Resources in American History ranging from general sites to specific event information.
General History Resources
- American Experience
- Access to PBS series about American history. Many programs are available online.
- American Historical Association
- As the professional organization for historians, the AHA advocates for the profession and provides information, awards and grants, and resources for educators.
- Archiving Early America
- This site provides historical documents from 18th century America.
- A Biography of America
- This site was designed to be a self-contained college-level history course. Resources include access to videos covering 26 topics, and content mirroring that of most U.S. history text books.
- Center for History and New Media
- Links to general history resources as well as specific events.
- Discover History
- The National Park Service offers links to Features of People, Places & Stories and Features of Preservation, Guidance & Grants.
- History & Social Studies
- This site from the National Endowment for the Humanities provides lesson plans about American history.
- History Collection
- University of Pennsylvania Libraries' links to resources with text archives and image sites.
- National History Day
- Provides resources for educators.
- National Museum of American History
- Access to information about the museum's extensive holdings as well as online exhibits.
- Naval History & Heritage Command
- Offers information about the "history, legacy and traditions of the United States Navy."
- U.S. Army Center of Military History
- Features information about the Army throughout American history.
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Histories of Government Agencies
- National Archives History
- This page provides a brief history of NARA along with links to a timeline, a list of Archivists of the United States, a history of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC., and Online Resources on the History of the National Archives.
- A Brief History: The U.S. Department of Labor
- A look at the functions of the Department of Labor since its founding in 1913.
- The FBI: History
- Links to such topics as Famous Cases & Criminals, Ten Most Wanted Fugitives History, and Hall of Honor.
- Jefferson's Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress
- Digitized version of the book by John Y. Cole.
- NASA History Program
- This office was organized shortly after NASA's creation to preserve the history of this agency's accomplishments.
- Postal History
- Tracks the history of the United States Postal Service from 1775 with links to Stamps and Postcards, Postal People, Photo Galleries, and more.
- Supreme Court Historical Society
- Founded in 1974, the Society is "dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States."
- U.S. Census Bureau History
- Provides many resources, including an agency history, programs, and an explanation of the "72-Year Rule."
- U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian
- This site features Historical Documents, Department History, Key Milestones, and Guide to Countries.
- United States Senate: Art & History
- Access to such resources as Origins & Development, Exhibits, and Senate Stories.
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Selected Specific Topics
- The Declaration of Independence
- Includes "The Declaration of Independence: A History," "The Stylistic Artistry of the Declaration of Independence," the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and links to other web sites.
- From Revolution to Reconstruction and Beyond
- A site of the Department of Alfa-Informatica at the University of Groningen dedicated to the pre-World War I history of America.
- The Star-Spangled Banner
- This site from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is an online resource about the "flag that inspired the National Anthem."
- Meeting of Frontiers
- This site focuses on the experiences of the United States and Russia in exploring, developing, and settling their frontiers, and the meeting of those frontiers in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The project resulted from a collaboration between the Library of Congress, the Russian State Library, and the National Library of Russia.
- First Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920
- This site features a compilation of printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The documents include diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives.
- Exploring the Life and History of the "Buffalo Soldiers"
- Published in The Record in March 1998, this article details a history of the United States Colored Troops.
- The Valley of the Shadow: Living the Civil War in Pennsylvania and Virginia
- This project interweaves the histories of two communities on either side of the Mason-Dixon line during the era of the American Civil War.
- Great Chicago Fire
- An online exhibition produced by the Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT) to recall one of the most famous events in American history.
- Run for Your Lives! The Johnstown Flood of 1889
- The National Park Service's web site provides lesson plans for teaching about "the most devastating flood in the nation's history."
- Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers
- Part of the Library of Congress' Manuscript Division, this site contains correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints, sketches, and photographs.
- The Titanic in Documents and Photographs
- An article in the NARA publication The Record in March 1998 highlights the records of the Titanic in the National Archives.
- Rescuing Records in the "Cradle of American Labor"
- Information about the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, which collects documents related to the history of labor and working people in New York.
- Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement
- Transcripts and audio of interviews with "people that participated, in small and large ways."
- The Sixties
- A PBS web site dedicated to the most controversial decade of the twentieth century.
- The Wars for Viet Nam
- This site was developed around the course materials for Robert Brigham's senior seminar on the Viet Nam War at Vassar College.
- Apollo 11 Mission
- The Lunar and Planetary Institute provides information about the first manned landing on the moon.
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Photographs & Audio Recordings
- American Memory Collection Home Page
- A few Library of Congress special exhibits include:
- American Photographs: The First Century
- An exhibit by the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art in partnership with the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Incorporated. Includes photographs of the Civil War, western landscapes, and Pictorialist images.
- The Centennial Exhibition: Philadelphia, 1876
- The Free Library of Philadelphia has digitized over 1,200 rare photographs and other materials relating to our nation's 100th birthday party in Philadelphia.
- Historical Voices
- "The purpose of Historical Voices is to create a significant, fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century."
- History and Politics Out Loud
- Audio of famous speeches made during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
- Vincent Voice Library
- Housed at Michigan State University, this collection houses taped recordings from over 50,000 persons from all walks of life recorded over 100 years.
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This Day in History
This Day in History
- On This Day
- Scope Systems Anyday
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- African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
- This digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers is part of the Digital Schomburg Collection at the New York Public Library.
- Avalon Project
- Yale Law School's Avalon Project includes digital documents from ancient times through the 21st century.
- A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
- The Library of Congress "brings together online the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75."
- Documenting the American South
- This site is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.
- Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
- The Thurgood Marshall Law Library provides access to the historical record of civil rights in the United States.
- Making of America
- A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
- Nuremberg Trials Project
- Harvard Law School Library provides a digital document collection of the Nuremberg Trials.
- Our Documents
- Digital versions of 100 milestone documents of American history.
- U.S. Historical Documents
- Transcriptions of major documents relating to American history, from the Magna Carta to President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address.
- Virginia Center for Digital History
- Based at the University of Virginia, VCDH projects include many online digital history initiatives.
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