Resources & Facilities
Below you will find a list of history related links to various Internet resources. Although this list is in no way comprehensive, you can use it as a jumping off point in your explorations of history on the Web.
Remember, there is a lot of good stuff out there, but there is also a lot of junk. Surfing the net is still no substitute for going to the library and reading a book.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETIES
- The American Memory from the Library of Congress - A superb collection of on-line exhibits and archives including African American Perspectives, The Photography of the Civil War, Records of the Continental Congress, and Votes for Women.
- The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School - The best collection of pre-20th century legal and political documents on the web.
- Center for History and New Media – This George Mason University site hosts fascinating historical exhibits and interactive demonstrations of how to interpret historical sources.
- James Ford Bell Library - This University of Minnesota library has a collection of on-line historical maps.
- Hanover Electriconic Texts and Images - Superb collection of on-line primary documents and links to other web related resources.
- Library of Congress - Information on the Library of Congress and a searchable index of its collections.
- United States National Archives - Information on the National Archives including on-line searches, the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection, and on-line exhibits.
- World History Archives – Collection of on-line primary documents in world history.
CAREERS FOR HISTORY MAJORS
- American Historical Association - What can you do with an undergraduate degree in history? Many, many things.
- Exploring Africa - A University of South Carolina site that includes maps and other visual images from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.
- Internet African History Sourcebook - A marvelous resource with links to numerous other academic sites including both primary documents and scholarly debates.
- African Studies WWW (U. Penn)
- Africa Web Links: an Annotated Resource List ©
- Maps of Africa, The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection,The University of Texas at Austin
- Africa: Music, Videos and Films
- Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources – Comprehensive site of links to information about sub-Saharan history, including a country-by-country index and a list of maps.
- Association for Asian Studies - Comprehensive collection of links and other resources
- Internet East Asian History Sourcebook
- CoombsWeb - Australian National University’s social sciences and Asian studies page
- A-Bomb WWW Museum
- Atomic Bomb Decision - Excellent collection of declassified documents dealing with America’s decision to use nuclear weapons.
- EuroDocs - Transcriptions and reproductions of Western European primary documents.
- Masters of Renaissance Literature - Links to primary documents by key figures in the European Renaissance.
- Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture – An on-line exhibit at the Library of Congress.
- Western European Studies Wiki - Comprehensive sets of links to sources and libraries on Western European history, sorted by country.
- Bibliothèque Nationale de France – The national library of France; includes online exhibits on French history.
- Creating French Culture – On-line exhibit at the Library of Congress on French history from the 8th century to the present.
- Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin – Germany’s national historical museum; includes on-line exhibits and a searchable database of historical images.
- German History in Documents and Images – German Historical Institute’s collection of on-line primary sources from 1500 to the present.
- British Library – The national library of Great Britain; also includes online exhibits.
- 16th Century Renaissance English Literature - Excellent source for basic information on various authors as well as links to on-line versions of many of their works.
- Archivos Estatales de España – National archive of Spain, including online exhibits and newspaper archives.
- Memory of the Netherlands – Collection of on-line exhibits and sources on Dutch history.
- 18th Century Studies - Collection of essays and primary documents pertaining to the 18th century.
- Penny Magazine On-Line- On-line version of a British working class weekly magazine from the 1830s.
- Victorian Web – Extensive background information and source materials on 19th-century Britain.
- World War I Document Archive
- Holocaust and Genocide Studies
- Holocaust History Project – Archive of documents, photographs, recordings, and essays.
LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY
- Foreign Relations of the United States with Cuba - State Department report of early 1960s relations between the US and Cuba.
- Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy, the Cuban Missile Crisis
- Latin American Internet Resources - Good link to a number of university and libraries, hosted at the University of Washington.
- Latin American Network Information Center – Comprehensive set of links on Latin American history, including country-by-country listings.
UNITED STATES HISTORY
- Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection - This University of Georgia map collection includes maps from the 17th century through the 19th century.
- Mayflower Web - Includes information about the Mayflower as well as passenger lists, passenger wills, letters, and books and essays written by other Pilgrims.
- Thomas Paine National Historical Association - Contains the full text of all of Paine’s major pieces of writing including Common Sense, African Slavery in America, and The Rights of Man.
- Archiving Early America - Includes the text of many “milestone” historical documents including information on the Whiskey Rebellion, the Proclamation of Neutrality, Articles of Confederation, Northwest Ordinance, and the first State of the Union Address.
- George Washington Papers - Includes diary entries as well as presidential addresses by Washington.
- Lewis and Clark: The Maps of Exploration, 1507-1814 - This on-line exhibit from the University of Virginia uses period maps of America to discuss western exploration and expansion. An excellent site.
- Godey’s Lady’s Book- The complete text of several issues of Godey’s Lady’s Books, one of the most popular magazines during the mid-19th century.
- American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology - Includes excerpts of some of the most famous slave narratives and covers the slave experience from African enslavement through emancipation.
- Documenting the American South- A superb collection of diaries and memoirs of a variety of southerners.
- Valley of the Shadow Project- The premier collection of Civil War social history documents available. The project chronicles the lives of two communities on opposite sides of the Shenandoah Valley.
- Civil War Manuscripts at the Southern Historical Collection- The University of North Carolina’s collections of southern accounts of the Civil War.
- American Civil War Home Page - A collection of northern and southern accounts of the Civil War as well as a few legal and constitutional documents pertaining to the war.
- War in Perspective, 1898-1998: Public Appeals, Memory, and the Spanish American Conflict - New York Public Library exhibit on public memory, presentation, and war.
- World War I Political Cartoons - American focus
- New Deal Network - An electronic journal covering the social programs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency. It includes oral history, radio broadcasts, and other primary documents.
- World War II Propaganda Posters - Rich collection of World War II propaganda posters from the Minnesota Public Library.
- Fifties Web - A fun and informative site focusing on the popular culture of the 1950s.
- The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute - A limited on-line version of Stanford University’s multi-volume anthology of Dr. King’s writings.
- The African American Mosaic - A rich site that includes photos, maps, songs, and other documents dealing with African American history.
HISTORY OF SCIENCE, MEDICINE, AND TECHNOLOGY
- Exploring and Collecting History Online (ECHO): Science, Technology, and Industry – Comprehensive and well-organized collection of links.
- Internet History of Science Sourcebook – Primary sources, primarily from European history.
- Anatomia Collection, University of Toronto Library – About 4,500 plates from anatomy texts, dating from 1522-1867.
- Edgar Fahs Smith Collection – The history of chemistry before 1850 in text and images, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
- Alchemy Web Site – Compendium of information and primary sources on the history of alchemy.
- Historical Math Monographs – Cornell University’s online collection of historically important papers in mathematics.
- Galileo Project - A wealth of information about Galileo, his work, trial, and his Italian, European and scientific contexts.
- Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online – Includes not only published work, but also 20,000 private papers.
- Albert Einstein Online- a compendium of overviews, primary sources, and photos
- Oxford Museum of the History of Science - Excellent on-line exhibits.
- National Library of Medicine – More excellent on-line exhibits.
- IEEE Virtual Museum – Online exhibits on the history of technology.