New primary sources added to Records Search are ready to use in the classroom. Each document includes a downloadable PDF of the record, primary source analysis worksheet, and transcription if the document is handwritten. Below is a selection of the most recently added records, conveniently organized by historical era and including a related discussion question and options for learning more. Additional resources for educators and students are available on this page.
Discussion question: What are some positive and negative effects of the country's modernization during this period?
This photograph from 1894 shows a group of settlers standing in front of the Central Hotel in Round Pond, Oklahoma Territory. Round Pond, Enid, and Wharton were showcased in a series of photographs of Oklahoma Territory towns situated along rail lines. The House collected them as part of its research on the merits of a railroad bill, H.R. 3606, which became law in August 1894. The legislation required “companies operating railroads in the Territories . . . to establish stations and depots at all town sites” along the rail lines.
Residents of Leavenworth, Kansas, asked the members of the Rules Committee to back a bill under consideration to create a national commission supporting education for people who are blind.
Looking for more? Take a look at other primary sources related to education in the United States.
Discussion question: What is the government’s role in investigating and responding to the consequences of war?
An unemployed veteran, R. Cooper, wrote to Ways and Means Committee Chairman William Green asking for assistance for himself and other veterans like him who needed loans on their bonus payments. The World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924, popularly known as the “Bonus Act,” promised veterans compensation for the loss of potentially higher wages they could have earned had they not served in the military during World War I.
This radar map, plotting the movement of Japanese fighter planes as they advanced on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, was submitted to the Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack.
Looking for more? Listen to oral histories related to World War II.
Discussion question: What is the role of schools in fostering civic engagement and inspiring the next generation of public servants?
Food and labor shortages during World War II threatened school lunch programs. The National School Lunch Act (H.R. 3370) provided for the permanent establishment and operation of programs administered by the Department of Agriculture to feed the nation’s schoolchildren.
Hawaii became a U.S. territory in 1898. During the first half of the 20th century, the movement for statehood gained traction. In 1958, a local chapter of a nationwide youth civics group, the Territorial Hi-Y Model Legislature of Hawaii, sent this petition to Speaker Sam Rayburn asking for immediate statehood.
Looking for more? Read about the Asian and Pacific Islander experience in Hawaii.
Discussion questions: What brings Americans together as a nation? What makes someone an “American?” Who is included in that definition?
In this letter from 1973, Representative Robert Tiernan responded to Robert Young, a fellow Rhode Islander and a square dance enthusiast. Young urged his Congressman to support legislation making the square dance the National American Folk Dance. However, other folklife experts pointed out the diversity of American dance, from clogging to Choctaw circle dances.
Looking for more? Learn about efforts to make square dancing the national dance.
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, widely known as the 9/11 Commission, used poster-sized versions of this map and timeline during its public hearings investigating the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
This is the second blog post featuring newly added documents. Read the first post, featuring documents from the American Revolution to the development of the industrial United States, here.Follow @USHouseHistory