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Primarily Teaching

Workshop Information

Before You Arrive

Teachers in a workshop in Boston Primarily Teaching 2017 workshops have a national theme—Conflict and Compromise in History—matching that of National History Day in 2018. We will guide you through research and digitization using original historical records related to our particular case study.

We will identify material in our collection that matches the particular case study topic. The National Archives holds records relating primarily to the operations of the Federal government, its employees, litigants, and petitioners. In considering a topic, we first ask if and how the Federal government was involved. 

Participants are responsible for their own food, housing, and travel arrangements.

During the Workshop

During Primarily Teaching, you will conduct research at the National Archives and develop teaching materials from your findings. We will orient you to research procedures and provide ongoing guidance throughout the workshop.

While you should feel free to use our online resources, the majority of your research time will be spent in searching for primary sources (for example, letters, reports, petitions, case files, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, etc.) that are not available via our website.

The daily programs begin at 9:00 a.m. and usually adjourn by 4:00 p.m.


Teachers in a workshop at Hoover Library You will select between 3 and 5 items (documents, photos, maps, etc.) from our case study for scanning. While you are on-site, we will add these scans to DocsTeach, our online tool for teaching with documents.

You will then construct a DocsTeach learning activity using these and other digitized materials that match our Conflict and Compromise in History theme. We will coach you as to how best to create activities.


Upon receipt of your application, we will contact you with further information, including payment details for the $100.00 registration fee. Should you have further questions about the workshop or topic selection, contact us at


  • Applications will be available in the spring.