Chronicling America: Library of Congress
November 30, 2014 - 10:43:01
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
15-Year-Old Jane Austen Writes a Satirical History Of England: Read the Handwritten Manuscript Online (1791) - Open Culture
February 19, 2014 - 5:23:20
Austen was, by and large, a homeschooled and autodidactic child. Although she had taken part in some formal schooling between the ages of 7 and 10, illness and the family's lack of means dictated that she had to rely on her father's extensive library for an education. By the time she was fifteen, Austen had evidently gathered sufficient material to fuel her writing, and had completed a history of England, beginning with Henry IV (1367-1413), and ending with Charles I (1600-1649).
Twelve Years a Slave Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853
January 7, 2014 - 22:02:14
Having been born a freeman, and for more than thirty years enjoyed the blessings of liberty in a free State-and having at the end of that time been kidnapped and sold into Slavery, where I remained, until happily rescued in the month of January, 1853, after a bondage of twelve years -- it has been suggested that an account of my life and fortunes would not be uninteresting to the public
The History Place - Great Speeches Collection
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:49
Another archive of speeches, some are text only and other include the audio recording.
BBC - History - Timelines - British Timeline
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:48
A clever way to browse through British history from the BBC...
The Champlain Society - The Champlain Society
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:47
For more than 100 years, The Champlain Society has increased public access to Canada's rich documentary heritage. Explore four centuries of adventure, travel, social change, economic growth, and nation building through the Society's books and on-line Digital Collection. This is your history†? experience it through the words and images of those who were there.
Canadian Constitutional Documents
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:46
A practical quality which allows us to weigh what has already been done against what might be done now. Memory is therefore a key to responsible action....Romanticism is a fantasized version of the past.
Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:45
The NAWSA Collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign. They are a subset of the Library's larger collection donated by Carrie Chapman Catt, longtime president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, in November of 1938.  In Your Classroom: Ask students to read through some of the texts and then extrapolate some of the justifications that we had for refusing women the right to vote. Then ask them to compare those beliefs with some beliefs that are apparent in the world today.
Voices of Civil Rights :: Home
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:44
AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) have teamed up to collect and preserve personal accounts of America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all. We invite you to explore this site, which serves as both a living memorial to those who were a part of the civil rights experience and a tribute to the quest for equality that continues today. Begin by learning about the power of a story.
Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:43
Voices in casual talk and song in the migrant camps of California, 1940 to 1941. Includes MP3 files and other formats.  In Your Classroom: Between World War I and World War II, teaching about the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression can be a challenge. Including voices from the time might serve to excite your students about this defining time.
Television News Archive
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:42
The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since 1989.
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:41
The full text of the U.S. Constitution.
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:40
This is an extraordinary web site, in the making, that includes information relics of a Canadian-born, Canadian schooled man (Norman Nicholson), hemlock bark dealer, turkey salesman, Town Public Works Clerk, Inspector for the Transcontinental Railway and The Quebec Streams Commission, (I have all the documentation) was a work-a-day sort, devoted husband to the spirited feminist-minded Margaret McLeod, (also a Lewis descendant) doting father to three feisty and ambitious daughters Edith, Marion, Flora and one lost soul of a son, Herb. An excellent source for making students real historians.
Michigan State University Libraries - Vincent Voice Library
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:39
This site includes WAV and MPEG2 files of many U.S. Presidents going back to Benjamin Harrison. Talks include: * William McKinley in one of his front porch speeches * William H. Taft talks about having a sense of humor Also included are Florence Nightingale and Will Rogers.
The Supreme Court Historical Society - Home
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:38
Celebrating more than 25 years of service to the Supreme Court, the legal profession, historians, and the public, the Supreme Court Historical Society was incorporated in 1974 for the purpose of expanding public awareness of the history and heritage of the Supreme Court of the United States.
The Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:37
The Stars and Stripes was a newspaper written by troops (and for the troops) serving in the American Expeditionary Force of the United States Army during the United States' involvement in World War I. The newspaper's existence was endorsed by official order of General John J. Pershing, who wanted the publication to strengthen the moral of the troops and to promote unity within the American forces. The paper ran from February 1918 to June 1919, and by the time it ceased publication, it had a readership of over 500,000. As part of the American Memory series of online collections, the Library of Congress has created this Web site containing a complete digitized and searchable run of the Stars and Stripes for the general Web-browsing public. Users may elect to browse the issues by date, or to search the entire collection of papers.
