EyeWitness: Using personal narratives and other primary sources, this award-winning web site enlivens history by presenting it in the words of those who experienced it. First-hand accounts begin in ancient Greece and extend through the 20th century covering such events as the destruction of Pompeii, the murder of Thomas Becket, the Black Death of 1348, the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the sinking of the Titanic, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and many more. Vintage photographs, illustrations, interactive maps and original audio recordings support these eyewitness glimpses of history.
Irish History: An excellent website for any student researching Irish History on the Internet. Like a sourcebook, most of the links found here will lead to primary documents, original essays, bibliographies or specific informational sites. The website is maintained by Jacqueline Dana (email@example.com) at the University of Texas and suggestions and contributions are welcomed.
Working Class Movement Library: The Working Class Movement Library in Salford is a collection of English language books, periodicals, pamphlets, archives and artefacts, concerned with the activities, expression and enquiries of the labour movement, its allies and its enemies, since the late eighteenth century. The website includes a searchable database covering more than 23,000 books held by the library. There are articles on trade union activities and archives, on Luddism and Chartism, and on personalities ranging from Thomas Paine to Ewan MacColl.
Life of the People: During his life the New York garment manufacturer, Ben Goldstein, collected works that stirred his very personal interest in the city of his birth, the American people, and the human condition during the first half of the twentieth century. Goldstein assembled outstanding holdings of works by creators who shared his social concerns. Among these artists were women, African Americans, and the Mexican muralists who were so influential at the time. Life of the People, created by the Library of Congress, is an online exhibition of Goldstein's collection of prints and drawings.
World History Archives: Documents for teaching and learning about world history from a working-class and non-eurocentric perspective. Categories include: Western Civilization, World Historiography, World Working-Class History, World Social History, World Telecommunications, Asia & Oceania, Indigenous Americans, Africa and Europe.
Centre for Study of Cartoon and Caricature: This site based at the library of the University of Kent at Canterbury is an excellent location for all those interested in the use of cartoons as historical sources. In particular teachers will find the searchable database an excellent resource for creating source-based questions. The database contains a wide range of British cartoons from the First World War to the Gulf War. This site is superb and it is worth taking a little while to come to terms with a slightly idiosyncratic search engine (if you are having trouble getting it to recognise keywords try using the year of the event instead).
American Memory is a project of the National Digital Library Program of the Library of Congress. More than 5 million items relating to American history are available from the unparalleled collections of the Library. American Memory's collections include materials ranging from the papers of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, to Civil War photographs and early films of Thomas Edison, to panoramic maps and sound recordings, and to documents relating to the women's suffrage and civil rights movements.
History Buff: This website, developed by the Newspaper Collectors Society of America, provides articles on major, and not so major, events in history. For example, there is a series of articles published on the Jack the Ripper case. The website also includes a Historic Voices Library where you can hear the voices of famous people. Other features includes a Presidential Library, Interactive Quizzes and Online Auctions.
World Conflicts Documents Project: This website was originally created by Lucas Turks in January 1998. It provides original articles on military matters, great statesmen and war heroes. There is also a collection of photos, maps and documents about world conflicts over the last 200 years. The material is available in both English and Italian.
Internet Women's History Sourcebook: This sourcebook attempts to present online documents and secondary discussions which reflect the various ways of looking at the history of women within broadly defined historical periods and areas. This massive resource includes sections on Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, North America, Latin America, China, Japan, India, South East Asia, Australasia, Africa and the Islamic World.
The Women's Library: The Genesis project is a mapping initiative, funded by the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP) to identify and develop access to women's history sources in the British Isles. The database holds descriptions of women's history collections from libraries, archives and museums from around the British Isles.
Women's History Sources: Women's lives and their social, political, economic and cultural contributions are becoming the increasing focus of historical, cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. This extensive list of web resources on women's history produced by the Genesis Project team at the Women's Library in London, will enable you to discover where in the world you can access information to aid your research. This guide has been divided into a number of categories. Alternatively you can use the A-Z facility for an overview of all the websites listed in these pages.
