formal schooling between the ages of 7 and 10, illness and the family's lack of means dictated that she had to rely on her father's extensive library for an education. By the time she was fifteen, Austen had evidently gathered sufficient material to fuel her writing, and had completed a history of England, beginning with Henry IV (1367-1413), and ending with Charles I (1600-1649).
French Revolution Digital Archive: Search
February 9, 2014 - 20:51:04
It's often said that the French Revolution (1789-1799) created the "blueprint" for all revolutions to come. Unlike any event before it, the Revolution drew its strength from ideology -- an ideology that turned on the belief that France had created a radical break with its monarchical past, and would now radically re-organize itself along egalitarian and democratic lines. To drive this message home, the revolutionaries produced thousands of pamphlets and political works of art. What's more, they created a new revolutionary calendar and a series of revolutionary festivals that helped give cultural expression to the idea that France had entered a new political age.
Pete Seeger Tells the Story Behind
February 1, 2014 - 14:38:50
Like nearly all folk songs, "We Shall Overcome" has a convoluted, obscure history that traces back to no single source. The Library of Congress locates the song's origins in "African American hymns from the early 20th century" and an article on About.com dates the melody to an antebellum song called "No More Auction Block for Me" and the lyrics to a turn-of-the-century hymn written by the Reverend Charles Tindley of Philadelphia. The original lyric was one of personal salvation -- "I'll Overcome Someday" --but at least by 1945, when the song was taken up by striking tobacco workers in Charleston, S.C., it was transmuted into a statement of solidarity as "We Will Overcome." Needless to say, in its final form, "We Shall Overcome" became the unofficial anthem of the labor and Civil Rights movements and eventually came to be sung "in North Korea, in Beirut, Tiananmen Square and in South Africa's Soweto Township."
Watch and Search Newly Digitized Conversations with 148 People Who Witnessed the Great Depression | Open Culture
February 1, 2014 - 14:32:42
In March of 1992, many years after photographer Dorothea Lange's 1936 image of a migrant mother in California (above) became one of the most iconic images from the Great Depression, a camera crew sat down with two daughters of the subject of Lange's photo. For about 40 minutes, Norma Rydlewski and Katherine McIntosh shared their stories with Blackside, Inc., a company founded by award-winning filmmaker Henry Hampton.
Arena Chelsea Hotel Pt1 - YouTube
February 1, 2014 - 14:12:45
First transmitted in 1981, this documentary programme looks at New York's Chelsea Hotel, a legendary haven for some of the 20th Century's greatest talent, from Mark Twain to Dylan Thomas. With appearances from Andy Warhol and William Burroughs, who have dinner in the room where Arthur C Clarke wrote 2001, and Quentin Crisp, who lived in the hotel for more than 35 years.
Twelve Years a Slave Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853
January 7, 2014 - 22:02:14
Having been born a freeman, and for more than thirty years enjoyed the blessings of liberty in a free State-and having at the end of that time been kidnapped and sold into Slavery, where I remained, until happily rescued in the month of January, 1853, after a bondage of twelve years -- it has been suggested that an account of my life and fortunes would not be uninteresting to the public
December 3, 2013 - 13:31:19
Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1789, "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." In studying the history of the United States, it is important to go back to primary source material. We have gathered in one convenient location, some of the key documents and speeches that all well-informed citizens of the United States would want to be familiar with.
Sigmund Freudâ€™s Home Movies: A Rare Glimpse of His Private Life | Open Culture
November 28, 2013 - 7:58:45
The scenes are narrated by Freud's youngest daughter Anna, who allowed the footage to be shown only within the psychoanalytic community before her death in 1982. The first scenes in the clip above were filmed in 1932 at Freud's summer home in Pötzleinsdorf, a suburb of Vienna. He is shown visiting with his old friend Emanuel Löwy, an archaeologist, and petting his dog Jofi.
Black Coffee: Documentary Covers the History, Politics & Economics of the â€śMost Widely Taken Legal Drugâ€ť | Open Culture
November 17, 2013 - 18:35:50
"It's not hard to brew a great cup of coffee," writes Kelefa Sanneh in a recent New Yorker post on the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. "At least, it shouldn't be." He adds that "there's no such thing as a foolproof process though: even coffee professionals are forever tweaking and rethinking their brew methods, as they get better at identifying, in each cup, what went wrong and what went right." Even casual coffee drinkers, including those who have never made a cup for themselves, know how complicated the preparation process can become when one really starts to think about it. But the field of coffee studies boasts even more information to master when it comes to the history of the cultivation and usage of the beans themselves. You can begin your own coffee education with this tripartite television documentary, Black Coffee.
