For all topics and
United States National Archives and Records
The name says it all.
University of North Texas Libraries: History
resources on the net
Links to information on just about any
historical subject area you need - incredible resource
An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed
Also part of the L of C website, "comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating
from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras
in American history."
East Tennessee State University Dept. of History: Primary Source Documents
for the Study of United States History.
This site has 400 documents available online.
Yale Law School: The Avalon Project.
This great site provides access to primary source documents from the 18th - 21st
The History Place: The Past into the Future.
Great place to find most anything, especially timelines for teaching.
The University of Houston: Digital History
It would take me forever to sift through the information on this page.
Incredible primary source document collection
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Law School: Famous Trials Website by Doug Linder.
This is one of the best sites I have come across. the link is to the Boston
Massacre trials, but click on the home link to explore other trials as well.
The Library of Congress Home Page
Click on the American Memory Link for great research opportunities
and information. The second link goes to their American Broadside collection
which is a good place to start for ideas on the early American Press.
http://www.loc.gov OR http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/bdsds/bdsdhome.html
Service History Research and Education
A good place to start for just about anything you have in mind.
University of Nebraska: Nebraska Partnership for
American History Education
Links to other informational sites, resources and articles.
The National Archives
Exactly what it says – The primary documents from
the archives of the United States Government. Everything you need to
take a first hand look into the history of the United States.
University of North Texas Libraries; History
Resources on the Internet
This site has a wealth of primary documents broken
up into categories
The Smithsonian Institution
We all know the place in Washington, D.C. but if you don’t
live there, you can find a lot of the stuff on their website in their online
exhibits along with some interesting online programs.
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Colonial Web Sites
This is a site with links to various Colonial subjects from Jamestown to Lewis
Revolutionary America: Boston Massacre Website by Dr. Rosemarie
This site has some great information, and a link to a page that posts all the
orations given on the anniversaries of the Boston Massacre, from 1770 to 1783.
Excellent primary source material for tracking the change in attitude of the
“The Decisive Day is Come”: The Battle of Bunker Hill
Exhibit from the Massachusetts Historical Society
“To mark the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker
Hill, the Massachusetts Historical Society presents its first "web exhibition"
-- personal accounts and eyewitness descriptions of the battle, along with
contemporary maps, drawings, engravings, broadsides, and artifacts, either
preserved by the participants or found on the battlefield.”
The library of Congress American Memory Project: A Century of Lawmaking,
Congressional Documents and Debates: 1774-1875.
This page has a goldmine of documents including the minutes of the Continental
Congresses and links to a ton more stuff relating to the first 100 years of our
government. Great for research.
The American Colonist's Library: A Treasury of Primary
Documents. Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History.
invaluable collection of historical works which contributed to the formation of
American politics, culture, and ideals...a massive collection of the literature
and documents which were most relevant to the colonists' lives in America. If it
isn't here, it probably is not available online anywhere." This site is HUGE!
Internet Modern History Sourcebook: American Independence.
Contains web available documents on many individuals and subjects related to the
American Revolution. Also a link to their main page which contains
information to just about every history topic known to man.
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Immigration Research Guide from Penn State
“Readers of Tortilla Curtain and other students researching immigration-related topics will find this
research guide helpful.
University of Pennsylvania: Folklore and
Department Home page for UPenn that is a great
starting place for ethnic studies.
The Lemelson Center for the Study of
Invention and Innovation
This site is dedicated to inventions and invention
history. Since so many things were invented during the Industrial Revolution,
this is a good place to find the context of those inventions.
The History Place: Child Labor in
This site features the photos of Lewis W. Hine, a famous
turn of the century photographer and the original captions he wrote. These are
the faces of the children involved in the Industrial Revolution. If you are
researching anything on this time period, you need to see these faces.
Developed through collaborative partnerships with the
University of Houston, Chicago Historical Society, The National Park Service and
others, this site has timelines, resources, multimedia presentations and other
great tools for US history. The second link has to do strictly with the
Industrialized working class and The Great Railroad Strike
The University of Scranton: The Harry
and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library
This page houses the Ethnic and Immigration History
Resources available at the University and online. Scranton, PA is in part of
the Anthracite coal region and was in the heart of the Industrial Revolution and
all its changes.
Ten Hours Bill Testimony from Spartacus
Actual testimony from the historic Ten Hours bill debates
in Parliament that sought to regulate the workday for Women and Children during
the early years of the Industrial Revolution. Includes testimony of the affects
of factory work on children as young as 8 years old. This really is the essence
of what people in all walks of life thought of the Industrial Revolution.
The Municipal Reports of the San
Francisco Earthquake and Fire of April 1906
This is the actual report written by an unknown member of
the San Francisco Fire Department in 1907 about the events just after the Great
Earthquake of 1906.
Reports by other departments and agencies are listed here:
United States Geological Society
Earthquake Hazards Program – Northern California: The Great 1906 San Francisco
This is a historical and scientific account of the What,
When and Why of the Great San Francisco Quake of 1906. Contains some great
Great War Pictures: Archive of World War One Photos
Battle photos of this time period are pretty rare,
especially when they are all in one place like this collection. I put them here
because of the time period
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A Catalog of Political Cartoons by Dr.
Unbeknownst to most people, Dr. Seuss wrote many political
cartoons depicting the Japanese and Nazis during WWII as well as motivational
posters that depicted the enemy in dangerous terms. Many of his Children’s
stories are also politically charged and are useful as primary sources to gauge
the mood of the time, especially in this case, The Cold War.
The History Channel presents Dear Home:
Letters from WWII
Part of the Legacy Project designed "to honor those who
served their country by ensuring that their experiences, their sacrifices, and
their thoughts are preserved for future generations Nothing has proven more
revealing and informative to historians than the actual words of the men and
women who participated in great historical events and recorded what they saw."
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The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: The Middle East
When people talk about the Cold War, they usually only
think of the US and Soviet Union. The Middle East played a great role, however,
in the bartering of these two countries. In fact, many of the problems in the
Middle East today are a direct result of the period just after WWII and deserves
great attention when understanding issues today.
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