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Social Studies Education Resources: Primary Sources
SECNDED 430/630: Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School and
ELEMMID 363: The Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary/Middle School
A primary source a is an artifact such as a document, a recording, an untouched photo, or some other source of information that was created at the time that is being studied. The following are resources to help you get started locating primary sources that you may wish to include in lesson plans. If you need more in-depth information and locations for primary sources, visit the LibGuide: Finding Primary Sources for History Research.
Visit the Andersen Library Special Collections on the 1st floor of the library for primary source materials, including UW-Whitewater history, Wisconsin Historical Society collections, Area Research Center for Jefferson, Rock, and Walworth Counties, and much more.
Primary source material from 18th & 19th century publications contains primary source material from 18th & 19th century publications. Includes historic periodicals and books including eyewitness accounts of historical events, descriptions of everyday life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements and genealogical records.
Collections provided by Andersen Library: African-American Newspapers (Parts 1-13); VA Gazette (Parts 1-5); Civil War Collection (Parts 1-6); Godey's Lady's Book (Parts 1-9); Frank Leslie's Weekly (Parts 1-14); Women's Suffrage Collection (Parts 1-3).
This is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The primary documents are from the library collections at the University of Michigan and Cornell University.
This section of the National Archives Web site contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States that correlate to standards. It also provides excellent examples of teaching activities that incorporate primary sources.
Created to provide access to digital resources that support the teaching and research needs of the UW community, all of the digital resources within the collections are free and publicly accessible. They include text-based materials such as books, journal series, and manuscript collections; photographic images; slides; maps; prints; posters; audio; and video.
Jackdaw Collection in the Library
What is a Jackdaw?
Jackdaws are collections of primary source materials designed for classroom use. They include a teacher's guide, blackline masters, maps, facsimiles of documents, translations, photographs, maps, and more.
Jackdaws are filed in the Curriculum Collection Textbooks on the 2nd floor of the library. Click below to browse the collection.