Any list of Internet resources for historians ought to be considered a
work in progress. The reason is quite simple. The number of web sites devoted to
historical subjects, documents and related material increases daily. There are several
sites available now that list hundreds of web pages. Unfortunately, that means the
end user must wade through an enormous amount of material (and dead links) to locate what
may be of dubious importance.
I have decided to create a much shorter list, and instead
of inundating the user with hundreds of links, I have selected web sites which contain
A word of caution. Just because you have an essay to write and just because the Internet
does exist, doesn't necessarily mean that you will find the resources you need to complete
your essay. The Internet is a wonderful information tool and at times it seems that here,
everything is at your finger tips. Not so! A trip to your library cannot be replaced by
logging on to your Internet account. Just the same, you will still find much on the
Internet that you can put to good use.
| Primary Documents | United States History |
Western Civilization | Resources for Teachers |
- A Chronology of United States Historical
- A comprehensive site which gives pointers to important United States historical
documents that can be found on the Internet. (Oklahoma)
- American Memory
- Historical Collections for the National Digital Library at the Library of Congress.
Photographs, prints, documents, films, maps and sound recordings.
- The Avalon Project
- Excellent collection of digital documents including links to supporting documents,
relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
(Yale Law School)
- The Digital
- Massive list of historical resources chosen by librarian, Margaret
- Documents of
World War II
- Extensive collection of documents pertaining to World War II --
broadcasts, letters, debates, maps, treaties -- it's all here (Vincent
Ferraro, Mt. Holyoke)
- Documenting the American South
- Outstanding digitized collection detailing the Southern experience in 19th century
America from the viewpoint of Southerners. (UNC-Chapel Hill)
- Einstein Archives Online
- Collection of Albert Einstein�s scientific and non-scientific manuscripts held by the Albert Einstein Archives, constituting the material record of one of the most influential intellects in the modern era.
( Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
- Outstanding collection of links to Western European historical documents. (Richard
- The Internet Classics Archive
- A truly outstanding collection of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different
authors, including user-driven commentary and "reader's choice" Web sites. (MIT
Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies)
- Historical Text Archive
- A collection of original material, links and electronic reprints of books organized by
geography/nations and topics. (Don Mabry)
- The National Archives
- An excellent online teaching resource containing a varied range of
original sources including documents, photographs, film and sound
recordings. (Public Records Office)
- Making of America
- MOA is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the
antebellum period through reconstruction. (Michigan)
- Read Print
- Very good selection of digital texts in the Western literary canon.
- Texts and Documents
- Excellent collection of primary texts for students and faculty for use in classes.
- After Slavery Project
- Launched in 2006 by three historians working in the fields of labor,
southern and African American history, the After Slavery Project seeks
to draw together some of the most exciting developments in the study of
the post-emancipation US South, and in particular to encourage and
promote a gathering consensus among historians that this period can best
be understood as an important chapter in American labor history.
- Digital History
- This Web site was designed and
developed to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools
and colleges and is supported by the Department of History and the
College of Education at the University of Houston.
- A Hypertext on American
- A project in collective authoring, this hypertext covers the period from the colonial
period through modern times.
- New Deal Network
- The NDN is an outstanding database of more than 20,000 photographs,
political cartoons, and texts (speeches, letters, and other historic
documents) from the period of the Depression and the New Deal. (Franklin
and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute)
- Tales of the Early Republic
- An organized collection of essays, original sources, and reference material about the
Early American Republic. (Hal Morris)
- The United States Civil War Center
- A well-organized collection of all public and private data to promote the
interdisciplinary study of the Civil War. (LSU)
- World's Columbian Exhibition
- Everything you need to know about the last 19th century World's Fair. Outstanding
example of what the WWW can become.
- Extensive and well-conceived guide to Internet resources for the study of the
Near East. (Oriental Institute Research Archives, Chicago)
- Ad Hoc
- Excellent faculty-library initiative to support and coordinate those resources for
teaching and research relating to the history of Christianity (Yale Divinity School)
- British Empire and
- Shockwave-enhanced site that provides a "national forum for preserving,
exploring and studying Britain's cultural heritage associated with the former
Empire and today's Commonwealth."
- British History, 1700-1920
- The Spartacus Internet Encyclopedia of British history is a wonderful collection of more
than 1000 entries covering the history of Britain as seen through the eyes of people from
all levels of society. An excellent resource. (John Simkin, editor)
- Bund Deutscher M�del
- Very interesting page dedicated to the Bund Deutscher M�del, or BDM for short, was founded as the female branch of the National-Socialist Youth Movement that had taken its leader's name, the Hitler Youth.
