Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Inside the Vault

Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m. ET

The Gilder Lehrman Collection contains materials relating to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor including photographs, news announcements, speeches, and personal reflections. Join us on December 3rd as we discuss some of these primary sources and how they can be used to encourage students to discover history for themselves.  Why was this item created? Are primary sources biased? What can we learn from a close examination of these documents?

Our curators will be joined by Kendyl Yokoyama from Hamilton, and Joe Welch, 2018 National History Teacher of the Year.

View our online exhibition, The Attack on Pearl Harbor: A Map-based Exhibition


Everyone who registers will be sent a Zoom meeting link and instructions in the confirmation email.

PD certificates will be sent to all who attend the entirety of the program.

For more information, please contact us at firstfriday@gilderlehrman.org.

Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is an online program that highlights unique primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. From iconic historical treasures, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation, to personal letters that reveal the contributions of ordinary American citizens, each session will investigate primary sources and discuss their background, impact, and potential use in the classroom.

This event is for teachers, students, families, and everyone with an interest in American history.

Upcoming Programs

View full archive of past sessions