The Newberry is home to a world-class collection of over one-and-a-half million books, five million manuscript pages, and five hundred thousand maps—a wealth of primary sources for English and history teachers. Yet finding the time to research the collections can be a challenge for busy educators. To facilitate access to this archive, Newberry Teacher Programs staff have collaborated with scholars and university faculty to develop a Digital Collections for the Classroom website, a free, digital education resource.
Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom (DCC) are thematic collections of primary-source documents selected from the Newberry’s extensive holdings and developed in conjunction with our professional development seminars. The collections are designed to be easily incorporated into classroom teaching and support the development of skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. Each collection includes high-resolution digital images of documents representing a variety of genres from maps, photographs, and cartoons to poems, speeches, and travel narratives, as well as contextual introductions, discussion questions, and bibliographic information. Users can search, view, and download individual items or entire collections, and can even build document collections of their own using the “Create” feature.
The DCC website offers teachers an easy way to incorporate primary sources into the humanities classroom and engage their students in the exciting, challenging process of interdisciplinary historical research.
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