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  • Digital library of primary sources in Canadian history. Currently contains the images of the pages of over 3,000 books and pamphlets. Browsing or searching can be done by title, author, or subject.
  • Films from the period 1898-1906, from the collections of Library of Congress. You can watch them online or order from their website.
  • A directory of annotated sites, browsable by country and region. Includes a list of Current Hot Topics.
  • A page dedicated to the Staten Island poet from Wagner College Library, which maintains a large collection of Markham's papers.
  • Background information about people, countries, and political or religious issues of North Africa and the Middle East. Covers Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
  • Tinted photographs and paintings of 44 actors from a book entitled "Players of the Day", published in London by George Newnes, circa 1902.
  • Excellent collection of material on O'Neill, including texts of some of the plays, archival finding aids, production artifacts, and an online critical study, Travis Bogard's Contour in Time.
  • Collection of links on the subject of EU History, from the History Department of Leiden University in the Netherlands. Categories include: Archives, Historical Documents, Bibliographies, Histories, Brussels, Journals, Cold war sites, Non-EU institutions, Discussion groups, Oral histories,EMU's in the past, Statistical sources, EU-institutions, Timelines, Eurospeak, Useful finding aids, Federalism, WWW virtual library.
  • Primary historical documents from Western Europe. Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations.
  • The English language version of the official site of the European Union.
  • List of EU servers, EU documents, and other University links.
  • "The EAWC Internet Index tracks a variety of resources that are relevant to ancient and medieval times and that might prove useful to students and teachers who are engaged in serious study. It is divided into five sub-indices: a chronology, an essay index, an image index, an internet site index and a primary text index. Each of these is further divided into sections, one for each of the cultures represented: the Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam and Medieval Europe."
  • This site is dedicated to the history and study of famous trials, most of which occured in the United States.
  • The online presentation includes over 13,000 images of items selected from the Federal Theatre Project Collection at the Library of Congress, including playscripts from Federal Theatre Project productions, still photos, posters, stage & costume designs. Indispensable.
  • "Drawing on a wide variety of documents and artifacts, this site explores five main themes [alone at the top the path to power leading Canada private life afterwards] relating to Canada's prime ministers. The site examines our leaders' political careers as well as their private lives. It also sheds light on Canadians' perceptions of our prime ministers." Includes biographical profiles and speeches. In English and French.
  • An umbrella site maintained by Lee Sultzman. This site provides a brief overview on 48 tribal nations. By clicking on the tribes name again, extensive information is provided about their location, population, names, language, villages, culture and history. There is also a "Location list of the Native Tribes of the US & Canada." This list enables you to locate tribes which are federally or state recognized, those that lack such recognition and the tribes of Canada. The list provides their addresses and fax numbers.
  • Online encyclopedia featuring articles, chronologies, and biographical sketches.
  • Archaeologists and historians rediscover a famous 19th century neighborhood.
  • Archaeologists and historians rediscover a famous nineteenth-century New York neighborhood.
  • Includes a timeline as well as photos, political cartoons, maps, images, and other documents.
  • The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication.
  • Some very old cemeteries on the Island from "Forgotten New York."
  • The hidden city: in advertisements, buildings, signs, and old maps.

  • Online version of "The Founders' Constitution," an anthology of documents from the 17th century through the 1830s about popular government in the United States.
  • The "first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States. The Journal was published weekly in New York City from 1827 to 1829. All 103 issues have been digitized and placed into Adobe Acrobat format."
  • The organization preserves abandoned cemeteries and compiles records of persons buried in them. An archive of newsletters is available online.
  • Documents, essays, biographies, and links to other Internet sites form the core of this hypertext site on American history.
  • This collection contains about four hundred pamphlets by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery.
  • Site hosted by the University of South Florida providing access to various images of concentration and death camps, Holocaust memorials throughout the world, and other photographic images.
  • The museum is a national landmark that collects, preserves and exhibits historical objects relating to the lives of General Giuseppe Garibaldi and Antonio Meucci.
  • This site provides "an introduction to the stories and the people of modern gay history (1700-1973). The site is an ongoing project and most articles about gay male history from 1700-1900 have been completed."
  • "The mission of the GLBT Historical Society is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and otherwise make available to the public historical, cultural, and artistic materials related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender communities, identities, and practices, as well as of other sexual minorities."
  • Provides background information for events in the Middle East. Includes a timeline of key event from 1900 a thematic section viewing "events through the lens of politics, science, economics, and more: and a section for "big picture questions" featuring essays and lesson plans.
  • Searchable and browsable encyclopedia. Entries include bibliographies, citation information, and related links.
  • History, statistics and photos of the bridge.
  • Housed at the City University of New York's Graduate Center, this Website includes a resources directory, a calendar of events, online discussion groups, and information for educators.