Take a Virtual Tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
November 7, 2013 - 15:21:45
Last week, we featured a Prize-Winning Animation of 17th Century London. In many ways, it could be paired with these short virtual tours of the Globe Theatre. Built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the original theatre hosted some of the Bard's greatest plays until it burned down 14 years later. In 1613, during a performance of Henry VIII, a stage cannon ignited the thatched roof and the theatre burned to the ground in less than two hours.
Machu Picchu Peru - Travel by 360 Panorama Photo
November 3, 2013 - 17:26:03
The Colosseum, or the Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.
Colosseum Rome - Pictures in 360 degrees Panorama Photo
November 3, 2013 - 17:25:17
The Colosseum, or the Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.
The Great Wall - Ancient China for Kids
November 3, 2013 - 17:24:13
The Chinese worked on the Great Wall for over 1700 years. In turn, each emperor who came to power added pieces of the wall to protect their dynasties. But the wall was not a solid wall. It was a line of disconnected barricades.
SIR-C/X-SAR image Great Wall of China
November 3, 2013 - 17:22:20
These radar images show two segments of the Great Wall of China in a desert region of north-central China, about 700 kilometers (434 miles) west of Beijing. The wall appears as a thin orange band, running from the top to the bottom of the left image, and from the middle upper-left to the lower-right of the right image. These segments of the Great Wall were constructed in the 15th century, during the Ming Dynasty. The wall is between 5 and 8 meters high (16 to 26 feet) in these areas. The entire wall is about 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) long and about 150 kilometers (93 miles) of the wall appear in these two images.
Video -- The Great Wall of China -- National Geographic
November 3, 2013 - 17:20:03
The Great Wall of China stretches more than 5,000 miles through northern China. China's first emperor, Qin, began constructing the wall in the 3rd century BC.
Great Wall of China - Picture of Great Wall - Picture in 360 degrees Panorama Photo
November 3, 2013 - 17:14:00
Panoramas.dk is Virtual reality VR panoramas from all the world made by some of the best
360 VR Photographers in the world.
BBC - Science & Nature - The evolution of man
November 2, 2013 - 22:14:37
Lucy was discovered in 1974 by anthropologist Professor Donald Johanson and his student Tom Gray in a maze of ravines at Hadar in northern Ethiopia.
Johanson and Gray were out searching the scorched terrain for animal bones in the sand, ash and silt when they spotted a tiny fragment of arm bone.
What Ancient Greek Music Sounded Like: Hear a Reconstruction That is 100% Accurate' | Open Culture
October 31, 2013 - 13:36:11
Between 750 BC and 400 BC, the Ancient Greeks composed songs meant to be accompanied by the lyre, reed-pipes, and various percussion instruments. More than 2,000 years later, modern scholars have finally figured out how to reconstruct and perform these songs with (it's claimed) 100% accuracy.
The History Blog
October 30, 2013 - 15:02:47
So I was sifting through reams of Google News Alerts, slightly miffed that there wasnâ€™t some nice, handy blog that had already done all the sifting for me, when it struck me like the proverbial bolt of lightning that non-laziness is an actual option. Hell, if Iâ€™m doing it for myself, why not post the products for all my brothers and sisters in history nerddom?
October 26, 2013 - 17:13:12
ClassicPics posts images of the good and bad, fun and sad moments from bygone times. This is actually a Twitter feed of photos that might be used in almost any discipline. They are also fascinating to scan.
World War II Time-lapse map : 2Â˘ Worth
October 26, 2013 - 6:25:55
Hereâ€™s a video that shows a good representation of how different lands changed hands during World War II. Even if you donâ€™t get the whole story itâ€™s interesting to get a broad view of how things played out throughout Europe.
Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg & Margaret Mead Explain the Meaning of "Beat" in Rare 1950s Audio Clips | Open Culture
October 25, 2013 - 14:48:09
In 1948, Jack Kerouac first started talking about a Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Beat Generation, "by which he meant a Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“swinging group of new American men intent on joy." Ten years later, the term, now commonplace in America's lexicon, was getting co-opted by the mainstream media, and not for the better. "Beat" had become a shorthand for "crime, delinquency, immorality, amorality"Âť and more. In 1958, Kerouac delivered a speech at Hunter College where he tried to restore the true principles of the beat movement and sweep aside the fabricated misconceptions. You can listen to a 7 minute excerpt of that speech below
LIFE Photos | Classic Pictures From LIFE Magazine's Archives | LIFE.com
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:30
Classic and unpublished photos of the 20th century's major events and public figures from LIFE magazine. Pictures from World War II, the Space Race, Vietnam
The 10 Worst Military Decisions in History - Fabulous Pictures
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:29
Rather than getting to the rebel capital, Santa Anna's Mexican army spent days fighting for an insignificant outpost that gave the Texan troops just enough time to prepare and defeat Santa Anna
Lomax Family Collections at the American Folklife Center (The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:28
The Lomax family has a long history of collaboration with the Library of Congress. John A. Lomax, Sr., began a ten-year relationship with the Library in 1933, when he set out with his son Alan, then eighteen, on their first folksong gathering expedition under the Library's auspices.