Our Documents is a online repository of important primary documents for studying American politics. Cosponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration, the USA Freedom Corps, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, this site currently contains the Lee Resolution (1776), Declaration of Independence (1776), Articles of Confederation (1777), Treaty of Alliance with France (1778), Original Design of the Great Seal of the United States (1782), Treaty of Paris (1783), Virginia Plan (1787), Northwest Ordinance (1787), Constitution of the United States (1787), President George Washington's First Inaugural Speech (1789), Federal Judiciary Act (1789), Bill of Rights (1791), President George Washington's Farewell Address (1796), Alien and Sedition Acts (1798), Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803) and Treaty of Ghent (1814).
Depression Papers of Herbert Hoover: A large collection of primary documents concerning President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression. Subjects covered include Tariffs and Agriculture, Economic Stability Program, Relief, Unemployment and Public Works, The Dust Bowl, Banks & Finance, The Federal Budget, Economic Recovery Measures and the Bonus March.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Fireside Chats:A week after his Inauguration, Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the first of what became known as his fireside chats. On 12th March 1933 an estimated 60 million people sat round their radio sets to listen to Roosevelt's talk on the Bank Crisis. This website is devoted to these fireside chats and includes the transcripts of 30 talks including those on the New Deal Program (7th May 1933), Purposes and Foundations of the Recovery Program (24th July 1933), Works Relief Program (28th April 1935), Reorganization of the Judiciary (9th March 1937), the European War (3rd September 1939) and Declaration of War With Japan (9th December 1941).
British History Online is a digital library of British historical sources for historians of Britain located worldwide seeking access to, and cross-searching of, an interconnected range of historical sources including text and information about people, places and businesses from the 12th century to the present day. Built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament, it aims to provide a particular range and a unique configuration of historical sources whose availability and format will help to devise and develop new research strategies and methodologies.
History Detectives: This PBS website is devoted to solving historical mysteries, searching out the true facts (and falsehoods) behind local folklore, family legends and interesting objects. Using traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies, and plenty of legwork, the History Detectives team of experts discovers that artifacts, buildings and stories can provide insights into the past. Within this site you will find two sets of lesson plans that focus investigations around two areas: visiting a historic site and searching for attic artifacts. The first set allows students to discover the importance of local historical sites using research both on and off site. The second set of lessons allows students to discover the hidden histories that their own attics, basements, and garages hold.
Mountain Men and the Fur Trade: The primary purpose this website is to provide a virtual research center for Western Fur Trade History. The emphasis is on the Mountain Men in the United States Rocky Mountain region in the period from 1800-50. The first priority has been to provide an e-text collection of the most important historical source materials available. This includes the writings of William Ashley, Thomas Beall, William Becknell, Henry Brackenridge, George Catlin, James Clyman, Anthony Dudgeon, Warren Ferris, Washington Irving, Zenas Leonard, Stephen Meek, Robert Newell, Peter Ogden, Daniel Potts, Eliza Spalding and Nathaniel Wyeth.
Old Wild West: This ever-growing site features stories of the Old West gleaned from Abilene Reporter-News archives, the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation resources and other historical documents. The website includes material on the Alamo, Sam Houston, Yellow Rose of Texas, Fort Phantom Hill, Dale Evans and the Texas Rangers. The Legends section includes articles on Billy the Kid, Pancho Villa and Davy Crockett.
Billy the Kid: Legend says that Billy the Kid killed twenty-one men in his twenty-one years of life. That is probably an exaggeration but he was sentenced to death for killing Sheriff Brady. Before the planned execution on 15th July 1881, Billy escaped by shooting dead the two deputies guarding him. Despite his violent record Billy was said to be a likeable youth. This website provides the testimony of 15 people who knew Billy the Kid.
