The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. The National Archives and Records Administration is the official government website of the National Archives.
Through innovation and technology the National Archives sets the gold-standard in education for using primary sources in the classroom. Below educators will find links to additional National Archives resources that will be useful for teaching in the classroom using primary source materials. The Reagan Library is one of 14 presidential libraries that falls under the umbrella of the National Archives and Records Administration.
★ Teaching with Documents
Teaching with Documents in the National Archives digital classroom. The digital classroom contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teaching activities correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government , and cross-curricular connections.
DocsTeach is the online tool for teaching with documents, from the National Archives. Access thousands of primary sources — letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types — spanning the course of American history. Borrow from an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities created by the National Archives, and teachers around the world. Create your own activities using the online tools.
★ Digital Vaults
The National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults allows visitors to explore the National Archives collection. You can browse through the hundreds of photographs, documents, and film clips and discover the connection between some of the National Archives' most treasured records.
★ Our Documents
Our Documents is a collection designed to help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, we invite you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."
★ Online Exhibits
Online Exhibits: National Archives is a curated thematic collection of interactive exhibits featuring documents, photographs, video and audio from the National Archives."
★ The National Archives Catalogue
The National Archives Catalogue: Search the online catalog and other National Archives resources at once for information about our records."
★ Social Media and Digital Engagement
Social Media and Digital Engagement: The National Archives uses social media platforms to tell great stories, spark deep conversations, and provide opportunities for civic engagement. "
★ The Center for Legislative Archives
The Center for Legislative Archives, a part of the National Archives and Records Administration, preserves and makes available to researchers the historical records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Through its public outreach programs, the Center uses these historical records to promote a better understanding of Congress and the history of American representative government.
★ Presidential Libraries and Museums
Presidential Libraries and Museums promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.