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  • This site provides a chronology of historical events from the 1600s through 1969, a chronology about African-Americans in the western United States, and a list of sources.
  • Links to websites, articles, book excerpts, and other resources relating to the history of African Americans in the labor union movement.
  • Companion website to the PBS African American genealogy television series
  • A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers. Part of the Digital Schomburg, this collection provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior ro 1920. A selection of published works of fiction, poetry, biography and autobiography, and essays. Keyword searching within each work or throughout the collection. Works featured include Phillis Weatly, Poems the Narrative of Sojourner Truth and Harriet A. Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
  • About.com directory of sites. "Uncover the history of African American women: the history of black women in America, from slavery through Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance and civil rights. Biographies, organizations, events and movements."
  • This website features 117 primary sources materials from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society that offer a window into the lives of African Americans in Massachusetts from the late 17th century through the 1780s
  • Website for the African Burial Ground National Historic Landmark located at the corners of Duane and Elk Streets in lower Manhattan.

  • "Columbia University's collection of African Studies Internet Resources is an on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on Africa available on the global Internet, created under the purview of the African Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries. Electronic resources from Africa are organized by region and country. All materials are arranged to encourage an awareness of authorship, type of information, and subject."
  • A comprehensive academic site including country-specific links to online resources.
  • This site provides a chronology of historical events from the 1600s through 1969, a chronology about African-Americans in the western United States, and a list of sources.
  • Digitized pages and texts of the writings of African-American women. From Duke University.
  • A site with specialized resources, links, and message boards dedicated to the particular challenges of researching African-American ancestors.
  • Provides a variety of annotated links to sites and information on the history of women in the U. S. labor movement.
  • Vendor of ZoomText screen enlarger, BigShot Magnifier, and VisAbility.
  • "AIDS Action, founded in 1984, is the national AIDS organization dedicated to the development, analysis, cultivation, and encouragement of sound policies and programs in response to the HIV epidemic. We do this through the dissemination of information and the building and use of advocacy on behalf of all those infected with/affected by HIV/AIDS."
  • Information about the organization: their history, activities including email campaigns, news, coverage of Human Rights issues, list of AIM chapters and much more.
  • "The GLBTRT is a unit of the American Library Association. The GLBTRT was founded in 1970 as the Task Force on Gay Liberation. We are considered to be the nation's first gay, lesbian & bisexual professional organization. . .Each year, we present the Stonewall Book Awards (one for literature, one for non- fiction) to the best books with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered themes."
  • This site "is designed to serve as a resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. It has been established to assist Native people, government agencies, educators and the general public in gaining access to the knowledge base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience over millennia."
  • Alaska Native Knowledge Network
  • Collection of digital documents, including American literature, English literature, and Western philosophy. Can read online as Local Copy or download as an ebook.
  • A multicultural theatre group which produces plays by and about Native America. They strive to provide training in the theatre arts and teach about native cultural traditions and history.
  • Contains links to other spice-related articles.
  • Provides links to national maps and maps of major cities for countries ranging from Afgahnistan to Zimbabwe. Includes directories linking to worldwide embassy and consulate locations.
  • Tips, ideas, recipes, and articles on saving money, health, and printable coupons, and lots of links of interest to seniors.
  • Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department, one of the largest genealogical collections in the county.
  • "The REVISED Online Psychology Dictionary currently defines nearly 400 terms, over 150 recently added."
  • Includes a political calendar and documents information on world governments, and U.S. state and local government U.S. political parties economics and the U.S. federal budget and U.S. and world political history.
  • A gateway alternative media resources, the site includes links to articles on a variety of topics. Alternative Media Watch is a part of Z Net, the online website of _Z Magazine_, an independent monthly.
  • AtMP is a "non-profit organization advocating for equality and fairness for unmarried people, including people who choose not to marry, cannot marry, or live together before marriage."
  • A website featuring original articles about a variety of subjects, as well as commentary by several bloggers and columnists. Includes multimedia and a forum for discussion.
  • A treasure trove of full-text primary sources spanning 500 years of American History. Speeches, treaties, Supreme Court decisions, declarations of war, and other key documents are arranged chronologically in a simple list, making it easy to find the primary source you need.

