National History Day

Working on a National History Day project? The Enoch Pratt Free Library/Maryland State Library Resource Center has a wide variety of primary and secondary source materials that will help. You may also want to familiarize yourself with the National History Day Rule Book.

What is a primary source?
"A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event." Princeton University

What is a secondary source?
"A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them." Princeton University

Choose a Topic
Use our digital collections and research tools for ideas. Also remember to incorporate the annual theme, which for 2017 is Taking a Stand in History. Pick a topic that interests you. Remember you may need to fine-tune your topic.

Use Web Guides to Help You Find Sources and Information
Exploring Daily Life Through History : How Did They Live?
Finding Historic Maryland Newspapers Online
Thurgood Marshall : Primary Sources

Charles Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight : Primary Sources
Civil War in Maryland : Primary Sources map of maryland and virginia
Pearl Harbor : Primary Sources
Sinking of the Titanic : Primary Sources
(1492-1763) Colonial Era

(1764-1789) Revolutionary Period

(1790-1828) Early National Period
(1829-1859) Expansion & Reform
(1860-1877) Civil War & Reconstruction
(1878-1889) Gilded Age
(1914-1928) World War I & Jazz Age
(1929- 1938) The Depression & The New Deal
(1946- 1989) Cold War


Get a Library card
Once you have your library card and PIN, look at our databases

Use Databases to Help You Find Even More
Newspaper databases are useful for:

Looking for a particular article? Try Pratt Electronic News Stand 

Plan a Trip to the Central Library/ State Library Resource Center
Contact the branch or department you are interested in visiting.
Consider planning a visit to the Maryland Department, African American Department and Special Collections to search through primary source materials on Marylanders and Maryland history.

National History Day Resources at the Maryland State Library Resource Center provides a list of services, topic examples and department contact information.

Contact Us If You Need More Help

Chat with a librarian 24/7 through Maryland AskUsNow! Contact us through our Ask A Librarian Service, call (410) 396-5430, or write:

Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201