The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum has a wealth of information and resources for students and teachers regarding Richard Nixon, his administration, and the 20th century.

Education Tours

Education Tours will resume on June 1, 2022.

Lesson Plans


  • The site contains primary source materials, including photos, selected speeches, and White House Tapes.
  • Educators may also find the BiographyTimeline, and Bibliography helpful.
  • Becoming America: How We Gained and Secured Freedom and Self-Government  The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is proud to announce the return of the three-part lecture series reflecting on our history as a nation with an overview of our founding documents.
  • Celebrate Constitution Day with live, interactive virtual programs for K-12 students and teachers.
  • Watergate Break-in, 50th Anniversary  Links to learning resources about the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters that ultimately led to President Nixon's resignation.
  • 51st Anniversary of the Release of the Pentagon Papers  Links to information about the events surrounding the Pentagon Papers release in 1971, which would become the catalyst for the Watergate scandal.
  • Teachers Appreciation Week 2022  Thank you!
  • Nixon Family Pets  Learn about the presidential pets of President Nixon
  • Nixon's First Family Puts Family First  Links to learning resources about the Nixon First Family.
  • Celebrating Pat Nixon and her Spirit of Volunteerism  Links to learning resources about First Lady Pat Nixon.
  • The Equal Rights Amendment  Links to learning resources about the ERA.
  • "We Rule: Civics for All of US"  Spring 2022 Webinar Schedule  The Spring 2022 webinar schedule is now available. Read descriptions and register for the upcoming sessions.
  • Nixon in China Links to learning resources.
  • 50th Anniversary of Richard and Pat Nixon's Historic Visit to China  Links to learning resources about President Nixon's historic trip to the People's Republic of China.
  • The State of the Union Address  Links to learning resources for the history of the annual address.
  • A Peek Inside the Museum Archives  Learn about the history of State Gifts and Public Gifts given to the President of the United States of America.
  • Pat Nixon's Yuletide Legacy  Learn about the old and new holiday traditions in the Nixon White House.
  • Bill of Rights Day  Teachers and caregivers: This Bill of Rights Day, register your students to be among the first to experience this new We Rule: Civics for All of US program from the National Archives!
  • 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier  Links to learning resources about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Veterans Day  Links to educational resources about the history of Veterans Day and resources in the National Archives.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis  Links to learn about the 13 days in October 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a tense standoff on the brink of nuclear war.
  • Halloween in "The People's House"  Learn about Halloween in the Nixon White House.
  • We Rule: Civics for All of US  New fall webinar schedule! This fall, in addition to the new by-request distance learning programs, the National Archives is also introducing a regular schedule of We Rule: Civics for All of US webinar programs.
  • Pomp and Circumstance  Inspired by the formality and pageantry he saw during his 1969 visit to Europe, President Nixon requested the Secret Service Uniformed Division adopt a new dress uniform. Learn about the controversial uniforms and what became of them.
  • The United States Supreme Court  In honor of its 232nd anniversary, links to learning resources for the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • We Rule: Civics for All of US  A a new national civic education initiative from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library/Center for Legislative Archives and Museum and the National Archives that promotes civic literacy and engagement. Learn more on our Education webpage.
  • Nixon and the Supreme Court  September 24, 2021, marks the 232nd anniversary of the United States Supreme Court. Learn more about the history of the Court and how the presidency of Richard Nixon impacted it.
  • Constitution Week  Learn about or register your elementary students for a special presentation of the new We Rule: Civics for All of US programs on the Constitution, The Constitution Rules for grades K–2 and The Constitution and Our Community for grades 3–5! These are free live, standards-based, interactive webinars.
  • The Fielding Break-In 50th Anniversary  Learn more about the burglary of Dr. Lewis Fielding's office - an event that is considered the precursor to the Watergate break-ins of May and June of 1972 that ultimately led to the downfall of the Nixon presidency.
  • 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 15 Mission  Learn more about the eighth human space flight and fourth American manned space mission to land on the Moon.
  • The Evolution of Space Travel: Then and Now  Explore the history of space travel and the U.S.'s space program, including the Apollo program, U.S.-Soviet cooperation, the International Space Station, and the space race in the 21st century.
  • The War Powers Resolution of 1973  Follow the links to learn about the congressional resolution that is designed to limit the U.S. president’s ability to initiate or escalate military actions abroad.
  • The Declaration of Independence: Lesser-known Facts  We are highlighting some lesser-known but exciting facts surrounding this vital document.
  • 1970s America  Links to resources about the decade of profound changes and uncertainty.
  • 50th Anniversary of the Release of the Pentagon Papers  June 13, 2021, marked the 50th anniversary of the New York Times publication of “The History of U.S. Decision-Making Process on Vietnam," otherwise known as the Pentagon Papers. Learn more!