  • The Greater Astoria Historical Society, chartered in 1985, is a non-profit cultural and community oriented organization dedicated to preserving the past and promoting Long Island City's future.
  • The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society was established in 1975, by a groups of local residents to preserve the Onderdonk House. The Society maintains a history and genealogical research library.
  • Green-Wood Cemetery is one of the worlds great cemeteries. Founded in 1838 as the third rural cemetery in America, it is the final resting place of nearly 600,000 persons, including some of history's most memorable figures.
  • A collection of annotated links "relating to African American history". This Cornell University Library site "reviews several existing websites and digitization projects and lists noteworthy digitization projects that are forthcoming." These sites are searchable and browsable by the name of the institution or the title of the colelction.
  • A guide to or websites and repositories of digitized resources on African-American history.
  • Contains more than 1,600 old names of streets and other urban features that are no longer on the map.

  • The best way to access information about American Indians in Texas is to use the search box.
  • This site presents a wealth of archival treasures and scholarship from Columbia University about the history of one of the world's most famous and influential neighborhoods.
  • An online exhibition from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library.
  • An exhibition from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture that includes a timeline, biographies, a section for teachers and other information about the African American community in Harlem.
  • Brooklyn Public Library's catalog of several thousand historic photographs from the Brooklyn Collection.
  • "Forgotten New York's" tour of old houses in St. George, New Brighton and Stapleton.
  • The Historic House Trust of New York City, a not-for-profit organization, was created in 1989 to preserve and promote the 22 historic house museums located in New York City parks.

  • The Historic House Trust of New York City has information on four historic houses in the Bronx: the Bartow-Pell Mansion, Poe Cottage, the Valentine-Varian House, and the Van Cortlandt House.
  • History of the air base at Miller Field in New Dorp from 1919-1969.
  • "Historic Richmond Town is New York City's living history village and museum complex. Visitors can explore the diversity of the American experience, especially that of Staten Island and its neighboring communities, from the colonial period to the present." The Staten Island Historical Society (SIHS) collects and preserves materials of everyday life including artifacts, archives and buildings. It conducts and promotes research based on these collections.
  • Histories of notable buildings on Staten Island from the Metropolitan Historic Structures Association.
  • In the "Browse" menu select any of the following topics under "New York City": Castle Garden, East River, Ellis Island, Ferries, Governor's Island, Forts, Harbor, Hell Gate, Hudson River, Statue of Liberty or Wharves & Docks.
  • Digitized text of the New York Times for those years. Searchable by date or browsable by topic.
  • A collection of over 30 postcards and photos (primarily from the early 20th Century) including: SI ferryboats "Richmond" and "Perth Amboy", Bird's Eye View of Stapleton, Actor's Fund Home in West New Brighton, Sailor's Snug Harbor, Britton Ice House, Voorleezer's House, Conference House, "Barrett, Nephews and Co.", New Dorp Train Station, Terra Marine Inn in Huguenot Park, Port Richmond in the 1920s and more.
  • Catalog listings of over 20 local newspapers on microfilm, dating back to the 1800s from the New York State Newspaper Project, including: Richmond County Sentinel, Richmond County Standard, Staten Island Gazette, Deutsche Staten Islander, Richmond County Herald, Staten Islander, Black Reign Community Newspaper, Staten Island Advance, Staten Island Independent, Staten Island Register, Staten Island Transcript, Staten Island World and more.
  • The untold story of the first Native American encounter in 1492, an essay by Chief Petro Guanikeyu Torres.
  • Learn the history of local parks and monuments. The texts of hundreds of signs, which are posted in Island parks, are included here. (Click "enter" at the parks Department page)
  • Comprehensive and eclectic directory of historical resources. Includes primary documents, related links, and electronic versions of print books, organized by geography, nations, and topics.
  • An illustrated tour of some of Staten Island's famous historical sites written by Barnett Shepherd.
  • This University of Virginia site provides searchable data, taken from the federal census, about the people and the economy of the United States for each state and county from 1790 to 1960.
  • The New York Public Library's blog on U.S. and New York history and genealogy.

