History Resources on the Web

General Sites

The History Guide
Focusing on European history, consult this site to find historical information, as well as study, research and writing tips.

The History Net
This site provides links to a variety of history pages that range in scope from medieval history to African American history and more.

Unesco Archives Portal
"An international gateway to information for archivists and archives users." Access to archival material from around the world. Use the search option from the homepage for easy navigating. Includes links to primary source material and how to find it.


U.S. History

American Memory
Maintained by the Library of Congress, American Memory includes collections of materials about every time period in American history.  Formats include primary print documents, photographs, and audio and video clips. To search, click directly on one of the collections by topic, format or time period, or use the search screen conveniently provided at the top of the page.

A Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents
Maintained by the University of Oklahoma school of law, this site provides the full-text of primary source documents by year.  

Historical United States Census Data Browser
Use this site to access state and county demographic data from 1790 to 1960.  

Making of America
This site of primary sources, which covers the antebellum period through reconstruction (1860-1925), focuses on the development of the United States infrastructure. The collection consists of 8,500 books and 50,000 articles that have been digitized and are searched separately through the use of an easy-to-navigate search engine on the site.

National Archives and Records Administration
Access this site to locate primary materials related to the federal government. Use the Search button from the homepage toolbar to do a general search or choose one of their web databases to do a more thorough search. Types of material included on this site include a link to the Federal Register and access to the full text of historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, as well as more current information, such as photographs and papers from the Ford Presidency.

Statistical Abstracts
The U.S. Census Bureau stopped compiling this information in 2012 but you can link to the original source where data was gathered to get most recent information.  Explore Statistical Abstracts as far back as 1878 to find all types of statistical data about the United States. Data is as broad as nationwide and as narrow as being specific to certain cities and towns.


Global History

Cold War International History Project
From the site, "The Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and seeks to accelerate the process of integrating new sources, materials and perspectives from the former "Communist bloc" with the historiography of the Cold War which has been written over the past few decades largely by Western scholars reliant on Western archival sources. It also seeks to transcend barriers of language, geography, and regional specialization to create new links among scholars interested in Cold War history."

EuroDocs: Western European Primary Historical Documents
These Western European documents are arranged first by country, and then chronologically.

Europeana 1914-1918
Untold stories & official histories of WW1.

Hyperhistory Online
Visit this site to gain access to a timeline covering 3000 years of world history.  The site includes hyperlinks to some of the events within the timeline and related links as a sidebar to the particular time period being viewed. A good starting point for any historian.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook
Another excellent starting place for researchers, the Sourcebook provides worldwide historical information from ancient times to the present. Each section starts with a table of contents summarizing the information covered in the time period chosen. Although the database is not searchable, the information it provides makes it well worth a look. 

Maintained and updated by National Public Radio, this special report provides ongoing coverage of the efforts to build a new Iraq. Includes essays, commentaries, maps, and related resources.

Iraq Conflict
A comprehensive overview, by the Global Policy Forum, of the events leading up to the invasion in 2003 to the present, including information on U.S. withdrawal from the country.

Korea: The Unfinished War
A companion to the American RadioWorks program from July 2003, information on this web site provides a context for understanding the current tensions between North Korea and the United States. Included are audio clips and transcripts, maps, related links and illustrated essays about the effect of the conflict on the Cold War.

The Labyrinth - Resources for Medieval Studies
Sponsored by Georgetown University. A comprehensive resource for Medieval Studies: bibliographies, European cultural studies, pedagogical resources, professional information and organizations, electronic texts, music and more.

The Vietnam Center and Archive
The Vietnam Center and Archive, maintained by Texas Tech University, collects and preserves the documentary record of the Vietnam War, and supports and encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam Experience..

World War I Documents
International in scope, this is an excellent web site for finding primary documents relating to the Great War.

World War II
The History Channel provides an introduction to the Second World War. Additional links provide information on People and Groups; Themes; Events; and Related Topics.

The Perilous Fight. Timeline | PBS
Explore events leading up to and including World War II, with this interactive timeline. Macromedia Flash Player is required to view the timeline, and there is a link to download the free plug-in from the web site.


Women's History

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
Access speeches by "influential, contemporary women" from around the world at this site.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
Use this searchable index, compiled by librarians and scholars, to find location information to journal articles, book reviews, and essays focusing on women, sexuality and gender during the middle ages. 

National Women's History Project
Learn what the Women's History Project is all about. Visit the Learning Place to find a list of links to related sites about women's history, as well as a selected list of women's biographies. Also provides information about Women's History Month, which is celebrated in March. Access the FAQ page for membership information and answers to other questions you may have about the Project.

Places Where Women Made History
A unique web site that chronicles women's history through historical locations in New York and Massachusetts where history was made. Maintained by the National Register of Historic Places, this site has information about such places as the Margaret Sanger Clinic and the Emily Dickinson House.

Women in America, 1820-1842
This site provides access to travelogues of 18 international travelers writing about the status of women in America. The logs are easily accessible by clicking on either a listing by topic or author from the homepage.   

Women in World History
Addresses women's history from a more international perspective, with less focus on the United States. Included are biographies, essays on women in history and a briefly annotated related links section.

Women Working 1870-1930
Visit this site to learn about "women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression." Digitized, primary source materials. Maintained by Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program.

The WWW Virtual Library: Women's History
This large subject guide leads to Web resources in international women's history; browse by time period, geography, or topic; includes a search engine.

Discovering American Women's History Online
"This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to interviews with women engineers from the 1970s."

Votes for Women
An online exhibit from the American Memory site of the Library of Congress; has selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921. For accompanying photographs and images, see By Popular Demand: "Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920.

National Women's Hall of Fame
Created to "honor and celebrate" outstanding women, this site offers brief biographies of historical and contemporary figures.

Notable Women Ancestors
This site focuses on women's genealogy; features sketches, often written by descendants; allows searching by categories such as "Firsts," "Educators," "Heroines."

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
This student project from Agnes Scott College features biographies that can be searched by name or chronological period. Includes references, some pictures, and other links.



Today in History
Another wonderful site maintained by the Library of Congress. Visit this site daily to find out what historical events of the past have taken place on any particular day of the year. Each entry contains many hyperlinks to related information on topic of the day.


Special Topics

The Avalon Project  
Yale's Law School hosts the Avalon Project; a collection of digital documents in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy, and Government. Documents are sorted by century, from pre-18th to 21st.

Britannica Guide to Black History
Use this site to obtain information relating to many aspects of Black history in America. Search biographical articles or articles relating to events and institutions important to Black history. In addition to articles, photographs, audio and video files can also be found. Other features include a timeline, a study guide, and a related links section.

The Middle East
This site, by SUNY at Albany's Department of History, is a guide to resources available on the Internet for those interested in Middle East culture and history.

September 11th

Visit any of the sites listed below to access historical information about September 11th.

September 11 Digital Archive
September 11 Web Archive
September 11 Digital Collection
USA Today: Remembering Sept. 11
Sonic Memorial Project

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