New Primary Source Sets for Education Now Published

By DPLA, September 28, 2017.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is excited to announce the publication of twenty new Primary Source Sets. These sets explore new topics in US history, literature, arts, world history, and science and technology and provide rich new primary sources from libraries, archives, and museums across the country that are classroom-ready for students and educators alike.

The latest group of Primary Source Sets were developed in collaboration with DPLA’s expanded Education Advisory Committee and are designed for grades 6-12 and higher education. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to additional resources, and a teaching guide. 

New topics:

Battle of Gettysburg
Blackface Minstrelsy in Modern America
Cherokee Removal and the Trail of Tears
Dutch New Netherland
Elie Wiesel’s Night and the Holocaust
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society
Mormon Migration
Nineteenth-Century Schools for the Deaf and Blind
Pop Art in the US
Powhatan People and the English at Jamestown
Revolutionary War Turning Points: Saratoga and Valley Forge
Stonewall and Its Impact on the Gay Liberation Movement
The American Whaling Industry
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Columbian Exchange
The Panic of 1837
The Rise of Italian Fascism and its Influence on Europe
Truth, Justice, and the Birth of the Superhero Comic Book
Voting Rights Act of 1965

View all Primary Source Sets

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.