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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.

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Resources

  • The site contains primary source materials, including photos, selected speeches, and White House Tapes.
     
  • Educators may also find the BiographyTimeline, and Bibliography helpful.
     
  • 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 DocsTeach.org 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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