October 12, 2021 Library Announces Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Recipients

Grants to Fund Organizations that Support Learners of All Ages and Backgrounds

Press Contact: Leah Knobel, lknobel@loc.gov
Public Contact: Vivian Awumey, vawu@loc.gov
Website: Teaching with Primary Sources

The Library of Congress has announced the selection of 85 organizations that will receive approximately $4.25 million in grants through its Teaching with Primary Sources program.

These organizations will connect the Library to diverse learner communities across the United States by delivering educational programs, creating primary source-based educational materials and tools, conducting research, and convening gatherings of similar organizations to devise new strategies for furthering common learning and teaching goals with Library materials. The active grant period is Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022.

The names of the grantees and the states in which they operate are:

  • Adam 12 Five Star Schools, Colorado
  • African American Civil War Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • American Library Association, Illinois
  • American Writers Museum, Illinois
  • Association for Diplomatic Studies, Virginia
  • Ball State University, Indiana
  • Barat Education Foundation, Illinois
  • Bard College, New York
  • Bert Snow and Co LLC, Massachusetts
  • Bowling Green State University, Ohio
  • Caesar Rodney School District, Delaware
  • California History - Social Science Project at the University of California Davis, California
  • Center for Geography Education, Oregon
  • Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Pennsylvania
  • Collaborative for Educational Services, Massachusetts
  • Connecticut Music Educators Association, Connecticut
  • Cummings Science and Technology LLC, Georgia
  • DePaul University, Illinois
  • Educurious, Washington
  • Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7, Illinois
  • ESSDACK, Kansas
  • FableVision, Massachusetts
  • Fulton County Schools, Georgia
  • George Mason University, Virginia
  • Georgia Council on Economic Education, Georgia
  • Gwinnett County Public Library, Georgia
  • Harvard University, Massachusetts
  • Holy Names University, California
  • Houston Independent School District, Texas
  • iCivics, Massachusetts
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, School of Law, Illinois
  • Illinois State University, Illinois
  • Indiana University, Indiana
  • Jackson State University, Mississippi
  • Latino History Project, Colorado
  • Lincoln Public Schools, Nebraska
  • Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education, New York
  • Mars Hill University, North Carolina
  • Maryland Humanities, Maryland
  • Maryland Public Television, Maryland
  • Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, Massachusetts
  • Michigan Council for the Social Studies, Michigan
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee
  • Museum Association of Montana, Montana
  • National Council for History Education, Ohio
  • National Louis University, Illinois
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University, Nebraska
  • Nevada Center for Civic Engagement, Nevada
  • New Castle County Vocational Technical School, Connecticut
  • North Carolina State University, North Carolina
  • Old Dominion University, Virginia
  • One World Education, Washington, D.C.
  • PBS NewsHour, Virginia
  • Peñasco Independent School District, New Mexico
  • Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Writing Project at the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
  • Queens College, New York
  • Red Clay Consolidated School District, Delaware
  • Research Foundation of the City University of New York, New York
  • Rhode Island Center for the Book, Rhode Island
  • San Francisco State University, California
  • See Stories, Alaska
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois
  • Mary’s University, Texas
  • Stanford University, California
  • State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa
  • Street Law, Maryland
  • Texas State Historical Association, Texas
  • The College of New Jersey, New Jersey
  • The Idaho Commission for Libraries, Idaho
  • The University of Arizona Libraries, Arizona
  • University of Michigan, Michigan
  • University of Central Florida, Florida
  • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • University of Delaware, Delaware
  • University of Mississippi, Mississippi
  • University of South Carolina, South Carolina
  • University of South Florida, Florida
  • University of the Arts, Pennsylvania
  • University of West Georgia, Georgia
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin
  • Vancouver Public Schools, Washington
  • Warrior Spirit Consortium, Montana
  • Western Kentucky University, Kentucky
  • Westfield State University, Massachusetts

“We’re delighted with the diversity of these grantees, the content they’ll cover, and the learners they’ll reach,” said Vivian Awumey, program manager for the Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources.

The 85 grantees represent the largest number of organizations supported through the Teaching with Primary Source program.

Rural history, civics, accessibility, ethnic studies, journalism, writing, urban education, geography and STEM represent a sampling of the content areas that grantees will address using the Library’s vast online collections. Target populations of learners include preschoolers, K-12 students and teachers, English Language Learners, Indigenous communities, musicians, librarians, college professors, artists, incarcerated adults, the disabled, veterans and others.

All grantee organizations join the Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium, a group of more than 200 member organizations, all dedicated to sharing expertise, networks and products centered on teaching with primary sources from the Library.

Library staff and volunteer selection panels selected 46 of the grantees from among 71 applicants who responded to a Notice of Funding Opportunity released in May 2021. These organizations received grants ranging from $35,000 to $100,000. The remaining 39 grantees received grants through the Teaching with Primary Sources regional program. Managed by Waynesburg University, Illinois State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver, the regional program awards grants of up to $25,000 on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.

For more information about the work of Consortium members or Teaching with Primary Sources grant opportunities, visit https://www.loc.gov/programs/teachers/about-this-program/teaching-with-primary-sources-partner-program/.

About the Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program
Since 2006, the Library has awarded Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grants to build a nationwide network of organizations that deliver educational programming, and create teaching materials and tools based on the Library’s digitized primary sources and other online resources. Each year members of this network, called the TPS Consortium, support tens of thousands of learners to build knowledge, engagement and critical thinking skills with items from the Library’s collections.

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