The web is providing so many cool things for historian teachers. Digitized photos, Google Earth, online lesson plans, WebQuests, primary documents, video clips, audio clips . . . it doesn’t stop.

nixon-tapesI just ran across a handy site called Nixon Tapes. You can probably guess what digital resources are available there.

Nixon Tapes is the only website dedicated solely to the scholarly production and dissemination of digitized Nixon tape audio and transcripts. We have the most complete tape collection in existence–approximately 2,150 hours spread over 2.5 terabytes of hard drives that contain more than 6,000 audio files.

The site is maintained by Luke Nichter. Nichter created the site in July 2007 with the intention of finally making available to researchers and the public a user-friendly, complete collection of the Nixon tapes.

Nichter claims that the National Archives have not created “official” transcripts or released the tapes in usable format and that his site is the only place to find these kinds of primary sources. Figured I could get handy resources if I traveled to NARA headquarters in DC, guess not.

Nixon Tapes also supplies the president’s daily diary and contextual information about each conversation. It sounds like a ton of work but the payoff is easily accessible transcripts and mp3 audio files just for you.

This is must see if you’re teaching 20th century US history. It would also be useful for government and civics teachers. When done here, you may want to check out a site called The President Calling by American RadioWorks that makes available a limited number of audio tapes of John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson in addition to Nixon.

Several other sites might also be helpful: