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Essential Web Based Resources in History

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Academy of Achievement
Academy of Achievement brings you face to face with the extraordinary individuals who have shaped our times. It is an amazing collection, not of mere artifacts, but of people and ideas that fill you with inspiration, encouragement, and the will to achieve.

Ad*Access is a pilot project to make a selection of historical advertisements available for study and research. The project draws on part of a large collection of magazine and newspaper ads within the Duke library's J. Walter Thompson Company Archives. The project includes over 7,000 ads, mainly from U.S. publications dating between 1911 and 1955.

America in the 1930's
America in the 1930s was created in June 1998 for the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia.  It is a continuing project, with new sites and resources added as students and faculty complete new projects and improved technologies become available. 

American Memory
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Ancient Egypt
The British Museum presents information about ancient Egypt through the use of objects from the British Museum's collection. The aim of this program is not to be a definitive source of information about all aspects and all time periods relevant to ancient Egypt. Rather, it is geared towards illuminating certain aspects of ancient Egyptian history that are especially important, interesting, or lend themselves to multimedia treatment.

The Ancient Olympic Games
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology gives the real story of the ancient games.

Antiqua Medicina
An on-line exhibition prepared in conjunction with the Colloquium "Antiqua Medicina: Aspects in Ancient Medicine" held in McLeod Hall, at the Health System of the University of Virginia on February 27, 1997.

The Applied History Research Group
These multimedia tutorials will work with existing courses taught at colleges and universities throughout Alberta. They focus on standard periods and subjects in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts. Given the inter-disciplinary nature of these tutorials, committees were formed to guide their content, design, and production. The steering committees are made up of subject experts from applicable departments and faculties at the University of Calgary, Red Deer College, and Mount Royal College.

The Authentic History Center
The Authentic History Center is independently owned and operated by Michael S. Barnes, a teacher at Byron Center High School. Students are active contributors and users of the site. The Authentic History Center is comprised of images of artifacts, sounds, and written letters and diaries. These items reflect the history and societal values of the time period in which they were produced. They are presented here for individual study of American History.

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School
The Avalon Project is dedicated to providing access via the World Wide Web to primary source materials in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We intend to add value to these primary sources by linking to other documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. We also intend to provide as many internal links within a document as are necessary to facilitate study and navigation.

BBC History Topics
On BBC History Topics you'll find in-depth articles, multimedia (like games, virtual tours and animations) as well as bite-size material like timelines and short biographies of historic figures. All is designed for you to get more out of your interest in History. Topics range from prehistory through today.

Becoming Human
Becoming Human is an interactive documentary experience that tells the story of our origins. Journey through four million years of human evolution presented by the Institute of Human Origins of Arizona State University.

Search over 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present.

A Biography of America
A Biography of America is a telecourse and video series that presents American history as a living narrative. This series web site lets you delve further into the topics of the 26 video programs. For each program you'll find an interactive feature related to the subject or the time period of the program. In addition, you'll find a listing of key events of the period, a map relevant to the period, the transcript of the video program, and a "Webography" - a set of annotated web links. You will most likely want to watch the video program before using its related web segments, but you can use either independently.

The British Empire
This site is dedicated to analysing the history of the British Empire: The triumphs, the humiliations, the good that it brought and the bad that it inflicted.

British History Timeline
Produced by the BBC, this timeline traces the history of the British Isles from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages to the present day.

Brown vs. Board of Education Archive
The University of Michigan Library's Brown v. Board of Education Digital Archive contains documents and images which chronicle events surrounding this historically significant case up to the present.

The Cold War
From Yalta to Malta: Experience CNN's landmark documentary series in this award-winning Web site:
  • Navigate interactive maps
  • See rare archival footage online
  • Learn more about the key players
  • Read recently declassified documents
  • Tour Cold War capitals through 3-D images

Columbus and the Age of Discovery
A joint research project of the History Department and Academic Computing Services of Millersville University of Pennsylvania , Columbus and the Age of Discovery is a text retrieval system containing over 1100 text articles from magazines, journals, newspapers, speeches, official calendars and other sources relating to various encounter themes.

Conversations with History
In these lively and unedited video interviews, distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work. Guests include diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists and political analysts; scientists and historians; writers and foreign correspondents; activists and artists. The interviews span the globe and include discussion of political, economic, military, legal, cultural, and social issues shaping our world. At the heart of each interview is a focus on individuals and ideas that make a difference. From U.C. Berkley.

A Chronology of US Historical Documents
The University of Oklahoma College of Law has the complete texts of major US Historical Documents from pre-collonial times to the present.

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 10,000 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens and manuscript maps.

De Re Militari
The Society for Medieval Military History, is an international scholarly association established to foster and develop interest in the study of pre-modern military affairs. To meet this goal, De Re Militari seeks to facilitate a greater exchange of information and ideas on all aspects of medieval warfare, though conferences, publications, and internet access.  They publish The Journal of Medieval Military History, and on this website have developed a large section of academic resources.

