From the American Library Association:

With funding from the Library of Congress’s Teaching with Primary Sources program, the American Library Association (ALA) has published “Programming with Primary Sources: Women’s Suffrage,” a resource guide to inspire and help library workers to incorporate primary source research into their book clubs, crafts, and other library programs.

The 31-page guide is free and available to anyone on the ALA website. Download the guide here.

History textbooks often offer a simplistic account of the nation’s experience with women’s suffrage, but closer examination paints a much more complex history of women’s suffrage activism. women.

Created by librarians in conjunction with ALA’s Office of Public Programs, the guide “Programming with Primary Sources: Women’s Suffrage” aims to shed light on lesser-known stories and perspectives from the suffrage era. women and to provide user-friendly resources so that libraries across the United States can lead impactful conversations about this important part of our nation’s past.

The guide includes:

  • Six program templates, each with detailed program plans and primary source recommendations, which can be reproduced and adapted for different audiences
  • Suggestions for ways to combine primary source analysis with book discussions
  • Useful resources for analyzing primary sources, learning more about women’s suffrage, and understanding copyright and fair use

“Primary sources are the raw materials of history – original documents and artifacts that were created during the time under study,” reads the Library of Congress website. As such, these articles are powerful educational tools. Bringing people of all ages into close contact with objects from bygone eras can bring the past to life in a unique and powerful way.

Thousands of items from the Library of Congress tell the story of the women’s suffrage movement: historical and contemporary audio and video files, posters, photographs, magazines, sheet music, maps, rare manuscripts and books, and government documents and laws.

Since 2006, the Library of Congress has provided Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grants to create a national network of organizations that deliver educational programs and create teaching materials and tools based on the digitized primary sources of library and other online resources. Each year, members of this network, called the TPS Consortium, help tens of thousands of learners develop their knowledge, engagement and critical thinking with items from the Library’s collections.

Teaching with Primary Sources: Women’s Suffrage and Libraries is made possible by the Library of Congress. The program is administered by ALA’s Office of Public Programs. To be notified of future resources, grants, and opportunities from the ALA Office of Public Programs, sign up for the ALA Program Librarian newsletter.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ, an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.