Explore these Digital Archives
As I teacher, I was always scouring the web for engaging resources to bring into my classroom - including everything from primary source documents to video clips and gifs, animations, and cartoons. Over the years, I've have amassed quite a collection of links to web-based archives of digitized resources, perfect for use in an educational setting. Here are a few of my favorites.
The Library of Congress has made a massive collection of digitized photos, documents, blueprints, artwork and other resources available to the general public, free of charge.
Explore this huge searchable digital archive of videos, images, and audio clips gathered over the course of NASA's 60 year history.
View artwork and interactive stories from the world's greatest museums and cultural institutions - be sure not to dive in to Google's technology-meets-art "experiments."
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has released a gallery of hundreds of gifs offering glimpses into the past - hosted entirely on Giphy!
Europeana works with libraries and museums to share cultural heritage by offering access to millions digitized items including books, music, maps, photography, and artwork.
A powerful search engine for historical maps, Old Maps Online allows you to pinpoint locations on Earth, and browse dozens of available maps from throughout history.
A searchable archive of free-to-view-and-download historical political cartoons from the 18th and 19th centuries, provided by the Library of Congress.