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Educational Resources

Documents and Learning Activities

The New York State Archives presents historical records (1630s- present) and standards-based lessons developed by New York teachers for classroom use. Quickly identify documents through targeted searches, and customize lessons online for classroom use.


The Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund grant program supports projects that focus on the educational use of local government records.

Instructional Videos

Watch our education videos to learn creative ways to incorporate primary source documents into classroom teaching. Also, learn what an archive is and how to use different types of archives to locate records for the classroom.


The State Archives develops and distributes publications that provide information on how to find and integrate historical records into classroom instruction.

Student Research Award

The Student Research Award program encourages students in grades 4-12 to explore the wealth of historical records found in archives, libraries and other community organizations throughout New York State. Deadline for submitting projects is July 1. Awards consist of a cash prize and certificates.