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  • The Wayback Machine provides 'snapshots' of older versions of 85 billion webpages
  • Collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use. Find primary sources in ancient, medieval and modern history as well as African, East Asian, Islamic, Jewish, Lesbian and Gay, Science, and Women's history. This is a wonderful site for primary sources on the Internet.
  • Links arranged in the following categories: Pre-Islamic Arab World Muhammad and Foundations - to 632 CE Islamic Faith and Theology Islamic Expansion and Empire Caliphate Persians Turks Ottomans Expansion Eastwards Interaction wwith the West Western Intrusion Islamic Nationalism Islamic World since 1945 Islamic History Maps further resources on Islamic History.
  • Site is organized as three main index pages (Selected Sources, Full Text Sources, Saints Lives) and a number of supplementary documents. From the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies.
  • Extensive guide to sites, featuring descriptive and evaluative annotations with many links.
  • A scanned MTA bus map from www.nycsubway.org.
  • Search the site for pictures and text from Island history including "The Huguenots of Staten Island" from Continental Monthly (1862), "A Spring Jaunt on Staten Island" from Harper's Weekly (1878), a 1776 plan for attacking Staten Island from George Washington's papers, the Tysen Jacob House, the Ichabod Crane House, the Perine House in Dongan Hills, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (photographs of their Erastina /Mariners Harbor- camp and an online film of their parade down 5th Avenue), a Castleton Civil War recruiting poster, Staten Island Free Trade Zone posters (1937), and more.
  • A scanned road map from nycroads.com.
  • A scanned road map from nycroads.com.
  • Selections from the Fry Collection. An exhibition in the Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin.
  • The early years of Jazz.
  • Online companion to a PBS program, this site explores the story of Joe Hill, a labor organizer executred by the state of Utah in 1915." Includes biographical information, information on the labor movement of the early twentieth century, and perspectives on Hill's controversial trial.
  • A repository for 20th century New York City political and social history covering the mayoralties of LaGuardia, Wagner, Beame, Koch, and more.
  • The New York City agency that is responsible for identifying and designating the city's landmarks and the buildings in the city's historic districts. The Commission also regulates changes to designated buildings.

  • Presents the full text of this classic 1921 work by the noted linguist and anthropologist Edward Sapir.
  • An extensive collection of Internet resources, guides, and collections information produced by Library Web - Columbia University Library.
  • A searchable directory of websites. For those who wish to target a particular country or region, there are direct links. Most sites are in English or English and Spanish.
  • A subset of Latin Americanist Research Resources Project, LAPTOC lists table-of-contents data from hundred of Latin American journals not indexed elsewhere.
  • A tour of Lighthouse Hill, its Frank Lloyd Wright designed home and the surrounding area from "Forgotten New York".
  • This is the PBS home page for the Ken Burns documentary. Site includesa section on Native Americans, the tribes encountered by the expedition and a section on
  • This online collection contains 45 films of New York City dating from 1898 to 1906 from the holdings of the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, & Recorded Sound Division. Provides streaming short films from the Edison Company and the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, including footage of Ellis Island, Central Park, skyscrapers, and subways.
  • The Long Island Division of the Queens Borough Public Library collects, preserves, and makes available resources that document the social, economic, and political history of the four counties on Long Island - Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk.
  • Originally a series published by Newsday, provides information about Queens (plus Nassau and Suffolk) communities at the turn of the 19th century.
  • Browsable "selection of 155 photographs excerpted from a collection of more than 1100 company hitories, pamphlets, and technical brochures. . . Many of the images document factories and jobs that no longer exist."
  • An interactive recreation of P.T. Barnum's nineteenth century museum on Lower Broadway and the fire that consumed it. Includes essays and an archive.
  • This site documents the destruction of many of New York City's 19th century tenement and other buildings.

  • Digital images from the National Archives.
  • E-texts, essays and resources covering three time periods in English literature:
    " Medieval (includes Everyman and several plays each from the Wakefield and York cycles)
    " Renaissance (includes Marlowe & Shakespeare)
    " Early 17th Century (includes Ben Jonson, Thomas Dekker, John Webster, Thomas Middleton & John Fletcher).
  • Web-based examination of New York City's African American history includes videos, audio, maps, images and teaching materials.
  • Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
  • Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.
  • The University of Michigan's contributions to MOA. This site provides access to approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints from the university's collections.
  • From antiquity to the present, divided by period, this database leads you to web-based & print resources on playwrights and other innovators (Judith Malina, for instance) including e-texts, biographies & critical essays.
  • From Manhattan on the Web.
  • 19th-century prints celebrating the ever-changing face of a thriving, bustling, confident city trace Manhattan's urban evolution. Provided by The New York Public Library.
  • Presented here in full text are two chapters of Book One written by Todd D. Sauve [c1997]. The chapters deal with the period during of expansion of the railroad and the conflicts between the U.S. government and the Western tribes.Chapters are footnoted.
  • Based on an exhibition mounted by Fordham University.
  • From the University of Texas's Perry-Cataneda Map Collection. Includes links to other city, outline, state, and U. S. map websites.
  • A collection of census and economic figures from the mid 1990s until the present.
  • This developing project currently contains 2,600 searchable pages.
  • Promotes research in all aspects of medieval studies.
  • A comprehensive collection of links covering all facets of medieval performance.
  • A well-organized and categorized set of links to reliable sites on various facets of medieval drama, dance and song.

  • NYPL's collection of 30,000 digitized images (from the 1920s back to the 1600s), of all types. For Staten Island images select the folder "New York City-Staten Island". It includes 18 Island images: The Dongan Manor, The Quarantine, Standard Varnish Works in Elm Park, The Alice Austen House, The Billopp (Conference) House, Mount Hermon, Boardwalk at South Beach, the New York Yacht Club and more.
  • Includes a file on New York City - The Bronx.
  • A collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923.
  • A site meant for interested readersand beginning students of the Palestine/Israel conflict. Provides texts of reports, policy statements, and other documents from 1915 to the present. Some introductory text has been appended to each document in order toput it into context.
  • Directory of major information sources, divided into subject areas and by country or region, about and from the Middle East.
  • "The Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB) is an information portal for Middle East and Islamic Studies. It provides access to online information and to digital records of printed and other offline media and thus supports the concept of a hybrid library for Middle East and Islamic Studies."
  • A primary sourcebook designed to "present a diversity of source material in modern European, American, and Latin American history, as well as a significant amount of materal pertinent to world cultures and global studies. A number of other online source collections emphasize legal and political documents. Here efforts have been made to includecontemporary narrative accounts, personal memoirs, songs, newspaper reports, as well as cultural, philosophical, religious and scientific documents.
  • Moravian Cemetery is the resting place of many famous Staten Islanders. Take a tour and see the graves of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, Eberhard Faber, Alice Austen...
  • Index to the two-volume history of Staten Island written by Ira K. Morris first published in 1898. Available at The New York Public Library.
  • Houses 150,000 cubic feet of historical government records, including manuscripts, official correspondence, vital records, ledgers, several thousand feet of moving images, over one million photographs, sound recordings, maps, and architectural plans.

  • From the New York City Department of Records and Information Services.
  • The Municipal Art Society of New York is a private, non-profit membership organization that aggressively champions excellence in urban design and planning and the preservation of the best of New York's past.

  • The museum covers all five boroughs of NYC. Use the "Search" box to find Staten Island information.

