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History Web Sites--General Sites

  • Best of History Web Sites -- This collection of history links and online resources is organized topically under 10 broad subject areas. The sites are rated on a one to five star scale.
  • Country Studies -- The Library of Congress's Country Studies and Country Profiles series include 101 countries and regions, analyzing the social, economic, political, historical, and national security systems.
  • H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online -- H-Net is an international consortium of scholars and teachers whose objective is to advance teaching and research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It sponsors interactive newsletters and lists.
  • NYPL Digital Gallery -- Over 600,000 images are on this site from the New York Public Library, searchable or browsable by names or subjects.
  • PBS History -- There are links on this page to topics of PBS programs, divided into categories like biographies, U.S. and world history, war and espionage, and the ancient world.
  • Smithsonian -- The web page of the Smithsonian Institution includes information related to their various collections and exhibits. It has many images and is grouped by topical areas.
  • Voice of the Shuttle: Web Page for Humanities Research -- Developed at the University of California, Santa Barbara, VoS emphasizes resources and web sites in the humanities.

History Web Sites-- Subject or Time Period

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  • Africa South of the Sahara --One of the largest and easiest to use guides to internet sites on Africa, prepared from the Africa Collection of the Hoover and Stanford University Libraries. It allows searches by country or region and by topics.
  • African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania -- Another large clearinghouse of sites concerning Africa, collected by the African Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. It provides searches by topic and country, as well as links to media archives and other resources.
  • BBC Online Network: Africa -- Widely respected as one of the best sources for news and stories on Africa. Site includes audio news stories from its wire services.

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  • Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library -- This is a general web site from the Australian National University with links to topical areas and regions.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies -- Hosted by the University of Michigan, this site is a bibliography of articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia published since 1971.
  • Digital South Asia Library -- Sponsored by the University of Chicago, this site provides digital material for reference and research on South Asia, and includes dictionaries, reference books, statistics, maps, images, and bibliographies.
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  • Diotima: Women and Gender in the Ancient World -- Diotima is an interdisciplinary source for information about women in the ancient world and offers bibliographies, course material, images, translations, and full-texts.
  • Internet Ancient History Sourcebook -- This site from Fordham University organizes public domain historical texts on the ancient world and civilizations. The index clearly outlines the arrangement of the documents to allow for easy access to a particular topic.
  • Perseus Digital Library -- Developed at Tufts University, this site describes itself as an "evolving digital library." It has a classics collection of Greek and Roman authors, an atlas collection and a searchable table of contents.
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Cold War

  • Cold War International History Project -- CWIHP is located at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Its purpose is to offer historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, including previously unavailable archival records from former communist bloc countries. For ful-text of translated documents, search the Digital Archive.
  • National Security Archive -- This is the web site of the National Security Archive, an independent, non-governmental research institute and library located at the George Washington University. It collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act, and has links to publications, documents, and online exhibits.
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Diplomatic History

  • Foreign Relations of the United States -- This is official U.S. Department of State communication.  It is also available in print at call number JX233.A3. Online volumes are available from University of Wisconsin Digital Collections for 1861-1960.  Access since 1960 is via the U.S. Department of State web site.
  • Frontline Diplomacy -- This American Memory collection of the Library of Congress contains transcripts of interviews with U.S. diplomatic personnel, mostly from the late 1940's to the 1990's.    The narratives span the major diplomatic crises and issues that faced the U.S. during the second half of the 20th century.
  • H-DIPLO: Diplomatic History -- This is a discussion list and links to resources dedicated to the study of diplomatic and international history. 
  • U.S. Diplomatic History Resources Index -- This site provides a central location of links to sites on the web of interest to historians of U.S. foreign policy. It includes bibliographies, archives, conferences, journals, organizations, and course materials.

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  • The Cabinet Papers, 1915-1977 -- This web site for the Cabinet papers of the United Kingdom contains the Cabinet decisions, memos, notebooks and other documents pertinent to these years.
  • CAIN: Conflict Archive on the Internet -- This site contains information and source material on "the Troubles" and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present.
  • EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History -- Brigham Young University hosts this major collection of primary source documents covering regions, countries, and time periods of European history.  Most sections are arranged chronologically.
  • The Victorian Web -- This comprehensive site includes an extensive array of topics pertaining to this era, and most sections contain a wealth of primary sources.

