Announcing New Primary Source Sets for Education

By DPLA, February 28, 2018.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is excited to announce the publication of twenty-one new Primary Source Sets. These sets provide rich new primary sources from libraries, archives, and museums across the country that are classroom-ready for students and educators alike. Explore new topics representing women’s history, African American history, migration experiences, and more.

The newest Primary Source Sets were developed in collaboration with DPLA’s expanded Education Advisory Committee and are designed for secondary and higher education. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, discussion questions, and classroom activities.

New topics:

Beginnings of the American Red Cross
California Gold Rush
Commodore Perry’s Expedition to Japan
Cotton Gin and the Expansion of Slavery
Cuban Immigration After the Revolution, 1959-1973
Eugenics Movement in the United States
Exodusters: African American Migration to the Great Plains
Fake News in the 1890s: Yellow Journalism
Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern American Architecture
Immigration Through Angel Island
John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Pablo Picasso’s Guernica and Modern War
Reservations, Resistance, and the Indian Reorganization Act, 1900-1940
Second Ku Klux Klan and The Birth of a Nation
Space Race
Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie and the Urbanization of Chicago
Treaty of Versailles and the End of World War I
Victorian Era
Women and the Temperance Movement
World War II’s Eastern Front: Operation Barbarossa

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The Primary Source Sets project and the work of our expanded 2017-2018 Education Advisory Committee are supported by the Teagle Foundation. To learn more about DPLA’s education work, read about education projects, sign up for the education news list, or contact

About the Teagle Foundation
The Teagle Foundation ( works to support and strengthen liberal arts education, which we see as fundamental to meaningful work, effective citizenship, and a fulfilling life. Our aim is to serve as a catalyst for the improvement of teaching and learning in the arts and sciences while addressing issues of financial sustainability and accountability in higher education.

About the Digital Public Library of America
Digital Public Library of America ( is a national digital library that provides access to millions of primary and secondary sources from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.