Primary Sources

HomeEducationFor TeachersEducational ResourcesPrimary Sources

Primary Sources

Teachers, need a primary source to create a lesson in the classroom? 

         Students, need a source for a research project? 

You can find the primary sources that are used in the unit plans here where they are searchable by keyword, title, and topic.  

Besides an image of the source, on its page, you may also find ways to purchase copies for the classroom, a transcription, and its proper citation for inclusion in a bibliography.

Our digitized collection, however, is much bigger than this selection.  Be sure to search the Collection section of our website too, through Discover (HSP's Online Catalog) and the Digital Library.

And if you  need help reading old handwriting, there are many sources on line, such as this one from ancestry.com.

 

Photo album of Capatin Stephen H. Noyes from his time as a reconnaissance aviator for the United States during World War I.

Letter from Sam Gibbon to his father serving as an army doctor in World War I. Postmarked January 14th 1918.

Letter from Marjorie Gibbon to her father serving as an army doctor in World War I. Postmarked February 6th 1918.

Letter from Sam Gibbon to his father serving as an army doctor in World War I. Postmarked July 23rd 1917

Letter from Jack Gibbon to his father serving as an army doctor in World War I. Postmarked July 11th 1917

Letter from Marjorie Gibbon to her father serving as an army doctor in World War I. Postmarked June 6th 1917

Letter from Sam Gibbon to his father serving as an army doctor in World War I. Postmarked May 5th 1917

This source has multiple images. Click on the image to view others.

Photographs of various War Gardens-related activities from the Philadelphia War Photograph Committee.

(1) is photograph of students at West Philadelphia High School tending to war gardens.(2) is photograph of young members of the "land army" posed for review at an unidentified location.

World War I-era poster for the "National League for Womans Service."

World War I-era poster recruiting men for the U.S. Navy.

A World War I era poster encouraging men to take up arms and enlist.  The poster callson Revolutionary War imagery and sentiments.

World War I-era poster urging Americans to "help the orphans of British soldiers sailors & mine-sweepers."