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Latin America

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  • De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History -- The web site of this organization contains many useful links, especially on medieval warfare, and includes bibliographies of books and articles and links to full-text primary source texts.
  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook -- Fordham University maintains this site of selected full-text medieval texts, saints' lives, and other documents.
  • Labyrinth -- Located at Georgetown University, this site is a global information network of electronic resources in medieval studies. There are links to medieval texts and well-organized subject menus.
  • NetSERF -- This medieval studies site is maintained at the Catholic University of America. It categorizes sites within subject groupings, such as history, culture, literature, religion, or archaeology.
  • ORB: On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies -- Developed as a cooperative effort by medieval scholars, ORB provides an online textbook source for medieval studies on the web. It provides an encyclopedia for overview articles, digitized primary source material and links to other web resources.
  • The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England -- The rolls of parliament were the official records of the meetings of the English parliament, spanning the reign of Edward I (1272-1307) through the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509).
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Middle East

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Military History

  • Center of Military History (U.S. Army) -- This is the site of the center responsible for recording the official history of the Army in both peace and war. There are links to unit histories, World War II combat chronicles, frequently researched topics, and images.
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships -- This is an electronic version of the foremost reference on U.S. naval ships and boats, giving histories of most U.S. naval vessels and Confederate ships.
  • Institute for National Strategic Studies -- This interdisciplinary research institute is staffed by senior civilian and military analysts from all four services. The site, hosted at the National Defense University, links to its publications, including McNair papers, Strategic Assessment, and Joint Force Quarterly.
  • Naval History & Heritage Command (formerly Naval Historical Center) -- Part of the Navy Department Library, the Naval History & Heritage Command is "the official history program" for the U.S. Navy. This site has useful links for frequently asked questions (many topics and primary sources) and to each of its research branches.
  • Navy Department Library Online Reading Room: Publications, Documents, and Subject Presentations -- Arranged by chronological or subject groupings, this site has links to primary source documents, full-text books, oral histories, and other material.
  • Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800 -- This site containing early War Department documents was put up by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
  • United States Marine Corps History Division -- Located at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA, the History Division is responsible for researching and writing the Marine Corps' official history.
  • Veterans History Project -- Created by the U.S. Congress and signed into law in 2000, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has been designated to collect and preserve audio and video taped oral histories, along with documentary material such as letters, diaries, maps, and photographs of America's war veterans and those who served in support of them. The project covers World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars, and includes both military and civilian participants.
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Russian and Soviet History

  • A Chronology of Russia: Russian History -- This site at Bucknell University organizes Russian history by chronologies and links under 4 time periods and special subjects.
  • REENIC: Russian and East European Network Information Center -- This is the site of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. It allows searching by keyword or browsing under general resources or resources by region or country.
  • REESWeb -- The Russian and East European Studies Virtual Library is housed at the University of Pittsburgh. It allows browsing by subjects or searching by keywords.
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United States

  • American Cultural History, the 19th Century and American Cultural History, the 20th Century -- These pages from Kingwood Library at Lone Star College go decade by decade through the 19th and 20th centuries, describing and linking to information in broad cultural subject areas.
  • American History From 1865 -- This page follows American History to 1865 (below) and is organized by biographical sites and sites arranged chronologically. Each site is briefly described.
  • American History To 1865 -- This well organized page links to numerous annotated sites under general American history sites, biographical sites, and sites arranged chronologically.
  • American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library -- This is a major effort of the Library of Congress to digitize and deliver electronically its distinctive holdings in a wide variety of history and cultural areas. The more than 100 collections include rare books, photographs, manuscripts, and recorded sound in subject collections such as westward expansion, immigration, the Civil War, baseball, sheet music, and papers of Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln.
  • The American Presidency Project -- Managed at the University of California, Santa Barbara, what sets this site apart from other sites on the presidents is the inclusion of documents such as executive orders, proclamations, and press conferences.
  • American President: An Online Reference Resource -- An easy-to-navigate site from the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, it is an excellent resource for scholarly information about the American presidency.
  • A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation -- This Library of Congress site provides full-text access to the early records and acts of Congress from 1774-1875.  Included are records of the Continental Congress, Constitutional Convention, and through the 43rd Congress.
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers -- This is a directory of American newspapers from 1690 to the present, and contains selected full-text papers from 1860 to 1922, with additional digitized text being continually added.
  • Documenting the American South -- Sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, DAS is a digitized collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the early 20th century. It contains first-person narratives, slave narratives, southern homefront during the Civil War, North Carolinians and the Great War, and southern literature.
  • Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 -- This collection from Harvard University Libraries contains 9000 photographs, 10,000 manuscript pages, and about 1800 full-text books from 1900-1930 on all aspects of immigration.
  • Making of America (MOA) -- This site is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and Cornell University to digitize some of their American collections, especially on social history during the ante-bellum period and Reconstruction. It includes major journal literature of the period and 19th century monographs in areas like history, education, science, and religion.
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U. S. Civil War

