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An Adventure of the American Mind: Joining Educators and Students With Library of Congress Resources

Introduction to the Library of Congress

Photograph of the Main Reading room at the Library of CongressThe world’s largest library, the Library of Congress is one of the United States’ national treasures. Thanks to an enormous digitization initiative, these resources are accessible online: making primary source documents such as the letters and pictures of U.S. Presidents, photographs from the Great Depression, and recorded folk music easily accessible. The Library has an extensive and varied digital collection of more than seven million items. For teachers and students, using digital resources from the Library of Congress, makes history come alive!

Photograph of Visitor's Gallery staircaseThe Library of Congress and AAM

Ever since the personal computer was invented, educators have worked to effectively, efficiently, and wisely integrate technology into their classroom activities. By incorporating pre-existing resources from the Library of Congress, An Adventure of the American Mind helps teachers use digital resources in instruction seamlessly and naturally while also teaching students important technology skills they will use throughout their lives. In addition, students and teachers can use photographs, sound recordings and other documents from others and are able to connect these digital resources with their own heritage and history.

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The Library of Congress

American Memory Project

An Adventure of the American Mind is a Library of Congress funded program, administered through the ERC.
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