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Teaching with Primary Sources Portal


The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) Teaching with Primary Sources Portal is a resource for instructors and librarians to identify lessons, ideas, sources, and tools to use in their courses. The initial set of lesson plans were co-developed by UA disciplinary faculty and UAL librarians as part of a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program grant, primarily using digital sources from the Library of Congress. Additional lessons and source sets are being added.

Contact Mary Feeney, Project Director, with questions about this portal or the project. 

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans co-developed by UA disciplinary faculty and librarians include learning objectives, assignments, and links to associated digitized primary sources.

Primary Source Sets

Additional sets of digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress, the UAL Special Collections, and other archival collections around different topics or themes.

Resources and Tools

Links to additional resources and tools like document analysis worksheets, primary source literacy guidelines, readings about teaching with primary sources, and more.



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Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program. Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.

About the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at; and register creative works of authorship at

About the Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program
Since 2006, the Library has awarded Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grants to build a nationwide network of organizations that deliver educational programming, and create teaching materials and tools based on the Library’s digitized primary sources and other online resources. Each year members of this network, called the TPS Consortium, support tens of thousands of learners to build knowledge, engagement and critical thinking skills with items from the Library’s collections.

Image credits

Banner image: Photo collage created by Mary Feeney using the following sources (left to right): Topaz Times. (Topaz, UT), Feb. 6 1943. From the Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers, 1942-1946, Collection; Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Kaminsky, David J, photographer. Lee Lung Sing Market, 600 South Meyer Avenue, Tucson, Pima County, AZ. Pima County Tucson Arizona, 1933. Photograph; Julia Obear, messenger girl at the National Women's i.e. Woman's Party headquarters.1922. Address of Booker T. Washington, principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute [1895]; Marching from Lowell [Ariz.] Deportation of I.W.W.'s July 12, 1917[Students, middle school, Eyüp Rüşdiyesi] / Abdullah Frères, photographes de S.M.I. le SultanTurkey [Between 1880 and 1893];  Phoenix Weekly HeraldOct. 6, 1898.

Lesson plans box: Smithmeyer & Pelz, Architect, Paul J Pelz, and Bernard R Green. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Stone work. Courts, Curtains, West Main and Towers above cellar. Plans, elevations, sections, details, and isometric projections. 1889. Photograph.

Primary Source Sets box: Hartley, William B. Hartley's map of Arizona. [S.I, 1865] Map. 

Resources and Tools box: Johnston, Frances Benjamin, photographer. Group of young women reading in library of normal school, Washington, D.C. Washington D.C, 1899. Photograph.