- De Imperatoribus
- This Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors, an international scholarly
endeavor, contains some of the most detailed biographies you'll find
anywhere online. (Salve Regina University)
- Diotima: Women &
Gender in the Ancient World
- Outstanding interdisciplinary resource for anyone interested in patterns of gender
around the ancient Mediterranean and as a forum for collaboration among instructors. (Ross
Scaife and Suzanne Bonefas)
- The Don Quixote Exhibit
- An extrememly well done virtual tour of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote de la
Mancha. (Johns Hopkins)
- The Archive provides electronic access to texts and images of more
than 1300 papyri from ancient Egypt. (Duke)
- Eighteenth Century
- Comprehensive collection of resources on literature, history, art, music, religion,
economics and philosophy in the eighteenth century, defined as the period falling in
between Milton and Keats. (Jack Lynch)
- Exploring Ancient World Cultures
- An online course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval world.
- The Galileo Project
- Hypertext source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and
the science of his time. (Rice)
- Hitler's Third Reich and
World War II in the News
- Well-done daily edited review of Third Reich and WWII news,
providing thought-provoking collection of WW2 information.
- Internet Ancient History
- The third in a series of absolutely wonderful history resources dedicated to history
students engaged in the study of western civilization, pre-history through late antiquity.
- Internet Medieval Sourcebook
- A truly outstanding collection of primary sources in medieval history as well as links
to Internet resources. (Paul Halsall)
- Internet Modern History
- Excellent collection of primary sources intended to serve the needs of teachers and students in
college European or western civilization history courses. (Paul Halsall)
- The Labyrinth:
Resources for Medieval Studies
- Comprehensive guide to electronic resources in medieval studies. (Georgetown)
into the Roman World
- An excellent collection of resources dedicated to
the study of Roman history. (Bill Thayer, UChicago)
in Medieval History
- Lynn Nelson's excellent series of more than fifty
- Making the History of 1989: The
Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe
- A substantial collection of high quality primary sources, multimedia
interviews and lesson plans and document based questions for teaching
the history of 1989. (George Mason University.
- ORB: The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies
- ORB is a cooperative effort of scholars to establish an online textbook source for
medieval studies. (Rhodes College)
North America: Population Movements and Migrations
- Interactive overview of migratory movements, this tutorial focuses on diasporas to and within Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean from Europe, Asia, and Africa.
(Applied History Research Group, UCalgary)
- The Perseus Digital Library
- Phenomenal digital library of resources for the study of the ancient
world, specifically Archaic and Classical Greece. (Tufts)
of the Great War
- Excellent World War I image archive containing nearly 2000 images.
- The Public
Record Office Virtual Museum
- Outstanding virtual exhibit of numerous treasures of the PRO specific
to one thousand years of British history.
- Spartacus Educational
- A mind-boggling online encyclopedia of British history, medieval
Europe, the Nazis, US Civil War, the Vietnam War and more. Phenomenal!
- Trenches on the Web
- An excellent starting point for an understanding of the Great War, 1914-1918.
- Excellent overview of the culture of Victorian Britain.
- World War II and the Human Experience
- A collection of diaries, letters, memorabilia, and comparable materials relating to the
everyday experiences of the participants in World War II. (Florida State University)
- Worlds of Late Antiquity
- A collection of materials relating to the culture of the Mediterranean world in late
antiquity, c.200-700 C.E. (James J. O'Donnell)
- Academy of Achievement: Museum
of Living History
- This unique non-profit entity has sparked the imagination of
students across America and around the globe by bringing them into
direct personal contact with the greatest thinkers and achievers of the
- Burnt Cakes
- British site dedicated to better history teaching and learning.
Includes various lesson plans and resources.
- The Center for Teaching History
- The Center for Teaching History
with Technology aims to help K-12 history and social studies
teachers incorporate technology effectively into their courses.
- H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online
- Interdisciplinary organization enabling historians and other scholars to communicate
current research and teaching interests. Supports almost 100 history-related
- Excellent collection of twelve interactive exercises on Canadian and
European history created by undergraduate and graduate students and
faculty of the Applied History Research Group. (UCalgary)
- A sound collection of annotated online history resources intended for
use in secondary education. Includes online quizzes, worksheets and
lessons. (Andrew Field)
Primary Sources on the Web
- A brief guide designed to provide students and researchers with
information to help them evaluate the internet sources and the quality
of online primary materials.
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Copyright 2004 Steven Kreis
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