  • Provides an annual list of fiction and non-fiction titles which "celebrate the authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers who create and produce feminist books for young readers." Archived from 2002.
  • A collection of over 160,000 images from rural America during the Great Depression, as well as the war mobilization effort.
  • A collection of over 160,000 images from rural America during the Great Depression, as well as the war mobilization effort.
  • Sister site to Cook's Illustrated magazine and website. Tested recipes, products tastings, and equipment reviews.
  • Eye professionals providing information on eye health care, consumer advocacy, and public service.
  • Through the National Center, physicians, parents, administrators, and other health care professionals have access to educational, resource, and advocacy materials, guidelines for care, evaluation tools, and technical assistance.
  • "The American Anthropological Association (AAA), the primary professional society of anthropologists in the United States since its founding in 1902, is the world's largest professional organization of individuals interested in anthropology."
  • A digitzed collection of pamphlets, correspondence, and proceedings relating to the "Origin, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America"
  • "Pastoral Counseling is a unique form of psychotherapy which uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Pastoral Counselors are certified mental health professionals who have had in-depth religious and/or theological training."
  • Information and news, including legislative alerts.
  • "The American Battle Monuments Commission is a small independent agency of the Executive Branch of thefederal government. It is responsible for:commemorating the services of the American Armed Forces where they have served since April 6, 1917 (thedate of U.S. entry into World War I)through the establishment of suitable memorial shrines designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American military burial grounds in foreign countries for controlling the design and construction of U.S. military monuments and markers in foreign countries by other U.S.
  • ABSEES covers North American scholarship on East-Central Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union. Contains bibliographic records for journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, online resources, and selected government publications.
  • The ACLU works daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • This extensive web page gathers together in one place hypertext links to the most useful identified electronic files about the American Civil War.
  • A gateway site to primary source materials that were relevant to life in Colonial America. The websites linked to from this site cover an immense amount of literature and documents that influenced or were written by early Americans.
  • Membership organization of blind and visually impaired people that provides services that includes a Jobs Bank, resources, and advocacy.
  • This non-profit organization's "mission is to educate and assist the family in understanding proper nutrition and to be the voice of the American Culinary Federation in its fight against Childhood hunger."
  • American Disabled for Accessible Public Transit ADAPT is a national organization that focuses on promoting services in the community. They help in providing mobility assistance instead of housing people with disabilities in institutions and nursing homes.
  • American Humane provides general information, recent data and statistics, policy statements, and general guidelines for ensuring the safety and well-being of children and families.
  • An organization which provides scholarships and other support for the nation's 34 tribal colleges.
  • The Center dedicated to presenting the world view, spiritual life, customs, traditions andvalues of Native Peoples to the rest of the world. Culture, education, women's issues,and story telling are some of the subjects they focus on.
  • Essay by Paula Gunn Allen from Literary History of the American West (1998)
  • "First produced in 1973, the American Indian Law Review is published biannually by the College of Law. This unique review offers articles by authorities on American Indian legal and cultural issues, student notes and comments, addresses by noted speakers, and recent developments of interest to tribal attorneys and scholars in Indian law."
  • "The purpose of this page is to entice Native Indians and Volunteers from other cultures, into becoming involved in research and writing concerning matters of which are effecting the Native American Indian Nations, Tribes, and Bands."
  • Electronic versions of core legal materials. From the Legal Information Institute (LII), a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School.
  • this site is maintained by Lisa Mitten and hosted by Nativeculture.com. AILA is affiliated with the American Library Association. It represents the interests of library service to American Indian and Native Alaskan tribal libraries.
  • For a description see listing under organizations.
  • "We are a non-federally funded intercultural partnershipcommitted to assisting in the return of sacred ceremonial material to the appropriate American Indian Nation, clan, or family, and to educating the public about the importance of repatriation."
  • "The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Through its educational programs, AISES provides opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives to pursue studies in science, engineering, and technology arenas. The trained professionals then become technologically informed leaders within the Indian community."
  • The AISES mission is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology discipline. At this site, the Career Center provides a resume database for members and a job board that is open to the public.
  • Links to a variety of reference and primary sources.
  • "This digital collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These resources illustrate many aspects of life and work, including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, education, and employment." From the Library of Congress.
  • "This site provides an extensive digital collection of original photographs and documents about the Northwest Coast and Plateau Indian cultures, complemented by essays written by anthropologists, historians, and teachers about both particular tribes and cross-cultural topics."
  • "American Journalism Review is a national magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media. The magazine, which is published six times a year, examines how the media cover specific stories and broader coverage trends. AJR analyzes ethical dilemmas in the field and monitors the impact of technology on how journalism is practiced and on the final product." -From the website.
  • "American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later."
  • A collection of oral histories from the WPAs Folklore Project that brings together over 2,000 personal narratives and case studies from the late 1930s. The histories describe the quotidian and the unusual life stories of Americans from over 20 states.
  • Primary sources for seven time periods of United States history are provided at this site covering 1783-1968. Each period is subdivided into various topics and contains an overview.
  • A resource on the history of the presidency and the modern presidency, as well as the nature of policy making related to the office.
  • Promotes the independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life.

