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Welcome to History Day 2021!

Each year, National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2020-2021 theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.


Find print books across Minnesota and have them sent to your local library using 

Find ebooks in the Ebooks Minnesota for Schools History Day curation

U of M Databases

The University of Minnesota Libraries is offering temporary access to a select suite of primary and secondary source materials. These resources, covering a wide variety of topics and time periods, include:

  • World’s Fairs: A Global History of Expositions (1851-2015)
  • American Indian Newspapers (1828-2016)
  • African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
  • Life Magazine Archive (1936-2000)
  • Supreme Court records
  • INS immigration records
  • ….and more

Educators and students can request access to these resources by filling out this form. You must be a teacher or student at a Minnesota school participating in History Day. For questions about these resources, contact Richmond Kinney at