Digital Library: Teaching with Primary Sources
Explore our growing digital collection of primary sources, which include author background, image analysis and suggested classroom inquiries.
Fortunato da Alemandini’s Engravings of West Central Africans
Learn about West Central African culture through 17th-century engravings by Capuchin friar Fortunato da Alemandini. Based on watercolors painted by fellow friar Giovani Antonio Cavazzi during time spent as a missionary in Angola, these engravings are rare windows into West Central African life.
Theodor de Bry’s
Engravings of Mid-Atlantic Coastal Indians
Investigate the world of mid-Atlantic coastal Indians and take a closer look at 16th-century engravings by Theodor de Bry – based on drawings of Indigenous people by John White in the 1580s as he explored the coast of modern-day North Carolina – used by historians and scholars to draw inferences of Powhatan culture.
Portraits at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Examine the people of colonial America and the American Revolution by exploring portraits on display at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. What does the art tell us about the people portrayed and about the society in which the art originated? Compare the portraits to other primary sources to better understand what they can tell us about the past.