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  • Full-text documents in the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government. The site has a search feature and is organized by century and then alphabetically by the name of the document.
  • A collection of hypertexted primary documents relevant to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government.
  • Legal documents dating from pre-18th Century to the present.
  • Yale University's Project Avalon makes available in digital format full text documents in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. This phenomenal resource includes documents as varied as the ancient Code of Hammurabi, the Communist Manifesto, and the Treaty of Versailles.
  • Celebrating the experience of growing up and living in the Bronx.
  • This Website includes the history of the Battery and Castle Clinton.

  • A detailed history of the bridge with construction photos.
  • The Society's objectives are to identify, collect, preserve, and maintain materials that document the history of Bayside and Northeast Queens.
  • The full text of this recently published title, in which "David B. Edwards traces the lives of threerecent Afghan leaders in Afghanistan's history--Nur Muhammad Taraki, Samiullah Safi, and Qazi Amin Waqad--to explain how the promise of progress and prosperity that animated Afghanistan in the 1960s crumbled and became the present tragedy of discord,destruction, and despair." Includes a glossary and bibliography.
  • Four photos of the Island by noted photographer Berenice Abbott, from the NYPL Digital Gallery. The photos are from Abbott's Changing New York project (1935-1939). They include the Garibaldi Memorial at 139 Hope Avenue, and 340-348 St. Mark's Place (2 photos).
  • Bibliographies arranged by time, geographic region, or discipline.
  • Historian Bill Twomey's ongoing feature celebrating the glory of the Bronx.
  • This site features 26 topics in United States history, each including maps, key events, and links to sites with primary and secondary source materials.
  • Information and photos from an exhibit at the Alice Austen House.
  • A site devoted to the New York City blackouts in 1965 and 1977.