After the Day of Infamy: 'Man-on-the-Street' Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:27
After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor presents approximately twelve hours of opinions recorded in the days and months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from more than two hundred individuals in cities and towns across the United States. On December 8, 1941 (the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor), Alan Lomax, then "assistant in charge" of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center), sent a telegram to fieldworkers in ten different localities across the United States, asking them to collect "man-on-the-street" reactions of ordinary Americans to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war by the United States.
Spacelog: space exploration stories from the original transcripts
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:26
On 12th of April 1961, 27 year old Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the earth, in Vostok 1. Less than a month later, America launched its first manned spaceflight, the suborbital Mercury-Redstone 3, with Alan Shepherd becoming the first American astronaut. In the years that followed, these historical achievments were followed by many others, culminating on the 21st of July 1969 when Neil Armstrong become the first person to set foot on the Moon.
Congressional Timeline: 73rd Congress (March 9, 1933) - 111th Congress (March 10, 2009)
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:25
For each Congress beginning with the 73rd (1933-35), this timeline features session dates, partisan composition, the presidential administration, a list of congressional leaders, and notable legislation passed. This first version only addresses legislative output, not non-legislative events such as the impeachment of President Clinton or internal congressional processes or congressional politics. We plan to leave room for expansion to include such elements as a timeline of notable, non-congressional events and selections from our historical collections.
BBC - History - Timelines - British Timeline
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:24
A clever way to browse through British history from the BBC...
Explore GovDocs | MLibrary
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:23
A listing of U.S. government web sites and government data.
Path Of The Elders - Home
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:22
PathoftheElders.com is a free, easy to use, interactive website exploring the history and culture of the Mushkegowuk Cree and Anishinaabe Ojibway of Northwestern and Northeastern Ontario, and the signing of Treaty No. 9.
About the Attic | The History Teacher's Attic
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:21
This blog is intended for educators in general, but with special attention given to history and social studies teachers.
LIFE photo archive hosted by Google
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:20
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
WWI Resource Center: Image Archives | Great War Photographs | WW1 World War One Photos
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:19
An archive of images and photographs from "The Great War" -- World War I
Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:18
The NAWSA Collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign. They are a subset of the Library's larger collection donated by Carrie Chapman Catt, longtime president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, in November of 1938.  In Your Classroom: Ask students to read through some of the texts and then extrapolate some of the justifications that we had for refusing women the right to vote. Then ask them to compare those beliefs with some beliefs that are apparent in the world today.
Television News Archive
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:17
The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since 1989.
Historical Text Archive: Electronic History Resources, online since 1990
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:16
This website features text archives and other resources on more obscure fasites of U.S. history, including: Yorktown, pre-1700 documents, Georgia before Oglethorpe, and northwest coast indian history
Free Speech Movement Digital Archive home
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:15
Thirty-four years later, thanks to a $3.5 million gift from Stephen M. Silberstein, the University of California Berkeley Library and the Bancroft Library began an ambitious program to document the role of Mario Savio and other participants in the Free Speech Movement - a legacy? that can still be traced in political activism and educational reform throughout the country.  In Your Classroom: Students might read through some of the texts and view selected video clips. Then they might create posters supporting or condeming the protests. Each student or team should back up their poster with facts.
University of Virginia Library
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:14
Use the search box above to find geospatial, statistical, text, and image resources indexed by the Scholars' Lab or browse the quick links below. If you are looking for information or data about an individual city, start with the Selected Cities Resources. Resources dedicated to specific courses at UVA can be found at Class Pages.
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:13
More and more countries around the world are releasing official policy documents, communiques, and other crucial communications via the Web, along with more traditional means. The Diplomacy Monitor at the St. Thomas University School of Law is a fine way to keep track of various communications, as it allows users to globally track diplomatic and international official statements, press briefings through their readily accessible monitoring system located at their site. Utilizing their own proprietary technology, the staff at the Diplomacy Monitor review annotate and categorize these documents several times throughout the United Nations business day. The site includes a brief introduction to using the Monitor, along with the option of full-text searching of every document archived within the database.
