Posts Tagged ‘primary sources’



In Spotlight on October 19, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

A message from Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Last everybody heard, Frederick Douglass had taken the original Seneca Falls Declaration to his print shop in Rochester to publish it in The North Star

Help us find the Declaration of Sentiments: Share a tip or an untold story.

@USCTO @WhiteHouseOSTP #FindTheSentiments

***** Editor’s Note *****

While this is a wonderful idea to find the original document, I wonder if, in the project Smith described in her post that they are working on for the display in the Rotunda, that we’re focusing too much on Seneca Falls as an origin of a political movement and not enough on the National Woman’s Rights Convention held October 23–24, 1850, in Worcester, Massachusetts? on Elizabeth Cady Stanton (who goes on to support white supremacy in voting rights) and not enough on Lucy Stone or Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis?



Clements Award

In Alerts on March 16, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , ,

The National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center are pleased to announce the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers (Clements Award).

The Clements Award honors the life and career of the late Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service. Clements’ political career included service as a county sheriff, clerk, and judge; in the state senate and as governor; and in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he was a close colleague to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bess Abell, Clements’ daughter, is both a board member of the Foundation for the National Archives and alum of the University of Kentucky. [NOTE: This award was announced at our last KATH meeting – see more at the 2014 Annual Meeting webpage.]

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 10, 2015 (postmarked or emailed by)

Three teachers throughout the state will be selected by an independent review panel for the Clements Award and will receive $1,000 each.  The award criteria include the following:

Teacher’s knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the subject and commitment to increasing student awareness of the importance of public service. Demonstrates expertise in civics and history content and the ability to share it with students

  • Conveys enthusiasm for teaching civics and history and motivates students to learn and achieve
  • Employs active learning techniques and inspires students to be informed and active citizens

Impact on Student Success

  • Motivates students to achieve high standards
  • Initiates critical thinking and fosters informed student discussion
  • Promotes academic success and cultivates a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds

Evidence of creativity and innovation

  • Improves learning by using creative, original, and effective teaching methods
  • Uses technology in innovative ways to improve learning outcomes
  • Incorporates primary sources in innovative lessons that improve student achievement

Eligibility: All high school history and civics (social studies) teachers

Application packets must include the following:

  1.      Completed application
  2.      Letter from applicant addressing above criteria
  3.      Letter of support from principal
  4.      Sample assignment
  5.      Other supporting materials (may include student letters of support)


Application deadline April 10, 2015
Award notification by May 4, 2015
Award ceremony in Lexington, KY June 2015

Application packets may be sent via mail:

Clements Award
Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center
Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

or completed electronically

Questions: contact Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean, Special Collections Research Center, University of Kentucky Libraries, via email at


Amicus Curiae Brief against Kentucky

In Spotlight on March 10, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

Have you seen the recent Amicus Curiae brief to the Supreme Court submitted by some of the greatest historians of the day? The American Historical Association signed on in support of the brief also. It is well worth discussing with your students since it is an excellent example of the importance and vitality of the discipline of history today. It is in support of the petitioners and an argument against the Kentucky governor’s case against same-sex marriage: Obergefell, et. al. v. Beshear, Gov. of Kentucky.

The questions the brief addresses are:

  1. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
  2. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

Here is the outline of the response to those questions by a long list of historians (led by AHA member Nancy Cott of Harvard University).

I. Marriage has served multiple purposes beyond procreation throughout American history
     A. Marriage historically has served important political and economic purposes.

  1. Marriage developed in relation to governance.
  2. Marriage has created public order and economic benefits.

B. Marriage has always been about more than childbearing.

  1. Neither eligibility for marriage nor sexual intimacy within marriage has turned on the ability to procreate.
  2. Non-biological children have long been integral to the American family.
II. Marriage had changed to reject discriminatory rules and restrictions
     A. Marriage laws have changed to reflect changing understandings of spouses’ respective roles and rights.
     B. Race-based restrictions on marriage eligibility have been eliminated.
     C. Courts have played an instrumental role in changes to marriage laws.