Eyewitnesses to History: The Old West: This website, produced by Ibis Communications, provides what it calls a "ringside seat to history" by publishing eyewitness accounts of past events. The Old West section includes Buffalo Hunt (1846), Crossing the Plains (1865), Battle with the Apache (1872), Custer's Last Stand (1876), Death of Billy the Kid (1881), A Cowboy in Dodge City (1882), Massacre at Wounded Knee (1890), Dalton Gang's Last Raid (1892) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1899).
Oregon Trail Archive: The Trail archive is our growing collection of full-text period documents. This includes Diaries (firsthand accounts of the Trail experience written during the journey); Memoirs (firsthand accounts of the Oregon Trail journey written many years after the fact) and Period Books (full-text of books written during the overland period). Most of the books included were guides designed to help future travelers.
Archiving Early America: At this website, Archiving Early America, you will discover a wealth of resources - a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps and writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to this country's forebears more than two centuries ago. As you browse through these pages, you will find it easier to understand the people, places and events of this significant time in the American experience. Of special interest is the Maryland Gazette containing George Washington's Journal of his historic trip to the Ohio Valley. It is the only original copy privately held. Because of its historic significance and its rarity, the March 21 and 28, 1754 issues of The Gazette can be viewed here in their entirety.
National Archives: Since 1934, the National Archives has provided comprehensive records management support and archival guidance and services to the Federal Government in the United States. Its website contains several online exhibitions including: Picturing the Century (20th century photographs and photographers), Designs for Democracy (100 designs highlighting 200 years of Government drawings), A New Deal for the Arts (a unique selection of artwork, documents, and photographs highlighting Depression era Federal arts projects), Powers of Persuasion (posters from World War II) and The Special Relationship (documents and photographs of Churchill and Roosevelt describing the emergence of the Anglo - American alliance).
Shropshire Routes to Roots: Need some images to use in the classroom? Or want some background information and ideas? Shropshire Routes to Roots can help! Shropshire Routes to Roots is a digitization project that is producing on-line content and resources for teachers. With a special focus on the National Curriculum, this website will reveal some of the hidden aspects of Shropshire's past. Themes to be explored include World Wars One and Two, Victorian crime and detection, transport and communication, the impact of industrial development and changes in the landscape. Local history and archival collections from Shropshire Archives and Oswestry Library, as well as individual research, are being digitised to create a store of on-line resources. The website can be used on both PC's and white boards, but is also designed to be printer friendly, with worksheets and glossaries available for use or adaptation by teachers. Working in partnership with education advisers, and using a combination of digitised archival sources, background information, facts and questions, Shropshire Routes to Roots is bringing history to life.
Art and History: The paintings and engravings of William Hogarth are excellent primary sources to use in the history classroom. This website includes large versions of The Beggar's Opera (1728), The Marriage of Stephen Beckingham and Mary Cox (1729), The Strode Family (1738), The Shrimp Girl (1740), Portrait of Mary Edwards (1742), Marriage à la Mode (1743), The Painter and his Pug (1745), Gin Lane (1750), An Election Entertainment (1754), Soliciting Votes (1754).
Historical Text Archive: Donald J. Mabry of Mississippi State University established the Historical Text Archive in 1990 as an anonymous FTP site, when the World Wide Web became readily available in the United States it became a website as well. The HTA publishes high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects. The site is divided into three sections: articles (618), e-books (62), and links (5,541).
Documents Online: This government website allows you online access to The National Archives' collection of digitised public records, including both academic and genealogical sources. Searching the index is free but it costs £3.50 to download a digital image of a document. This latest addition to the site allows you to see colour images of the original wills of selected famous people, including William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Sir Francis Drake, Lord Byron, Samuel Pepys, Isambard Brunel, Robert Devereux, Horatio Nelson, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, Anthony Van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough, William Cobbett and Christopher Wren.
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