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Professional Organizations

Organization of American Historians: A professional organization for the advancement of the study of American history. http://www.oah.org/

The American Historical Association: "The largest historical society in the United States, the AHA serves as the umbrella organization for historians working in every period and geographical area." http://www.theaha.org/info/

General Resources

Library of Congress: Particularly useful are the Exhibitions where there are on-line versions of exhibitions for the last few years, including photos of manuscripts. Topics include American political history (Gettysburg Address, drafting of the Declaration of Independence, abolition documents and others relating to African American life), Freud's life and work, Frank Lloyd Wright. Also wonderful is American Memory, which includes listings from many disciplines and sound files, such as WPA recordings. http://lcweb.loc.gov/

Internet History Sourcebooks: A massive collection of local files and links to primary sources available online, both texts and images. Includes the Internet Ancient History Sourcebook, the Internet Medieval Sourcebook, and the Internet Modern History Sourcebook. Also includes subsidiary sourcebooks on Islamic, Jewish, Women's, and Global History, as well as History of Science and Lesbian and Gay History. This is an incredibly comprehensive site, browsable by topic and searchable. Compiled & edited by Paul Halsall, Fordham University. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/

American and British History Resources on the Internet This massive site (38 pages of links!) at Rutgers University is organized in several ways--e.g., documents, treaties, statistics, maps--and then by nation and period of time. This site is exhaustive: if you have a particular desire--for online images of period magazines, such as the London Gazette from the 1600s, begin here. There are many sites listed connected to various wars, as well: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rulib/socsci/hist/amhist3.htm

Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: "This site provides access to the raw data and documentation which contains information on the following slave trade topics from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: records of slave ship movement between Africa and the Americas, slave ships of eighteenth century France, slave trade to Rio de Janeiro, Virginia slave trade in the eighteenth century, English slave trade (House of Lords Survey), Angola slave trade in the eighteenth century, internal slave trade to Rio de Janeiro, slave trade to Havana, Cuba, Nantes slave trade in the eighteenth century, and slave trade to Jamaica." Registration required to download data. http://dpls.dacc.wisc.edu/slavedata/index.html


Avalon Project at the Yale Law School: Extensive collection of primary documents in law, history and diplomacy. Organized by time periods (pre-18th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries) as well as historical topics (e.g. Treaties between the United States and Native Americans). Includes medieval and renaissance documents, even the Code of Hammurabi. http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/pre18.htm

<Supreme Court Multimedia Database: Created at Northwestern University, a great resource for court documents, decisions, sometimes audio. The site is organized by Cases and Justices; there's a Virtual Tour; there is also a great search function that will look up cases by date, subject, or title: http://oyez.nwu.edu


A-Z World Constitutions: An alphabetical list of links to nearly every national and international constitution of the world. Most texts are in English. http://www.charter88.org.uk/politics/links/link_cons_af.html


Yale University Map Collection: One of the major university map collections in the United States. Online selections include Antiquarian maps organized by geographical region, some with explanatory notes, and historical city maps from Europe and the Americas ranging from the 16th to 19th centuries. http://www.library.yale.edu/MapColl/index.html

Historical Maps: Extensive collection of historical maps, mostly 19th and 20th century, organized by geographical region. Includes extensive links to other map sites, also organized by region. University of Texas. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/historical/history_main.html

Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century: Provides a variety of maps which chart socio-economic trends, systems of government, cities, wars and massacres throughout the 20th Century. Many of the maps are interactive and go into extensive detail. http://www.erols.com/mwhite28/20centry.htm

Europe Map Archive: Maps depicting a variety of cultural phenomena, including natural resources, trade routes, wars, colonization, and urbanization in the Ancient Near East; Classical Greece; the Hellenistic World; the Roman Republic, Principate & Empire; Late Antiquity; the Early Medieval era. University of Oregon. Interactive maps require Shockwave plug-in. http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~atlas/europe/maps.html


American Memory Online Collections: An amazing collection of multimedia primary materials (including print). Collections are organized by subject area. Holdings include, for example, early motion picture and sound recordings of the Edison Companies (e.g. video of South Spring Street, L.A., 1898); early American animated films (1900-21); Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964. Most collections are indexed by title and subject. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/finder.html

Making of America:This site is a digital archive "of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction." Holdings include approximately 1600 books and 50,000 journal articles from the 19th century, covering education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, science and technology, and other areas. Most texts are online facsimile editions whose pages have simply been scanned, but an effort is underway to provide text as well as image editions of these works. University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service http://www.umdl.umich.edu/moa/

Primary Texts

Douglass Archives of American Public Addresses: A site at Northwestern University with American speeches beginning with a speech of John Winthrop and ending with a speech of Bill Clinton. Searchable by speaker, title, and issue: http://douglass.speech.nwu.edu/

Native American Documents Project: The long term goal of this site is to make primary documents regarding federal policy towards Native American peoples easily available. Currently, site contains reports of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and the Board of Indian Commissioners for 1871, with appendices; 111 documents from the Rogue River War and Siletz Reservation collection (most from 19th century, with background material and map); and ten tables of data, quantifying results of "allotment" (whereby land ceded to Native Americans was allotted to others) in the Allotment Data collection. California State University, San Marcos. http://www.csusm.edu/projects/nadp/nadp.htm

Documenting the American SouthThis site incorporates five digital text archives of documents representing Southern culture of the 19th century: slave narratives, first-person narratives(diaries, memoirs, travel accounts, etc), Southern literature, Confederate imprints, and materials related to the church in the black community. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://metalab.unc.edu/docsouth/

Thomas Jefferson Online Resources at the University of Virginia: An extensive collection of primary works, letters, documents about Jefferson, including an interactive tour of Jefferson's academical village, the University of Virginia: http://etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/

Drafting the Declaration: A Library of Congress exhibition on stages of development of the Declaration of Independence. http://www.loc.gov./exhibits/declara/declara1.html


Net SERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources: Net SERF is an extremely thorough and etensive databse of information on any and all aspects of medieval society and its culture. It includes search engines and a fantastic glossary for obscure medieval terminology. It also includes an extensive bibliography of sources divided up by specializations. This includes everything from history to literature to legends and more. Other links include full texts of words by medieval authors, links to web pages about those authors, and other links to electronic collections of medieval works: http://www.cua.edu/www/hist/netserf/home.htm


Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement: This is a fascinating collection at Duke University of online documents from the 1960s and 1970s, pertaining to the Women's Movement. The site is searchable, as well as divided by categories, such as Women of Color and Reproductive Rights. You can find here, for example, a detailed pamphlet from an abortion clinic in 1973, describing an abortion with text and diagrams: http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/wlm/