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American Memory from the Library of Congress - Over five million historical items from the Library of Congress(Tutorial )

Added October 2011 American President (Miller Center, University of Virginia)

American – Index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two including the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century.

AMDOCS (Documents for the Study of American History) - Over 100 primary text documents on US History arranged by date. 

Best of History Websites - BOHWS contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites as well links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more throughout its pages. - Magazine and TV channel site with celebrity features and clips of upcoming shows

Biography of America - A Biography of America is a telecourse and video series that presents American history as a living narrative. This series web site lets you delve further into the topics of the 26 video programs. For each program you'll find an interactive feature related to the subject or the time period of the program. In addition, you'll find a listing of key events of the period, a map relevant to the period, the transcript of the video program, and a "Webography" - a set of annotated web links. You will most likely want to watch the video program before using its related web segments, but you can use either independently.

Cartoon Image Database - The digital image database of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University contains thousands of scanned images from the collection. Users may sort results by some 14 categories including format, creator, and publication, and use the single cartoon images to produce stylistic comparisons, investigate the history of themes, scan story sequences, and, with the zoom capabilities, make a close inspection of artistic techniques. Links to academic references, e.g., notes about comic strip exhibitions, add to the database's value for research.

Center for History and New Media – Offers a complete virtual course on U.S. History including model syllabi, discussions of historical methods and evidence, original documents, images, guides for instructors, and interviews with especially effective teachers.  Similar materials are offered for World History.

Civil War Maps Collection - The Civil War Map collection of the Geography and Map Division consists of reconnaissance, sketch, coastal, and theater-of-war maps which depict troop activities and fortifications during the Civil War. 

De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Rulers and Their Families – DIR is an on-line encyclopedia on the rulers of the Roman Empire from Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) to Constantine XI Palaeologus (1449-1453). The encyclopedia consists of (1) an index of all the emperors who ruled during the empire's 1500 years, (2) a growing number of biographical essays on the individual emperors, (3) family trees ("stemmata") of important imperial dynasties, (4) an index of significant battles in the empire's history, (5) a growing number of capsule descriptions and maps of these battles, and (6) maps of the empire at different times. Wherever possible, these materials are cross-referenced by live links. These contents are supplemented by an ancient and medieval atlas, a link to a virtual catalog of Roman coins, and other recommended links to related sites. 

Added October 2011 Digital History (University of Houston and partners)

Added Ocotober 2011 Digital Librarian: History

Documenting the American South - provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. Currently DocSouth includes seven thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.

Early Modern Women Database - Links to Web resources useful for the study of women in early modern Europe and the Americas. It focuses on the period from ca. 1500 to ca. 1800 and includes links to Web sites about the Medieval period and 19th Century as well.

European History Primary Sources - European History Primary Sources (EHPS) is a joint venture between various organizations within the European University Institute (EUI), building upon the EUI's World Wide Web Virtual Library. This ambitious project attempts to create a single site compiling all digitized primary sources pertaining to European history. The various sites are arranged by nation, language, period, subject, and type of source, creating an easily usable index of digitized European primary sources. The site also features a search box that allows users to search all of the sites contained in the index.

The European Library - This site offers access to the resources of 48 European national libraries in 36 languages. The resources, both digital and non-digital, include books, magazines, journals, audio recordings and other material. The European Library portal offers free searching, and delivers metadata records as well as digital objects: some free, others at cost.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index - Index of publications on women, sexuality and gender in the Middle Ages. No full text.

Founders Early Access - Documents included come from six Founding Fathers projects: the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, the Adams family, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. As of June 2010, the site had been updated three times with a total of 7,826 documents added. Documents can be browsed by volume/dates, e.g., George Washington Papers/Revolutionary War Papers: 15 September 1778-31 October 1778. The site also offers a search function.

Added October 2011 Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Added October 2011 Harpers Weekly Online: Explore History

Added October 2011 Historical Census Browser (University of Virginia Library)




Historical Texts Online –Articles, books and links to historical texts from all regions and time periods. Organized into three areas - Geographical, Topical, and Resources.

History Guide – Browse by Region, Time Period or Subject Area for scholarly websites or digital texts.

Added October 2011 History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web

Added Aug, 2010  historypin – Combination Google map and historic pictures “pinned” to a particular time and location. See what Times Square, Paris, and the Panama Canal looked like at different times from the pictures and stories provided by users.

History Today – This scholarly magazine provides indexing to its huge archive of articles. Ask at the front desk for a password.