Digital History
Digital History is the definitive online source for American History with an online textbook, guides, timelines, original source materials, images, maps, music and much more. Presented by the University of Houston.

EASE History
EASE History
is a rich online environment that supports the learning and teaching of US History. Hundreds of historical videos and photographs are currently available in EASE History. Learn about US History through the prism of US presidential campaign ads, better understand the complexities of campaign issues and their historical context by looking at historical events, and explore the meanings of core values by examining how these values have been applied in both historical events and campaign ads.

eHistory is the site for history fans, enthusiasts and students.
eHistory consists of over 130,000 pages of historical content; 5,300 timeline events; 800 battle outlines; 350 biographies; and thousands of images and maps. Explore the site and satisfy your curiosity. The Department of History at The Ohio State University is proud to be the new home of eHistory.com.

Eighteenth-Century Resources
This page, edited by Jack Lynch of Rutgers -- Newark, is a collection of Eighteenth-Century Resources on the Net.

Evolution from PBS travels around the world to examine evolutionary science and the profound effect it has had on society and culture. From the genius and torment of Charles Darwin to the vast changes that spawned the tree of life, from the role of mass extinctions in the survival of species to the power of sex to drive evolutionary change, Evolution is fascinating and far-reaching in scope. The series also explores the emergence of consciousness, the success of humans, and the perceived conflict between science and religion in understanding human life.

Explore Byzantium
On Explore Byzantium you will find a historical overview, timelines, maps, articles and bibliographic material - all dedicated to the fascinating civilisation of Byzantium. The site also features an extensive photographic gallery, which details some of the surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and public art - from Italy through to the empire's heartland in modern Greece and Turkey.

Exploring Ancient World Cultures
(EAWC) is an on-line course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds. It features its own essays and primary texts. In addition, to its own resources, EAWC also includes a substantial index of internet sites, divided into five sub-indices: a chronology, an essay index, an image index, an internet site index and an electronic text index.

Exploring the French Revolution
Exploring the French Revolution provides an accessible and lively introduction to the French Revolution as well as an extraordinary archive of some of the most important documentary evidence from the Revolution, including 338 texts, 245 images, and a number of maps and songs. Lynn Hunt of UCLA and Jack Censer of George Mason University—both internationally renowned scholars of the Revolution—served as principal authors and editors. The site itself is a collaboration of the Center for History and New Media (George Mason University) and the American Social History Project (City University of New York), supported by grants from the Florence Gould Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Eye Witness to History
Eye Witness to History is your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming.

Facing History
Facing History and Ourselves is a national educational organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in civic education that encourages the skills, promotes the values, and fosters the ideals needed to sustain a democracy. For Facing History and Ourselves, the question of the 21st century is, “What have we learned about the history of collective violence in the 20th century that can help us educate students about the opportunities that individuals, groups, and nations have to make a difference."

The Galileo Project
The Galileo Project is a hypertext source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and the science of his time. The project is supported by the Office of the Vice President of Computing of Rice University. The initial stages were made possible by a grant from the Council on Library Resources to Fondren Library.

Historical Census Browser
The original source of the each decade's data in the Historical Census Browser is the decennial census conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. This site maintained by the University of Virginia Library allows you to browse the data files for each decade and choose from the lists of variables. You can produce lists of data by state or county that can be sorted, calculate proportions, or graph any of the variables.

Historical Voices
Historical Voices (www.historicalvoices.org) is part of the Digital Library Initiative II funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Historical Voices is one of the first fully functional, multi-media, interoperable digital libraries available online. The primary goals of each of these projects will be the development of a rich set of both online exhibits and educational curricula, utilizing audio files as a key component of these resources.

History of Money
Monetary history in context from the dawn of civilization to the beginning of the twenty first century, based on the definitive book by Glyn Davies.

The History Net
The History Net is the history lover's home on the Internet. They strive to deliver the deepest and broadest collection of articles from leading writers and historians, accessible to novices and students as well as experts. Educators and students find The History Net an invaluable resource and general enthusiasts have access to an ever-growing archive of excellent writing that focuses on the humanity of history. The daily features engage and educate and help foster a growing community of history enthusiasts.

History News Network
HNN was created to give historians the opportunity to reach a national audience on issues of public concern. It is not a scholarly journal. It is a vehicle for scholars seeking to enrich the public debate.

HistoryWired: A few of our favorite things is an experimental program through which you can take a virtual tour of selected objects from the vast collections of the National Museum of American History. Here you'll have an opportunity to look at hundreds of museum artifacts, most of which are not currently on exhibit.

Hyper History
HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps.

The HyperWar Project
The HyperWar Project is a collection of material related to the (primarily military) history of the Second World War, completely cross-referenced via hypertext links and enhanced, where appropriate, by various multi-media computer technologies, such as sound, movies, Java applets, etc.

