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Maps and Atlases

Map Collections: 1500-2006
Maps of military battles and campaigns, cities and towns, discovery and exploration can be found on this excellent site from the Library of Congress.

Historical Maps Online
This image database is part of the larger Digital Imaging and Media Technology Initiative at the University of Illinois Library. The project includes scanned maps related to the history of Illinois and the Northwest Territory, 1650-1976.

Historical Map of the United States
Original maps of major United States historical events from early inhabitants, exploration and settlement, territorial growth and extensive military history detailing every major battle. Most maps are pre-1900.

Hyper-History Online
Though not it's focus, this site has a link to maps. HyperHistory presents 3000 years of world history with a combination of colorful graphics, lifelines, and timelines. The date of 1000 BC has been chosen as the beginning of the main part of HyperHistory because at around that time four very distinctive civilized traditions began to take shape in Greece, the Middle East, India and China.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
An excellent source of online maps available for downloading. It is arranged by area of the world as well as by category (for example, World, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Russia, United States, etc.).

Atlas of North America
Maps of America (her people, heritage and resources) are what you'll find and make on The site contains maps of innovation and vision that illustrate our changing Nation. It also includes maps that capture and depict the patterns, conditions, and trends of American life. Maps that are accurate and reliable from more than 20 Federal organizations are included.

USGS Maps and Atlases
The United States Geological Survey site makes many types of maps (geologic, topographic, tectonic, etc.) available.

World History (arranged chronologically)

Explore the geography, trade, writing, government, architecture, farming, science, warfare, and religion of the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations of Sumer, Babylon and Assyria. There are separate "chapters" for each with stories (many illustrated), maps and activities.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum
This site contains artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as Coptic and Islamic antiquities.

Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World
A valuable online resource for the study of the anciet world. Those wanting to conduct scholarship on women and gender will want to look at Diotima first before resourting to other less complete sites. Materials are prepared by a wide range of experts including some of the top feminist scholars in the field.

Islam Chronology
After a brief description of the basic beliefs of Islam, this timeline highlights the history of the religion from the time of Mohammad, through the medieval caliphates, to the Ottoman Empire. The site was developed by the History Department at North Park University, so it approaches the topic from a scholarly rather than a religious perspective.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Located at Fordham University Department of Medieval Studies, this site contains full-text writings of Church Fathers, Late Antiquity, Byzantium, Islam, literary texts, Medieval thought, Medieval spiritual writing, Renaissance texts, and much more.

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies
From Georgetown University, this site contains extensive links to resources. Search by category, subcategory, type of materials and keyword.

The Victorian Web
This site serves as an encyclopedia of 19th Century Britain. Essays treat topics such as capitalism, Freud, phrenology, sex, and the Crimean war; are mostly written by college professors with expertise on the subject, but some are written by students. The Victorian Web was created and edited by George P. Landow (English and Art Hisitory professor, at Brown University).

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution
This site is a collaboration of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the American Social History Project at City University of New York. The site's strength is its comprehensive collection of primary sources encompassing over 600 texts, songs, maps and illustrations. Many of the materials comes from the Museum of the French Revolution in Vizille.

United States History

Tennessee Technological University History Project  - Military History
A comprehensive gateway site with hundreds of quality links covering military history and national defense. Scroll down to the U.S. history by subject/time period for great links to help you with your research.

The American Memory Project
From the Library of Congress, "a gateway to rich primary ource materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 5 million items from more than 90 historical collections."

Chief George Manuel Memorial Library and the Fourth World Documentation Archive
The Fourth World Documentation Project (FWDP) was created by the Center for World Indigenous Studies, a Native American-launched non-profit research and education organization. They provide online access to an archive of full-text documents relating to social, political, economic and human rights situations faced by Fourth World nations. Fourth world is defined by FWDP as "nations forcefully incorporated into states which maintain a distinct political culture but are internationally unrecognized."

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
The Library of Congress created this site which explores the role religion played in the founding of the American colonies, the shaping of early American life and politics, and forming of the American Republic.

Jamestown: Myth and Memory
The Library of Virginia has constructed this site dedicated to 400 years of Virginia's history. Events such as the founding of Jamestown and celebrating the emancipation from slavery remind Virginians and Americans of the important role that Virginia played in the history of the United States.

National Digital Newspaper Program
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to provide enhanced access to United States Newspapers. The NDNP is in the process of creating a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers from all of the states and U.S. territories between 1836 and 1922. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress and will be freely accessible via the Internet. Currently, the prototype of this site has been launched called "Chronicaling America: Historic American Newspapers" with newspaper pages from 1900-1910.

American Civil War Homepage
One of the most comprehensive web sites on the American Civil War. It includes biographical information, state and local studies -- by state, battles and campaigns, rosters and regimental histories, bibliographies, general resources, images of wartime and other military information. The site is maintained by Dr. George Hoemann of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Documents for the Study of American History
This site contains documents for the study of American history from the 15th century to the present day. It was created by Lynn Nelson, a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Kansas.

Making of America
"The Making of America 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, science and technology." The collection contains 9,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. Twenty-five new volumes have been added on the Civil War."

Documenting the American South
DocSouth provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature and culture. It includes nine thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs. The University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sponsors Documenting the American South.