The Green Free Library Newspaper Archive - Search Old Newspaper Articles Online
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:12
Every newspaper in the database is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content. Use the archive to gain a local perspective on historical news, to research your family history, or to simply read about a person or event of interest. We invite you to visit the archive often, as additional pages will be added as they become available. This archive is hosted by NewspaperARCHIVE.com largest historical newspaper database online.
Free Newspaper Archives -- Search History for Free
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:11
Newspaper archives with their collections of millions of old newspaper articles have always been a treasure trove for historical research, but in pre-digital days, a treasure that one approached with grim determination. Hours going through dusty old stacks, or scrolling through dizzying rolls of microfilm (inevitably, in negative image format), usually turned up...not very much.
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:10
This is a database of biographical information on famous and infamous people. It includes an alphabetical listing and a searchable index. Brought to us by the TV program, Biography.
American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:09
With over 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, the American Journeys Digital Library and Learning Center is the result of a collaboration between the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services and by private donors. Much of the work was done at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin, and visitors with an interest in digital projects and their creation and management will want to review the section that details how the website was built. Visitors with a limited amount of time will want to peruse the highlights section, which offers a number of noteworthy historical accounts, including the first encounter of Europeans with the Grand Canyon and the arrival of Captain James Cook in Hawaii. The resource section for educators is well-developed and includes suggestions on integrating documents into lesson plans, information on interpreting documents, and addressing sensitive content.
A S I A for E D U C A T O R S | Columbia University
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:08
An initiative of the East Asian Curriculum Project and the Project on Asia in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University, Asia for Educators (AFE) is designed to serve faculty and students in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature at the undergraduate and pre-college levels. 
A Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment: Selections from the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers - (American Memory from the Library of Congress)
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:07
A Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment documents the Civil War experience of Captain Tilton C. Reynolds, a member of the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. Comprising 164 library items, or 359 digital images, this online presentation includes correspondence, photographs, and other materials dating between 1861 and 1865. The letters feature details of the regiment's movements, accounts of military engagements, and descriptions of the daily life of soldiers and their views of the war. Forty-six of the letters are also made available in transcription.
The University of Oklahoma College of Law: A Chronology of US Historical Documents
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:06
This well designed site includes the complete text of many of our nations founding documents, including foundations such as the Magna Carta and the Iroquois Constitution.
Annenberg Media - A Biography of America
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:05
These are the web resources for a telecourse offered by Annenberg. This is a rich resource for the study of the United states.
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:04
An assorted collection of scanned photo, documents, advertisements, etc. from the 1870s, '80s, and '90s. This sight was the result of a box that was recently found that had not been opened in 100 years. The contents are here. A very interesting visit to the past.  In Your Classroom: Images from this site might be downloaded and used by the teacher to introduce a unit of one of the decades of the 19th century. Students might also use images from the site for their reports and multimedia presentations about the 19th century.
Scultura Italiana - Home Page
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:03
An online database of sculptures from Italy. The images can all be zoomed. In Your Classroom: You might ask students to scan the scuptures and then select and download specific images to include as illustrations for creative writings.
The text of the U.S. Bill of Rights
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:02
The text of the U.S. Bill of Rights found on the UNC Sunsite web site. (Sun Software, Information & Technology Exchange) is a network of Internet servers providing archives of information, software and other publicly available resources. The project, started in the early 1990s, is run by a number of universities worldwide and was initially co-sponsored by Sun Microsystems.
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:01
Cantaria is a learning library of bardic songs. This library currently contains lyrics for over 80 songs, most with accompanying sound clips of the songs being performed. Songs are categorized under the headings below.
October 25, 2013 - 10:24:00
The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University. 
In Your Classroom:
As students are studying different decades during the 20th century, they might be asked to desktop publish a magazine for those years including articles, photographs, and creative writing. To add color or atmosphere to the publication, students might download and include ads from the decade from this database. In media literacy studies, students might be asked to identify the approaches that various ads are using to promote their ideas.
California, First Person Narratives: General Collections
October 25, 2013 - 10:23:59
consists of the full texts and illustrations of 190 works documenting the formative era of California's history through eyewitness accounts.
U.S. Centennial of Flight Home Page
October 25, 2013 - 10:23:58
At the heart of this site is the celebration of the Wright Brothers first Powered flight, here in North Carolina. The bulk of materials fall into three main sections: the timeline, essays, and images. The essays provide helpful background reading on almost every topic related to flight, ranging from the aerospace industry, inflight refueling, air power, commercial aviation, and aerodynamics. The timeline can be searched by year, keyword, or category. The image database can be searched by category, most of which correspond to topical themes delineated by the essays. For those looking to attend events related to the centennial, a searchable calendar of events is also provided.  In Your Classroom: Fantastic video clips for use in the classroom. The timeline will also make a great story-starter tool.
