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Eyewitness to History
"...From the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it." "Eyewitness to History" highlights "excerpts from primary source material, articles, and photographs about important people and events throughout history".

Historical Text Archive
Started in 1990 as an anonymous FTP, HTA still goes on,
"publishing high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects".

The History Channel
Why not? Portal to an interesting array of sites and information. Cool graphics.

History Index
Started in 1993, this virtual library index is sponsored by the European University Institute. The History Index strives to cover the international scene.

The History Journals Guide
A German site (in English) offering an interesting concept: a list of History Journals, online articles index, discussion lists, etc.

"Where history lives on the web." Really an "American History" site, but nonetheless educational. Supported by Primedia History Group, a publishing house, the site claims to be the "history lover's home on the Internet."

HyperHistory Online
Over 3000 files covering more than 2000 years. Recommended by the History Channel and Discovery Channel School. Each and every timeline items are interconnected (maps, texts, other timelines, etc), making it an incredible geo-historical compendium. HHO is based on the "synchronoptic concept and functions as a companion to the seminal World History Chart."

Louisiana State University History Resources
Exhaustive and well organized (probably by a librarian...), this LSU site offers bibliography, reference sources, maps, primary sources for historians, etc. Worth the time.

Odden's World of Maps
A vast array of maps, external links to map-making software, etc.

Timelines of History
A cool site, from the Big Bang to the present. The first section covers "Big Bang to 416 Million years BP (before present)". You may also explore individual countries, USA states and cities timelines. Quite detailed but more text-based than interactive.

Tufts Perseus Digital Library
Compiled by Tuft University, and bringing to the largest possible audience sources in Humanities and History, Perseus is constantly updated.

World History
Instructive, although not terribly interactive, history site featuring worldwide coverage, timelines, maps, etc.

United States

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project 1936-1940
Written by the staff of the Folklore Project and the Federal Writers' Project, these manuscripts from the Library of Congress collection include 2,900 documents describing the informants' education, family, income, religion, political views, even their diets. An invaluable window of Americana.

American Indian History
From the California State University at Long Beach, it is a (almost) exhaustive site on First Nations history and interest.

American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
From the Library of Congress, "American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections."

American Treasures of the Library of Congress
Site featuring some of the "rarest, most interesting or significant items relating to America's past. Arranged into three sections: History, Philosophy, and Fine Arts."

Chronology of United States Historical Documents
From the University of Oklahoma College of Law, a timeline of documents from pre-colonial times to present.

The Civil War Years: 1860-1866
Brought to you by the Historical New York Times Project and the Universal Library at Carnegie Mellon University, the site presents the Times digitized pages of their reporting of the conflict.

Core Documents of United States Democracy
Historical, legal, statistical, regulatory and economic documents (from the Constitution to the Statistical Abstract of the United States), this site brings you more than just the usual history primary documents. From GPO Access.

Early America
"...a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps and writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to this country's forebears more than two centuries ago."

Federal Gateway
A consolidation of all things governmental on the web. Also covers state and local governments.

From Revolution to Reconstrution
For those interested in "documents, essays, biographies" in American History, the documents come, for the most part, from the United States Information Agency publications. Compiled in the Netherlands...

History Matter
Designed for high school and college history teacher, test your knowledge of American history. Humiliation guaranteed. The site also serves as a gateway to teaching aids, material and sources of US history.

National Archives' American Originals, Part I and Part II
"A selection of some of the most significant and compelling documents from the National Archives holdings. These include the full text of the Louisiana Purchase agreements, a police report on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the 1868 treaty with the Sioux Indians recognizing the Black Hills of Dakota as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, reportage of the collision of the Titanic with an iceberg, President Franklin Roosevelt's declaration of war against Japan, and President Nixon's letter of resignation."

Our Documents
Compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), most of the documents may be downloaded hi-res in PDF format. From the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence to the Emancipation Proclamation and the Zimmerman Telegram. All annotated.

Statistical Abstracts of the United States
From the US Census Bureau, downloadable documents from 1878 to the present. For the students, the academics and the curious! The library owns the printed version, but here you are, free of charge!

This Nation
Another gateway to governmental sites. More biased but quite informative. It claims to be a "repository of basic information, resources and historical documents related to American Government and Politics. This site is the home of one of the first exclusively online American government & politics textbooks."

United States Census Bureau
The source. searchable, browsable, all source of statistical data about all things US.

African American History

African American World
Such a good site could only come from PBS. Quite complete. Timeline, classroom activities, history, art and culture, test-your-knowledge, etc.

Freedom's Journal
Link to the first African American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States. All 103 issues released between 1827 and 1830 have been digitized. From the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The History of the Black Press: a PBS Presentation
Based on the film The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, the site also features a timeline, a list of newspapers and biographies, the complete film transcript, interviews, etc.

European History

BBC History
Concentrating on British history of course, but a good source of World War II knowledge and facts, multimedia, timelines, etc. Links to Egyptian, Roman and antique history as well.

BBC United Kingdom Timeline
Ireland, Scotland, British histories timelines. Also link to the main BBC History site.

British and North American histories
Compiled by Rutgers University, a good source of everything, including full-text primary documents.

British History, Life and Travel
From Britannia.com, a more or less interesting site, but concentrating on famous persons and some events. If you're looking for King Arthur you found the right site. Virtual tours, church histories, etc.

The British Empire
Between the Roman Empire and the American Empire, there were the British. Good site with articles, maps, timelines, discussions, biographies, armed forces, etc.

Encyclopedia of British History 1500-1980
From Spartacus Educational, hundreds of entries on British history of the period. Links to other Spartacus sites: WWI and WWII, etc. etc.

European Integration History Index
The site "
provides Internet resources on the History of Europe after WWII in all languages. European Integration is here understood as the process of political, economic and cultural integration and co-operation between various European countries in the 20th century - mainly in the period after 1945."

European Medieval Technology Page
When was the mousetrap invented? Where is paper coming from? What's the stirrup controversy? What were the population estimates of France in 1300? Poland in 1100? Tell me about artesian wells. And other everyday inventions and uses of the Middle Ages.

Napoleonic Guide
Everything, I mean everything, about Napoleon and the politics of the time. The orders of battle for all armies at Waterloo, his letters, biography... And, ho, you can play Austerlitz by email... Let's not forget Napoleon auctions.

Mostly Medieval
Medieval art, history, quite fascinating. From the Knights Templar to a daily life in a monastery to a book of day...

Medieval Europe
From Boise State University in Idaho, not so interactive and colorful as others but very thorough with primary and secondary full-text.

Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe
Quite amazing undertaking. "
This atlas by cartographer Christos Nüssli depicts "with accuracy the states of this continent every first day of each centennial year from AD 1 to AD 1700." There is a special section of maps of the Roman Empire and a link to a collection of Roman Imperial battle maps from De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors."

The Romans
Good BBC site for undergraduates and students in general. Not the most scholarly site, but a good source.

The Royal Historical Society Bibliography
Hailed at being "a comprehensive online guide to writing about British and Irish history", you have to search through their database but it's worth a look.


Compiled and annotated by P. Tremblay. 6/04

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