Primary Sources for Educators

Primary Source Packets

Our Primary Source Packets cover a range of historical topics and contain enrichment activities designed for students! Browse our selection of packets, discover primary sources, and learn about history through educational and fun exercises!


Primary Source Sets

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Primary sources offer a glimpse into the past. These first-hand accounts provide insight into the life and thought of people who lived during a specific time or event in history. But they are often out of context and don’t always tell the whole story. When students work with primary sources, it encourages them to think critically and analytically while engaging them with objects and documents that feel more personal and make things of the past real.

Our collections at the Delaware Historical Society have a wealth of primary sources that work to tell the stories of Delawareans from across the decades. We strive to make these resources available to everyone, including teachers and their students. Take a look at how you can use our sources in your classroom!

Search Our Collections

The Delaware Historical Society holds rich, varied, and ever-growing collections of objects, published materials, images, maps, and manuscripts relating to Delaware history and genealogy, dating from earliest settlements to the present.

Speaking of Delaware

Speaking of Delaware… is a series of short videos presented by the Delaware Historical Society and produced by Short Order Production House.

Learn about the many voices and fascinating life stories that shaped American history. Let’s talk about the paintings of Ed Loper, Miss Nagano, the Japanese Friendship Doll, Thomas Garrett’s silver tray and teapot, and other untold wonders from our collections. Join us on the first Thursday of every month as we discover the human side of history.