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General North American History


American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century
The purpose of these pages is to present a series of web guides on the decades of the twentieth century, prepared by the Lone Star College's reference librarians. This site is broken up into sections on each decade of the twentieth century from 1900-1909 to 1990-1999.

American Women’s History: A Research Guide
A guide to help students locate source material on women’s history. It contains references to books, journals, theses, and digital sources, both primary and secondary, arranged by subject and region.

America in the 1930s
A collection of materials maintained by the American Studies Department at the University of Virginia. This site views the 1930s through the lenses of its films, radio programs, literature, journalism, museums, exhibitions, architecture, art, and other forms of cultural expression.

Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
This is a searchable database of primary legal material mainly from American history, but including some Ancient and Medieval documents. Arranged into pre-eighteenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century sections.

49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies
An interdisciplinary journal of North American studies from the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), features articles, reviews, calls for papers, and links.

History and Politics Out Loud
This is a searchable archive of politically significant audio materials. Includes speeches from Martin Luther King and Watergate recordings and transcripts. History and Politics Out Loud is a component of “Historical Voices” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with Michigan State University.
This organization is devoted to providing free primary souce material for students, teachers, and historybuffs. This site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were reported in newspapers of the time. In addition, there is information about the technology used to produce newspapers over the past 400 years.

History Matters: The U. S. History Survey Course on the Web
Designed for high school and college teachers and students of U.S. history survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence. It emphasizes materials that focus on the lives of ordinary Americans and actively involve students in analyzing and interpreting evidence.

Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement
This site is supported by the Dolan DNA Learning Center at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York It gives access to records of the Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring Harbor, which was the center of American eugenics research from 1910-1940.

The Library of Congress: American Memory
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Making of America
Making of America (MoA) is 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.

NARA: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
This comprehensive gateway provides information on the organization of the archives and its various branches, including links to Presidential Libraries. The “Research Room” provides access to a wide range of facilities, including the online search engine NAIL (NARA Archival Information Locator). The Digital Classroom provides access to a wide range of materials supporting education through documents.

From Revolution to Reconstruction: A Hypertext on American History from the Colonial Period until Modern Times
This project in collective authoring comes from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where American Studies students have contributed essays, timelines and biographies. The main body of texts comes from publications of the United States Information Agency.

Siris (The Smithsonian Institution Research Information System)
The Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) is the online catalog of resources held by the institution's libraries, archives, and other specialized research centers. This site provides access to research resources held primarily by the Institution's libraries, archives, and research units.