Wednesday, 13 July 2011

New sites saved on our delicious page

Since it's been a while since the last time I did this, a reminder that the VHL maintains a page on Delicious where we save links to useful and interesting web sites for US studies as we come across them. Periodically I will post the most recently saved links to the blog, as below. You can also always see the most recent links listed in the sidebar, as well as on the online US History guide, or of course, check out our Delicious page itself!
Data Visualization: Journalism's Voyage West
This visualization plots over 140,000 newspapers published over three centuries in the United States. The data comes from the Library of Congress' "Chronicling America" project, which maintains a regularly updated directory of newspapers. Includes links through to the newspaper entries on "Chronicling America".
Site which allows you to browse historic photos by location on Google Maps. Photos come from a variety of libraries and archives around the world, as well as uploaded by site members. You can limit by period, and see photos superimposed on streetview. Over 50,000 photos have been added so far. There is also a 'collections' feature, which brings together images around particular themes or events.
Treasures of the North Carolina State Archives and the State Library of North Carolina
An online exhibit of some of the most priceless items from the collections at the North Carolina State Archives, with supplemental materials from the State Library of North Carolina to be added later. These archival documents are not available for public viewing except at specifically designated times due to their importance to the state’s history and, in some cases, their fragile condition. Also included in this online collection are some examples of presidential signatures that the State Archives has collected over time. The collections are browsable by period.
Theodore Roosevelt's scrapbooks digitized
Houghton’s collaborative digitization project of the Theodore Roosevelt manuscript materials with Dickinson State University in North Dakota includes 11 scrapbooks, which are now all available to browse online.
Collections Access — Historic New England
The Collections Access Project makes possible unprecedented online access to museum objects, manuscripts, books, photographs, and other materials in Historic New England’s collections. By searching the online database, visitors to the web site can see images along with descriptive catalogue information and unique stories about objects located throughout the organization’s historic properties and storage facilities.
Historical Newspapers Online (Penn Libraries)
Useful list of links to free digitised newspaper archives.
W.E.B. Du Bois Papers and Photographs (University of Massachusetts Digital Collections)
Search and view correspondence, writings, and photographs in the W.E.B. Du Bois Papers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
North Carolina Family Records Online
This collection contains Bible Records (lists of birth, marriage, and death information recorded in North Carolina Bibles throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries), marriage and death notices that appeared in five North Carolina newspapers from 1799-1893, cemetery photographs, and more to provide easy access to North Carolina's genealogical past.
Pentagon Papers
The Pentagon Papers, officially titled "Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force", was commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. In June of 1971, small portions of the report were leaked to the press and widely distributed. However, the publications of the report that resulted from these leaks were incomplete and suffered from many quality issues. On the 40th anniversary of the leak to the press, the National Archives, along with the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon Presidential Libraries, has released the complete report. There are 48 boxes and approximately 7,000 declassified pages. Approximately 34% of the report is available for the first time.
Civil War Diaries and Letters (University of Iowa Libraries)
Thousands of pages of diaries and letters from the Civil War period (some also extending for years either side). The pages are scans, mostly without transcription or full-text searching at the moment, although there is a crowdsourcing project underway to transcribe them.
Medicine in the Americas, 1619-1914: A Digital Library
Medicine in the Americas is a digital library project that makes freely available original works demonstrating the evolution of American medicine from colonial frontier outposts of the 17th century to research hospitals of the 20th century.
Newseum | News | Today's Front Pages | Archive List
The Newseum archive of front pages from a wide variety of newspapers published on historic dates.
National Jukebox (Library of Congress Historic Recordings)
The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others. As well as popular and classical music, the Jukebox contains recordings of political speeches by William Jennings Bryan, W.H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson and others.
Guide to searching State Legislative databases
PDF guide to searching the 50 state legislative databases.

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