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Teacher Resources

Here you will find primary sources that will capture your students' attention. The following themes, commonly taught in social studies and history classes, are designed for the potential to help your students

  • raise questions and make observations;
  • compare and contrast sources;
  • reconstruct conflicting perspectives; and
  • bring historical contexts and understandings to life in their own minds.


Housekeeping and Hygiene

Photographs, advertisements, and other materials depicting Progressive Era assimilation efforts, consistency and change in women's roles, and the cultural significance of cleanliness.

Childhood and Child Labor

Illustrations, photographs, and texts revealing relationships among real children's work, perceptions of childhood, new programs for children, and the child labor debate.

Kitchens, Conveniences, Cooperation, Consumption

House plans and other evidence of women's visions for their homes, economy, and society, and of the effects of industrialization on domestic work and domestic architecture.

Women, Science, and Nature

Manuscripts, photographs, courses of study, and other sources describing consistency and change over time in natural science activities thought suitable for female amateurs, students, teachers, and workers.

Immigration and Race

Photographs, maps, graphs, texts, and illustrations that trace the shifting boundaries between new immigrant and other "alien" groups, and between these and the "native white" population.