Reference Materials - History and Political Science

Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project
"Lincoln/Net presents historical materials from Abraham Lincoln's Illinois years (1830-1861), including Lincoln's writings and speeches, as well as other materials illuminating antebellum Illinois." From Northern Illinois University.

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
Provides "approximately 61,000 images and 10,000 transcriptions" of the papers of President Lincoln held at the Library of Congress.

The American Presidency Project
Provides online access to "115,104 documents related to the study of the Presidency," including presidential papers and "other documents such as party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates." From UC Santa Barbara.

American President
Information about American presidents. From the University of Virginia.

The Antislavery Literature Project
"The Antislavery Literature Project engages in public scholarship by providing educational access to the literature and history of the antislavery movement in the United States," which includes "slave narratives, lectures, travel accounts, political tracts, prose fiction, poetry, drama, religious and philosophical literature, compendia, journals, manifestoes and children's literature." Also listed under English/Writing and Ebooks.

Archive of American Television
"...collects in-depth video interviews with TV's greatest legends and pioneers." From the Television Academy Foundation.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
"A project of the William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at The Newberry Library in Chicago ... The Atlas presents in maps and text complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. It also includes non-county areas, unsuccessful authorizations for new counties, changes in county names and organization, and the temporary attachments of non-county areas and unorganized counties to fully functioning counties."

Civil Rights Digital Library
Provides primary sources and educational material on the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Civil Rights History Project  at the Library of Congress
Provides video recordings of oral history interviews with activists who participated in the civil rights movement. From the Library of Congress.

Civil War in the American South
"Civil War in the American South provides a central portal to access digital collections from the Civil War Era (1850-1865) held by members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)." From the ASERL and the Digital Library of Georgia.

Clinton Presidential Library
The website for the Clinton Presidential Library.

Cold War International History Project
Digital archive of previously unavailable documents from the Cold War, especially documents from the Communist states in English translation. The project also publishes secondary scholarship on the Cold War.

A website where users can search and compare constitutions from around the world. Also listed under International Studies.

The David Rumsey Map Collection
The David Rumsey Map Collection "has over 44,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented."

The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR)
"The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) is an international digital repository for the digital records of archaeological investigations."

Digital Library on American Slavery
"The Digital Library offers a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color. Designed as a tool for scholars, historians, teachers, students, genealogists, and interested citizens, the site provides access to information gathered and analyzed over an eighteen-year period from petitions to southern legislatures and country courts filed between 1775 and 1867 in the fifteen slaveholding states in the United States and the District of Columbia." From the Race and Slavery Petitions Project and the University Libraries of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Documenting the American South
"...provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes sixteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs." From the University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Early Americas Digital Archive
"...texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820." From the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland.

Europeana 1914-1918
"Europeana 1914-1918 brings together resources from three major European projects each dealing with different types of First World War material. The result is an archive that allows the national collections of libraries to sit beside personal stories and treasures and important film archives. Together, this creates a unique perspective of the First World War, showing it from every side of the battle lines and with insights from every point of view."

EHPS (European History Primary Sources)
Provides links to websites with primary documents in European history. From the European University Institute.

Founders Online
Searchable, annotated documents written by America's founding fathers: George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. From the National Archives.

Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
"The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. The online collection, containing approximately 7,400 items (38,000 images), spans the years 1841-1964, with the bulk of the material dating from 1862 to 1865."

Glenn Brown's History of the United States Capitol
An annotated ebook of a book originally written in 1901-1903. Provided through the U.S. Government Printing Office.
" provides electronic copies of thousands of interesting Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."

Holocaust Encyclopedia
Information about the Holocaust from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Human Rights Library
"The University of Minnesota Human Rights Library houses one of the largest collections of more than sixty thousand core human rights documents, including several hundred human rights treaties and other primary international human rights instruments. The site also provides access to more than four thousands links and a unique search device for multiple human rights sites. This comprehensive research tool is accessed by more than a 250,000 students, scholars, educators, and human rights advocates monthly from over 150 countries around the world. Documents are available in nine languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish."

Internet History Sourcebooks Project
Collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use. The project includes primary and secondary sources for Ancient, Medieval and Modern Western history, Byzantine Studies, as well as African, East Asian, Global, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, lesbian and gay, science, and women's history.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

LA84 Foundation Digital Archive
Endowed by surplus funds from the 1984 Olympic Games, their extensive digital archive includes academic journals, scholarly books, popular sports magazines of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and an extensive offering of Olympic publications. Also listed under Sports and Fitness.

Lincolniana at Brown
Brown University's digital collection of Lincoln artifacts, papers, manuscripts, and many other items.

The Living Room Candidate
"Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2012" from the Museum of the Moving Image.

"MapLight is a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics in the U.S. Congress and in the California and Wisconsin state legislatures."

Martin Luther King Jr. Collection

The Miller Center
Provides information about the US Presidents and their cabinet members, including transcripts of presidential speeches and, where available, audio and video of speeches. From the University of Virginia.

Montana Historical Society

Montana Newspapers
"This full-text searchable database contains 361,568 pages from 47 Montana newspapers dated 1885-2014." From the Montana Historical Society.

The Olympics: A Guide to Reference Sources
A research guide on the Olympic Games from the Library of Congress. Also listed under Sports and Fitness.

Open States
"Open States is a collection of tools that make it possible for citizens to track what is happening in their state's capitol by aggregating information from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico...research bills, review voting records, contact elected officials and more."

The Papers of Benjamin Franklin
The digitized papers of American founding father Benjamin Franklin from Yale University and The Packard Humanities Institute.
PolitiFact "examine[s] statements by members of Congress, state legislators, governors, mayors, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in American politics. We research their statements and then rate the accuracy ... We also track campaign promises of President Obama, congressional Republicans and many governors and mayors using promise meters such as the Obameter and the GOP Pledge-O-Meter. For each meter, we have collected a database of promises made by the officials during the campaign. We research and rate their status as No Action, Stalled or In the Works and then ultimately determine whether it earns a Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken." From the Tampa Bay Times.

Fast facts and links to more information about each president of the United States. From the Internet Public Library.

Presidential Libraries
Information about the Presidential Libraries from the National Archives.

The Rosa Parks Papers at the Library of Congress
"The papers of Rosa Parks (1913-2005) span the years 1866-2006, with the bulk of the material dating from 1955 to 2000.  The collection, which contains approximately 7,500 items in the Manuscript Division, as well as 2,500 photographs in the Prints and Photographs Division, documents many aspects of Parks's private life and public activism on behalf of civil rights for African Americans. ... The vast majority of items in the Parks Collection have been digitized in their entirety and may be viewed in this online collection."

Show USA
"The website offers users a new way to look at the world by resizing countries on the map in relation to a series of global issues."

The Torture Archive
Part of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, this site provides access to primary documents dealing with torture by the U.S. government.

Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library
Provides access to the digitized collection of Grant papers, including papers, correspondence, photos, and more. From Mississippi State University Libraries.

The Vietnam Center and Archive
From Texas Tech University.

World Digital Library
Historical documents, maps, and recordings from around the world.

World War II
Information about the second World War from the History Channel.

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