Tab

History

General History
(Includes World History)
American History Wisconsin History Ancient Greece and Rome

General History (Includes World History)

  • Africa Focus
    Created by the libraries of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this site contains multimedia materials on African history and culture. Representing 45 nations, it offers digital reproductions of more than 3,000 slides, 500 photographs, 50 hours of audio recordings, and a handful of primary and secondary texts.
    http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/AfricaFocus/

  • Bridging World History
    This is the companion site to the DVD series, Bridging World History. It supplements the themes and content found on the DVD disks. The Alverno College library owns the DVD collection, and the call number for the item is 909 B851.
    http://www.learner.org/channel/courses/worldhistory/

  • Cold War International History Project
    Part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, this site gathers, archives, and produces materials related to the Cold War from both Eastern and Western perspectives, including biographies, pamphlets, conference proceedings, legal documents, and other primary source materials. Of special interest is the Digital Archive, which makes available a multitude of translated primary source documents.
    http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/cold-war-international-history-project

  • Digital Egypt for Universities
    Coverage ranges from ancient times to the present. The primary aim of the website is support for learning across different disciplines. The site discusses subjects that include a historical dimension - architecture, art, medicine, science, religion, literature, gender studies, cultural studies and museum studies.
    http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/Welcome.html

  • eHistory
    Hosted and maintained by the History department of Ohio State University, this site contains historical reference materials from the following periods: Ancient, Middle Ages, United States Civil War, World War II, Vietnam War, Middle East and world history. Special features include multi-media sections, primary source materials and book reviews.
    http://ehistory.osu.edu/

  • Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI)
    This site is an international project to develop and distribute digital data on historical and archaeological resources. It is managed by the International and Area Studies department at the University of California-Berkeley. Useful as a tool for visualizing and analyzing historical and cultural phenomena, it has a special module on the damage done to Iraqi antiquities during the Iraq War of 2003.
    http://www.ecai.org/

  • Encyclopaedia of British History: 1500-1980
    Topics are arranged both chronologically and by category. Articles are available on traditional topics ("Conservatism," "Liberalism," "The Chartist Movement," "The Trade Union Movement," "Scotland, 1750-1950," "Wales, 1400-1980," "Child Labour: 1750-1900") and some less expected ones ("Black People in Britain," "Cartoonists & Illustrators," "The Theatre," "Spies and Spymasters"). An extremely useful resource for students of British history.
    http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/industry.html

  • EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History
    This site features a wiki format and is hosted by Brigham Young University. It includes links to primary historical documents. Historical periods include medieval, renaissance and modern Europe. Geographical coverage includes very small western European countries like Monaco to larger countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and France.
    http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Main_Page

  • EuroStat
    Eurostat is a statistical unit of the EU providing access to publications, tables, graphs, maps, self-defined extractions, an alert system, and thousands of multidimensional databases. This site is free and requires no registration, but registered users can access enhanced functions (e.g., a bulk download facility and a customizable data navigation tree). The home page also contains a link to a valuable Country Profiles section, which permits many options for searching and viewing data by country and topic.
    http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/

  • Global Gateway: World Culture & Resources
    From the Library of Congress, this site is an excellent starting point for both beginning and experienced researchers. The site is a gateway to a growing number of online collections, materials and repositories representing different cultures from around the world. 
    http://international.loc.gov/intldl/intldlhome.html

  • Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
    This site focuses on online texts, which, for the most part, means public domain texts translated more than 75 years ago. The Ancient History Sourcebook also includes links to visual and aural material, since art and archeology are far more important for the periods in question than for later history. The emphasis remains on access to primary source texts for educational purposes.
    http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/ancient/asbook.html

  • The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834
    The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitized collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings (court cases) from 1674 to 1834. It allows access to 100,000 trials, free of charge for non-commercial use.
    http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/

  • The Middle East 1916-2001: A Documentary Record
    This Web site is part of the Yale Law School's Avalon Project, an extensive historical and legal document collection. The site is arranged well, with each document accessible from the home page and listed by its year of issuance. The resources examine the Middle East through government documents, transcripts of government leaders' speeches, and UN resolutions. Because graphics have been kept at a minimum, downloads are quick and dependable.
    http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/mideast/mideast.htm