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  • ProQuest History Vault: Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975 -- An extensive collection of documents related to all aspects of American involvement in Vietnam, including reports from the military and foreign policy officials.
  • The Vietnam Center and Archive -- The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University encourages the continuing study of all aspects of the American Vietnam experience. Its Vietnam Archive is a rapidly growing collection of original documents, published and unpublished works, and microfilm research collections relating to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
  • Vietnam War Bibliography -- A useful bibliography which identifies resources on many topics pertaining to the war, and includes links to full-text publications.
  • Vietnam War Resources -- A comprehensive list of links on all aspects of the war maintained at Georgia Tech.
  • The Wars for Vietnam: 1945 to 1975 -- This site is divided into 3 areas: an overview of the war, original documents, and links, and includes links to U. S. government memoranda, speeches of American presidents, and translated Vietnamese papers.

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War of 1812

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War on Terrorism

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World War I

  • First Call: American Posters of World War One -- These color posters are from an exhibit of the collection at Georgetown University.
  • -- This easy-to-use, well-organized web site provides essays, time lines, primary documents, memoirs, war poetry, and speeches and music.
  • The First World War: Personal Experiences -- This collection from a variety of archives and libraries includes diaries, letters, postcards, music, art, photographs, cartoons, etc. covering all aspects of the war.
  • Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919 -- This online collection from the Library of Congress includes the complete 71-week run of the this WWI newspaper published by the U.S. Army.
  • World War I Document Archive -- International in focus, this site intends to provide in one location primary source documents on the war. Links are grouped by specific years or topics.
  • World War I: Trenches on the Web -- This site offers a highly accessible clearinghouse of materials relating to this period of history. Included are resources such as original documents, a war atlas, photo archives, statistics, artwork, and exhibits.
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World War II

  • The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources -- This site from the NSA at George Washington University consists of approximately 80 documents regarding the decision to drop two atomic bombs and the Japanese reaction.
  • Historic Government Publications from World War II -- SMU and its partners have digitized more than 500 government publications from 1941 to 1946, including training manuals, pamphlets, reports from various agencies, and photographs.
  • Holocaust Encyclopedia -- This resource is maintained by the United States Holocause Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and is drawn from their extensive holdings
  • HyperWar: A Hypertext History of the Second World War -- Documents and links on this site are grouped by military service histories, theaters of operations, policy statements and treaties, home front and bibliographies.
  • Nuremberg War Crimes Trials -- The Avalon Project at Yale Law School provides full-text to all parts of the records and related documents of these trials.
  • Oral Histories of World War II, Online -- The Naval Historical Center has posted these accounts of both naval officers and enlisted personnel from various campaigns of the war.
  • -- This extensive site on u-boats features detailed information on specific boats, commanders, the allies, ship losses, and a map of positions. It also includes links to articles.
  • World War II (University of Washington) -- This site from the University of Washington is organized in a clear and easy-to-use way, with annotated links under categories like general military history, campaigns and soldiers, Japanese American experience, atomic bomb, holocaust, Japanese war crimes, and photographs and posters.
  • World War II Poster Collection -- Northwestern University has digitized this searchable collection of over 300 posters issued by federal agencies throughout the war.

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Last updated: 3 May 2012