Featured Primary Sources

The Gilded Age

Nothing can enrich and enliven our understanding of the nation’s past, or dispel apathy about it, more powerfully than primary sources. The primary sources below open up a variety of viewpoints and have been chosen by master teachers specifically for use in the classroom. Affiliate School members can print a packet that includes an image of the document, photograph, or other resource, a transcript where applicable, text to place the document in historical context, and document-based questions. In addition, you may want to search the Gilder Lehrman Collection itself for other resources to enrich your lessons.

The protectors of our industries, Gillam ; Mayer Merkel & Ottmann lithograph, NY

Anti-corporate cartoons, ca. 1900

Creator: Curriculum Subjects: Art, Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+
Andrew Carnegie to Hiram Hitchcock, January 31, 1889 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

Building Carnegie Hall, 1889

Creator: Andrew Carnegie Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:

Primary Sources from Other Sub-Eras

People’s Party campaign poster, 1892. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp

People’s Party campaign poster, 1892

Creator: Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+