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Resources for Teachers: Online Primary Sources from Manuscript Division

Online Exhibitions

The richness and variety of the Library’s exhibitions reflect the universal and diverse nature of the Library’s collections. Materials from the Library's unique manuscript collections are frequently included in these exhibitions to provide historical context for visual materials as well as a first-person narrative. These exhibitions have been placed online, combining primary source materials with the curatorial expertise of the Library of Congress staff.

Featured Exhibitions

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words
Showcases rarely seen materials that offer an intimate view of Rosa Parks and documents her life and activism—creating a rich opportunity for viewers to discover new dimensions to their understanding of this seminal figure. The materials are drawn extensively from the Rosa Parks Collection, a gift to the Library of Congress from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
Opened December 5, 2019
Monday–Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote
Tells the story of the seventy-two-year campaign for women’s suffrage. Considered the largest reform movement in American history, its participants believed that securing the vote was essential to achieving women’s economic, social, and political equality. For years, determined women organized, lobbied, paraded, petitioned, lectured, picketed, and faced imprisonment. Their collective story is one of courage, perseverance, savvy, creativity, and hope that continues to inspire activists today.
June 4, 2019–September 2020
Monday–Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Online Exhibitions Featuring Manuscript Material