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Provides access to archival collection descriptions.
Avalon Project- Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
Including documents dating back to Ancient Greece, this collection contains documents primarily relevant to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. Project Diana, a human rights archive, is also located on this site.
As part of the online textbook Digital History, the primary sources contained here help tell the story of the United States through important documents.
Duke Digital Collections
Providing sources for national and international subjects, some featured collections include the Emergence of Advertising in America; Ration Coupons on the Home Front (1942-1945); the 50,000 item William Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection; and African American women slave letters.
Internet History Sourcebooks Project
A set of collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts, maps, and articles on a wide variety of historical areas. Organized by geographical area and time period, the site includes links to primary sources from not only the Western world, but Africa and the Islamic and Eastern world as well.
LIFE Photo Archive
Hosted by Google, the LIFE Photo Archive provides digital access to millions of historical images ranging in date from 1750 to the present.
National Security Archive
A contemporary history research archive at George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
New York Public Library Digital Collections
Containing over 700,000 digital items, the NYPL Digital Gallery provides free access to a diverse collection of manuscripts, antique maps, vintage photographs, rare prints, and much more.
Post Family Papers Project
Letters and other documents from 19th century leaders in the women's rights, abolition, and spiritualism movements.
Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
One of the largest digital image databases in the world, this service of the Library of Congress provides access to more than 1 million freely accessible digital images.
Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image
Portal site to at least 20 digital collections with access to over 12,000 images of rare books, manuscripts, papyri, photographs and sheet music.
Sid Lapidus '59 Collection on Liberty and the American Revolution
More than 150 books, pamphlets and prints representing the themes of: the intellectual origins of the American Revolution; the Revolution itself; the early years of the republic; the resulting spread of democratic ideas in the Atlantic world; and the effort to abolish the slave trade in both Great Britain and the United States.
Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War
The Valley project details life in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, from the time of John Brown's Raid through the era of Reconstruction through thousands of pages from letters, diaries, newspapers, census records, and other primary sources.
VOAHA III: The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive
Audio recordings from interviews with witnesses to a wide variety of historical events.