This teen and adult program uses Library of Congress women’s suffrage primary sources, alongside your library’s own databases and physical holdings, to explore the non-conformist, creative and subversive ways that suffragists educated and agitated for the right to vote.
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This teen or adult program uses Library of Congress women’s suffrage primary sources, such as letters, diaries, women’s self-published information sources and other ephemera, to examine how suffragists documented their activism and feelings on women’s rights and social issues of the time.
Program attendees use current magazines, newspapers, flyers, ephemera and personal effects to start their own scrapbook and create their own DIY personal history (that might become a future primary source!).
Are you looking to add some historical context and deepen conversation in your book club? Do you have a group of patrons who enjoy history titles? Pairing primary source analysis with a reading and discussion program is a great way to add another layer of history and information skills to a program your library may already offer.
For those interested in primary sources, the Library of Congress — the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections — is a veritable treasure trove. And you don’t have to go to Washington, D.C. to access its materials; millions of primary sources are freely available in the Library’s digital collections.
With funding from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, ALA has published “Programming with Primary Sources: Women’s Suffrage,” a resource guide to inspire and help library workers bring primary source inquiry into their book clubs, crafts and other library programs.
ALA's Public Programs Office is seeking four librarian advisors to take part in an effort to create and widely disseminate a programming guide, based on Library of Congress digital collections, that will help library workers nationwide lead informal education programs about the U.S. women’s suffrage movement.
Submissions are requested by November 3, 2021.
The By the People Transcribe-a-Thon is a Library of Congress program that invites the public to serve as virtual volunteers, transcribing and tagging digital collections to make them more findable and useable.