Presidential Libraries

Education Resources for C-SPAN Series

History Uncovered

Viewers can journey behind the exhibit halls of the nation's Presidential Libraries for a first-person view of never- or rarely-seen film footage, private home movies, sound recordings, photographs, documents, and other treasures from Presidential Libraries' vaults.

To assist educators and students in using the C-SPAN series, the Libraries have compiled the following companion resources.

  • Visit the Education Connection page for links to more information about the Libraries' educational activities.

Letter of ThanksHerbert Hoover and the Commission for Relief in Belgium
Introduce students to Hoover's pivotal role in feeding the entire country of Belgium during World War I and give them direct contact with the materials of history: documents, letters, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and photographs.

Tuskeegee AirmanTuskegee Airmen
The C-Span program on President Roosevelt will include the tapes of FDR talking with A. Philip Randolph regarding African Americans in the military. Learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen with this curriculum guide and document set.

Student Guide to Truman
Find information about President Truman, ranging from his farming years and wedding to his favorite foods. Also available is in-depth information about life in the White House and the challenges Truman encountered as he held office.

Curriculum cover for Dreams of a Barefoot BoyEisenhower Life Series
The Eisenhower Life Series is a curriculum guide that traces the life and times of Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1890 until 1969. Each unit includes an engaging summary of an historical period, a fascinating review of Eisenhower's life within the context of the times, and primary sources from the holdings of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library.

The Speeches of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Access the speeches made by Eisenhower before and during his time in office. Read Eisenhower's comments on his childhood, marriage, and other topics that will take you deep into Eisenhower's outlook on his life experiences.

A President's Day
If you are elected to the nation's highest office, what are you actually expected to do? Spend a day at the White House with John F. Kennedy to learn about some of the president's most important roles and responsibilities.

Nixon's Trip to China
Learn more about Nixon's trip to China, which will be featured on the C-SPAN program, using this lesson plan, documents, photographs, and audio files.

Gerald Ford's Scrap Book
Learn all about the 38th President, from his early years in Grand Rapids to his career as a Congressman, Vice President, and President of the United States. You can even find out what his favorite ice cream is.

Twenty-five Years after Camp David
To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Camp David Accords, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum has created a three-part collection of historical materials to facilitate research on this milestone event. The collection features a narrative of the Camp David meetings. Also included is a selection of photos and documents that demonstrate the scope of activities throughout the Carter administration concerning Arab-Israeli peace.

The Great Communicator FilesThe Great Communicator Files
President Ronald Reagan was known as the Great Communicator. Inside these files of original documents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Archives, students will have an inside view of speech writing and speechmaking though analysis of the speeches President Reagan made at Omaha Beach and Point du Hoc, Normandy on the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, as well as the speech President Reagan made after the Space Shuttle Challenge disaster.  Answer keys to the activities are available upon request. 

Picturing the Presidency: President Reagan and the Cold War
This set of materials includes background information, quotes, lessons for teachers, research ideas, activity suggestions, and a set of primary source documents including speeches, speech drafts, memoranda of conversation from summit meetings, letters written by President Reagan (in his own handwriting in some cases) to Soviet leaders, and other documents.