Source, Story: History
: Teaching U.S. History in the Archives


Welcome to Source, Story, History, an online collection of primary sources drawn from the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Archival material enriches and complicates our understanding of American history. Each memo, photograph, and letter featured here tells a story about the United States.

This site contains letters, photographs, office memos, newspaper articles, hand-written reports, videos, and oral history audio clips relating to nine moment in American history in the post-Civil War period. Each selection is accompanied by a lesson plan that includes sample assignments and ideas for using primary sources in the classroom.

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