Hi Susan,
I can only tell you what I know from reading the information on the web site and from talking with folks around here.  This is not official; this is from me.

American Memory is where you can find many of the documents on this list.  However, remember that we don't have more recent materials for a number of reasons (copyright is a big one).  Archives, as the repository for government documents, has recent holdings.

The Library has no official role in this initiative.  The web site lists Archives and National History Day as the primary organizations.  Both of these are wonderful organizations, with dedicated staff members whom we consider to be our colleagues.  We each have a slightly different mission and feel that we complement each other in our work.

As for grants, etc., I think that's a question for the National History Day folks since they are handling the competition.  Here's their contact email address:  [log in to unmask]


At 03:34 PM 9/27/2002 +0000, you wrote:

What role does American Memory and the Library of Congress have in this.  A number of the initiatives I have read about seem to be covered by you already?  Who is planning the grants for teaching iniatives and the like?  I have yet to see anything about that.

Susan Allen
Director of Libraries & Academic Technology
Nichols School
1250 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14216
(716) 875-8212 ext. 259
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>From: "Judith K. Graves"
>Reply-To: American Memory Fellows
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: [Fwd: President Announces National Initiative on American History]
>Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 08:46:10 -0400
>---------------------- Information from the mail header -----------------------
>Sender: American Memory Fellows
>Poster: "Judith K. Graves"
>Subject: [Fwd: President Announces National Initiative on American
> History]
> >Hi Everyone,
> >This is on a couple of professional lists today - and in the Washington=20
> >Post this morning. I've been to the web sites. You'll find a lot of=20
> >information about the program and documents. Read beyond the My Documents=
> >program because this is only one of several initiatives around teaching=20
> >American history.
> >-------- Original Message --------
> >Subject: President Announces National Initiative on American History
> >Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 01:24:16 -0400
> >
> >President Bush Announces National Initiative on American History,
> >Civics,
> >and Service
> >
> >Today President George W. Bush observed the 215th anniversary of the
> >signing
> >of the United States Constitution by announcing a national initiative
> >titled
> >=93Our Documents: A National Initiative on American History, Civics, and
> >Service.=94 =93Our Documents=94 was created through a collaboration=
> between
> >National History Day (NHD), the National Archives and Records
> >Administration, the Corporation for National and Community Service and
> >the
> >USA Freedom Corps in order to promote public exploration and
> >understanding
> >of how our rights and responsibilities as Americans have taken shape
> >over
> >time.
> >
> >This link will direct you to a PDF file that has an in-depth overview of
> >the
> >"Our Documents" project:
> >
> >
> >Download a PDF version of the "Our Documents poster that was unveiled at
> >the
> >rose garden reception:
> >
> >
> >You can also learn more by going to or
> >
> >
> >=93Our Documents=94 invites all Americans to participate in a series of
> >events
> >and programs to get us thinking, talking and teaching about the rights
> >and
> >responsibilities of citizens in our democracy. The project includes
> >workshops, town meetings, competitions, and votes for students,
> >teachers,
> >parents and the general public. =93Our Documents=94 revolves around 100
> >milestone American documents drawn from thousands of public laws,
> >Supreme
> >Court decisions, inaugural speeches, treaties, constitutional
> >amendments,
> >and other national artifacts that have shaped us as a people and that
> >are
> >part of our nation=92s archives. Beginning with the Lee Resolution of
> >1776
> >and culminating with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 these documents
> >reflect
> >our diversity, our unity, and our commitment as a nation to continue the
> >work of forming =93a more perfect union.=94
> >
> >The goal of =93Our Documents=94 is to engage students, teachers, parents,
> >and
> >the general public in reading these historical documents and ask them to
> >vote at for the one they consider the most
> >significant.
> >Through this process Americans will explore the nation=92s civic legacy
> >and
> >reflect on the meanings of citizenship in a republican democracy.
> >
> >Through the course of the school year =93Our Documents=94 will engage
> >students
> >and teachers in the 2002-2003 National History Day program theme =93Rights
> >and
> >Responsibilities in History.=94 Students across America will explore
> >their
> >rights and responsibilities by creating original performances,
> >documentaries, papers, or three-dimensional exhibits as part of
> >=93Understanding Our Documents: A National Competition for Students.=94
> >History
> >and social studies teachers will also have the opportunity to develop
> >document-based lesson plans for national awards and distribution.
> >=93Teaching
> >Our Documents: A Lesson Competition for Educators=94 invites teachers to
> >develop and test a classroom lesson focusing on one or several of the
> >100
> >Milestone Documents in US History. Educator and student awards will be
> >announced at the National History Day competition June 15-19, 2003 at
> >the
> >University of Maryland at College Park.
> >
> >Other projects and events involved in =93Our Documents=94 include:
> >
> >=B7 An Website with resources for teachers, students=
> and
> >others.
> >=B7 A poster distributed to schools across America to promote this=
> special
> >initiative and focus America=92s attention on understanding the past=
> as a
> >guide.
> >=B7 A source book of lessons related to the 100 significant documents=
> in
> >American history. The lessons are designed for classroom use and
> >include
> >enrichment suggestions for further study and research of the 100
> >milestone
> >documents.
> >=B7 Teacher workshops related to =93Our Documents=94 in every state=
> during the
> >2002- 2003 school year.
> >=B7 Video and CDROM based instructional materials for the classroom.
> >=B7 A live-televised town meeting on history and democracy, sponsored=
> and
> >produced by The History Channel.
> >
> >In inviting all Americans to participate in =93Our Documents=94, the
> >collaborators hope to keep the conversation started by the nation=92s
> >founders
> >on national rights and responsibilities alive in America=92s classrooms.
> >
> >National History Day is not just one day, but a yearlong education
> >organization that makes history come alive through educator professional
> >development and active student learning. Effective educators like
> >Chauncey
> >Veatch, 2002 National Teacher of the Year, incorporate NHD into their
> >curriculum and over 2 million people are annually engaged in NHD
> >programs.
> >The organization has received the National Endowment for the Humanities
> >Charles Frankel Prize for public programming and is funded nationally by
> >Cargill, The History Channel, and other corporations, foundations and
> >individuals.
> >
> >For more information visit the official website at
> >
> >-30-
> >
> >CONTACT: Mark Robinson, National History Day, 301-314-9542;
> >[log in to unmask]
>Judith K. Graves
>Digital Project Coordinator
>Library of Congress
>110 Second St, SE
>Washington, DC 20540-4604
>(v)202/707-2562 (f)202/252-3116
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Digital Project Coordinator
Library of Congress
110 Second St, SE
Washington, DC  20540-4604
(v)202/707-2562   (f)202/252-3116
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