Historical Statistics of the United States is the standard source for the quantitative facts of American history. HSUS provides data on social, behavioral, humanistic, and natural sciences including history, economics, government, finance, sociology, demography, education, law, natural resources, climate, religion, international migration, and trade - quantitative facts of American History. The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition permits users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest.
Since 1995, eHistory has been maintained by The Ohio State University Department of History. The online collection includes primary sources, multimedia, book reviews, timelines, and many other sources of historical importance.
Want an example of the breadth of this collection. Here is one of the primary sources that was highlighted when I visited the site.
No serious study of the American Civil War is complete without consulting the Official Records. Affectionately known as the "OR", the 128 volumes of the Official Records provide the most comprehensive, authoritative, and voluminous reference on Civil War operations.
Shorpy.com is a 100-year-old photography blog that brings our ancestors into today's spotlight. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a boy who worked in an Alabama coal mine near the turn of the century. They started with a collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s by Lewis Wickes Hine as part of a decade-long field survey for the National Child Labor Committee.
The Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library at Duke University has digitized and made available a number of historic collections. These include scanned pages of original writings and texts, photographs and images of articfacts.
This Duke University Digitized Collection inludes the following:
Medicine and Madison Avenue
Emergence of Advertsing in America
William Gedney Photographs and Writings
Historic American Sheet Music
Emma Spaulding Brtant Letters
Urban Landscape Digital Image Access Project
Documents From the Women's Liberation Movement
George Percival Scriven: An American in Bohol, the Phillipines 1899-1901
African American Women
Civil War Women
George Washington, the first president of the United States, was trained as a surveyor and practiced in western Virginia in the early years of his career. In 1760 and 1766, he prepared two manuscript plats of land he had recently purchased, later known as the River Farm, adjacent to his ancestral home of Mount Vernon. These two maps are examples of colonial-era plantation maps.
An online index to The Argus newspaper for the decade 1870-1879 has been published on the Library website. The Argus, the major Australian metropolitan daily of its time, was published in Melbourne from 1846 to 1957. It is the primary resource for data on 19th century Australia, widely recognised as the general Australian newspaper of record for the era. The 1870-1879 index is part of La Trobe University's Argus Index Project and the first available in this form. However, others will go online as they are completed. The entire Ned Kelly story is contained in this index."
News from Cleveland Memory Newsletter Being Replaced by Blog
Bill Barrow (Special Collections Librarian at Cleveland State) has announced the News from Cleveland Memory newsletter has been shut down in favor of the Cleveland History Blog.
Cleveland History Blog:
News, commentary, information and musings on the history of greater Cleveland and the Western Reserve region of Northestern Ohio, particularly its bridges, railroads, maps and historic landmarks and events. Using new web-based technologies, such as GIS, to improve libraries' ability to increase access to local history.
Voices of Jihad Database is a compilation of speeches, interviews, statements, and publications of jihadist leaders, foot soldiers, and sympathizers. Nearly all content is in English translation, and has been collected from publicly-accessible websites. Original links are provided, along with excerpts and full-text content when available.
The RAND Corporation is a venerable "think tank" that has been focused on national security problems for roughly 60 years. It began studying terrorism after the murder of Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich back in 1972. Its online Research Area in Terrorism and Homeland Security is content-rich, offering news, commentary and analysis, research reports and more.
Images Canada provides central search access to the thousands of images held on the websites of participating Canadian cultural institutions. Through Images Canada, you can find images of the Canadian events, people, places and things that make up our collective heritage. Read more...
On February 24, 2006, the Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Google Co-Founder and President of Technology Sergey Brin announced the launch of a pilot program to make holdings of the National Archives available for free online. This non-exclusive agreement will enable researchers and the general public to access a diverse collection of historic movies, documentaries and other films from the National Archives via Google Video as well as the National Archives website.
The World Factbook provides all types of information about countries from around the world. Country profiles, rankings, and maps are just a few of the resources available.
The year 2006 marks the 59th anniversary of the establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency and the 63nd year of continuous basic intelligence support to the US Government by The World Factbook and its two predecessor programs. See A Brief History of Basic Intelligence and The World Factbook for more information.
In time for the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth, a Web portal (http://ben.clusty.com) based on clustering technology is offering a new method to separate useful Franklin facts from the normal flood of online information.
Franklin was an important figure not only in U.S. history, but also for science and engineering. From studies of electricity, weather and ocean currents to his development of the lightning rod, double spectacles (bifocals) and the odometer, many of his innovations and discoveries were groundbreaking.
The NSF release talks about the web portal's development with information on Vivisimo, Clusty, and the related NSF grant.
The University of Pittsburgh's Digital Research Library has released an image collection visually documenting the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The website, Stalinka: Digital Library of Staliniana, is the result of a two-year effort between the DRL and Prof. Helena Goscilo (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures), Susan Corbesero (Department of History), and Petre Petrov (graduate student). The collection comprises 368 visual materials and artifacts relating to Stalin: photographs, posters, paintings, banners, sculptures, chinaware, pins, etc."
Stalinka is intended as an online resource for students, teachers, scholars, and anyone conducting research on Stalinism. Plans to make the Stalinka website a comprehensive digital library of Staliniana for educational purposes is underway. The website will eventually point to its verbal counterpart, currently under construction, which will consist of a biography of Stalin and a critical bibliography.