Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History

Catalog 016111, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center, Smithsonian, George Washington’s Camp Chest. United States: n.p, 1775–1776. Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History. Sept. 2016.


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Gale and Smithsonian have partnered to deliver an online resource for users in your school U.S. history classes: Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History. This rare online resource includes unique and seminal primary sources, including documents, maps, historical objects, and other materials from the museums and archives from the collections of the Smithsonian and from Gale’s leading digital collections.

Empower Understanding


Designed for both teachers and librarians to support core and Advanced Placement U.S. history programs, this resource brings hand-curated content from the experts at the Smithsonian directly to your classroom and students. Select content is curriculum-aligned providing easy access to authoritative content from trusted sources helping to satisfy requirements to incorporate primary source content into U.S. history classes.

Empower Access


Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S History allows students and teachers to:

  • Find close to 1,800 curated primary source documents.
  • Toggle between content by time period.
  • Integrate supplemental learning materials.
  • Seamlessly link to additional content from Gale U.S. History In Context via interlinking.
  • Access content that aligns primary sources to national social science and literary standards for easy-to-see application across subjects.
  • Move rich content into student workflow with G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools.
Empower Learning


Choose from 15 time periods that support the study of different eras:

  • Pre-Colonial Era (1450-1620)
  • Colonial Society and the Road to Independence (1620-1754)
  • American Independence (1754-1783)
  • Development of the Young Republic (1783-1829)
  • Westward Expansion and America’s First Age of Reform (1829-1854)
  • Emerging Disunion and Sectionalism (1845-1861)
  • Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877)
  • Industrialization, Immigration, and Urbanization (1877-1930)
  • The Progressive Era (1890-1930)
  • World War I and Rising Expectations (1914-1929)
  • The Great Depression, New Deal, and World War II (1929-1945)
  • The Cold War (1947-1991)
  • Civil Rights and Social Tumult (1960-1980)
  • Conservatism (1980-1991)
  • The New Millennium and a Post-9/11 World (1991—present