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Exploring the DPLA
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Find all the items associated with a geographic location.
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A visual display of books, serials, and journals.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a metadata aggregator and search portal for freely-available digital collections held by libraries, museums, and archives around the United States. DPLA identifies three main components of its mission:
- A portal that delivers students, teachers, scholars, and the public to incredible resources, wherever they may be in America.
- A platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage.
- An advocate for a strong public option in the twenty-first century.
Primary Source Sets
The DPLA's Primary Source Sets are curated collections of material organized around specific themes. Each set contains primary source items from DPLA contributing institutions, links for further research, and a teaching guide about the particular topic.