Illustrated History of the Roman Empire
The Illustrated History of the Roman Empire gives a comprehensive history, pictures and maps of the Roman era from the founding to the decline and fall. Over 70 megabytes of date are presented here.

Images of American Political History
Images of American Political History is A collection of over 500 public domain images of American Political History. Creation of this collection was supported by a Robert H. Michel Civic Education grant from the Dirksen Congressional Center. Thanks also to Geoffrey S. Paul for access to his antique books and to the Special Collections Division of the Michigan State University Library for images from the American Radicalism Collection.

Internet History Sourcebooks
The Internet History Sourcebooks are collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

The Labyrinth
The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown University. The Labyrinth's easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world. Each user will be able to find an Ariadne's thread through the maze of information on the Web.

Learning Curve
In this study you will be investigating the political changes that took place during the 19th century. You will be looking at 9 different investigations that will tell the story of the political history of Britain between 1800 and 1914. The sources in these investigations have been chosen to highlight the role of important individuals, the broad pattern of changes and the different causes of those changes. During the investigations you will find out how different factors affected the development of political rights.

Making of America
(MoA) 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, and science and technology.

Middle East Network Information Center
MENIC is an online guide to Middle East-related websites and databased that can be accessed via the World Wide Web. It is created by a staff of editors who visit and evaluate web sites, and then organize them into subject-based categories and sub-categories. A service of the University of Texas.

Napoleon.org is a service of The Fondation Napoléon, a registered French Charity and has as its mission the encouragement of the study of and in interest in the history of the First and Second Empires.

National Archives
The National Archives, which covers England, Wales and the United Kingdom, was formed in April 2003 by bringing together the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission. It is responsible for looking after the records of central government and the courts of law, and making sure everyone can look at them. The collection is one of the largest in the world and spans an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present day.

Nine Lives of Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon was one of the most contentious figures of the last fifty years of American history. Since he first stepped into the public spotlight after World War Two, he has constantly reworked and reinterpreted himself to his observers in an attempt to influence the future perception of history. His death on April 22, 1994, provided the occasion for yet another remaking of Nixon. Since then, Nixon's image has not halted its spinning on the potter's wheel of history. His history continues to be debated, particularly in cyberspace.

Oliver Cromwell Website
Oliver Cromwell Website uses the resources of the Cromwell Collection, supported by those of the Huntingdon Record Office and the Cromwell Museum, are available to assist in the pursuit of the study of Cromwell. This site is jointly maintained by the Cromwell Association and the Cromwell Museum Huntingdon.

Our Documents
A National Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service. At the heart of this initiative are 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to “form a more perfect union.”

Remembering Pearl Harbor
Interactive timeline of the attack on Pearl Harbor from National Geographic.

Spartacus Educational Website
This hypertext directory is an esoteric collection of links and information loosely centered around the British Empire and its colonies from ancient times to today. Emphasis is also on the two world wars and the participants therein.

Talking History
Talking History, based at the University at Albany, State University of New York, is a production, distribution, and instructional center for all forms of "aural" history. Our mission is to provide teachers, students, researchers and the general public with as broad and outstanding a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources as is available anywhere.

Theban Mapping Project
Since its inception in 1978, the Theban Mapping Project (TMP, now based at the American University in Cairo) has been working to prepare a comprehensive archaeological database of Thebes. Discover each tomb in the Valley in this interactive Atlas. Investigate a database of information about each tomb, view a compilation of more than 2000 images, interact with models of each tomb, and measure, pan, and zoom over 250 detailed maps, elevations, and sections.

Time's 100 Most Important People of the Century
Time's 100 Most Important People of the Century profiled and categorized.

Turning the Pages
Turning the Pages is an award-winning interactive display system developed by the British Library to increase public access and enjoyment of its treasures.Visitors can virtually 'turn' the pages of rare books or manuscripts in a highly realistic way, using touch-screen technology and animation. Very slow loading site, but worth the wait.

The Victoria Research Web
The Victoria Research Web, a guide to research resources written by the founder and manager of the long-running VICTORIA discussion list for Victorian Studies. Like VICTORIA, the VRW is dedicated to the scholarly study of nineteenth-century Britain, and to aiding researchers, teachers, and students in their investigations of any and all aspects of this fascinating period.

White House Tapes
Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties secretly recorded just under 5,000 hours of conversations. This site is designed as a service to the research community by making freely available all of the presidential recordings, along with relevant research materials, so that scholars, teachers, students, and the public can hear and use these remarkable tapes for themselves.
The site is hosted and maintained by the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs.

World Cultures
World Cultures is the culmination of over two years of web-based teaching and learning. The site combines the reading and course materials of two World Cultures courses taught using web-based materials since Fall of 1994 at Washington State University. The site is now expanding into a larger resource for a larger population and distribution of students and will eventually consist of a rich anthology of readings, a complete set of textbook materials, a set of interrelated learning modules, and a finished glossary.

World History
An overview of world history written by Frank Smitha contains timelines, maps and information on religions, empires. and all other components of world history.


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