  • The 26th Amendment  July 5, 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the certification of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. Learn more!
  • 50th Anniversary of the Tricia Nixon - Edward Cox Wedding  June 12, 2021 is the 50th anniversary of the first wedding held in the White House Rose Garden. Learn more!
  • D-Day  June 6th marks the anniversary of the 1944 Allied invasion of France's Normandy coast. Follow the links to learn more about the events of "Operation Overlord" on D-Day. Learn more!
  • Six Crises  In 1962, Richard Nixon published his first book, Six Crises. The book recounts his personal reactions to each of six crises Nixon experienced early in his political career, chapter by chapter. Learn more!
  • World War II  The National Archives has developed a brand new World War II web page on DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents! This web page includes hundreds of primary sources and teaching activities for WWII. Click the links to learn more.
  • Statues, Monuments, and Memorials  Using DocsTeach, the National Archives’ online tool for teaching activities through primary resources, we invite you to explore various photographs of monuments and memorials throughout the United States. Additionally, we suggest utilizing the many teaching activities related to “Statues, Monuments, and Memorials to George Washington.”
  • Earth Day  Links to information resources about the history of Earth Day and President Nixon's environmental legislation.
  • The Great Depression  Links to primary sources and teaching activities related to the Great Depression.
  • Pat Nixon's Gardens  Learn about First Lady Pat Nixon's contributions to the White House Gardens Tour and the gardens of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
  • National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day  March 29, 2021 marks National Vietnam War Veterans Day. We have added new links to learning resources about the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War.
  • Pat Nixon, the Girl Scouts, and the Spirit of Volunteerism  Links to learning resources about First Lady Pat Nixon and the Girl Scouts of USA.
  • Pat Nixon, First Lady of the United States  Links to learning resources about the the life of Pat Nixon and her contributions as First Lady.
  • Celebrating International Women's Day  Links to learning resources related to President Nixon's efforts to increase equality for women.
  • Teaching Resources Related to the American Presidents   Links to learning resources related to the Presidents throughout American history.
  • The 50th Anniversary of the first Nixon White House Tape Recording  Links to resources about the various recording systems employed in the White House dating back to 1940.
  • New Education Resources - Immigration and Black History Month  Links to new National Archives education resources including primary sources.
  • A Secret Visit  Information about the February 3, 1971 private visit made by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her children to the White House to see the recently completed official portraits of President John F. Kennedy and the former First Lady.
  • New Education Resources - Teaching the Holocaust  The National Archives, in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) have primary sources information resources featuring historical documents on U.S. immigration and refugee policy during World War II and the Holocaust that can be used in your classroom.
  • New Education Resources for 2021!  Links to information about the Presidential Primary Sources Project, exploring Washington, D.C., and the weekly DocsTeach #ArchivesForEducators Twitter series.
  • New Bill of Rights Day and International Holocaust Remembrance Day Education Resources  December 20th is Bill of Rights Day. There is also information about an upcoming webinar on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • New Education and Public Resources from the National Archives  Teaching Resources for the Progressive Era, 1920s, Immigration, and a Changing America, as well as American Indians and Native Heritage.
  • Commemorating Veterans Day  The Nixon Library Education and Public Programs Team hopes to provide a brief history of this National Holiday, information about how the policies of President Nixon's administration supported Veterans and to give you the opportunity to participate in four socially distanced, virtual events produced for and by our local community.
  • Back to School with the National Archives  While “back to school” may look different for many students this year, you can always rely on the National Archives for an abundance of resources for students and educators.
  • Celebrate Constitution Day  Links to a variety of programs and educational resources in honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. 
  • Becoming America: The Constitutional Convention of 1787  A daily blog series authored by Dr. Jo Ellen Chatham and presented through the Center for Public Policy, Citizenship and Ethics at Concordia University Irvine. 
  • 60/20: The Election of 1960 and Its Echoes Today  A new podcast from the JFK Library Foundation about the 1960 JFK-Nixon presidential election race.
  • NARA DocsTeach for Virtual Learning  This four-part, mini-webinar series specifically geared to support educators that live-streamed between Aug. 4th and Aug. 13th, is now available online. Each approximately 20 -25 minute session highlights a different way to use with students who are learning from home. 

Analysis Worksheets

The following analysis worksheets were designed and developed by the Education Staff of the National Archives and Records Administration to assist educators and students in analyzing and studying particular record formats.

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