Back to School With Digital Public Library of America


With students filing back into your library, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has a wide variety of resources to put to use in the classroom. These include:

  • Primary Source Sets — These draw on DPLA’s vast collections of resources from libraries, archives, and museums across the country and feature diverse primary sources including letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more. Each of the 100 sets for grades 6-14 has an accompanying teaching guide. They’re ready to adapt into a lesson to complement your curriculum, to inspire student researchers, and to deepen student engagement through inquiry-based analysis.
  • Digital Exhibitions — Like the Primary Source Sets, the Exhibitions represent a broad array of topics that complement history curricula.
  • DPLA Collections — With nearly 14 million items from over 2,000 contributing institutions, DPLA’s research portal represents a rich and unprecedented mix of local, national, and international cultural heritage that offers nearly unlimited possibilities for exploration for you and your students.  Here’s a quick how-to guide for searching in DPLA.

Learn more about these resources on the DPLA website.

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