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Constitution Day 2010: Resources for Educators: Materials for Displays and Programs

Constitution Day is September 17


Iconic Paintings



Using Primary Materials in the Classroom

Primary materials make history and historical people come alive. Books, document, pictures, maps, political cartoons, and many other types of materials are excellent resources for displays and exhibitions and for use in the classroom.

This guide will help you locate primary sources and information about using them.

Constitution, Printed, with Marginal Notes by George Washington, September 12, 1787.
George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799.

About Primary Sources

Teaching with Primary Sources



Library of Congress Program. Helps educators learn about primary sources and how to use them in the classroom.

Using Primary Sources guide to analyzing sources.

Primary Sources

Constitution Day Teacher Resources (Library of Congress)

Creating the United States (Library of Congress)

Multi-part exhibition with pictures, resources, and lesson plans.


The Horse America Throwing His Master (King George III). Westminster: Wm. White, August 1779. Etching. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.


DocsTeach (National Archives)

Primary sources, both documents and pictures are available through DocsTeach. The website also has lesson plans.

Bring the Constitution to Life! (DocsTeach)

Constitution Resources: primary sources for Constitution Day.

Exterior view of Independence Hall. Records of the Commission of Fine Arts.

  Educators (Smithsonian Education)

Go to Lesson plans or Resource Library
use the Select Subject menu: examples: American History or Government and Law
use the keyword search: examples: constitution or amendment

   Picturing America (National Endowment for the Humanities)


"The National Endowment for the Humanities believes that engaging, masterful works of art can bring the story of America to life." The site provides famous American artworks and stories about them. Originally a guide to a traveling exhibition, the website remains as examples of art in history.

Supreme Court Case: McCulloch v. Maryland 1819


Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Also print book: Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E 173 .U62 2003

A collection of one hundred documents important in the development of the United States from its founding to 1965, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other important, though lesser-known writings. The website includes: printable copies of the 100 documents, Ideas for Librarians, Meeting Standards with "Our Documents," Tools for Educators, and posters.

Landmark Supreme Court Case: McCulloch v. Maryland 1819.


United States Constitution: Primary Documents in American History (Library of Congress Digital Reference Section)

Guide to digital collections of debates, journals, and laws. Document are transcribed and linked to original pages.