Archival Research Catalog (ARC)

Primary Sources for Educators and Students

Digital Copies in the Archival Research Catalog

Grouped by National History Standard Era
Era 3: Revolution and the New Nation, (1754-1820s) Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
Era 5: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877) Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)
Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930) Era 8: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s) Era 10: Contemporary United States (1968 to the present)

Use the links above to retrieve digital copies of primary source documents and photographs from the National Archives' Archival Research Catalog (ARC). The document groupings reflect the time periods and topics of the National History Standards for U.S. History.

Copies of selected primary source documents and photographs are also available in the National Archives' Boeing Learning Center in Washington, DC.

For More ARC Tips and Information:

Image Captions:
(Era 3) ARC ID 532915, Photograph of a Painting of Washington Taking Command of the American Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts
(Era 4) ARC ID 594889, Map of the Louisiana Purchase Territory, 1903
(Era 5) ARC ID 595100, Telegram from President Abraham Lincoln to General Ulysses Grant, 02/01/1865
(Era 6) ARC ID 595347, Photograph of Jim Thorpe, [a student at the Carlisle Indian School,] ca. 1910
(Era 7) ARC ID 594266, Photograph of Flag Bearer for Women's Rights Standing Near White House
(Era 8) ARC ID 186470, "In Case of Failure" Message Drafted by General Dwight Eisenhower in Case the D-Day Invasion Failed, 06/05/1944
(Era 9) ARC ID 278774, Jell-O Box Exhibit Used in the Espionage Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell, 03/06/1951 - 03/29/1951
(Era 10) ARC ID 595380, Photograph of a Titan III C Missile Lifting Off from the Launch Pad at Cape Kennedy, 07/14/1969

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