Our free and easy to use feature, Create Your Own Document Collection, allows you to create a document collection of primary sources and share it with your students via learning management systems like Google Classroom, Schoology or Blackboard. This FREE service makes it simple to share primary sources with your students. 

First, become a member of Teaching American History. Membership is free and only requires you to provide your name and address and create a password. 

Next, log on as a member and use any of our search options to locate documents you want to assign your students. Select a document and use the floating icons on the right hand side of the page to either save the document or add it to a collection. 

Follow these simple steps to create a new collection

  1. Click the file folder floating icon on the right hand side of the screen. 
  2. Click the “Create Collection” button at the bottom left. 
  3. Name the collection and add any descriptive language you wish. 
  4. Click the “Create Collection” button on the bottom right. 
  5. Your new collection will appear in a pop-up window. You will notice that it contains tiles for each document you’ve put into the collection, along with some open tiles.
  6. You can add individual documents to your collection by clicking an open tile. 
  7. You can delete documents from your collection by clicking on the document tile.

Now you are ready to share your collection! Simply click the View All and Print option below your collection. This step creates a unique URL for your collection. Copy that URL and hyperlink it to your school’s learning management system. 

For further assistance, watch this short Quick Start Video Guide. We hope you find this tool very helpful now and when you return to your classroom!

Document Collection Example: African-Americans in the Post Reconstruction South