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

Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is a presentation of documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection on Zoom. Join our curators and learn the fascinating stories behind the documents. This event is for teachers, students and their families — and everyone with an interest in history!

Register now to join our curators, staff from the Jackie Robinson Museum, and Jason Butler, Professional Learning Facilitator - Social Studies, from DeKalb County School District, Georgia, on Friday, May 29, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT) as we explore two documents related to Jackie Robinson.

  • A comic book about his rookie year
  • Documents written by Robert Kennedy and Richard Nixon to Jackie Robinson regarding the civil rights movement

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

PD certificates will be available upon request.

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

Upcoming Programs:


May 15, 2020

Click here to download the slides from the presentation.

Classroom-ready resources for the documents presented:

View full archive of past sessions