United States History HOME - Subjects

Afro-American History: "A gateway to African American History and other related resources."


American History: Links to the chapters of American History from the U.S. History Online Textbook, priovided by the Independence Hall Association of Philidelphia.


American Memory: Library of Congress 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.


American Studies Hypertexts: This site is an archive of the humanities hypertexts from the American Studies programs at UVA. The site continues to be managed regularly and adds new materials created by alums and other interested parties, but the programs that originally created the site have been closed.


Congressional Acts: Historical list of Congressional Acts in the U.S. code by popular names. Public law numbers are included for most major acts from the 1800's to the present. This index has been developed by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School.


Country Studies-United States: This website contains the on-line version of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress as part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army between 1986 and 1998. The study offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the United States' historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy.


Documenting the American South: "A collection of [original] sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th centuy. Organized into the following projects: First-person narratives of the American South, Library of Southern Literature, North American Slave Narratives, Southern Homefront, 1861-1865, and the Church in the Southern Black Community."


Fifty States and Capitals: "State information resource links to state home pages, symbols, flags, maps, constitutions, representatives, songs, birds, flowers, and trees."


Historical Primary Sources: A guide to finding primary sources in history at the UC Berkeley Libraries. The librarians have written a very clear definition of primary vs. secondary sources.


Historical Texts: Provided by Don Mabry, the Historical Text Archive is divided into three sections: articles, e-books, and links. The article section contains the articles, documents, essays, and photographs and is dynamic, with regular additions to its content and links.


History Matters: "A gateway to web resources as well as a repository of unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence for students and teachers of American history. History Matters is a project of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University."


HyperTexts: This site provides free electronic books, maps and projects for the study of American Culture and literature. Sponsored by the American Studies Department at the University of Virginia.


Ibiblio: "Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. ibiblio.org is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill."


Jensen's Web Guides: Professor of history emeritus, University of Illinois, Richard Jensen's guides to history sites.


Internet History Source books Project: "Collections of free public domain and copy-permitted historical books presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use." This book project is sponsored by Fordham University.


Library of Congress Collections/WebGuides: "Provided by the Library of Congress, these Web Guides contain a variety of primary sources in the following categories: African American and Women's History; Government; Literature; Performing Arts; Presidents; Technology; and the Military.


Making of America: "A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology."


Mexican War: Provided by the Library of Congress, this Web Guide contains a variety of primary sources associated with the Mexican War (1846-1848), including manuscripts, maps, broadsides, pictures, sheet music, books, and government documents. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the Mexican War and a selected bibliography.


Presidents of the United States: Includes historical records and information on every President from George Washington to George W. Bush.


Repositories of Primary Sources: This is a listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.


Revolution to Reconstruction: American History documents arranged chronologically by dates before 1600 continuing into the 20th century. The site also contains essays, outlines and biographies.


United States History Directory: The history directory of Yahoo search engine.


United States History Resources: Historesearch has provided this site which includes a great number of links about American History from the First Americans to the most recent historical events. There are a few broken links but the vast majority work fine and provide invaluble information.


University of Chicago Library - History: History sections including American Environmental Photographs, 1897-1931 Ancient Near East and Mediterranean World CUIP Digital Library Project (eCUIP) The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 Digital Library Activities List.


U.S. Historical Documents: Includes primary source material and other historical U. S. documents starting with the Magna Carta in 1215,and running through to the 21st Century. Created amd maintained by the University of Oklahoma College of Law.


U.S. History Primary Sources:This site is an index of primary sources in

U. S. History provided by the Cecil Hall University of Maryland.


U.S. State Historical Societies & State Archives Directory: A good index for

genealogists and historians.

American Family Immigration History Center: "Between 1892 and 1924 over 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York. Now you can research passenger records from ships that brought the Immigrants -- even see the original manifests with Passengers' names."


Castle Garden: This website offers free access to a database of information on over 12 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 73 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America's first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City. Sponsored by the Battery Conservancy.


Century of Lawmaking For a New Nation: The Library of Congress has provided online acccess to U.S. Congressional documents and debates, including: Journals of the continental congress, letters of delegates to congress, Elliot's debates, Farrand's records, bills and resolutions, statutes at large, american state papers, U.S. serial set.


Digital History: "The materials on this Web site include a U.S. history textbook; over 400 annotated documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, supplemented by primary sources on slavery, Mexican American, Asian American, and Native American history, and U.S. political, social, and legal history; essays on the history of film, ethnicity, private life, and technology; multmedia exhibitions; and reference resources that include a database of annotated links, classroom handouts, chronologies, glossaries, an audio archive including speeches and book talks by historians, and a visual archive with hundreds of historical maps and images." This Web site was designed and developed to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges and is supported by the College of Education at theUniversity of Houston.


