Explore American history with 365 of the most fascinating documents and photos from the collections of the US National Archives. Today's Document is an interactive gallery that displays a significant historical document or photo for each day of the year. You can learn what happened on your birthday, search for a document by keyword, or just browse at your leisure.
Featured documents have included popular documents like the Declaration of Independence and Emancipation Proclamation as well as lesser known (but equally fascinating) documents like the Zimmerman Telegram, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 Farewell address, and a handwritten draft of President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Address.
• Pinch to zoom and inspect individual documents and photos—each rendered as stunning high resolution images.
• Swipe a document left or right to view the previous or next day’s document.
• Use the calendar icon to select a specific date or just browse documents at random.
• Tap the info icon to read fascinating background information (including extensive links to related web sites).
• Add a document to your favorites list by tapping the star icon.
• Share documents via email, Facebook or Twitter by tapping the share icon.
Today’s Document is based on the America’s Historical Documents feature found at www.archives.gov/historical-docs/.
Peaking into significant event happening on a specific date
The app contains 365 primary source documents, one from each day in the calendar, for history lovers. The documents and photos are from the US National Archives, so they are about America history. Users could learn about what happened on every specific date of a year.
This app is very useful for history teachers in US, obviously, but it could also assist those from other places of the world. For example, Hong Kong history teachers could quote a lot of resources from the app when talking about World War II.
The app is easy to use with the simple interface, even for young students, while language would be the main barrier for those not using it as mother language.
Tips for using the product
The “i” icon on top toolbar offers a link to the document or more related information.