Holocaust Encyclopedia - Filled with accurate, readable, and informative articles on the Holocaust and its aftermath. Bibliographies accompany each entry, and links within and at the end of articles lead visitors to other online resources and related readings. The site features a section for teachers containing age-appropriate lesson plans and curricula. Neither polemical nor apologist in nature, this resource is one of the best and most reliable Holocaust sources available on the Internet.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook - Features sites that focus on the archaeology, art, buildings monuments and cities, daily life, mythology and religion, and science of the ancient world.

Islamic Heritage Project - The Islamic Heritage Project (IHP), part of Harvard's Open Collections Program, has digitized more than 600 primary-source "Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts." The IHP covers topics such as law, science, history, geography, literature, philosophy, and calligraphy and incorporates biographies and autobiographies. The collection's languages include Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Urdu, and Malay. Users can browse collections and maps by title, author, language, geographic area, or topic. Broad topics include Arabic language, Koran, Fatwas, Sufism, Rhetoric, Mathematics, Women, Poetry, and Medicine. Regions include the Arabian Peninsula, the Balkans, Central Asia, Egypt, Turkey, South Asia, North Africa, Iran, and Iraq.

Latin American Network information Center\-LANIC - Access to academic databases and information services, and information on and from Latin America

Library of Congress- HLAS Online Home Page - The Handbook is a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars.

Locating London’s Past - This website allows you to search a wide body of digital resources relating to early modern and eighteenth-century London, and to map the results on to a fully GIS compliant version of John Rocque's 1746 map.

Luminarium – This website looks at history (Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th century) through art, music and literature.

Map of Early Modern London – This site maps the streets, sites, and significant boundaries of late sixteenth-century and early seventeenth-century London. You will see many of the theatres and landmarks of Shakespeare's time, and learn about the history and culture of the city in which he lived and worked.

NARA: U.S. National Archives & Records Administration - Oversees the management of federal government records, including presidential diaries, historic correspondence, and a display of presidential gifts from around the world.

Added October 2011 National Archives: Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents

NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources - NetSERF's goal is to provide those interested in any aspect of the Middle Ages a single index of all the best medieval resources available on the Internet.

Official Documents (UK) – This United Kingdom website hosts official government documents (sometime known as Green or White Papers) on a broad range of topic. 

Online Medieval and Classical Library - The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) is a collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization – Type in a day or date to learn what happened in history. 

ORB: The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies – Includes the an Encyclopedia for 40 refereed articles arranged by time period and topic; the ORB Library Collection containing, among other things, an alphabetical index of more than 200 primary documents and the Internet Medieval Source book; Resources for Teaching; and the ORB Reference Shelf.

Added October 2011 Outline of American History

Repository of Primary Sources - Listing of over 5,500 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.

Royal Historical Society Bibliography - The RHS bibliography is an authoritative guide to what has been written about British and Irish history from the Roman period to the present day. The Bibliography is hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, which is part of the University of London. Includes almost a half million entries and the content of 604 journals. Access to data from Irish History Online and from London's Past Online.

Speech and Transcript Center – Copies of political speeches.

Added October 2011 State Digital Resources: Memory Projects, Online Encyclopedias, Historical & Cultural Materials Collections (Library of Congress Digital Reference Section)

This Day in History – Find out what happened on a certain day in history. A key word search allows you to find days in history associated with a person or topic.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade – Information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.

Victorian Web – Links to Literature, History and Culture regarding the Victorian era.

Vietnam: Yesterday and Today - This website is primarily for students and teachers working to understand the Vietnamese Conflict. Its goal is to suggest books, magazine articles, and websites that will be useful, to provide suggestions for effective research, and to provide information about the war and the country of Vietnam.

Wars for Vietnam: 1945–1975 - This site offers students an opportunity to numerous official documents. Brigham was the first American scholar given access to the Vietnamese archives on the war in Hanoi. Included here are his translations of some of the Hanoi documents, offered for examination and study. Also recommended is the Vietnam Project with over 100,000 documents.

Added October 2011 For more information from the Library of Congress's Web site, see:

  • American Memory Digitized historic maps, manuscripts, motion pictures, sheet music, photographs and prints, sound recordings, sheet music and texts, from the collections of the Library of Congress and partner institutions.
  • Browse by Topic: American History Find digitized historical resources from the Library of Congress's collections.
  • Chronicling America This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages, 1880-1922, and find information about American newspapers published 1690-present.
  • Map Collections Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress.
  • Performing Arts Encylopedia Collections, articles and special presentations on music, theater and dance materials.
  • Prints and Photographs Online Catalog Catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress.
  • Veterans History Project The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

WWW Virtual Library - History - The World Wide Virtual Library History: Central Catalogu
Yahoo! History
Yahoo! History, US

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