National Archives Launches iPad App


The National Archives, in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives, has launched the DocsTeach App for the iPad.

The new tool will aid in teaching with and learning from historical documents and is free from iTunes.


The app enables users to engage in several activities from the web site that feature documents from the holdings of the US National Archives. is an online tool for teaching and learning, featuring thousands of primary sources and learning activities. When registered for a free account, teachers and other users can borrow from and modify an ever-expanding collection of activities, plus create unique ones using online templates.

The app allows iPad users to:

  • Choose a historical era or topic to find an activity based on primary source documents such as the US Constitution, the canceled check for the purchase of Alaska, and Thomas Edison’s patent drawing for the light bulb.
  • Participate in DocsTeach activities made with the Focusing on Details, Making Connections, Finding a Sequence, Mapping History, Weighing the Evidence, or Seeing the Big Picture tools.
  • Zoom and inspect individual pages of documents, drawings, maps, and photographs using the controls in the document viewing window.

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