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Click here for online resources for research and information about world history, European history and US history.

World

 

Europe

  • Medieval Studies Online Reference Book (ORB): This is an extensive site with both primary and secondary sources relating to the medieval era.
  • The British Library: Explore the collections of one of the world's great libraries. This site always features interesting exhibits from the libraries vast collection of printed and visual materials.
  • The British Museum: Interesting exhibits related to British and world history from the collection of Britain's premier historical museum.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum: One of London's best and most interesting museums. The collection specializes in the decorative and visual arts.
  • The British Empire: A good site with a lot of interesting information and images on the history of the British Empire.
  • BBC History Online: A comprehensive site covering the entirety of British history provided by the British Broadcasting Company.

 

United States

  • Historical Maps: This contains a collection of hundreds of historical maps from around the world, including many maps of North American from the age of exploration through the nineteenth century.
  • History Matters: This is an excellent guide to valuable U.S. History sites, arranged by topic.
  • Huntington Library: In addition to its large searchable collections, this library has online exhibits on the California gold rush and the woman suffrage movement.
  • Lester Levy Sheet Music Collection: This contains over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. You can do searches on this music to find particular topics of interest to you. The cover illustrations are often particularly interesting.
  • Library of Congress: The Library of Congress has put a massive amount of materials online in its American Memory collection. Browse through the list of their online collections to find everything from baseball cards to the papers of Alexander Graham Bell to Coca Cola ads to Woman Suffrage photographs.
  • Making of America Collection: This is "a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints."
  • National Archives: The National Archives have quite a few sources available online on a wide variety of topics relating to the federal government.
  • Smithsonian Museum: National Museum of American History: This best part of this site is probably its online exhibitions on various topics, including the history of photography, World War II, labor, fashion, the presidency, wine-making, quilts and many others.
  • Valley of the Shadow: This site contains letters, maps, newspapers, census, recruitment records and other information relating to two communities, one northern and one southern, during the Civil War.
  • Virtual Jamestown: This site includes maps, letters, journals and other documents relating to the establishment of the Jamestown colony, as well as photographs of artifacts from the colony.
  • Wisconsin Goes to War: This site contains more than a hundred letters and pictures relating to Wisconsin soldiers in the U.S. Civil War.
  • Wisconsin Historical Society Turning Points: This site gives details of many key events in Wisconsin history. It has first-hand accounts, pictures, essays, teaching resources and reference tools.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States: This site includes an impressive collection of primary source material on the history of women's social activism. It also has quite a few links to other good collections of materials on the topic.
  • University of Virginia Electronic Text Center: This site includes about 51,000 online texts with related images. The collections specialize in texts by and about women, African-Americans and Native Americans, texts relating to Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton and texts about the U.S. Civil War. Some of the material is restricted to users from the University of Virginia, but much of it is accessible.
by linnm37 — last modified Jun 13, 2012 03:19 PM