Thursday, April 15, 2010
Our Documents, a digital library compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration. That site provides visitors with digital access to 100 milestone documents in United States history. Those instruments span the centuries, beginning with the Lee Resolution of 1776 (a proposal introduced to the Second Continental Congress calling for independence for the colonies) to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (legislation outlawing the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states following the Civil War). In addition to providing electronic access to those materials, Our Documents also provides background information to help students place those documents in historical context. The site also provides resources for educators and librarians. The image at right shows the original 1040 form, distributed in 1913. It comes from the National Archives and Records Administration. Oh, and if you’re reading this and realize that you’ve forgotten to file your tax return, you might want to check out Form 4868, , the Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Income Tax Return.