The Pulitzer Prizes | What's New
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:36
A timeline of the Pulitzer Prize winners going back to 1917.  In Your Classroom: You might have students create a database of the prizes, especially in journalism, and categorize them. Then the students might look for trends or patterns in issues that were awarded during different decades.
The Papers of George Washington
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:35
This website holds a significant representation of the 'Papers of George Washington' which was established in 1969. They include letters written to Washington as well as letter and documents written by him. A new feature of this site is the search engine that allow use to keyword search the papers of our first president.
The Nineteenth Century in Print: the Making of America in Periodicals
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:34
This collection presents twenty-three popular periodicals digitized by Cornell University Library and the Preservation Reformatting Division of the Library of Congress. They include literary and political magazines, as well as Scientific American, Manufacturer and Builder, and Garden and Forest: A Journal of Horticulture, Landscape Art, and Forestry.  In Your Classroom: For history classes, students might be asked to research 19th century life through these periodicals. You might also ask them to role play as writers of a previous time, and use some of the images from the periodics to dress student written publications.
The Medici Archive Project | The Medici Archive Project
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:33
The Medici family is widely considered one of the most famous and respected patrons of arts during the Renaissance, and their legacy perseveres in the numerous works of art, music, and sculpture that were produced as a result of their beneficence. The archive of the Medici Grand Dukes contains almost three million letters, and offers "the most complete record of any princely regime in Renaissance and Baroque Europe." Currently, the Medici Archive Project is developing this site to place many of these letters online, along with a strong interest in the history of costumes and Jewish history during the Renaissance.  In Your Classroom: This site would make a great dedicated resources for advanced Western Civilization independent studies. Teachers might also use the art work in class presentations.
The Gutenberg Bible at the Ransom Center
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:32
Widely understood to be one of the single most important inventions in human history, the development of movable type by Johann Gutenberg in the 15th century made it possible to produce a large number of copies of a single work in a relatively short period of time. Utilizing their own copy (one of 48 remaining around the world) of Gutenberg's Bible, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin has created this informative site about both this amazing book and the printing process used to create this work.  In Your Classroom: Most visitors will want to start by viewing selected passages from this remarkable book available here, among them excerpts from Genesis and the 23rd Psalm.
The Text of Magna Carta
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:31
As might be expected, the text of the Magna Carta of 1215 bears many traces of haste, and is clearly the product of much bargaining and many hands. Most of its clauses deal with specific, and often long-standing, grievances rather than with general principles of law. Some of the grievances are self-explanatory: others can be understood only in the context of the feudal society in which they arose. Of a few clauses, the precise meaning is still a matter of argument.
Declaration of Independence
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:30
The full text of the U.S. Declaration of Independence from England.
Avalon Project - Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:29
This is yet another rich source of full text historical documents. The archive is arranged chronilogically so that you can click 18th Century and receive a list of those documents.
Shanties and Sea Songs
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:28
A listing of many sea songs sung by sailers as their worked their jobs in rhythm on the square-rigged sailing ships.  In Your Classroom: It might be interesting to teach students some of these songs and have them sing them while they play a sport in PE class.
Rutgers Oral History Archives
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:27
The fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War has sparked a growing realization among both scholars and the public alike that a generation is in danger of disappearing from historical memory. Americans who came of age during the Great Depression and then went on to confront the twin threats of German fascism and Japanese militarism are now in their seventies and eighties. If we do not act immediately and record their oral memoirs and stories, we will forever prevent their experiences from becoming part of the historical record of this vital era.  In Your Classroom: Use various interviews to spark inspire interest in 1940s history for high school and middle school students. Ask students to read interviews and then tell a human story about WWII.
PROJECT GUTENBERG OFFICIAL HOME SITE - INDEX -- Free Books On-Line -
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:26
Project Gutenberg was the first to begin digitizing the great works of civilization. It began work in 1971 to enter texts into computers and then eventually to make them available via FTP, the Gopher, and now the Web.
Private Art: WWII Letters To and From Home
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:25
A collection of World War II Letters to and from the home front. These pages require Java.