Nuclear Files - From nuclear proliferation to nuclear testing, from Hiroshima to North Korea, Nuclear Files offers the A to Z on nuclear issues.
October 25, 2013 - 10:23:57
This page comprises links to primary source documents including treaties, governances, and personal correspondences. There is also a teachers resources page available.  In Your Classroom: One of the most interesting aspects of this site is the personal correspondences. For instance, Einstein's letter to FDR in 1939 where he warns the president about scientific developments in Germany. It might be beneficial during a study of World War II or of the 20th Century to ask students to read some of these letters to gain insites into the players of the development of nuclear weapons and then have them carry out a contemporary debate in character with the authors.
Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers: Home
October 25, 2013 - 10:23:56
The online version of the Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress will comprise a selection of approximately 4700 items (totaling about 38,000 images). This first release contains 1400 items consisting of correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints, articles, and photographs documenting Bell's invention of the telephone and his involvement in the first telephone company, his family life, his interest in the education of the deaf, and his aeronautical and other scientific research.  In Your Classroom: Ask students to study this web site and to speculate on how being a scientists in the 19th century compares with being a scientist today. Then ask students to pretend that they are scientists in the past writing letter to current day workers in science.
NOVA | Einstein's Big Idea | E = mc2 Explained | PBS
October 25, 2013 - 10:23:55
How would 10 top physicists?two Nobel Prize winners among them?describe Einstein's equation to curious non-physicists? Listen online by selecting Play All or choose individual clips below. Listen offline by downloading clips, or subscribe to our podcast.
Edison Motion Pictures
October 25, 2013 - 10:23:54
Information and MPEG & QuickTime files of early Edison movies, brought to us by The Library of Congress.
1911 Encyclopedia Britannica - Free Online
October 25, 2013 - 10:23:53
The best encyclopedia ever written was published over 90 years ago! And now you can find right here on the web! This 1911 encyclopedia is filled with historical information that is still relevant today. 
Einstein Archives Online
October 25, 2013 - 10:23:52
This impressive digital archive features the writings, scholarship, and thoughts of Albert Einstein, one of the 20th century's greatest scientists. The site allows visitors to view and browse 3,000 high-quality digitized images of Einstein's writings, ranging from his travel diaries (many of which are in German) to his published and unpublished scholarly manuscripts.  In Your Classroom: The travel diaries might be used by German classes as a source of information to translate. Notes might be used to enhance the study of contributions by scientists in the area of Physics.
Dittrick Medical History Center - Case Western Reserve University
October 25, 2013 - 10:23:51
The Dittrick Medical History Center is dedicated to the study of the medical past through a distinguished collection of rare books, museum artifacts, archives, and images. The Dittrick originated as part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894) and today functions as an interdisciplinary study center within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 
October 25, 2013 - 10:23:50
This UC Berkeley Digital Library Photo Collection includes over 35,000 images of California plants and habitats, animals, and Department of Water natural resources. Browse or search by common or scientific names, by location or subject (natural resources), or even by predominant plant color.  In Your Classroom: Teachers might use this web site as a source for images to show students various plants and animals in biology and other life sice classes. Students might also use the images from the site to prepare a photo album of a ficticous trip across the USA. The images can technically be downloaded.
The True Odds of Airborne Terror (Infographic) - lizards.me
October 25, 2013 - 10:22:37
After the crotchbomb there has been a lot of noise about airplane security againâ€”you can see how stupid the leaked new flight rules are here. But what's the actual risk of an airplane attack? Here's the definitive chart:
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October 25, 2013 - 10:22:34
An interesting infographic comparing the 'right' and the 'left' in U.S. government.
A history teacher uses the oil spill for a student design project - NYTimes.com
October 25, 2013 - 10:22:23
To close Infographics Week here on The Learning Network, I invited a classroom teacher (and self-described ?fanatic? about the use of infographics in education) to detail a project I first heard her talk about on a National Writing Project-affiliated podcast called ?Teachers Teaching Teachers.?
America's Health Rankings - State Healthstats
October 25, 2013 - 10:22:21
For over 20 years, America's Health Rankings(R) has been tracking the state of our nation's health. This analysis provides a comprehensive perspective on our national health issues, state by state. The 2010 Rankings features an interactive map where you can explore these statistics, compare states side-by-side, and learn what we can do to improve our health in the future.