• The History Net–The National Historical Society’s site includes a large collection of magazine articles on different historical subjects.
  • The History Channel — The History Channel has an organized collection of features on various aspects of history.
  • PBS History — A large collection of words, images, lesson plans and other resources from the Public Broadcasting Service
  • BBC History — A large collection of words, images, lesson plans and other resources from the British Broadcasting Company
  • Voice of the Shuttle: History Page — An excellent, well-organized collection of history resources
  • Eyewitness to History : History Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It — From the ancient world to recents events, this site is a huge, organized collection of first-hand accounts of historic events


  • Massachusetts Historical Society — ” For more than two centuries the MHS has been collecting and preserving materials relating to the history of our commonwealth and our nation. The holdings of the MHS encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history.”
  • American Association for State and Local History — “The American Association for State and Local History provides leadership service, and support for its members, who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American Society.”

For Teachers and Students

  • National Archives : Educators and Students — Lesson plans, worksheets and other resources for using primary sources in education
  • National History Education Clearinghouse — This site calls itself “the central online location for accessing high-quality resources in K-12 U.S. history education.”
  • The Learning Page…Especially for Teachers — Resources from the American Memory collections at the Library of Congress
  • History Matters — “This award-winning site offers a range of resources, including 1000 primary documents in text, image, and audio; an annotated guide to 850 of the best U.S. History websites; guides to using various kinds of online primary sources, such as oral history and maps; and moderated discussions about teaching.”
  • OAH History Teaching Tools — This site from the Organization of American Historians includes links to and information about publications, resources, and activities for teachers of history.

Ancient History

  • Exploring Ancient World Cultures — This site is an excellent starting point for the study of ancient history on the World Wide Web, and includes essays, quizzes, graphics and links to many other sites.
  • Perseus Project — Project Perseus, an “evolving digital library on Ancient Greece and Rome,” is a project of the Tufts University Classics Department.
  • Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Roman — From University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

World History

  • Portrait Gallery — A large collection of pictures of historic figures from the Perry-Castañeda Library of the University of Texas at Austin. All pictures are in the public domain and may be reproduced without permission.
  • Historical Maps — Historical maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library of the University of Texas at Austin. All are in the public domain and may be freely reproduced without permission.
  • North American Explorers — Covering Ericson, Hudson, Cabot, Columbus, de Leon, Smith, Lewis & Clark and Sacagewea; from EBSCO’s “History…It’s Happening”.
  • Cybrary of the Holocaust — An outstanding collection of Holocaust resources.

History of the United States

  • National History Day — Information on the annual history competition
  • Digital History — This site includes an online textbook, primary sources on slavery, Mexican American, Asian American, and Native American history, and U.S. political, social, and legal history, multimedia exhibitions, classroom handouts, a visual archive with hundreds of historical maps and images and much more. Digital History was designed and developed to support the teaching of American History and is supported by the Department of History and the College of Education at the University of Houston.
  • The History Place — A collection of articles and exhibits about the history of the United States
  • History Matters — History Matters is designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History courses, and serves as a gateway to Web resources and useful materials for teaching U.S. history
  • The Avalon Project — Yale Law School maintains a large collection of fulltext historical documents related to American history, law and diplomacy
  • The Making of America — “Making of America (MOA) 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.”
  • American Memory — The Library of Congress preserves and presents significant sounds, images and words from America’s past.
  • Born in Slavery — Slave narratives from the Federal Writers Project
  • The Historical Text Archive: USA Page — The University of Mississippi offers this large and well-organized collection of American historical texts, from treaties to soldiers’ letters.
  • A Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents — Primary source documents arranged by year, from the University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • National Archives and Records Administration — A huge collection of primary source material and valuable records from the United States government, including photographs, historic documents, patent information, military records, wartime propaganda posters, and much more

Colonial Period

  • Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project — “This site was created by the Danvers Archival Center, the local history, rare book and manuscript department of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, Massachusetts, with the support of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia. Its purpose is to introduce a major area of Danvers’ collections relating to the infamous Salem Village Witchcraft Trials of 1692. This Website is designed to provide accurate general information about these witchcraft events, as well as information on other aspects of Danvers’ history.”
  • 17th Century New England — A collection of information and primary sources, with a special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692.
  • The Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia — “This Plymouth Colony Archive presents a collection of fully searchable texts, including: court records, colony laws, seventeenth century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps, and fort plans; research and seminar analyses of numerous topics; biographical profiles of selected colonists; and architectural, archaeological and material culture studies.”
  • Archiving Early America — Historical documents, portrait gallery, forums and other resources from 18th century America

The Civil War

  • Valley of the Shadow — “The Valley of the Shadow is an electronic archive of two communities in the American Civil War: Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennysylvania. The Valley Web site includes searchable newspapers, population census data, agricultural census data, manufacturing census data, slaveowner census data, and tax records. The Valley Web site also contains letters and diaries, images, maps, church records, and military rosters. The Valley project is a University of Virginia research project funded in part by the National Endowment of the Humanities.”
  • American Civil War Collections — “The Electronic Text Center is home to a variety of primary source material on the American Civil War, including letters, diaries and newspapers. Letter collections include searchable transcriptions as well as digital images of the manuscripts.”
  • Civil War Maps — This large collection is part of the American Memory project of the Library of Congress

Twentieth Century by Decade

  • Celebrate the Century — See images from the postage stamps issued to commemorate special events of each decade of the Twentieth Century
  • New Deal Network— The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute developed this research and teaching resource devoted to the public works and arts projects of the New Deal.
  • Fifties Web — This is a colorful, personal project celebrating the music, entertainment and history of the 1950’s.

World War I

  • Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures — This collection from the American Memory Collection of the Library of Congess includes an illustrated history of World War I selected from newspaper rotogravure sections that graphically documents the people, places, and events important to the war.
  • The World War I Document Archive — “This archive of primary documents from World War I has been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L).

World War II

  • Voices of World War II : Experiences from the Front and at Home — A multimeda presentation from the Miller Nichols Libraries, University of Missouri Kanasa City, in partnership with the Truman Presidential Museum and Library
  • The Perilous Fight: America’s World War II in Color — This is the companion to a PBS series that “brings America’s wartime experience, on the battlefield and at home, vividly and intimately to life by combining original color film footage with compelling passages from diaries and letters written by people who were part of an unforgettable period of history.”

Twenty-First Century

The Presidents of the United States

History of Great Britain

  • British History — A collection of articles and information on British history, including many primary sources and biographies of the Monarchs

History of Costume

  • The Costumer’s Manifesto — A large collection of costume history information and links from Tara Maginnis, PhD, of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • The Costume Gallery — A gateway to many different types of costume information
  • The History of Costume — Illustrations from the noted Braun and Schneider book, originally published between 1861 and 1880, as a survey of historic costume from around the world.
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