Publications on Teaching with Historical Records

Publications primarily geared to teachers looking for guidance in using primary source documents in the classroom, but also of use to records custodians who realize the educational potential of the records they hold.

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Number Title Formats Available Online

Consider the Source: Historical Records in the Classroom
This book introduces the use of historical records as source material for classroom instruction. It includes reproductions of 26 historical records and related lesson plans and activities.
Published 1995
160 pages


ED02 Student Research Award Guidelines and Application
This publication provides instruction on applying for a New York State Archives Student Research Award for grades 4-12. This program encourages students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State and increases cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education.
Published 2012

Guidelines PDF

Application PDF



Researching the History of Your School
Discusses ways students and teachers can use community resources to research the history of their school
Published 1985
40 pages



Teaching With Historical Records
Provides information for teachers using historical documents in the classroom.
Published 1981
60 pages