In summary: “Throughout American history, marriage has served multiple state interests and has evolved to reflect social and legal changes. The historical record contradicts attempts to cast marriage as serving any single, overriding purpose. And it contradicts attempts to present marriage as a static institution so rooted in ‘tradition’ as to insulate it from constitutional challenge (23-24).”


Earle C. Clements Award

Be sure all history and social studies teachers attend the KATH Annual Meeting this year!

Earle C. Clements

Earle C. Clements (1896 – 1985), Kentucky congressman and Governor

Charles Flanagan from the National Archives will be announcing the new Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History teachers in Kentucky. This award is the result of a partnership between the UK Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center (where the Earle C. Clements Collection resides) and the National Archives. The criteria will include the teacher’s knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, impact on student success, and evidence of creativity and innovation.

Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean of UK Libraries for the Special Collections Research Center and Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, is spearheading this collaborative effort. She tells us that the award will “reflect the values central to the career of Kentucky politician Earle C. Clements, including public service at all levels of community, respect for civil discourse, willingness to compromise, and dedication to improving education in Kentucky.”

KATH is proud to be invited by the UK Libraries and the National Archives to help launch this great initiative to support the best use of primary sources in Kentucky classrooms.

Posted September 25, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth


Using Primary Sources in College Classroom

Jaime Burton

Jaime M. Burton

Are you ready for the KATH Annual Meeting on October 18th in Louisville? We’re excited about it – and want to let you know about one of our breakout sessions being offered by Jaime Burton, Education and Outreach Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

The title of her session is :”Taking the Gloves Off: Archives and Primary Sources in the Undergraduate Classroom.”

A brief synopsis follows:

Step into the exciting world of infinite opportunities for undergraduate learning through the eyes of the Education & Outreach program at the University of Kentucky’s Special Collections Research Center.  The presentation will consist of an overview of key program components, including methods for working with faculty, the materials selection process, developing an exercise worksheet, and assessing student learning.   Attendees will engage in a hands-on active learning exercise as part of the session.

Sign up for the KATH Annual Meeting today! Use our online registration form or contact Dr. Alana Cain Scott at Morehead State University directly. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Posted September 12, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth


KATH, NARA and UK Libraries

The KATH Board is excited about a new partnership with UK Libraries and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) featuring their collections of materials relating to Kentucky Governor Earle C. Clements. We plan to include a session devoted just to this topic at our annual meeting in October. According to Deirdre Scaggs, Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center and Associate Dean of Special Collections at University of Kentucky Libraries, this new partnership will draw upon the resources and expertise of the NARA Education Team to complement a major educational initiative by the University of Kentucky Libraries on the career of Earle C. Clements.

The University of Kentucky is assembling a team of historians, archivists, and educators to create a web-based curriculum guide called “Courthouse to the White House,” focusing on the life and public service career of Clements. The online guide for educators will feature documents, photographs, oral history materials, and other resources held in the UK Libraries. The Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center in the Owensboro Museum of Science and History will serve as a partner and provide instructional guidance, networks of Kentucky teachers, and a forum for teacher workshops. The NARA Education team will participate in the workshops, demonstrating to teachers how their resources, particularly Docsteach, are invaluable tools for boosting learning and achievement.

Scaggs is working with NARA staff and the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center to design the KATH session. In addition to the upcoming KATH session targeting K-12 teachers, NARA is offering a K-12 teaching award in partnership with UK and KATH. The award will promote innovative teaching by secondary school teachers in the field of Social Studies and Civic Education. Foundation support would fund the $1,000 “Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award.” The plan is to recognize three Kentucky teachers for their innovative and effective use of the curriculum guide and NARA resources in their classrooms. This award will produce a corps of master teachers who will be valuable as exemplars of best practices and important local advocates for using primary resources.

For more details, contact Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean of Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, Margaret I. King Building, Lexington

Posted March 22, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth

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