  • The National Archives: Records of the UK government from Doomsday to the present
    This site preserves and provides public access to the records of the UK's central government and courts of law. It also maintains current information on nongovernmental records located in the UK and overseas that relate to British history. Of special note is the Exhibitions and Treasures page with its links to online exhibitions that use primary sources such as photographs, documents, and film. Although the site's primary focus is British, plenty of material is available on topics in US history that relate to the UK.
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

  • A Roma Journey
    A Roma Journey "provides a unique opportunity to uncover Romani culture in the Balkans and beyond." The Web page uses cooliris plug-in technology to access manuscripts, books, images, postcards, and pamphlets. Exhibition curator Dragoljub Ackovic also has a page on the site listing his credentials and highlighting materials from his personal collections. For anyone interested in the study of the Romani culture, this page provides swift, simple access to a number of outstanding documents.
    http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/exhibition/roma_journey/eng/index.html

  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (Voyages)
    This database contains materials on ships, crews, slaves, and places of embarkation and landing. It lists the names of ships, captains, number of crew and slaves, place where slaves were taken and landed, where they were sold, and if anything unusual happened during the voyage. It can be searched by just about any variable imaginable, including the number of crew deaths and the outcome of the voyage. The site provides links to other relevant sites and lesson plans for secondary school teachers.
    http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces

  • WWW Virtual Library's History Index
    Created in 1993 and maintained by a large crew of volunteers, this site includes links to a vast number of history sites covering topics from Architecture to Women, countries and regions from Africa to Yugoslavia and eras and epochs from prehistory to Modern.
    http://vlib.iue.it/history/index.html

  • WWW Virtual Library Women's History
    The main purposes of this site are to list women's history institutions and organizations, locate archival and library collections, and provide links to Internet resources on women's history.
    http://www.iisg.nl/w3vlwomenshistory/

  • WomanStats Project
    Through the efforts of research assistants and professors at several US universities, the WomanStats Project (WSP) seeks to examine the relationship between the circumstances of women and the stability of particular nations. WSP compiles information about women's issues from sources such as governmental agencies, scholarly articles, books, news reports, and interviews. To search the WSP database, users must create a free account and choose from selected variables based on the codes and acronyms provided.
    http://www.womanstats.org/index.htm

  • Yahoo History Sites
    Links to many History-related sites by region, subject or time period.
    http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/History/

  • Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
    This Web site is arranged around reports, task force documents, papers, and conference presentations dealing with topics including global trade reform, climate change, peace and security, health, foreign policy and economic governance. The primary publication and most valuable resource is YaleGlobal Online, which provides the latest information on globalization issues.
    http://www.ycsg.yale.edu/center/

For Web sites on Women's History, see the Women's Studies--History category.

[ Return to TOP of page ]


American History

African American History

The Civil Rights Movement

  • The Archive, from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
    The aim of this web site is to give students and researchers a starting point from which to view online materials from the collection of the King Library and Archives, located in Atlanta. The Archives consists of Martin Luther King's papers and those of the organization he cofounded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Users will find a basic search box in the website's left corner; clicking the icon of a gear leads to advanced search options.
    http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/

  • Civil Rights Digital Library
    At the core of this project are the unedited film archives of WSB-TV (Atlanta) and WALB-TV (Albany), held at the university's Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. Users may view these news clips online with RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or Flash. Additionally, the site provides access to an array of other digitized archival materials in over 140 collections held by 91 entities in the US. Site materials are organized according to Events, Places, People, Topics, Media Types, Contributing Institutions, Educator Resources, and alphabetically. 
    http://crdl.usg.edu

  • The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University
    This site promotes the study of Malcolm X and seeks to generate an ongoing conversation about his impact on U.S. society. All parts of the site are freely accessible except The Autobiography of Malcolm X MSE, which is restricted to Columbia University students. The site includes film clips, interviews and audio from Malcolm X’s speeches.
    http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ccbh/mxp/index.html