Presidential Inaugural Addresses
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:24
This single file holds all of the Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States, from George Washington to Barrack Obama
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:23
Developed and maintained by Dr. Dianne Tillotson, this site is a good location to begin learning about handwriting and manuscript production in the Middle Ages. Needless to say, the art and science of deciphering these manuscripts is terribly time-consuming and complicated. The site is divided into approximately thirteen sections, and first-time visitors would do well to read the "What is paleography?" essay first, in order to learn about this elaborate decoding process. The other sections of the site describe (through words, illustrations, and photographs) the life of a scribe during the Middle Ages, the tools utilized to produce the manuscripts, and the various forms that manuscripts took during this historical era. One rather delightful aspect of the site are the paleography exercises where visitors can try their hand at deciphering various passages from medieval manuscripts, including Dante's Inferno and the Book of Hours.
Internet Library of Early Journals
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:22
ILEJ, the "Internet Library of Early Journals" is a joint project by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, conducted under the auspices of the eLib (Electronic Libraries) Programme. It aims to digitise substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals, and make these images available on the Internet, together with their associated bibliographic data. The Journals include: Gentleman's Magazine, The Annual Register, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Notes and Queries, The Builder, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.
From Revolution to Reconstruction: Presidents: George Washington
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:21
Includes texts for many of his speeches and writings.  In Your Classroom: Ask your high school students to read some of the writings and speeches of George Washington and other revolution era U.S. leaders and then ask them to hold a debate, pressing their leader's positions in the students' own words.
Index of Civil War Information available on the Internet
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:20
This is an extremely comprehensive list of topics related to the U.S. Civil War with numerous links to other Net resources.  In Your Classroom: This site can be an valuable site for conducting research projects or WebQuests. The information is highly organized and rich with information links.
Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States. 1989
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:19
This is a hypertext verson of the Inaugural Addresses. You just click on the president's name and get the full text of his speeches.
Historical Text Archive: Electronic History Resources, online since 1990
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:18
This website features text archives and other resources on more obscure fasites of U.S. history, including: Yorktown, pre-1700 documents, Georgia before Oglethorpe, and northwest coast indian history
Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:17
Speeches made by influential contemporary women around the world.
Free Speech Movement Digital Archive home
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:16
Thirty-four years later, thanks to a $3.5 million gift from Stephen M. Silberstein, the University of California Berkeley Library and the Bancroft Library began an ambitious program to document the role of Mario Savio and other participants in the Free Speech Movement - a legacy? that can still be traced in political activism and educational reform throughout the country.  In Your Classroom: Students might read through some of the texts and view selected video clips. Then they might create posters supporting or condeming the protests. Each student or team should back up their poster with facts.
Frederick Douglass (American Memory, Library of Congress)
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:15
The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher.
Expressions & Sayings Index
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:14
Have you ever wondered where some of the expressions and sayings used in everyday language come from? In fact, many of the words and phrases common in daily English originate from a wide variety of sources such as mythology, folklore, literature, religion, science, history, superstition, old customs and practices, the language and culture of other countries, and many more. Here are some common expressions and sayings you may well have used yourself, along with explanations of their meanings and where they originated.
UVa Library Digital Collections: Texts
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:13
We are in the process of creating a new way to access our digital collections. All of the digital texts that are accessed via this page are now also available via VIRGObeta. VIRGObeta will soon become the only access point for all U.Va. Library digital texts and images. Watch this space and the U.Va. Library Pressroom for updates!
Etext Center: Collections
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:12
This rich website features works of modern, middle, and old English. In the moder English section, works can be browsed by African American, Native American, American Civil War, Best Sellers, and special collections.
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:11
More and more countries around the world are releasing official policy documents, communiques, and other crucial communications via the Web, along with more traditional means. The Diplomacy Monitor at the St. Thomas University School of Law is a fine way to keep track of various communications, as it allows users to globally track diplomatic and international official statements, press briefings through their readily accessible monitoring system located at their site. Utilizing their own proprietary technology, the staff at the Diplomacy Monitor review annotate and categorize these documents several times throughout the United Nations business day. The site includes a brief introduction to using the Monitor, along with the option of full-text searching of every document archived within the database.
An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:10
presents a collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress. The list begins with a rare late fifteenth-century source, Les basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche (c.1490) and ends with Ella Gardner's 1929 Public dance halls, their regulation and place in the recreation of adolescents. Along with dance instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a significant number of antidance manuals, histories, treatises on etiquette, and items from other conceptual categories. Many of the manuals also provide historical information on theatrical dance. All illuminate the manner in which people have joyfully expressed themselves as they dance for and with one another.  In Your Classroom: These publications provide a unique view of life before TV. Ask you students, as they browse through the manuals, why they think this subject was of such interest to people in past centuries? In PE, use the manuals to teach some folk dancing.
