Primary Resources

Primary Resources
The MacArthur Memorial Archives contains millions of documents, photographs, and maps. The collection ranges from the Civil War to the Korean War. Many of these items make excellent teaching aids and can help reinforce core SOL skills (USI.1a, WHII.1a, VUS.1a). 

Need additional resources or topic specific material for a unit you are teaching? These resources are FREE to educators and the staff of the Memorial can arrange special packets upon request - contact Amanda Williams - 757.441.2965 or
In Their Shoes: World War II Through the Eyes of Participants

This activity encourages students to explore the impact of World War II on individuals on all sides of the conflict. Included in the packet are 32 short biographical profiles of men and women who participated in World War II. The profiles include American, German, British, Soviet, Japanese, French, Italian, and Filipino citizens.  The ultimate fate of each of these citizens is revealed to students at the conclusion of the activity.  This packet also contains a series of primary source documents and critical thinking questions tied to the major events of the war.  

Historians estimate that approximately 85 million combatants and non-combatants perished during World War II.  This activity is a great way to help your students understand that figure and get a sense that the war continued to impact people’s lives long after it ended.  

In Their Shoes WWII