  • "You can use this website to search and browse information from British OfficialPublications over the period 1688-1995. You can also read abstracts, and view detailed consistent subject indexing, ofkey documents. You can then read the digitised full-text version of a limited number of these documents. BOPCRIS currently contains 23,279 references to key British Official Publications 1688-1995."
  • This site has a collection of primary source material on slavery as well as a substantial collection of photographs and slave narratives.
  • Website and contact information for the Staten Island Borough Historian, Dr. Thomas Matteo.
  • The collection consists chiefly of portraits of presidents, members of Congress, military officers, justices of the Supreme Court, artists, and other notables.
  • A digital collection of photographs of Branch Libraries from 1905 to 1972.
  • Brief historical descriptions and a selection of photographs of Staten Island branch libraries from the early 1900s. Includes both present and former branches.
  • Mounts online texts of plays not widely available in print, publishes working papers and responses on important issues, and provides research resources, including a detailed bibliography of works on Romantic drama & British women playwrights [last updated: 23 December 2001].
  • Click the "links" button for a list of internet resources relating to each chapter of Franklin Hildy's 8th edition of Brockett's History of the Theatre and the "bibliography" button for chapter-by-chapter booklists.
  • Dedicated to uncovering the cultural, political, economic, and religious histories of the more than 500,000 people of African descent in the Bronx.
  • The Bronx County Historical Society was founded in 1955 to preserve the heritage of this thriving community. The Society administers the colonial era Valentine-Varian House, which serves as the Museum of Bronx History The Bronx County Archives an extensive Research Library and Poe Cottage, the final home of America's great 19th century poet and author, Edgar Allan Poe.
  • From Bronx on the Web.
  • An overview of Bronx history from 1609 to the 1990s.
  • Look for the History section of The New York Public Library's "The Bronx on the Web. It includes a compilation of documents and links relating to Bronx history.
  • Although not an official NYC site, this web page offers information about and images of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • A special collection on the history of Brooklyn from earliest times to the present including books, photographs, postcards, newspapers, clippings, atlases, maps, manuscripts, and memorabilia.
  • This database, produced by the Brooklyn Public Library, provides access to the full-page image with searchable text of the Eagle from 1841-1902.
  • This Website explores Brooklyn during the Civil War by presenting primary source documents photographs, letters, newspaper articles, illustrations, and more that show what life was like during this period.
  • Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society, is a nationally renowned urban history center dedicated to the exploration and preservation of documents, artwork and artifacts representative of Brooklyn's diverse cultures past and present. Website includes an interactive timeline
  • A wide variety of material on the slaughter of the buffalo.
  • Includes: In the News Putting a Face on the Past Historic Timeline Tribal Groups Directory of California Tribes Links. From the official website of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.
  • This site is based on an exhibition which "concentrates on those aspects of the settlement process that are documented in the collections of the National Archives of Canada. The intent is to give a general impression of the nature, variety, and vastness of the records that relate to western Canada, and in doing so, show how these records might be used by researchers. The exhibition also serves as a gateway to the large-scale digitization of selected holdings on the West that the National Archives has recently undertaken, and will undertake in the future." Also available in French.
  • This umbrella site will lead you to a history of the massacre, information about the U.S. soldiers, discussion of awarding them the Medal of Honor and related material.
  • In 1872, Thomas Nast, the premier cartoonist for Harpers Weekly, waged a scorched-earth assault against the presidential campaign of Horace Greeley, the famous and influential founder and editor of the New York Tribune.
  • A virtual museum of art exhibits histories, narratives, and documents educational resources links and bibliographies.
  • Weekly Internet journal of Central and East European politics, society and culture.
  • This site provides access to the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress.
  • Information on the plays, people and performance spaces of French theatre between 1600 and 1800. Covers plays, operas, ballets and incidental theatrical entertainments of all kinds, whether performed, published, or merely described in contemporary documents. Includes images of characters, actors, sets, theatres, playwrights.
  • A brief biography of Cesar Estrada Chavez, who "founded andled the first successful farm workers' union in U.S.history. When he passed away on 23 April 1993, he waspresident of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO." Includes bibliographic resources.
  • Sponsors the study of medieval history with a particular focus on Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Viking, and Angevin history.
  • This site from the National Archives contains facsimiles, transcripts, and background information on the founding documents of the United States.
  • City Lore was founded in 1986 to produce programs and publications that convey the richness of New York City's cultural heritage.
  • A collection of oral histories of civil rights activities, as well as a list of repositories of such collections. A timeline of the civil rights era is also included.
  • The Civil War Home Page contains thousands of pages of Civil War material including images, documents, statistics, and official records.
  • This Library of Congress site contains approximately 2,240 Civil War maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks.
  • This Library of Congress site contains approximately 2,240 Civil War maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks.
  • A Library of Congress collection of 1,118 Civil War photographs which can be searched by keyword, browsed by subject, or viewed by year.
  • This site includes ephemera from the Civil War period, photgraphic images, and writings and drawings from soldiers on both sides of the war.
  • A history of the 178th Regiment of New York Volunteers, organized on Staten Island.
  • A collection of historical documents as well as scholarly books and articles on American Colonial history.
  • Catalog listings from the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections of the letters, diaries, business and organizational records relating to Staten Island.
  • Catalog listings from the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections of the letters, diaries, business and organizational records relating to Staten Island.
  • Catalog listings from the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections of the letters, diaries, business and organizational records relating to Staten Island at dozens of institutions on Staten Island and around the United States including: John A. Noble Maritime Collection, New-York Historical Society, New York City Municipal Archives, Pierpont Morgan Library, Smithsonian Institution, Brooklyn Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, religious institutions, etc.
  • Website of the History Department of the College of Staten Island (CUNY). Information about the Department, student projects, and links.
  • The Special Collections unit collects in several primary subject areas related to Staten Island, including political history, immigration, and public policy. Major components of the Special Collections include The Senator John J. Marchi Papers, The Assemblywoman Elizabeth A. Connelly Papers, The Eric N. Vitaliano Papers, The Theodora Dubois Papers, and The Staten Island Collection.

    The primary collecting focus of the Archives is on the official (administrative) records of the College of Staten Island and its predecessor institutions, Staten Island Community College and Richmond College.

