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Resources for Teachers and Students

Our objective for students and primary sources

  • Develop students' critical thinking skills through guided analysis of primary sources
  • Allow students to engage with history from a grassroots perspective, through the voices of those who lived it

Many aspects of history can be explored through our collections, in particular women’s history in the United States, as reflected through the lives and experiences of women physicians.

Doctor or Doctress? web resource.

Doctor or Doctress?

Presents primary source sets ("stories") composed of the sources left behind by women physicians from history. Complete with both student and teacher supports, each story may provide a valuable and engaging angle from which to study significant moments and themes in the historical timeline.


National History Day

Each year as National History Day (NHD) themes are announced, we provide a curated list of topics our collections might support, currently focused on the historical documents in Doctor or Doctress?

Visit Doctor or Doctress? for topic ideas related to this year's theme and more information on NHD.

Legacy Center digital collections and exhibits

Providing unrestricted access to thousands of items, including images, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, college records, diaries, and ephemera documenting the history of women.

In Her Own Right

Women’s activism, 1820-1920, as reflected through documents from 20 different archives, including the Legacy Center.

For all teachers and classrooms, we offer No-cost Virtual Services like research assistance, virtual classroom visits, and live video tours. Contact us to make arrangements and learn more!

If you are in the Philadelphia region and want to visit, we welcome students and teachers to use and tour our archives. For students and teachers, we are open evenings by appointment. (In-person services suspended during COVID-19 restrictions.)