Audio/Video Primary Sources

Since the Web is based on multiple data types, this topic meshes with the process and technology.

It is useful to mention that only by preserving this multi-media can the past be brought alive with rich data (a television channel motto?).

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Blue Flame Cafe

The Blue Flame Cafe has reserved seats for blues singers with photos and music clips. Older students would probably benefit more than K-5.  learn more

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Center for History and New Media

Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has different categories with essays, primary sources, videos, audio recordings and tools, representing different points-of-view.  learn more

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Documenting American South (Univ of North Carolina)

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently, DocSouth includes sixteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.   The University of North Carolina has gathered thousands of documents…  learn more

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Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections

During the Great Depression era in the U.S., the Works Progress Administration sponsored local artists all over the U.S. A folk music specialist shadowed the great composers and lyricists and gathered their work, which is preserved here.  learn more

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History and Politics Out Loud

History and Politics Out Loud, sponsored by the NEH, includes voices of FDR, John F Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. from historical turning points.  learn more

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Holocaust History

Remember.org is one of the more comprehensive sites which explores the context for the Holocaust. Over a half century has passed since the ending of this actual era in history. The horror is still unimaginable; now the children of the few remaining survivors are responsible for remembering. This site is laid out like a newspaper…  learn more

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Internet Archive: Old Time Radio

Archive.org, our webmasters favorite tool for tracking down web sites, also archives over 2,500 Old Time Radio shows. Not only can these programs be fun to listen to, but they provide a window into another era, showcasing the norms and attitudes of the times. Searching for "news" will bring up new reports from the 1930's…  learn more

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Moving Image Research Collections

Footage from Movietone News and other sources portrays real time events from the past. It could encourage students to create their own productions online.  learn more

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Old Time Radio (OTR)

Old Time Radio (from OTR and Internet Archive) cultivates listening skills and provide a context for the times. Events and episodic stories, such as the Hindenburg disaster and the Shadow, respectively, are included in these primary sources.  learn more

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Omaha Indian Music

A wonderful audio collection of Native American folklore has been released – original music from the Omaha Indian tribal archives. Hosted by the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress.  learn more

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Oyez

Oyez is a multimedia archive making the Supreme Court of the United States accessible to everyone. It is a complete and authoritative source for all of the Court's audio since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. Click on Cases and select a case. You'll find the audio recordings includes a "follow along"…  learn more

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Reading Like An Historian

This site offers over 50 lessons in U.S. and world history, incorporating multiple primary sources, held at the Library of Congress. Most are arranged in a debate-like format.  learn more

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The Moonlit Road

Welcome to The Moonlit Road.com, where we tell Southern ghost stories, folktales, myths and legends from the dark backroads of the American South. Want to come along? Follow the lantern to visit with our storytellers.  learn more

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The Public Domain Project

Pond5 sponsors this site allowing you and your students to download thousands of historic media files. The resources include video, audio, images and 3D models.  learn more

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Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Audio & video resources include the Aleut Story, A Blackfeet Encounter, The Oneida Speak and Standing Bear's Footsteps.  learn more

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Voices from the Holocaust

In 1946, one year after the end of World War 2 in Europe, Dr. David P. Boder traveled to Europe to record stories of Holocaust survivors in their own words. Over a period of three months, he visited refugee camps in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany, and was able to record over 90 hours of…  learn more