School Days from The Library of Congress

The First Day of School is approaching so we’d like to point you to The Library of Congress’  Prints and Photographs Online Collection  and its excellent search engine for some related  images, such as the one above from 1905, featuring a  boy in a sailor suit holding an umbrella over a  girl in a dress coat and fancy hat.  A thought-provoking  photograph is one from 1917, taken at  The Dunbar School, Muskogee, Oklahoma, where a  lone teacher is  in charge of  123 kindergarten and first grade students.  Yet another is from the Benjamin Franklin High School, New York City, 1942  where boys take one day a week from English class for ‘war activities’; in this case  to learn the basics of first aid.


The Library of Congress has great teaching resources for every day of the year, for all grades and subjects.  Several are  highlighted in this excellent  blog post from Anne Savage:  Primary Sources Every Day: From the Library of Congress.