1878-1913 The Guilded Age & Progressive Era
Created and maintained by San Francisco State University, this site provides an extensive gateway to quality Internet resources dealing the years 1878-1913.  Highlights include the West, diplomatic history, diaries, the Great Chicago Fire, women, labour & management, child labour, anti-imperialism, and presidents.

World War One Document Archive
This site contains an archive of primary documents from World War I. It was assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List. It features memorials and personal stories of those who served during WWI. It also includes a biographical dictionary, an image archive, maritime history, the medical front, and links to other resources.

The Institute on World War Two and the Human Experience
Created by a Florida State University's Department of History Professor, this site contains many primary source documents relating to the experience of men and women serving during WWII.

Holocaust History Project
The Holocaust History Project is a free archive of documents, photographs, recordings, and essays regarding the Holocaust, including direct refutation of Holocaust-denial. The site was created by an organization of concerned individuals working together. Many of the sites contributors have advanced degrees and hold professorships at universities in the U.S.

Cold War International History Project
This site provides balanced information on the East-West conflict not only from a US perspective, but also from sources that dramatize the worldwide component of the Cold War. Key sections such as archives and feature collections afford students and scholars helpful access to sources dealing with the Korean War, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the conclusion of the Cold War.

Korea: the Unfinished War
Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NEH and produced in association with Duke University, this Web site is the intellectual property of Minnesota Public Radio. It presents both facts and source materials on what the compilers maintain is "the often-overlooked war that helped define global politics and American life for the second half of the 20th century."

The Vietnam Project
This Web page, the centerpiece of the Vietnam Center, founded at Texas Tech in 1989 to encourage the study of the US experience in Vietnam, is an especially rich resource. It contains an Oral History Project. The site includes a variety of points of view, but has no specific political agenda about the war. It is the best Web site dealing with original documents on the war, especially those involving veterans and military operations.

War with Iraq: Primary Sources
Dartmouth College Library has compiled on their site the multitude of government documents related to the War with Iraq. The site is a companion to the PBS Frontline episode The War Behind Closed Doors (which first aired on PBS February 20, 2003).

The War on Terrorism: Post-Saddam Iraq
Designed and maintained by East Carolina University - Joyner Library, this site offers links to selected resources on the political, economic, security, and other aspects of Iraq since the fall of the Ba'athist regime of Saddam Hussein in April 2003. For resources on the situation in Iraq before then, including life under Saddam, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the debate over military action, and the issue of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), please see companion page The War on Terrorism: Saddam Hussein and Iraq.

University of Texas Latin American Collection
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, a unit of the University of Texas Libraries, is a specialized research library focusing on materials from and about Latin America, and on materials relating to Latinos in the United States.

California History

1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection
Brought to you by the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, this fabulous resource includes photographs, interactive maps and panoramic images.

This fantastic resource provides primary source materials to tell the story of California's role in national and world events. It contains more than 150,000 photographs, documents, works of art, newspaper clippings, political cartoons and other cultural artifacts. Calisphere is a service of the University of California Libraries, and powered by the California Digital Library.

California Historical Society
An online guide to over three hundred years of California history. This resource includes over 400 images from our fine arts, library, and photography collections and articles written by James J. Rawls, the Review Editor for California History.

Bibliographies of Northern and Central California Indians
A rich site containing forty-three independent tribal bibliographies, and a general bibliography of California Indians. Includes maps (tribal groups and corresponding California counties, linguistic groups), alternate names and spellings for tribal groups, and information on libraries containing California Indian collections. From the Museum Informatics Project (MIP), University of California, Berkeley.

California Mission Studies Association  Annotated Links to Sites
A nice gateway site to information about the California Missions. The site also includes links to pictures and maps.

The Gold Rush of California: A Bibliography of Periodical Articles
Created by a Librarian and University Archivist at CSU Stanislaus, this site contains diaries, journals, letters of overland, isthmus, Cape Horn and California. In separate chapters on people and places, one can learn about mining camps, towns, cities and counties of mid-nineteenth century California.

Librarian's Index to the Internet: California History
A great collection of sites selected by Librarians.

California State Library: History of California
Our state government has created a helpful gateway to sites pertaining to California history.

Napa Valley History (includes Vallejo)

Napa Valley Historical Society
NVHS was established to study the history of California and especially of Napa Valley. Its projects include the collection, preservation, organization, and sharing of information and artifacts of historical value, in an effort to bring the rich heritage of our region to the awareness of the public.

Napa County Genealogy
Created in part by the CAGenWeb Project, this site provides a straightforward timeline of events and people in Napa County from 1823 to 1997 (Napa's 150th anniversity).

CAGenWeb Project: Napa County
A great resource for local pictures, history, and important census information on Napa County residents.

History of Napa Valley Winegrowing
The Napa Valley Vintners have put together a helpful timeline of the history of grape growing and wine in the valley.

Vallejo Historical Museum
The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum preserves and exhibits the diverse and exciting history of the City of Vallejo and the former U.S. Naval Shipyard at Mare Island . The Museum is located in Vallejo 's historic Old City Hall and features five galleries devoted to community and U.S. Navy history.

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Last updated:  June 30, 2010                                                     Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery