HERB is a highly curated database of primary sources, assignments, and other teaching materials related to the social history of the United States. Most resources are designed to give an account of what life was like for “ordinary” people during important moments in US history. It is run by the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the Graduate Center. One of the strengths of this site is that it offers highly edited resources designed for teachers to use in their classrooms; you will find resources organized by collection, era, theme, and assignment type. You will also find resources that have been edited for different audiences/classroom needs. Short, reader-friendly versions are available for most documents on the site. You can also find documents with “reader supports” that will allow students without highly developed literacy skills to utilize the resources.
HERB contains materials that are zero cost but not OER or openly licensed.