  • A history of the college.
  • A brief history of slavery on Staten Island with a list of Staten Island slaves and slave owners extracted from wills and other documents. Written by Staten Island Borough Historian Richard Dickenson.
  • This web companion to the PBS documentary features a timeline, photos and history.
  • The Conference or Billopp House, located in Tottenville, was the host of a Revolutionary War peace conference between Americans Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge and British Representatives led by Admiral Lord Howe. Today the house, surrounded by a large bayside park, serves as a museum commemorating the unsuccessful negotiations.
  • 23 Sephardic Jews seek asylum in New Amsterdam [1654] and later form first congregation.
  • Written by Al Pate, this site provides full text to many chapters of his book on the Coree - the Chicora Nation.
  • A digital collection of politcal campaign memorabilia from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.
  • Search the full text of hundreds of documents relating to New York State. Local documents include: Proceedings of the bi-centennial celebration of Richmond county, Staten Island, New York. November 1st, 1883 (includes hundreds of names of participants and descriptions of the festiviites) and Facts against rumor: being a brief statement, without note or comment, of the most important facts which transpired in the late difficulties between the vestry and the people of St. Andrew's and Trinity parishes, Staten Island, N.Y., prior to the 5th of February, 1857. By order of committee.
  • Historical, social, and political information guide provided by the Library of Congress. Country information can be accessed from an alphabetical listing or by clicking on the interactive map.
  • Interviews and letters from people who knew Crazy Horseand the program from the unveiling ceremonies which dedicateda statue honoring the great leader.
  • Print and Internet resources for History, Biography and Genealogy.
  • This collection offers access to primary materials documenting nearly a century of investigation, arrest, judgment and incarceration of many famous and unknown criminals in New York City. Materials have been gathered from the Lloyd Sealy Library's Special Collections at John Jay College and includes photographs and trial transcripts.
  • The first electronic review of the history of modern historiography. Its aim is the establishment of an online resource for studies and research relating to modern historical culture (historiography,erudition, philosophies of history, methodologies of historical research, didactics of history).
  • This site "represents the efforts of an international group of Assyriologists, museum curators and historians of science to make available through the internet the form and content of cuneiform tablets dating from the beginning of writing, ca. 3350 B.C., until the end of the pre-Christian era."
  • Articles and primary sources related to the first World War.
  • Large and varied collection of materials, nostly primary sources, related to World War II.
  • a website of maps and tables showing Presidential votes since 1860, state electoral votes, show major and independent presidential and vice presidential candidates. County election data is also available.
  • This collection provides access to over 11,000 maps online, focusing on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials.
  • An on-going project at Princeton aimed at increasing knowledge of the history of the collections in university libraries. A database of American Libraries before 1876 is currently available.
  • Collection of links covering many aspects of these ancient writings and the ancillary artifacts from Qumran, including archeological, historical, and religious infomration.
  • The Lenapes lived on Staten Island before its settlement by Europeans. This site covers the larger Delaware Tribe, which included the Lenapes.
  • More information about the tribe that lived on Staten Island and the surrounding area, including: History, traditional clothing, foods, dances, stories, games, and audio files of Lenape words (with their English translations).
  • This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States including New York City.
  • This website "centres around biographical entries on individual labour movement figures. Many of these have been of national significance but, equally, others have been of local or regional prominence. Each entry is written by a specialist, in many cases by one of the editors. The text is supplemented by a detailed bibliography drawing attention to relevant archival deposits, works by the subject and appropriate secondary texts. In addition, the Dictionary has included a series of thematic essays on issues of interest for the historian of the labour movement.
  • Didaskalia "is a web-site and journal dedicated to the study of ancient Greek and Roman theatre in performance, and to the legacy of ancient theatre." Issues beginning with volume 1 number 1, March 1994, are available, though the index and search mechanisms are under construction.
  • A well-designed website and electronic journal on Greek and Roman drama, dance, and music. The website provides historical background (including descriptions of staging and plans of Greek & Roman theatres), while the journal explores contemporary performance of classical works.
  • Digital Gallery provides access to over 337,000 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,
  • This site includes a wealth of resources including annotated primary sources on United States, Mexican American and Native American history, and slavery.
  • The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history . Items are currently located in two separate databases at the University of Michigan and Cornell University. Search each of these databases for "Staten Island" to find the full text of hundreds of books and articles that mention Staten Island. The Cornell database spans the years 1815-1926.
  • The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history. Items are currently located in two separate databases at the University of Michigan and Cornell University. Search each of these databases for "Staten Island" to find the full text of hundreds of books and articles that mention Staten Island. The University of Michigan database spans the years 1800-1925.
  • The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history . Items are currently located in two separate databases at the University of Michigan and Cornell University. Search each of these databases for "Staten Island" to find the full text of hundreds of books and articles that mention Staten Island. The Cornell database spans the years 1815-1926.
  • "This 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 Katrina Thomas's photographs of ethnic weddings from the late 20th century."
  • Documenting the American South provides access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.
  • Rich informational site maintained at Minnesota State University with sections on Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia and much more.

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