Engaging the public with digital primary sources: A tri–state online history database and learning center

June 29, 2005


This collaborative database project, involving five universities and historical societies in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, has sought to encourage online researchers to think more deeply about the digitized primary sources featured. The project intended to serve as a model for other institutions that wanted to share collections and stimulate public interest in and use of those collections. This essay focuses on how we incorporated pedagogical elements into the design of the database, and how we have encouraged K–12 teachers and college students to use it.

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