  • "The American Psychological Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national level."
  • "Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide."
  • Provides "a collection of dates and brief descriptions of over 3100 events in the history of psychology." Searchable by date or keyword.
  • Official Journal of the American psychological Association.
  • A gateway site to this organization's resources for teachers and students of American history, including print, visual and multimedia materials.
  • "The Vision of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is to be the nationally and internationally recognized leader for multidisciplinary information, education, advocacy and standards in the field of reproductive medicine. The ASRM is a non-profit organization whose members must demonstrate the high ethical principles of the medical profession, evince an interest in infertility, reproductive medicine and biology, and adhere to the objectives of the Society."
  • Includes links to the latest information on eye care, medical developments, advocacy activities, consumer products, and publications.
  • Broad coverage of the sociology field in the United States, including employment, funding, conferences, publishing, research, and institutions.
  • This is an excellent website on American womens history, with a link to digital collections of primary sources.
  • "American Women in Radio and Television, Inc. (AWRT) is a non-profit, professional organization of women and men who work in the electronic media and allied fields." Their mission "is to advance the impact of women in the electronic media and allied fields by education, advocating and acting as a resource to our members and the industry."

  • Chronology of women's history in the U.S.
  • Guide to sources.
  • This guide provides citations to print and Internet reference sources, as well as to selected large primary source collections.
  • Provides bibliographies, biographical sources, historical overviews, journals in the field, networking tools, and primary sources.

  • American Women is . . . a gateway--a first stop for Library of Congress researchers working in the field of American women's history. The site contains a slightly expanded and fully searchable version of the print publication American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2001). The guide has been redesigned for online use, with added illustrations and links to existing digitized material located throughout the Library of Congress Website.
  • Contains copies of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), ADA regulations, technical assistance manuals & documents, and links for further ADA information.
  • Guided by the framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Treaty, AI seeks to develop its work on children around three themes: juvenile justice, children in armed conflict, and children in the community and family.
  • On-line resource center advocating and reaching out to people with limb loss to educate and empower them to lead rich and productive lives.
  • Annotated directory of resources.
  • From The Presbyterian Church of Canada.
  • "An Online Research Center on the History and Theory of Anarchism."
  • Companion website to the PBS family history and genealogy television series
  • A searchable collection of family history records such as U.S. Federal Census records. Also includes free family tree software, downloadable charts and forms, message boards and research tips. Searching is free but to view most results requires a subscription. Free access to Ancestry Library Edition is available on-site at all New York Public Library locations.
  • Cultural information about various ancient civilizations organized in an alphabetical listing
  • Site hosted by the BBC provides information on various peoples and groups in ancient history, along with images, animated timelines, presentations

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