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Digital Collections

  • California Light and Sound

    California Light and Sound is a project to provide access to audio and video materials documenting California history and culture. This source includes hundreds of oral histories, interviews, and video footage from numerous California cultural institutions. 

  • Digital Collections at the Sallie Bingham Center

    Including a collection of slave letters (African-American Women) and a female confederate spy (Civil War Women).

  • Documenting the American South
    Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that 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. The University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sponsors Documenting the American South, and the texts and materials come primarily from its southern holdings.
  • HEARTH Home Economics Archive
    HEARTH at Cornell University Library is a core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. The full text of these materials, as well as bibliographies and essays on the wide array of subjects relating to Home Economics, are all freely accessible on this site.
  • Making of America

    Materials accessible here are Cornell University Library's contributions to Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.

  • Studies in Scarlet: Marriage & Sexuality in the U.S. & U.K., 1815-1914
    Studies in Scarlet presents the images of over 420 separately published trial narratives from the Harvard Law School Library's extensive trial collections. Included are American, British, and Irish cases 1815-1914 involving domestic violence, bigamy, seduction, breach of promise to marry, and the custody of children, as well as trials for murder and rape. For the practicing attorney or the law student, trial narratives have limited value. Lacking the weight of precedent of appellate court decisions, only a fraction of trial decisions are even published. For the legal or social historian, however, a popular trial account can reveal intriguing details about the application of the law and the motivations, manners, and mores of another era. These trials are especially rich sources for the study of the history of women in early modern society.
  • Women Working, 1800-1930

    A wonderful collection which focuses on women's role in the United States economy and provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University's library and museum collections. The collection features approximately 500,000 digitized pages and images including 7,500 pages of manuscripts, 3,500 books and pamphlets, and 1,200 photographs.

Digital Gateways

  • ArchiveGrid

    ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world. Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.

  • The Internet Archive

    The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages.

  • Library of Congress

    Search the Library of Congress's multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, motion pictures, and texts. The American Memory project, which offered more than 7.5 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections, has been migrated into the LoC's regular holdings. Search for primary sources by keyword and limit by format, date range, or place. You can also search within individual collections


  • Online Archive of California

    The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary source collections maintained by more than 150 California institutions, including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies and museums throughout the state. More than 20,000 finding aids are in the OAC.

    Note: Detailed information about using OAC finding aids (also called collection guides) is available

  • Discovering American Women's History Online

    Just like the Library of Congress, search by subject, date range, source type, and place. Try browsing the subject list first to identify keywords associated with your subject.