Monday, October 11, 2010

National Archives Launches Docs Teach

The National Archives and Records Administration has launched a new tool, designed primarily for teachers, "Docs Teach."

RCA Victor radio chassis
assembly line, Camden, N.J., 1937
Drawing of Improved Boot, 1867.
Patent and Trademark Office

The site contains over 3,000 primary source items, including written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio, and video. The materials are arranged by period, including, for example, "The Development of the Industrial United States" and "The Great Depression and World War II." There is a free registration function, allowing  users to save selected materials and to use teaching tools such as "Making Connections," which allows teachers to "arrange a set of documents to show the progression of historical events and help students understand relationships among events," "Mapping History," which allows users to link primary sources to locations on a map, and "Interpreting Data."