Currently Available eBooks

What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?

The National Archives Museum adapted our very popular printed exhibition catalog “What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?” to a fully interactive eBook with video, audio and additional content. The eCatalog is based on the “What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibition that debuted in 2011 at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. The records featured in “What's Cooking” were all produced in the course of Government efforts to ensure that Americans enjoy an ample, safe, and nutritious diet. Spanning the Revolutionary War to the late 1900s, the letters, photographs, pamphlets, posters, films, and radio programs echo many of our current concerns about Government’s role in the health and safety of our food supply.

This interactive Multi-Touch Catalog includes slideshows, audio/video with captioning, and links to records citations from the National Archives. To view this interactive guide you must have an iPad or iPad Mini with iBooks 3 or later and iOS7 or later. There is also a Fixed Layout ePUB version of this catalog for the iPhone and other devices available in the the iBookstore.

Congress Creates the Bill of Rights

The eBook focuses on James Madison's leadership role in creating the Bill of Rights, effectively completing the U.S. Constitution. Starting with the crises facing the nation in the 1780s, the narrative traces the call for constitutional amendments from the state ratification conventions. Through close examination of the featured document, Senate Revisions to the House Proposed Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the reader goes inside the First Congress, as Madison and the leaders of rival political factions worked in the House and Senate to formulate amendments to change the recently ratified Constitution. It was created as part of the Congress Created the Bill of Rights project.

Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures

Based on an exhibition at the National Archives Museum, “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures,” this exhibit guide is an invitation to discover some of the stories behind the millions of signatures that are preserved in the National Archives. A signature can be as routine as a mark on a form or as extraordinary as a stroke of the pen that changes the course of history. For example, the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence simultaneously committed the brave act of treason against King George III and created a new nation. From developing a signature style to signing groundbreaking policy into law, these stories illustrate the many ways people have “made their mark” on history.

Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives

This book tells the story of our national pastime through documents, photographs, audio, video, and other records preserved at the National Archives. It covers of the role of baseball during the two world wars, contract disputes, civil rights, equal access and opportunity on and off the playing field, the steroids era, the universal appeal of the game to players and fans, Presidential involvement, improvements to the sport, Little League, Spring Training, Opening Day, and celebrations along the way.

The Meaning and Making of Emancipation

This eBook presents the Emancipation Proclamation in its social and political context with documents in the National Archives' holdings that illustrate the efforts of the many Americans, enslaved and free, white and black, by whom slavery was abolished in the United States. It was created to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Read excerpts on the National Archives' Pieces of History blog.

Exploring the United States Constitution

In celebration of the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787, we compiled a selection of writings published over the last three decades by our education staff. Each chapter connects one or more of the billions of records in the holdings of the National Archives to the principles found in the United States Constitution. These records exemplify the workings of the three branches of the federal government as laid out in our Constitution.

  • For PC or Mac, or iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or Android tablet using the Scribd app:
  • For iPad only:
    This free book is available for download on your computer with iTunes or on your iPad with iBooks.
  • For iTunes U on iPad:
    Access the course for free with the iTunes App for iPad.  In this course, you will learn about the Constitutional Convention, drafting and ratifying the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the three branches of our Federal government, and how we're preserving the Constitution. The course includes the Exploring the United States Constitution Multi-Touch book, as well as blog posts, articles, videos, documents, and learning activities in the DocsTeach App for iPad.

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