Cornell University Library Historical Monographs Collection
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:09
Beginning in 1990, the Cornell Library initiated an ambitious early attempt to create digital surrogates for materials that were rapidly deteriorating and becoming brittle. Utilizing prototype equipment developed in tandem with Xerox, the materials were scanned and placed online. Currently, the materials available include 441 entire monographs, totaling 159,961 pages. The search engine located on the site allows visitors to search the holding by author, title, and text. Additionally, visitors can browse the collection by author or title. The monographs include Shelley's "An address to the Irish people," Comte's "Positive Philosophy," selected writings of Richard Wagner, and Sir Richard Burton's "Personal Narrative of a pilgrimage to el Medinah and Meccah." The Web site concludes with a help section that contains information about searching and browsing this interesting collection of online monographs.
Cool Quotes - Coolest quotes on the Web.
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:08
CoolQuotes is striving to be the best place on the internet to get cool quotes. Please feel free to browse through our quotes database and discussion forums. Send a quote to a friend or relative by email. Suggest a favorite quote of your own, to be added to our database. Try our random quote generator. Enjoy our Quote of the Day feature. Additionally, for your convenience, we have provided your favorite quote categories to you on our front page. They are: famous quotes, funny quotes, movie quotes, inspirational quotes, friendship quotes, motivational quotes and love quotes.
Colonial America Resources
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:07
This site features a wealth of primary resources on colonial and revolutionary America. An example is digitized images of issues of 'Poor Richard's Almanac.'
The Green Free Library Newspaper Archive - Search Old Newspaper Articles Online
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:06
Every newspaper in the database is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content. Use the archive to gain a local perspective on historical news, to research your family history, or to simply read about a person or event of interest. We invite you to visit the archive often, as additional pages will be added as they become available. This archive is hosted by NewspaperARCHIVE.com largest historical newspaper database online.
Free Newspaper Archives -- Search History for Free
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:05
Newspaper archives with their collections of millions of old newspaper articles have always been a treasure trove for historical research, but in pre-digital days, a treasure that one approached with grim determination. Hours going through dusty old stacks, or scrolling through dizzying rolls of microfilm (inevitably, in negative image format), usually turned up...not very much.
Historic Newspaper: Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online (1841-1902)
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:04
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was published from October 26, 1841 to 1955 and was revived for a short time from 1960 to 1963. Because of the enormity of the collection, the digitization of the historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle from reels of microfilm is broken into more than one phase. Phase I, which can presently be found on this site, concerns the period from 1841-1902, representing half of the Eagle's years of publication. This period includes all of the years for which there is no index as well as the eleven years during which an index was published. Access can be gained either by date of issue or by keyword searching.
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:03
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.
Anne Frank the Writer | An Unfinished Story
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:02
In honor of its 10th anniversary year, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is displaying Anne Frank's original writings, accompanied by this online exhibition. The Web site uses a combination of audio and animation, so that visitors experience Anne's essays and diary entries read aloud, accompanied by images and automatically turning pages. The complete text of all the writings exhibited is available for those who prefer a more traditional reading. There is also a series of video interviews with Anne's relative, Buddy Elias, and the curators of the exhibition.
Anne Frank Museum - officiŽle website Anne Frank Huis
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:01
The Anne Frank House in the center of Amsterdam was the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War Two. Excellent Holocaust and World War Two resource.
Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu, Library of Congress
October 25, 2013 - 10:16:00
Founded 900 years ago, the city of Timbuktu (located in what is now the country of Mali) was a center of major commercial importance and a place where many Islamic scholars received their education. This exhibit, developed by the Library of Congress (with the use of manuscripts from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujbeha) explores some of the many important literary traditions and scholarship developed during this period of scholarly effervescence. Here visitors can browse over 30 primary documents, including texts designed to train scholars in the field of astronomy and the nature of Islamic mysticism. The exhibit is rounded out by several maps, such as a map from 1743 that shows the region in and around Timbuktu.  In Your Classroom: The first thing that I thought of as I viewed the digitized texts was the currency of the issues (i.e. commerce).