  • State of Siege: Mississippi Whites and the Civil Rights Movement
    This radio documentary looks into the role that certain groups of white people played in combating the civil rights movement in Mississippi. The program includes interviews and commentary from a wide range of persons, and there is particularly good coverage of one well-known race riot at the University of Mississippi and the Citizens' Council, whose goal was to maintain white supremacy. The site is rounded out by a selection of links and resources and social media buttons designed to allow users to share the program with others.
    http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/mississippi/

  • Voices of Civil Rights
    This collaborative effort of the American Association of Retired Persons, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and Library of Congress seeks to collect the personal stories of participants of modern civil rights movements from 1945 through 1975. The Web site's centerpiece is profiles of activists from the many reform organizations associated with the 1960s, including the African American Civil Rights Movement, the American Indian Movement, and the Chicano, gay rights, environmental, and women's movements.
    http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/civilrights/cr-exhibit.html

The Civil War

Cold War

Colonial and American Revolution

  • The Coming of the American Revolution
    This website from the Massachusetts Historical Society takes students inside the pre-revolutionary struggles between the British colonies and various policies of the British government through official documents, personal correspondence, and newspaper pieces. By clicking on the "Explore" section, visitors will have the opportunity to look into the Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, and other important documents from the period that led up to the actual Revolution. Moving on, the "Resources" area contains brief biographies of key players involved in this period of rebellion and resistance, including Abigail Adams and Thomas Paine. Finally, the site is rounded out by a section for teachers which includes lesson plans.
    http://www.masshist.org/revolution/

  • “The Decisive Day is Come”: The Battle of Bunker Hill
    The purpose of this site is to make available documents from the Massachusetts Historical Society's collections to a wider audience. The events of June 17, 1775 are told here through the words of those who were present. It includes well-known documents such as Abigail Adams's letter to her husband John, but there also are letters and journals of American and British soldiers, including ordinary soldiers in the ranks, as well as civilian observers who lived in the Boston area.
    http://www.masshist.org/bh/

  • The James Madison Papers
    The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images. They document the life of the man who came to be known as the "Father of the Constitution" through correspondence, personal notes, drafts of letters and legislation, an autobiography, legal and financial documents, and miscellaneous manuscripts.
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/madison_papers/

  • The Thomas Jefferson Papers
    This site contains the complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress - approximately 27,000 documents. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes.
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/index.html

  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (Voyages)
    This database contains materials on ships, crews, slaves, and places of embarkation and landing. It lists the names of ships, captains, number of crew and slaves, place where slaves were taken and landed, where they were sold, and if anything unusual happened during the voyage. It can be searched by just about any variable imaginable, including the number of crew deaths and the outcome of the voyage. The site provides links to other relevant sites and lesson plans for secondary school teachers.
    http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces

The Constitution and the Supreme Court

Immigration

  • Ellis Island (The American Family Immigration History Center)
    This site allows visitors to explore the collection of immigrant arrival records stored in the Ellis Island Archives. The site contains ship manifest records of immigrants entering the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924.
    http://www.ellisisland.org/

  • Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
    From the Harvard University Libraries, this site provides online access to U.S. immigration resources, including approximately 1,800 books and pamphlets, 9,000 photographs, and over 10,000 pages from manuscript and archival collections. The full text of each book can be printed or saved to disk as a PDF file, in whole or in part, and the thousands of manuscript/archival pages are available for print or downloading. Subjects include topics, themes, people, and organizations, as well as a time line that contains links to relevant material in the collection.
    http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration/

  • Yearbook of Immigration Statistics
    Part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security web site, this database aggregates data tables on foreign nationals who have been granted lawful permanent residence, or have been admitted on a temporary basis, or have been granted refugee or asylum status, or are becoming naturalized citizens. The database also provides statistics on immigration law enforcement actions.
    http://www.dhs.gov/files/statistics/publications/yearbook.shtm

Native American History

Newspaper Collections and Archives

  • AMDOCS Documents for the Study of American History
    Text of about 500 documents and links to other sites about the American experience (15th - 20th Centuries).
    http://www.vlib.us/amdocs/

  • The Archive, from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
    The aim of this web site is to give students and researchers a starting point from which to view online materials from the collection of the King Library and Archives, located in Atlanta. The Archives consists of Martin Luther King's papers and those of the organization he cofounded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Users will find a basic search box in the website's left corner; clicking the icon of a gear leads to advanced search options.
    http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/