Digital Library-U.S. History: Academic Info provides links to online exhibitions that have been created by libraries, archives, and historical societies, as well as to museum online exhibitions with a significant focus on library and archival materials.


Flag Timeline: USHistory.org and The Betsy Ross Homepage have provided this site which gives a detailed timeline of the creation of and changes to the American Flag from 1776 to the present.


Founder's Constitution: "In this unique anthology, Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner draw on the writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day."


Historical Documents: "The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.

Search within the volumes, or browse them by title or administration."


Historical Map and Chart Collection: "The Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection is a rich archive of high-resolution images capturing a vast wealth of the U.S. government's historical surveying and mapping. The collection of over 35,000 scanned images - covering offshore and onshore sites - includes some of the Nation's earliest nautical charts, bathymetric maps, city plans, and Civil War battlefield maps."


History and Government HippoCampus: Free educational resourses for students and instructors, including video presentations, worked examples, interactive simulations, and test prep. HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.


Japanese Internment Primary Source Documents: This archive site was created to give researchers access to primary and other hard to find documentation concerning the evacuation, relocation, and internment of individuals of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Primary documents include Public Law 100-383 (Civil Liberties Act 1988) and Public Law 503; Executive Order 9066; (see also 7 Fed. Reg. 1407 (Feb. 19, 1942)).


Library Research Using Primary Sources: Use this site prepared by the UC Berkeley Library staff to learn what Primary Sources are and where to locate them whether they are located in a library or on the Web.


Maps of Early America: Archiving Early America provides articles, images and rare primary sources material defining the United States' formative years.


Mayflower History: "Information about the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, and early Plymouth Colony. Read passenger lists, wills of some of those on board, crew lists, the Mayflower Compact, and other early letters and documents. Also includes genealogy resources and links to related museums and societies. Maintained by Mayflower descendent, researcher and author Caleb Johnson."


National Archives and Records Administration: This website is sponsored by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration on the United States Government Printing Office website. Search the U.S. Government Manual from 1995 to the current issue. Browse the Federal Register by topic and the code of Federal Regulations by keyword, plus database access to the Public Papers of the Presidents of the U.S. in full text.


National Constitution Center: This site sponsored by The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia provides an interactive United States Constitution and Constitutional Timeline.


North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories: This site "includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, so providing a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950."


Our Documents: "100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."


Personal Justice Denied: A full-text e-book published in 1982, "Personal Justice Denied" is a Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Intenment of Civilians. See Part I: Nisei and Issei - Chapter 2 for an extensive overview of Executive Order 9066.


Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century: This site includes digitized assets from the collections of the twelve Presidential Libraries of the National Archives. Among these assets you’ll find documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of the presidents’ lives. The Presidential Timeline was designed and developed by the Learning Technology Center in The University of Texas at Austin College of Education.


Primary Sources on the Web: "Students and researchers now have greater access to primary source materials for historical research than ever before. The traditional use of sources available in print and microfilm continues to be the foundation for research, but in some cases documents, letters, maps, photographs of ancient artifacts and other primary material are available online in different formats from free websites or subscription services on the Internet. This guide is written by the Instruction & Research Services Committee of the Reference and User Service Association History Section in the American Library Association."

Salem Witch Trials: The University of Virginia Documentary Archive and Transcription Project which includes 17th Century Documents, Historical Maps, full-text transcriptions of original sources, literary works and images.


Trails Maps - Historic: USGS Links to their archive of historic trail maps in the United States.


Trails West: This website is very helpful for mapping California emigrant trails for historical purposes. Informative photo tours of each trail are available for free viewing, and interpretive guides can be purchased from the website. The library may have purchased selected guides; check the library catalog for available titles.


Vietnam Center and Archive: "The mission of the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience; promoting a greater understanding of this experience and the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia. Its functions are threefold: collection and preservation of pertinent source material; education through exhibits, classroom instruction, educational programs, and publications; and encouragement of scholarly research through exchanges, publishing of noteworthy research, symposia, and financial support."


Voices of Civil Rights: "AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress have teamed up to collect and preserve personal accounts of America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all."


War Relocation Authority: Sponsored by the Harry Truman Library and Museum, this site provides original papers, manuscripts, photographs and oral histories pertaining to the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during WWII.


World War I Document Archive: "This archive of primary documents from World War I has been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List. International in focus, the archive intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War."


World War II Document Archive: "This archive of primary documents from World War II has been assembled by The Avalon Project at Yale Law School.