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History on the Web

Leaders of Alliance in WWII

by Dr. Brian Coutts

General Sites || Professional Sites || Regional Sites || Web Sites By Period || Tutorial Sites || Major Digital Projects || United States History

General Sites

The World Wide Web Virtual Library: History
The most important gateway to history resources on the Internet. This site was maintained by the University of Kansas as part of the WWW Virtual Library until May of 2004. It is now maintained at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. The site arranges 3000 links alphabetically by subject and name.

History On-Line
Established by the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London in 1993, this site provides access to valuable links for UK, European and World History. Included are full-text seminars on a variety of historical topics, a database of 30,000 records including books in print by academic history publishers in the UK, journals and articles and 90% of history theses completed in the UK in the twentieth century.

Best of History Web Sites
Founded in 2001 by Tom Daccord, a history teacher, it's now maintained by Justin Reich, a doctoral candidate at Harvard. Links to 1200 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality and accuracy.

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Professional Sites

History Departments Around the World
A detailed list of history departments both national and international maintained by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

American Historical Association
Provides general information about the activities, programs and publications of the AHA.

Organization of American Historians
The official home page of the OAH with information on programs, activities, professional opportunities and resources.

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Regional Sites

African Studies WWW (U. Penn)
Important website on African Studies maintained by the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
This is the most important Asian Studies site on the WWW maintained by Dr. T. Matthew Ciolek at the Australian National University. Searches can be done by region or country.

Latin American Network Information Center
The LANIC Home page is an important point of departure for those seeking information about Latin America. Its directory covers 30 countries and 45 subjects with links to 5,000 information resources.

REESWeb (Russian and East European History, Geography and Sociology)
Also part of the WWW Virtual Library, REESWeb is sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies of the University of Pittsburgh.

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Websites By Period

Labyrinth Home Page
This is the principal site for Medieval Studies sponsored by Georgetown University. Subject Menus include National Cultures, International Culture and Special Topics.

U. S. Civil War Center-Index of Civil War Information available on the Internet
The "Index of Civil War Information Available on the Internet" formally maintained by the LSU Civil War Center is now maintained by There are over 10,000 well indexed Civil War links available.

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Tutorial Sites

The Book Review Tutor
Developed by the Department of History, The University of Calgary, this site is designed to teach you how to write a historical book review and help you understand how historians think about historical problems.

Department of History Essay Guide
Provides students with basic knowledge necessary to plan and write history essays.

Style Manuals
Links to major style guides at WKU and the Bowdoin College Library.

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Major Digital Projects

General (covering all periods of history)

Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
This massive project includes digitized documents relevant to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. For ease of use they are organized into Pre 18th Century and then by century from the 18th to the present. Recent additions range from the Dayton Peace Accords to Inter-American Agreements to Medieval Documents to Palestine: 1916-1998.

NYPL Digital Library Collections
The New York Public Library has many digital projects under way. These include collections on African American Women Writers, Views of Manhattan, The Romanovs & The Louis Armstrong Oral History Project among many others.


Perseus Project
The Perseus digital library provides a variety of resources on the ancient world from primary texts to site plans.

Twentieth Century

Europeana 1914-1918
Stories, films, and historical material about World War I offering letters, diaries, photographs, films, official documents, postcards, covering topics such as trench warfare and life on the front lines, or propaganda and experiences on home front.

Cold War International History Project
The CWIHP Document Library at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars includes a major collections of original documents including secret Russian and Chinese internal memorandum. The entire collection is searchable by keyword.

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United States History

General (all periods & regions)

American Memory Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
With 43 collections and over 1 million items online this is the largest project underway in the world. You can click on collection finder to select a collection or group of collections and search for items across collections. Ongoing projects range from African American pamphlets to Early California to Civil War photographs to Votes for Women.

FBI Records: The Vault
With over 6,700 documents made public by the FBI, this digital collection includes files on individuals in popular culture (from Charlie Chaplin to Steve Jobs), Civil Rights leaders like Rodney King, Malcolm X, or the Freedom Riders, figures in organized crime and the "Gangster Era", individuals associated with extremist groups or public corruption, political figures, foreign dignitaries, the Supreme Court, etc.

Free, streaming video collection of almost 9,000 movies created by the United States government such training films, history, national parks, footage from NASA or World War II, and more.

Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
Includes various collections of photographs and images from American history including architecture, baseball cards, cartoons, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information during the New Deal, etc. or foreign collections from Abdul Hamid II or the Crimean war, and more.

Making of America
MOA is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection contains approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles from the University of Michigan and 114 books and 24 journals form Cornell University. Major collections already available include the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (Series I, (Vol. I) is scanned and Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies Series I, (Vol. 1) is available for online viewing. The complete collection of books/articles is searchable by keyword.

Civil War

The Valley of the Shadow Two Communities in the American Civil War
A project of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia. It examines a hypermedia archive of sources for two communities, one Northern (Franklin County, Pennsylvania) and one Southern (Augusta County, Virginia).

Regional: The South

Documenting the American South Beginnings to 1920
The DAS project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries is a full-text database of primary resources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the early 20th Century. The three major projects underway include: slave narratives, first-person narratives, and Southern literature. A fourth based on Confederate imprints is forthcoming.

Regional: California

California Heritage Collection
This is an online archive of over 28,000 images illustrating California's history and culture from the collections of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. The CHC is part of the Online Archive of California, a compilation of finding aids to archival collections in more than 30 institutions.

Dr. Brian E. Coutts
Fall 2015

Maintained by Ryan Christopher Dowell

The image of Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt at Yalta is from "Images of History," and is believed to be in the public domain.

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Copyright 2015 Brian E. Coutts

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