This is a listing of special exhibits from the Library of Congress that deal with immigration over time. Each exhibit is a rich collection of primary sources, including images, maps, broadsides, and journals.
A primary source set from the Library of Congress. Includes 21 primary sources ranging from documents and images to sound recordings and video clips. A teacher's guide and primary source analysis tools accompany the set.
A multi-media presentation on the history of Mexican immigrant workers in the early-mid 20th century. The feature is narrated by journalist, Nina Bernstein, and includes archived photos from various points in the early 20th century.
The Border Film Project is an attempt to bring attention to the problems with U.S. border control. By handing out disposable cameras to both migrants coming from Mexico, and Minutemen living here in the states, this project gives powerful visual imagery that cannot be ignored.
CIS is an independent think tank that looks at the impact of immigration on life in the United States. This website includes hundreds of articles and videos (that can be viewed online) to better understand immigration today and throughout modern history. Articles are easily searchable by subject area.
This timeline provides a comprehensive overview of immigration history from 1789-1930. Several pieces of information can be further explored through hyperlinks to primary source documents, articles, and other resources.
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience presents a new interpretation of African-American history, one that focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds.
If you can’t bring your students to this wonderful museum, you can bring the museum to your students via the Virtual Tour, and use the artistic rendition of “Folk songs of the Five Points” to accompany it.
The Pluralism Project at Harvard University documents how immigration impacts the religious landscape of the United States. Find research, teacher resources, and information about various religious beliefs on this site.
Poetic Waves is an interactive experience to give the user a view into life on Angel Island. The site uses poetry (in Chinese and English), music, a timeline, and a gallery of artifacts to give the user a sense of life for immigrant detainees on the island.
Offers primary resources on U.S. immigration throughout history.
Maps and Data
There are many resources that provide interactive maps and comprehensive data on immigration around the world and more specifically in the United States. Here are a few of the most teacher-friendly resources.