  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (BETA)
    This site is a project of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. There are 310,000 digitized newspaper pages, dating from 1900 to 1910.
    http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/

  • eHistory
    Hosted and maintained by the History department of Ohio State University, this site contains historical reference materials from the following periods: Ancient, Middle Ages, United States Civil War, World War II, Vietnam War, Middle East and world history. Special features include multi-media sections, primary source materials and book reviews.
    http://ehistory.osu.edu/

  • Library of Congress
    Includes virtual exhibits of "American Memory" and "American Treasures", resources for educators, research tools such as catalogs of the Library of Congress and other libraries, databases on special topics, and links to other related sites.
    http://www.loc.gov

  • Library of Congress American Memory
    Archival material relating to U.S. history and culture.
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amhome.html

  • National Archives and Records Administration
    Historical records of three branches of the U.S. federal government (executive, legislative and judicial). Includes an online exhibit hall and links to related sites.
    http://www.nara.gov/

  • National Humanities Center
    The National Humanities Center is the only independent institute in the nation devoted to advanced studies in the humanities. Of particular interest is the tab Toolbox Library, subtitled Primary Resources in US History and Literature. Assembled here is a wealth of carefully selected digital resources aimed at classroom use. At present 11 toolboxes appear (with a promise of more to come), each arranged chronologically and thematically. The first, American Beginnings: The European Presence in North America, 1492-1690, is divided into the themes Exploration, Settlement, Permanence, and Power.
    http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/

  • Ration Coupons on the Home Front, 1942-1945
    During World War II, the United States government started the mandatory rationing of items, including gasoline, food, tires, cars, and footwear. This digital collection from the Duke University Libraries brings together ration stamps and other materials issued by the Office of Price Administration from 1942-1945. Visitors should start with the "History" sections, which provides a chronology of rationing during the war period.
    http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/hfc/

  • Scholars Lab
    Created and maintained by the University of Virginia Library, this site contains digitized texts of primary sources in the humanities. Highlights include strong collections in English and American literature and American Civil War history. Some collections are only available to University of Virginia students, faculty and staff.
    http://www.lib.virginia.edu/scholarslab/resources/text/

  • U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints
    This collection brings together over 540 digitized items, including Alexander Gardner's 1867 portfolio, "Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad (Route of the 35th Parallel)". Also part of the collections here are postcards of cowgirls, Native Americans in Oklahoma, and lantern slides of Mexico and California. Visitors should not miss the "Stereographs of the Dakota Territory", which include late 19th century images of Deadwood and Crook City. The site is rounded out by a photographic study by William Henry Jackson titled "Les geysers d'Amerique".
    http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/cul/wes/

The 1960’s and the Vietnam War

  • Radical America
    This site makes available the first 14 years of the magazine Radical America, a publication launched by college students in Madison, Wisconsin in 1967. The journal was affiliated with the organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The site was created and is maintained by Brown University. All files are in PDF format.
    http://dl.lib.brown.edu/radicalamerica/index.html

  • Vietnam War Bibliography
    This site is a bibliography designed for students and includes books, microfilm collections, government documents and a limited number of journal articles relating to the Vietnam War. The author is a professor at Clemson University. A good site to begin work on the Vietnam War.
    http://www.clemson.edu/caah/history/FacultyPages/EdMoise/bibliography.html

  • The Wars for Vietnam
    This site, developed around Robert Brigham's senior seminar on the Viet Nam War at Vassar College, offers access to official sources including documents in translation from the Vietnamese archives (Brigham was the first American scholar allowed access to the Vietnamese archives on the war in Hanoi) among others and also includes numerous useful links to related sites.
    http://vietnam.vassar.edu/

Presidential History

  • The American Presidency Project
    This site has a large digital documents collection covering all 43 presidencies and including public papers, executive orders, proclamations, addresses, and press conferences from many of the presidencies. Users will also find summary data for presidential elections, approval ratings, public appearances, executive branch growth, and congressional activity.
    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

  • American President: Resources on the U.S. Presidents
    Contains in-depth information reviewed by prominent scholars on each president and their administration. For each president, visitors can read a brief overview ("At a Glance") and then look through essays that cover various aspects of their life and leadership strategy.
    http://millercenter.org/academic/americanpresident

