Experience History at its Source
Gale and Smithsonian have partnered to deliver an online resource designed to provide teachers and librarians with primary source content to support U.S. History and AP U.S. History classes. Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History brings hand-curated material from the experts at the Smithsonian directly to classrooms and students, allowing teachers to incorporate required primary source content into U.S. History classes.
Choose from 15 eras and over 1,800 seminal primary sources including documents, maps, historical objects, and other materials from the museums, archives, and collections of the Smithsonian and Gale's leading digital collections.
Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History allows students and teachers to integrate supplemental learning materials into student workflows with G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools. Users can access additional content from Gale's U.S. History In Context via interlinking.
Why choose Smithsonian Primary Sources in US History?
“This database is a treasure trove for students, teachers, curriculum writers, and researchers looking for authenticated primary source documents."
- Booklist, Advanced Review, November 2016
A Civil War certificate of exemption issued on September 27, 1864, to Moses Schoenfeld of Saugerties, New York.
"Newsstand, 32nd St. and 3rd Ave.," photograph by Berenice Abbott, taken in New York City on November 19, 1935.
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Integrated G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools enable users to share, save, and download content—including highlights and notes.
Primary Source Documents
More than 1,800 curated primary source documents cover the scope and sequence of a high school U.S. History course.
Investigate primary sources correlated to national and state standards and supplemented with critical thinking questions as well as easy-to-read headnotes.