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Internet Research: H





  • United States
  • General Resources
    • BBC History
      Although, as would be expected there is a focus on British history, this site is a good resource for basic historical information. The site contains an excellent collection of introductory essays on topics ranging from Life in an Iron Age Village to The End of Soviet Communism. These pieces are often written by the leading academic experts in the field and are accompanied by a list of related links.
    • Center for History and New Media – Guide to History on the Web
      Based at George Mason University, the CHNM database of 5000 US and World history websites, can be searched by type of website, geographical area or topic.
    • HistoryNet
      Contains photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in various military history magazines. 
    • Historical Text Archive
    • Holocaust Encyclopedia
      Each entry in this interactive encyclopedia from the United States Holocaust Museum includes links to other sources, photos and primary source documents.
    • Universal Newsreels 1929 - 1967
      Pre-TV era newsreels that were shown in movie theaters.
  • Medical History
  • Medieval Studies
  • Primary Sources
      The DocsTeach website is devoted to primary sources that are from the National Archives site. The site contains three features: (1)finding activities using primary sources, (2)finding documents from the National Archives, (3)creating your own primary source activities using the Archives’ pre-selected templates.
    • Using Primary Sources on the Web


    • American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection
      Created by the University Libraries of the University of Washington, this site provides an extensive digital collection of original photographs and documents about the Northwest Coast and Plateau Indian cultures, complemented by essays written by anthropologists, historians, and teachers about both particular tribes and cross-cultural topics. 
    • Anti-Slavery Collection
      This collection at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst contains several hundred pamphlets and books pertaining to slavery and antislavery in New England from 1725-1911.
    • Atomic bomb and the end of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources
    • Black Abolitionist Archive
      From the libraries at the University of Detroit Mercy, the Black Abolitionist Digital Archive contains over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period.
    • Bracero History Archive
      The Bracero History Archive, from the Center for History and New Media at Georgetown University, collects and makes available the oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero program, a guest worker initiative that spanned the years 1942-1964.
    • California Digital Newspaper Collection
      The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 400,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also contains issues of several current California newspapers that are part of a pilot project to preserve and provide access to contemporary papers.
    • California Light and Sound
      In partnership with twenty two libraries, archives and museums, the California Preservation Program is undertaking a project to provide digitization and access services for historic California audiovisual recordings. "California Light and Sound" is a collection of those recordings that provides glimpses and whispers of our state's rich audiovisual heritage.
    • Calisphere - California Cultures
      Selected primary source sets tell the stories, struggles and contributions of four major ethic groups in California (African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans). 
    • Chinese in California, 1850-1925
      From the Library of Congress, this collection illustrates nineteenth and early twentieth century Chinese immigration to California through about 8,000 images and pages of primary source materials.
    • Civil Rights Digital Library
      Collection of primary sources and other educational materials on the Civil Rights Movement.
    • Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers
      Purdue University's collection of over 3,500 maps, photos and other documents.
    • Diary of a Civil War nurse
      This website (from the National Museum of American History) contains images of the Civil War diary of Amanda Akin, photograph portraits, and quotes from her recollections, as well as brief explanations and sources related to Civil War nursing in general.
    • "Everyone would believe my pictures" : The Legacy of Julien Bryan
      Established by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, this site contains photos and films taken by American filmmaker Julien Bryan of 1930s Germany and Poland.
    • Freedom Summer Project 1964
      This website, from Miami University of Ohio, documents the history of 1964's "Freedom Summer", which was when volunteers gathered at the former Western College for Women in order to be trained to register African-American voters in Mississippi. The materials here include over 765 documents related to the Freedom Summer, including reports from the FBI about those involved with the activities around this form of civil rights activism and articles from the Ohio press about the civil rights movement in the South during that time.
    • George Washington Carver
      This digital collection from the Special Collections Department at the Iowa State University Library brings together images of Dr. Carver, along with letters and other correspondence between Carver and his colleagues at the university.
    • The Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online
      Transcripts of 705 interviews conducted with refugees from the USSR during the early days of the Cold War.
    • Hawaii War Records Depository
      A collection of archival materials that document life in Hawaii during World War II.
    • HistoryMakers Digital Archive
      The History Makers organization and the Carnegie Mellon University Informedia Project came together to create this collection of 310 African American video oral history interviews. Contains intererviews with prominent individuals in the African American community such as Marian Wright Edelman, Julian Bond, and others.
    • The Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists
      This site, hosted by Penn State University, contains a collection of photos and interviews related to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
    • Lewis Hine Collection
      The extensive photographic survey of child labor made by Lewis Hine (1874-1940) during the early twentieth century provided reform groups and the public with visual evidence of the negative impact that work had on children. Hine's photographs helped mobilize society against child labor, while providing an extensive record of working children.
    • Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
      This collection from the Library of Congress's American Memory Project brings together 45 films of New York from 1896 to 1906. The films were made by the American Mutoscope and Biography Company and the Edison Company.
    • Making the History of 1989 - Eastern Europe 
      Primary sources drawn from the emergence of resistance movements in the 1980s, the events of 1989 and the immediate aftermath.
    • May 4 Collection
      Compiled by the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Kent State University, this collection contains primary source materials on the Kent State shootings that took place on May 4th, 1970.
    • National Security Archives
      An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States. 
    • Native American Manuscript Collections
      From the University of Oklahoma's Western History Collection, the Native American Manuscript Collections contain over 200 documents relating to Native Americans in Oklahoma, Indian Territory, and the southwestern United States.
    • Nevada Test Site Oral History Project
      Interviews with persons affiliated with and affected by the Nevada Test Site during the era of Cold War nuclear testing.
    • Oral History Project in Labor History
      Transcripts of interviews conducted with Chicago-area labor leaders.
    • Rag Linen - Online Museum of Historic Newspapers
      Rag Linen is an online museum and educational archive named after the early newspaper printing process.
    • Real Rosie the Riveter Project
      High definition video interviews with women who worked in American defense plants during WWII.
    • San Fernando Valley History
      California State University-Northridge's Oviatt Library hosts this this site that contains historically significant documents, manuscripts, photographs and related graphic materials on the history of the San Fernando Valley.
    • Spanish Civil War Memory Project
      The University of California, San Diego in collaboration with several Spanish civic associations, have put together digital archive of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship. Since 2007, several teams of graduate students have been recording audiovisual testimonies of militants, witnesses, and victims of the Spanish Civil War and Francoist repression. On this site, visitors can listen to dozens of recorded testimonies in English and Spanish.
    • Theodore Roosevelt Collection Photographs
      Harvard University hosts this digital collection that contains photographs of Theodore Roosevelt's African safaris, visits to Brazil, and a trip to the Panama Canal. The offerings include formal portraits, newsreel stills, panoramic views, and even lantern slides.
    • Walter Gordon Collection of Photographs
      This site, hosted by UCLA Library Digital Collections, contains over 300 photographs of African American social life in 1940s Los Angeles.
    • Witness: Black History
      This BBC World Service special feature provides thirty-three podcast interviews of individuals that were present during significant events in history, such as Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream" speech and The Freedom Riders protests. Listeners have the ability to hear a first-hand account of what it was like to attend the first desegregated elementary school, as told by Ruby Bridges, along with several other noteworthy witnesses to history.
    • Women Working, 1870-1930
      Harvard University libraries collection of digitized materials related to women's employment.