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Even if you aren't going back to school this month, there are plenty of interesting "school-related" images, manuscripts, films, sound recordings and other materials that will pique your interest in education in America

'Gathering at the School House for a Fourth of July Celebration : Osnabrock, North Dakota,' 190-?. 'Sunday School Class, Manzanar Relocation Center, California,' 1943

The American Memory Collection Search Page (type "school" in the search box) can help you find items such as sheet music from Dodworth's Brass Band School from the Civil War era, or an early Thomas Edison film of an American Indian day school or an 1863 letter to Abraham Lincoln inviting him to attend a public school exhibition.

A "school" image of a noteworthy but not proud moment in American history is this photograph above of a Sunday school class at the Manzanar Relocation Center in California, which housed Japanese Americans interned there during World War II. The image is by Ansel Adams, who is most famous for his extraordinary photographs of America's natural beauty. This series of images of the relocation camps is available in "Suffering under a Great Injustice": Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar."

The Library's Learning Page for students and teachers is also an excellent way to find the hidden treasures in American Memory, the Web site of more than 8.5 million historical multimedia materials

A. John McCarthy, photographer. "Gathering at the School House for a Fourth of July Celebration : Osnabrock, North Dakota," 190-?. North Dakota State University Institute for Regional Studies. Reproduction information: Reproduction Nos.: Hult.212 (5x7 glass neg.) Hult.212 (8x10 copy neg.) 2028.212. Not in Library of Congress collections.

B. Ansel Adams, photographer. "Sunday School Class, Manzanar Relocation Center, California," 1943. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction information: Reproduction Nos.: LC-DIG-ppprs-00353 DLC (b&w digital file from original print), LC-DIG-ppprs-00151 DLC (b&w digital file from original neg.), LC-A35-T01-5-M-X DLC (b&w film dup. neg.): Call No.: LOT 10479-5, no. 16