DocsTeach is a product of the National Archives education division. Our mission is to engage, educate, and inspire all learners to discover and explore the records of the American people preserved by the National Archives.
The National Archives and Records Administration is the nation’s record keeper. We save documents and other materials created in the course of business conducted by the U.S. Federal government that are judged to have continuing value. We hold in trust for the public the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights — but also the records of ordinary citizens — at our locations around the country.
Rather than passively receiving information from a teacher or textbook, students engage in the activities of historians — making sense of the stories, events and ideas of the past through document analysis.
DocTech – National Archives online with smart tools to engage, educate, and inspire all learners to discover and explore the records.
Explore Primary Sources
Access thousands of letters, photographs, speeches, posters, political cartoons, maps, patents, videos, audio recordings, graphs, legislation, telegrams, court documents, amendments, draft cards, executive orders, citizenship documents, census records, and more — covering a wide variety of historical topics, all saved for the American people at the National Archives.
Discover and Create Online Activities
Borrow from an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities built by the National Archives education staff and teachers around the country. Use or modify ready-made activities. Follow our Guide to Creating Your DocsTeach Activity to create your own using the online Tools:
- Finding a Sequence
- Making Connections
- Mapping History
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Weighing the Evidence
- Interpreting Data