This interdisciplinary kit invites students into the world of Barilla Taylor, who left her home in rural Maine in 1843 for work in Lowell's mills. By examining documents relevant to Barilla's farm and factory experiences, students learn about the history of early industrial America, and the ways industrialization affected the roles and status of women. Primary sources include letters, maps, corporation hospital records, city directory pages, photographs, and a receipt for a jewelry purchase.
This was a good way to introduce students to a wide variety of primary sources - not simply diary entries, letters, and other more narrative forms - that give a sense of how historians piece together a life.
I'd love to have a picture of Barilla.