Audio/Video Primary Sources
This extremely well done presentation from the JFK Presidential Library and Museum takes thru the Cuban Missile Crisis and the events leading up to it. It provides a context of the times and a what-if things had not gone as they did. Highly recommended!.
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" transcript and visual identification of which justice is speaking at the time – compelling and immersive.
Oyez also provides detailed information on every justice throughout history and offers a visual tour of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of several justices.
This site is excellent for students to practice listening and oral presentation skills as well as experiencing real history.
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.
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.
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 and 40's.
Footage from Movietone News and other sources portrays real time events from the past.
It could encourage students to create their own productions online.
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.
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.
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 so multiple forms of data--literature and eyewitness accounts, music and secondary sources such as television documentaries--have been incorporated.
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 first-hand testimony.
These recordings represent the earliest known oral histories of the Holocaust, which are available through this online archive.
The History Channel offers a wide range of resources and videos. One area of special interest is the Famous Speeches page, with audio clips on everything from Amelia Earhart on Women in Flight to a Titanic Survivor's Eyewitness Account, George Wallace on Desegregation to Nancy Reagan Introduces "Just Say No" Campaign.
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.
The Moonlit Road will transport your class to the southern U.S. to learn about regional history and culture, especially ghost stories complete with music and read-aloud features.
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.
The University of North Carolina has gathered thousands of documents together for a history of the American South. For a beginning, 250 artifacts (various media types) documenting slavery can be viewed.
The Blue Flame Cafe has reserved seats for blues singers with photos and music clips. Older students would probably benefit more than K-5.
Inside the Harlem Renaissance helps students simulate producing a video for the International Broadcast corporation on the achievements of the Harlem renaissance.
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.
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.
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?).