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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Primary Source Sets on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is rapidly becoming a go-to place for freely accessible information much of which has valuable genealogical content. One of the most interesting developments from the DPLA is their use of Primary Source Sets. Here is a brief explanation of this particular project:
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Drawing online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, the sets use letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee. Read about our education projects, suggest a new topic for a primary source set, and contact us with feedback at
Here is a screenshot of the Primary Source Sets links:

The DPLA has grown to include over 17 million items from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.

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