  • The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952-2004
    This Web site is an extraordinary resource for those who study or teach political communication or modern US political history. Beginning with the first ads of their kind in 1952 and continuing through 2008, the site provides general election ads from the major party presidential candidates (and select third-party candidates).
    http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/

  • POTUS: Presidents of the United States
    Information on presidents, candidates, cabinet members, election results, administration highlights. Links to historical documents, inaugural addresses, biographies, First Ladies and more.
    http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/

  • The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century
    Designed and developed by the Learning Technology Center in The University of Texas at Austin College of Education, in conjunction with the Presidential Libraries and Terra Incognita Productions and funded with an NEH grant, this site provides access to a selection of digitized materials from the collections of the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives. It features an interactive timeline of Presidents Hoover through Clinton and includes documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of the presidents’ lives. Also included are educational activities and resources for teachers.
    http://www.presidentialtimeline.org/

Social and Intellectual History

  • The Adoption History Project
    This site contains both secondary and primary sources relating to the political, social and psychological aspects of the history of U.S. adoption. An index is also included and many entries contain high quality images.
    http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~adoption/

  • France in America
    France in America is a bilingual, multi-format English-French digital library that tells the story of the French presence in America and the interactions between the French and American peoples from the early 16th to the late 19th centuries.
    http://international.loc.gov/intldl/fiahtml/

  • The Gay Peoples Union Collection
    Covers the LGBT activist history of Milwaukee during the period 1970 to 1984. It centers on the internal records and publications of one of the first gay activist organizations to form in the city of Milwaukee in the 1970s (and one still extant today.) Features of the collection include a complete run of the newspaper GPU News from 1971 to 1981, a "Gay Liberation Organization Manifesto" from 1970, and general files of the organization. Links are provided to the Wisconsin GLBT History Project (labeled as the Milwaukee LGBT Local History Project Inc.) and a list of other recommended primary collections on Milwaukee's gay and lesbian past.
    http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/GPU/

Women’s History

  • American Women's History: A Research Guide
    Offers a variety of access points including a Subject Index, State Index, Research Tools for primary and secondary sources, shortcuts to digital and oral history collections, and Focus on (which highlights various digital resources). The Subject Index presents over 80 subcategories; the topical detail and currency (e.g., Japanese American Internment, Persian Gulf, Quilts) are noteworthy.
    http://digital.mtsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/women

  • Discovering American Women’s History Online
    Created by Ken Middleton of Middle Tennessee State University, this database provides access to 405 digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States in a format that has multiple browse and search options. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to Katrina Thomas's photographs of ethnic weddings from the late 20th century.
    http://library.mtsu.edu/digitalprojects/womenshistory.php

[ Return to TOP of page ]


Wisconsin History

  • Dictionary of Wisconsin History
    Begun in the summer of 2004 in conjunction with the "Turning Points in Wisconsin History" digital collection, the "Dictionary of Wisconsin History" contains nearly 1,000 entries, including more than 120 names for Indian tribes who have lived in Wisconsin, dozens of words from fur-trade or logging jargon, and more than 300 short entries for important people. It is searchable by keyword or it can be browsed alphabetically.
    http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary

  • Remember When...
    Prepared by the Milwaukee Public Library, these historic photographs of Milwaukee were published in the "Remember When..." feature which appeared in the Milwaukee Journal's Green Sheet section from 1963 through 1994. The collection can be browsed or searched and includes an option to group photographs to compare or view as a slideshow. 
    http://content.mpl.org/

  • Turning Points in Wisconsin History
    Wisconsin Historical Society site offers documents and commentary relating to key events and themes in Wisconsin History.
    http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints

  • Wisconsin Heritage Online
    Initiated in 2004 as a collaborative project of Wisconsin cultural heritage institutions, Wisconsin Heritage Online is a digital history resource that includes photographs, postcards, newspapers, books, diaries, and audiorecordings highlighting Wisconsin's rich history.
    http://wisconsinheritage.org/

[ Return to TOP of page ]


Ancient Greece and Rome

[ Return to TOP of page ]