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American Journeys

Eyewitness accounts by explorers, native americans, missionaries, traders, settlers exploring North Americ, ca. AD 1000 to 1800 from the Wisconsin Historical Society.   

American Memory

Digital archive to historical documents, maps, sound recordings, and images.

Digital Archive: International History Declassified

Digital Library of America

Over seven million items.

Documenting the American South

Texts, images, audiofiles on history, literature and culture, colonial period to include the beginnings of the twentieth century.  From the University of North Carolina Library. 

Internet History Sourcebooks Project

Historical sources for Ancient History, Medieval Studies, and Modern History.

Library of Congress

National Library of the United States and Congress. Prints, photographs, sound archives, and other e-resources) from all time periods and countries.

Making of America

Digital library of 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles in American social history, antebellum period through Reconstruction. From the University of Michigan.

National Archives--Archival Research Catalog

Features online primary source materials for educational program DocsTeach, and online exhibits.  Also guides to archival collections in regional depositories (Atlanta, Georgia, is NARA’s Southeast Regional Repository). For more information, see

New York Public Library Digital Library Collection

Digital images from the NYPL:  Historical maps, illuminated manuscripts, prints and photographs.  Includes texts and images from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries

The Digital Library Collections contain exhibitions, digitized books (many on the history of science and technology), papers from the Bureau of American Ethnology BULLETIN.


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