Would you like to incorporate more historical materials into your classroom? American Memory is a wonderful digital collection that could be used in all subject areas.

American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

American Memory covers topics such as Native American History, sports and recreation, performing arts, literature, technology, environmental conservation, and more.

One of the best things about this website is that it should not be blocked by your school’s/district’s internet filter because it is published by the Library of Congress. Why tell your students about early film and sound recording when they can access and explore a database of Edison’s work with sound and motion pictures? American Memory can provide your students the opportunity to see and experience the media associated with the American history events you may be covering in your classroom.