  • "History in Focus is a new occasional series taking a thematic approach to history. Each issue is designed to provide an introduction to the chosen topic and to help stimulate interest and debate. The series will concentrate on highlighting books, reviews, websites and conferences that relate to thetheme, in order to provide a quality assured information resource for learning and teaching."
  • A gateway site to U.S. History material on the web.
  • About.com's History archive is divided into the following categories: 20th Century African African-American American Ancient/Classical British European Medieval Military Women's History.
  • The subject areas of this extensive site include: general information politics society culture and telecommunications. Covers the indigenous peoples of North and South America.
  • A brief history of Queens from the Office of the Queens Borough President.
  • This browseable site provides access to over 30,000 photographs of life in the west from 1860 to 1920.
  • A history of the Port Richmond Branch Library from 1905-1955 from the Staten Island Historian.
  • "From the birth of a nation to the war or terrorism, this website depicts a 250 year chronological history of U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps uniforms in 1/6th, GI Joe scale."
  • This online exhibit "dispels the myth that the Holocaust was a secret amd explores the reasons why America's newspapers downplayed the horrifying reports from Europe."
  • An overview essay and a number of primary documents.
  • An archive/timeline of US interventions, coups, humanitarian incursions, covert actions, freedom fighters/terrorists and multilateral offensives.
  • Have you ever wondered what the value of a dollar was in 1895? Here is a place where you can ask questions of comparative value covering purchasing power, exchange rates, and other variables between the past and today.
  • This collection provides access to over 400 items relating to the inauguration of every president since Washington.
  • This collection provides access to over 400 items relating to the inauguration of every president since Washington.

  • This site from Cornell University contains a wide range of authoritative information on Abolition.
  • This site from Cornell University contains a wide range of authoritative information on Abolition.

  • The real Ichabod Crane, inspiration for the name of Washington Irving's schoolteacher in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", is buried on Staten Island. The site includes additional information about Merrill, Lake and New Springville Cemeteries.
  • An image finder database providing access to 65,000+ online images held at participating Canadian cultural institutions.
  • Site hosted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham contained digital photographs and images of various artifacts, art, writing implements, tools and other items from numerous different ancient cultural groups.
  • A digitized collection of books, pamphlets, maps, photographs and historical manuscripts and archives that illustrate the lives of immigrants to the United States as well as the culture they adopted.
  • Over 1500 digitized images from the 1870s to the 1960s. Searchable by subject, personal name, photographer or artist, date, or type of material.
  • View and compare up-to-date statisticaldata for member states of the United Nations.
  • A chronology of Brecht's life, a history of the Berliner Ensemble, a list of Brecht's works in English, a bibliography, a forum for Brecht researchers to aid one another.
  • Associated with the Cloisters in New York City, this site promotes research in the area of medieval art and cognate disciplines.
  • The site includes an online catalog of the holdings of the International Dada Archive (located at the University of Iowa Libraries), information on the Dada movement and individual Dada writers and artists, and bibliographies.
  • "The International Institute of Social History (IISH) was founded in 1935. It is one of the world's largest documentary and research institutions in the field of social history in general and the history of the labour movement in particular." The site includes a catalog of its holdings, exhibits, publications, and special projects. Includes table of contents for the International Review of Social History from 1995, and the full text of its newsletter. Portions available in Dutch.
  • A digital collection of archived websites, moving images, audio, and texts. This site also provides access to the Prelinger Archive of ephemeral films shot between 1927 and 1983.

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