Saturday, February 17, 2007

Digitized History: Online Archives

American Memory from the Library of Congress

"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. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. 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." --From the American Memory web site.

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"Buildings, and people. We use buildings, make them, design them, damage them, love them. Archiplanet is a community-constructed collection for all the buildings, building users, and building creators on planet Earth." --From the Archiplanet web site.

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Digital Amherst

"Utilizing the historical and literary resources of the Jones Library of Amherst, Massachusetts, in collaboration with area residents and scholars, this site celebrates Amherst's 250th anniversary through images, multimedia, and documents that reflect the independent spirit of our people, creative works, and culture." --From the Digital Amherst web site.

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Digital Commonwealth: Massachusetts Collections Online

"The Digital Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a portal to the rich cultural heritage held in museums, historical societies, colleges, libraries and other cultural repositories in Massachusetts. From this site you can search or browse the digital collections of member institutions throughout the state for manuscripts, images, historical documents, and sound recordings. The portal provides you with enhanced access and retrieval of information. Digital Commonwealth is currently developing a repository service that will be available to its members as a hosting option for digital content." --From the Digital Commonwealth web site.

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Digital Treasures...a Central and Western Massachusetts Digital Library Project

"Digital Treasures is a cooperative digital library project conceived and designed by the Central/Western Massachusetts Resource Sharing library network and the Central & Western Massachusetts Regional Library Systems." --From the Digital Treasures web site.

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Early Americas Digital Archive

"The Early Americas Digital Archive is a collection of electronic texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820." --From the EADA web site.

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Harvard University Library

"A Selection of Web-Accessible Collections." --From the Harvard University Library web site.

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The Internet Archive

"The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public." --From The Internet Archive web site.

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LoveToKnow Classic Encyclopedia

"This LoveToKnow Classic Encyclopedia project works to bring to you the renowned 1911 Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica." --From the project web site.

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Making of America from Cornell University Library

"Materials accessible here are Cornell University Library's contributions to Making of America (MOA), 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. 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." --From the MOA web site.

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Massachusetts Archives

"The Massachusetts Archives holds the official records created by Massachusetts state government. Holdings are organized by agency and date from 1629 to the present." --From the Massachusetts Archives web site.

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The Massachusetts Historical Society

"The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is a major research library and manuscript repository. Its holdings encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history, many of them irreplaceable national treasures. A few examples include correspondence between John and Abigail Adams, such as her famous "remember the ladies" letter; several imprints of the Declaration of Independence; and the pen that Abraham Lincoln used to sign the Emancipation Proclamation." --From the MHS web site.

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Massachusetts Newspapers, MA Board of Library Commissioners

"Residents of Massachusetts can search the full-text (including back issues) of several Massachusetts newspapers from their homes or offices." --From the library web site.

(Must have a valid Massachusetts library card.)

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Memorial Hall Museum Online, American Centuries...View from New England

"American Centuries features a digital collection of approximately 2000 objects and transcribed document pages from Memorial Hall Museum and Library. An image of each of these items appears on an Item Page accompanied by interpretive text available on age-appropriate levels. Museum staff authored the text content with review by teachers, school librarians, and nationally recognized scholars." --From the Memorial Hall Museum web site.

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NYPL Digital Gallery

"NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 550,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more." --From the NYPL web site.

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Project Gutenberg

"Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today." --From the Project Gutenberg web site.

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Research Centers at the Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Online Catalogue

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The State Library of Massachusetts, Digital Collections

"The State Library has a small but growing collection of digitized items." --From the SLM web site.

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The United States Geological Survey Photographic Library

"This site is designed to provide free viewing and downloading of the entire USGS photographic collection." --From the USGS web site.

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The United States National Archives and Records Administration

"Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.

Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you." --From the National Archives web site.

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1 comment:

kellyr said...

Thank you for listing these digital online archives. I find it most helpful!