resources for educators

The Portal to Texas History

Primary Source Sets

Primary source sets provide teachers with a list of primary sources from The Portal to Texas History on specific topics. Each primary source set provides at least one engaging learning activity based on the list of sources.


John F. Kennedy: Firsthand Accounts

Through photographs, oral history interviews, and engaging learning activities, students will learn about President Kennedy's tragic death and legacy.

Sam Houston

Portraits, letters, and political documents bring Sam Houston's impact in Texas polictics to life.

Native Americans in Tejas : An Overview

Portraits, newspapers, and letters help students visualize Native American lifestyles and connect past events with the effects on native peoples in Texas.

Native American Cultures: Pueblo and Plains

Jumanoes, Tiguas, Tonkawas, Apaches, Comanches, and Kiowa are featured through portraits, newspapers, and letters.

Native American Cultures: Southeastern, Gulf, and Plains

Portraits, letters, and art help students visualize the native american cultures in Southeastern, Gulf, and Plains Texas.

Cowboy Culture

Photographs, the memoirs of cowboy J.W. Holston, songs, and trail rides bring the cowboy culture to life for students.

Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Quahada Comanche Indians, son of Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, was born about 1845. He was a major figure in both, Comanche resistance to white settlement and in the tribe's adjustment to reservation life.

Civil Rights: The Right to Vote

Provides links to primary source materials that document the events that lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Included are activities based on the documents and photographs.

Baseball in Newspapers

Provides links to articles and images in historic newspapers that chronicle developments in the all-American sport, baseball.

Conquest of the Air

Provides links to articles and images in historic newspapers that document the long and arduous path to conquering the air and the ingenuity required each step of the way.

World War I

Provides links to articles and images in historic newspapers depicting the development of World War I. The articles provide a first-hand account of events that occured during the war.

Day at UNT

Provides links to items in the Portal that belong to the University of North Texas Special Collections Department. This primary source set includes historical items for 4th or 7th grade Texas History curriculum.