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Archives and Primary Sources

  • Africa Research Central
    • Founded in 1998 by Drs. Susan Tschabrun and Kathryn Green, both experts in the fields of African History and African Archival Research. Africa Research Central has been recognized for excellence by The Scout Report, Encyclopedia Britannica, and UNESCO. Africa Research Central's goal is to "centralize and constantly update information about institutions with African primary source collections" in order to facilitate research in this field.
  • Afro-American Sources in Virginia:
    • A Guide to Manuscripts. This is a searchable electronic text provided by the University of Virginia. Combined searches within this document and the Guide to African American Documentary Resources in North Carolina are possible by selecting a link on either page.
  • Albert Einstein Archives
    • This site is a cooperative effort of the Hebrew University’s Albert Einstein Archives, the Information Technology and Photo-Reprography Departments of the Jewish National and University Library (JNUL), the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and has been developed in cooperation with the David and Fela Shapell Digitization Project. The archive is comprised of both scientific and non-scientific manuscripts including the personal papers and personal and professional correspondence of Albert Einstein, as well as photographs, sound recordings, and film footage. All materials have been digitized and many are available as high resolution files.
  • Archival Research Catalog
    • The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries. The catalog is searchable and many help files and tutorials are available to assist users.
  • Atlanta History Center, Kenan Research Center
    • The Kenan Research Center, part of the Atlanta History Center, is a public archive and research facility. They collect primary and secondary source materials in all formats (including ephemera) conveying the history of Atlanta and the culture of the American south.
  • A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation:
    • US Congressional Documents and Debates. This searchable set of congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875, is part of the Library of Congress' American Memory project. The online collection houses the records of the U.S. Congress up to 1875, which includes the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, published by the Government Printing Office.
  • Chronicling America, Library of Congress Historic American Newspapers
    • Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
  • Cimorelli Immigration Manifests Online
    • The Cimorelli Immigration Manifests Online (CIMO) is an online collection of databases comprised of the Morton Allan Directory, M1066 Microfilm series from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), various newspaper articles, Internet sources, and personal contributions. It is maintained in part by the Cimorelli family, Italian American immigrants. The page includes links to searchable databases for NARA microfilm, ship biographies, ship arrivals from 1820-1930, ship information dating to 1727, searchable name directories for Irish immigrants, German immigrants from Russia, and Waasland emigrants, as well as links to the National Archive, the Ellis Island databases, Cimorelli family genealogy, and access to the SOUNDEX Converter.
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
    • A service of the National Parks System (NPS), the CWSS is a database containing basic information about servicemen from both sides of the Civil War. The database was compiled from information from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), General Index Cards, information from Frederick Dyer's Compendium, and information from the NPS' American Battlefield Protection Program.
  • Digital Schomburg
    • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, part of the New York Public Library system, is arguably the most important research center of its kind. Digital Schomburg provides access to information, interpretation and scholarship on the global black experience. Users worldwide can find exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.
  • Directory of State and Territorial Archives and Records Programs
    • This is a listing of websites for pertinent organizations for all 54 US states and territories. Provided by the Council of State Archivists, a national organization consisting of the directors of each state or territory's archival agency. Regulated by the Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States
    • This is a searchable digital copy of the text series written by the State Department's Office of the Historian and published by the Government Printing Office. The digital copy is available dating from 1861-1960. The database is a collaborative project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries.The text series comprises over 350 volumes and contains documents from Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies as well as the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy.
  • Georgia Archives
    • The Georgia Archives are provided by the office of the Georgia Secretary of State. The Archives identifies and preserves Georgia's most valuable historical documents.
  • Google News Archive Search
    • This interface searches Google's vast resources including books, images, journals, periodicals, newspapers, and subscription database content. A Timeline feature constructs timelines of selected topics.
  • Guide to African American Documentary Resources in North Carolina
    • This is a searchable electronic text provided by the University of Virginia. Combined searches within this document and the Afro-American sources in Virginia, a Guide to Manuscripts are possible by selecting a link on either page.
  • International Institute of Social History
    • This links to the index page which provides information on over 3,000 archival collections. Descriptions of Dutch archives are in Dutch, all others are in English.The IISH is the world's largest research center for social history. It is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and availability of the history of social movements worldwide.
  • Internet Archive
    • The Internet Archive, a non-profit organization founded in 1996, offers permanant access to historical collections in digital format. Collections include texts, audio, images, software, and archived webpages. Access to the WayBackMachine is provided.
  • Library of Congress Archival Finding Aids
    • Search Interface provided by the Library of Congress for searching all Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids. Searches can be limited by collection.
  • Library of Congress National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
    • The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) promotes bibliographic access to the documentary heritage of the US. The program is operated by the Library of Congress.
  • Library of Congress Newspaper Archives
    • The electronic version of the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room provided by the Serial and Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress. A search tool and a listing of other searchable newspaper archives on the Web.
  • Making of America, Cornell University.
    • A digital library of primary sources for American social history from the antebellum through the reconstruction periods. The collection is strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Cornell University Library provides access to 267 monographs and over 100,000 journal articles for a total approaching one million pages.
  • Making of America, University of Michigan
    • A digital library of primary sources for American social history from the antebellum through the reconstruction periods. The collection is strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. University of Michigan Libraries provides access to 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles for a total approaching four million pages.
  • NYPL Digital Gallery
    • NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.
  • ONE Archives
    • The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives houses the world's largest research library on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,and Transgendered heritage and concerns. ONE is affiliated with but not governed by the University of Southern California.
  • Online Archive of California
    • The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 150 institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums in the state of California as well as the collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.
  • Physical History Finding Aids Website
    • The American Institute of Physics' Center for History of Physics seeks to preserve and disseminate the history of modern physics. To that end, the Center's Niels Bohr Library and Archives provides a searchable index of finding aids from more than 40 institutions worldwide.
  • Repositories of Primary Sources List
    • A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources. The listing is maintained by the University of Idaho Library's Special Collections department.
  • Rosenfeld Library Corporate Reports Database
    • The Rosenfeld Library serves UCLA's Anderson School of Management and provides this searchable database. The collection contains company reports, Annual Reports to Shareholders (ARS), Form 10-K Reports, and NYSE Listing Applications. Scope ranges from 1901-2001
  • UNESCO Archives Portal
    • The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Archives Portal gives access to websites of archival institutions around the world. It also serves as a gateway to resources related to records and archives management and to international co-operation in this area. UNESCO provides a single interactive access point to information for archivists and archive users.
  • US National Archives
    • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. However, only 1% - 3% of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal Government, are considered to be of legal or historical importance. That 1% - 3% is preserved and cataloged by NARA.
  • Vanderbilt Television News Archive
    • An extensive archive of television news. The Vanderbilt Television News Archive has been recording, preserving and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968. Registration is required to search the database. Abstracts and descriptions are provided free, other content must be subscribed to.
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