The Newberry is home to a world-class collection of over 1.5 million books, 5 million manuscript pages, and 500,000 maps—a wealth of primary sources for teachers. Yet finding the time to research the collections can be a challenge for busy educators. To facilitate access to this archive, Newberry Teacher Programs staff have collaborated with scholars, university faculty, and classroom teachers to develop the Digital Collections for the Classroom (DCC) website, a free, online education resource.
The collections available on the DCC are designed to be easily incorporated into classroom instruction and support the development of skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. Each collection includes high-resolution digital images of documents ranging from maps, photographs, and cartoons to poems, speeches, and travel narratives, as well as contextual introductions, discussion questions, and bibliographic information. Users can search, view, and download individual items or entire collections, and can even build collections of their own using the “Create” feature.
The DCC offers teachers an easy way to incorporate Newberry sources into their classrooms and engage students in the exciting, challenging process of interdisciplinary historical research.
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