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      National Archives and Records Administration

      The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper.

      The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper—responsible for preserving and making available billions of textual records, photographs, maps, drawings, audio and video recordings, and more! 

      These materials, created by and for our federal government, can be extraordinary teaching tools. 

      For more than three decades, the National Archives has worked in partnership with educators with to develop methods and materials for teaching with documents.  Many of these resources, that teach both content and higher order thinking skills, are available online.

      Visit the National Archives and Records Administration’s main web site (www.archives.gov), check out materials available in the ARC database (www.archives.gov/research/arc); explore OurDocuments (www.ourdocuments.gov); and create document-based activities for your own students using engaging online tools at DocsTeach (www.DocsTeach.org).

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