The American Folklife Center Archive, established in the Library of Congress Music Division in 1928, is now one of the largest archives of ethnographic materials from the United States and around the world, encompassing millions of items of ethnographic and historical documentation recorded from the nineteenth century to the present. These collections, which include extensive audiovisual documentation of traditional arts, cultural expressions, and oral histories, offer researchers access to the songs, stories, and other creative expressions of people from diverse communities.
DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.
Discovering American Women's History OnlineThis database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to interviews with women engineers from the 1970s.
This website offers users the means to learn more about American history in a fun and entertaining way. It has five categories (includeing "Meet Amazing Americans" and "Jump Back in Time") and offers small bits of trivia. This site is from the Library of Congress.
A collaborative effort from the University of California at Santa Barbara, these archives contain 104,106 documents related to the study of the Presidency. Includes voter turnout, financing elections, election documents, speeches, briefings, statements, and much more.
This site will allow visitors to either search through America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. The links to both options are at the top of the page. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
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 National Archives holds historical U.S. government documents (federal, congressional, and presidential records) that are created or received by the President and his staff, by Congress, by employees of Federal government agencies, and by the Federal courts in the course of their official duties.
The New York Public Library Digital Collections contains 872,816 items and counting. While that is a small fraction of the Library's overall holdings, it is representative of the diversity of our vast collections—from books to videos, maps to manuscripts, illustrations to photos, and more.
Looking for images you can reuse freely? You can browse just the items that have no known U.S. copyright restrictions. When searching, select the "Search only public domain items" option to filter your results to items with no known U.S. copyright restrictions. On the Browse page, you can easily turn this filter on and off with the “Show Only Public Domain” button in the upper left corner of the page.
Picturing United States History is a digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. This website provides online essays, lectures, and reflective classroom lessons to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classrooms.
Presidential Libraries and Museums promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.
This site is where the World Digital Library keeps a collection of images connected to the United States of America (including history). Each image is presented with a description and there are more than 2,000 of them to be found here.
The Great War is a three episode film series about World War I which is part of the American Experience series from PBS. All three clips of this series are available for streaming. This site also has other resources, including articles and digital short films, that focus on America and WWI.
This is a collection of films and news clips from the time period of the second World War II They are mostly in black and white. Some of them cover Allied operations and activities on the European and Pacific theaters of WWII, while others focus on the home front. The films are housed in Ball State University Libraries Educational Technology and Resources Collection.