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Diamond Taylor, a District of Columbia student and former NewseumED intern, used Newseum primary sources in her 2017 NHD project on Edward R. Murrow taking a stand against McCarthyism. She took first place in individual exhibits at the D.C.-level contest.

Our 1,100+ EDTools and curated EDCollections contain many primary sources students can use for research and images as they create NHD projects around the theme of “Triumph and Tragedy.” offers free access to the Newseum’s collection of historical newspapers and artifacts, in addition to original newsreels and photographs. These primary sources have explanatory text and are searchable by topic, century, person and more.

(To access many of these resources, you must have a NewseumED account; registration is free. We do not collect data on students, nor do we share the emails or spam.)


Content Related to Sample Ideas from the 2019 NHD Theme Book:

U.S. History

European History

World History

  • “Making a Change" explores how First Amendment freedoms empowered people in the civil rights movement to fight for change and ultimately triumph, even as they faced tragedies and adversity. It includes an interactive timeline, including an entry on the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. Watch a newsreel about the civil rights protesters who received federal protection on a march to the Alabama state capital after encountering violence in their first attempt.
  • “Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less" chronicles how women worked toward getting the vote in the United States, a process full of triumphs and tragedies. An interactive map showcases advocacy artifacts like pro- and anti-suffrage pamphlets and buttons. Learn how some suffragists who protested at the White House were imprisoned and treated poorly, ultimately generating more public sympathy for their cause.
  • “Freedom in the Balance" examines the clash of individual rights versus national security in the wake of the tragedy of 9/11, and pairs historical and contemporary case studies. Many of these case studies involve the triumph of First Amendment freedoms over restrictions.

Students are free to use images of any sources from the Newseum Collection in their National History Day projects as long as they visibly credit “Newseum Collection." If you have any questions, please email


Find inspiration for your next NHD project during a visit to the Newseum. We offer free admission to school groups in the D.C. metro area and discounted student group admission to others.


Explore some of history’s greatest examples of “Tragedy and Triumph" through artifacts, historical newspapers and videos.

  • Berlin Wall Gallery: Stand in the shadow of eight 12-foot-high concrete sections of the original wall, and learn about the tragic division of Berlin after World War II and how free expression ultimately triumphed with the wall’s fall.
  • “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement": Explore the generation of student leaders who exercised their First Amendment rights to oppose segregation and eventually triumphed in many of their goals.
  • 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast": See how journalists covered the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
  • Journalists Memorial: The memorial pays tribute to reporters, photographers and broadcasters who have died reporting the news. The first entry of the more than 2,300 individuals from around the world is Elijah Lovejoy, regarded as the first American martyr for the press. A pro-slavery mob killed the newspaper editor and abolitionist, who may have inspired Abraham Lincoln’s anti-slavery beliefs.



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