  • "A" Company is headquartered at the armory on Manor Road on Staten Island.
  • Pathfinder created by the National Library of Australia containing links to general history websites, historical texts online, manuscripts and archives, as well as museums and other libraries
  • Information from the National Parks Service on historically significant cultural resources such as buildings, landscapes and other sites.
  • This government site contains timelines, battlefield information, and other items related to the Civil War
  • This site from George Washington University includes declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
  • A directory of playwrights, bibliographies, links, and an online exhibit of Spiderwomen documentation.
  • Online exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • The Centers mission is to facilitate and encourage citizen participation in the improvement and protection of New York Citys diverse neighborhoods. It is a place where the public is welcome to convene, strategize, and exchange information through its various services: public meeting rooms, temporary and virtual offices, and a resource referral service.

  • "Nestor is an international bibliography of Aegean studies, Homeric society, Indo-European linguistics, and related fields. . . . The primary geographic nexus of Nestor is the Aegean, including all of Greece, Albania, the southern coast of Bulgaria, the western and southern coasts of Turkey, and Cyprus. Its chronological range is the prehistoric period from the Palaeolithic through the end of the Geometric period. Within the topographic and chronological scope defined above, Nestor attempts to list all publications on any aspect of human activity.
  • Part of a large medieval site, this page, consistently updated, points to playtexts and other resources.
  • This site features 20,000 items, including photographs, speeches, letters, documents, and exercises from the New Deal era.
  • This site, developed and maintained by Steve Anderson, includes historic overviews, maps and photos of the highways, bridges and tunnels of the New York metropolitan area.

  • This is a simple list of sites designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Links are provided when available.

  • A pathfinder produced by the staff of Columbia University Libraries, which provides links to many useful resources covering the history of New York City.

  • Recommended by NYPL Librarians.
  • The Neighborhood Preservation Center and New York Citys Landmarks Preservation Commission have joined together to provide free online access to Landmark designation reports. Designation reports explain the architectural, historical or cultural significance of an individual landmark or historic district. Work in Progress.
  • part of the NYC Department of Records & Information Services

  • Information on the holdings of New York City newspapers available in the Microforms Room (Room 100) of the Humanities & Social Sciences Library located at 5th Ave. and 42nd St.

  • Monitored by an independent webmaster and unaffiliated with MTA, this site provides information about the NYC subway and bus systems, the Transit Museum, history, events, facts and figures contributed by volunteers.

  • A photographic and historical tour of New York's first subway line, the IRT.
  • The Picture Collection Online is an image resource site for those who seek knowledge and inspiration from visual materials. It is a collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923. Search the collection for New York City images.
  • View the virtual exhibits.

  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, popularly known as the G & B," was founded in 1869. As a non-profit educational institution, our purpose is to collect and make available information on genealogy, biography and history, particularly as it relates to the people of New York State."
  • The New York Landmarks Conservancy provides news and information about building preservation in New York, including repair work and financing resources.

  • A History of the Metropolitan baseball team at St. George by Patricia M. Salmon, Curator of History at the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences.
  • The Metropolitans played in St. George for the 1886 and 1887 seasons. Team rosters and statistics are presented here. For images of three 1887 Metropolitan baseball cards see the "American Memory" page at http://memory.loc.gov.
  • Learn about the resources and services of the Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy.
  • Organized by neighborhood.
  • Virtual Walking Tours of Manhattan Streets

  • The PBS Series.
  • Web companion to an episode of the PBS television show the American Experience, looks at the construction and impact of New York City's subway system.
  • The crumbling remains of the once grand New York Yacht Club is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Include more than 4000 State and National Register of Historic Places nomination forms and their associated photographs.
  • This web companion to the PBS documentary features an introduction to the making of this film a 3-D virtual trip around NYC using QTVR panoramas a multimedia quiz game and an educational guide for students.

  • The 8th episode of filmmaker Ric Burns' award-winning series New York: A Documentary Film examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center -- from its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, through its controversial construction in the 1960s and 1970s, to its tragic demise in the fall of 2001 and extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath.

  • NewYorkHeritage.org is a portal to hundreds of free digital collections about New York State's people, places, and institutions contributed by libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions.
  • The Dutch build the first fort.

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