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Maps and Atlases

Map Collections: 1500-2006 

Maps of military battles and campaigns, cities and towns, discovery and exploration can be found on this excellent site from the Library of Congress.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection

Excellent source of online maps available for downloading. It is arranged by area of the world as well as by category (for example, World, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Russia, United States etc.).

Historical Map of the United States

Original maps of major United States historical events from early inhabitants, exploration and settlement, territorial growth and extensive military history detailing every major battle. Most maps are pre-1900.

Hyper-History Online

Though not its focus, this site has a link to maps. HyperHistory presents 3000 years of world history with a combination of colorful graphics, lifelines, and timelines. The date of 1000 BC has been chosen as the beginning of the main part of HyperHistory because at around that time four very distinctive civilized traditions began to take shape in Greece, the Middle East, India and China. Over 2,000 files are interconnected throughout this site.

Atlas of North America

Amazing online atlas providing printable maps of the United States, Mexico and Canada. Also features history maps on the 2000 Presidential election as well as other specialized maps (geology, climate, biology, environment, government). Also includes interactive maps.

Board of Geographic Names -USGS

The United States Geological Survey created this exhaustive gazetteer of geographic features of the United States, associated areas, and Antarctica. This database was develped to standardize the spelling of names for surveyors, map makers and scientists. Search


Google Life Photo Archive Hosted by Google

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.  Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

World History

Annenburg Collection: Medieval Europe

This site features easy to read text on daily life, religion, medicine and politics in Europe. LInks in the student-friendly text take students to other collections of pictures and primary sources. Click the "Enter" flag at bottom of page to enter site.

CIA World Fact Book:  Country Information

The World Fact Book "provides information on the history, people, government, geography, communications, transportation and military for267 world entities."

Country Guides

The University of Colorado at Boulder has created a great resource for learning about other countries.  You'll find country and territory guides, portals to contry information, country profiles by governments, pronunciation guides and more!

InfoTree: History

This information gateway to history site was created by Ohio University Libraries.  Some resources are restricted to Ohio University students, but there are hyperlinks to some great history sites.

Internet Resources for Medieval Madness

A comprehensive site dealing with medieval resources on the Internet. It covers daily life in the Middle Ages, knights and chivalry, clothing, health and medicine, legends, food, eating and diet, plus much more.

Islam Chronology

After a brief description of the basic beliefs of Islam, this timeline highlights the history of the religion from the time of Mohammad, through the medieval caliphates, to the Ottoman Empire. The site was developed by the History Department at North Park University, so it approaches the topic from a scholarly rather than a religious perspective.


Explore the geography, trade, writing, government, architecture, farming, science, warfare, and religion of the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations of Sumer, Babylon and Assyria. There are separate "chapters" for each with stories (many illustrated), maps and activities. This British Museum site is one of the best educational sites on the web.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum

This site contains artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as Coptic and Islamic antiquities.

University of Texas Latin American Collection

Home of the Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC), recognized globally as one of the leading portals for and about Latin America (

Internet Modern History Sourcebook:  Scientific, Political & Industrial Revolution

This useful site was compiled by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.  It provides a great outline of world events.  Although written primarily for college students, high school students will benefit from the information located on this site.

United States History

100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives

Chronicling America:  Historic American Newspaper 1836-1922

Check out this site to find historic American Newspapers from 1836-1922 brought to you by the Library of Congress.  Especially useful for local history is the San Francisco Call, a newspaper printed in San Francisco in the late nineteenth and early 20th Century.  Great for historical research!

History It's Happening 

Check out EBSCO's Interactive history site, a free web site resource for middle and high school students to promote North America's vivid history, and help celebrate events such as Women's History Month, and Black History Month. Creative, eye-catching graphics and figures of Mount Rushmore guide students to the site's content. Students can use the site to start research or just browse key primary source documents, videos, speeches, selected articles and web sites about notable men and women from Canada and the United States, and those who explored the continent.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic

The Library of Congress created this site which explores the role religion played in the founding of the American colonies, the shaping of early American life and politics, and the forming of the American Republic.

Jamestown: Myth and Memory 

The Library of Virginia has constructed this site dedicated to 400 years of Virginia's history. Events such as the founding of Jamestown and celebrating the emancipation from slavery remind Virginians and Americans of the important role that Virginia played in the history of the United States.

Tennessee Technological University, History Project

A comprehensive gateway site with hundreds of quality links. This site was created by Prof. Patrick Reagan at TTU.

The American Memory Project 

From the Library of Congress, "a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 5 million items from more than 90 historical collections."

National Digital Newspaper Program

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to provide enhanced access to United States Newspapers. The NDNP is in the process of creating a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers from all of the states and U.S. territories between 1836 and 1922. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress and will be freely accessible via the Internet. Currently, the prototype of this site has been launched called "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers" with newspaper pages from 1900-1910.

The American Civil War Homepage

One of the most comprehensive web sites on the American Civil War. It includes biographical information, state and local studies -- by state, battles and campaigns, rosters and regimental histories, bibliographies, general resources, images of wartime, and other military information.

Documents for the Study of American History

This site contains documents for the study of American history from the 15th century to the present day. It was created by Lynn Nelson, a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Kansas.

Making of America

"The Making of Amerca is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particulary strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, science and technology." The collection contains 9,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. Twenty-five new volumes have been added on the Civil War.

World War One Document Archive

This is an archive of primary documents from World War I. It was assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List. It features memorials and personal stories of those who served during WWI. It also includes a biographical dictionary, an image archive, maritime history, the medical front, and links to other resources.

Documenting the American South

DocSouth provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature and culture. It includes nine thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.

Air Force Historical Studies Office

The Air Force Historical Studies Office is the book writing element of the Air Force History and Museums program and also provides historical services to the Headquarters.  It is a great place to start researching U.S. military history.

California History

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This fantastic resource provides primary source materials to tell the story of California's role in national and world events. It contains more than 150,000 photographs, documents, works of art, newspaper clippings, political cartoons and other cultural artifacts.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

This site contains historically significant newspapers from all states published between 1836 and 1922. The Center will be digitizing over 100,000 pages of California newspapers from this period. The San Francisco Call, the Los Angeles Herald, as well as California's very first newspaper the Daily Alta California, are available.

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The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. It's mission is to preserve web sites for future generations. Use the "Way Back Machine" to search for websites no longer available anywhere else on the web. The Internet Archive aggregates a broad snapshot of the web every two months. It does over 6 million downloads a day and currently maintains over 3 Petabytes of data (as of May, 2007). It also maintains a non-web archive over over 90,000 audio and 40,000 moving images.

Archives Hub

A national gateway to descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges.



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