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  • Biographical essays, additional resources, and links.
  • This site features 26 topics in United States history, each including maps, key events, and links to sites with primary and secondary source materials.
  • Archived articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association concerning anthrax, smallpox, ebola, plague and Yersinia pestis, botulinum toxin, brucella, and tularemia.
  • "Birth Control Watch wants to know whether President Bush supports women's access to birth control" and demands answers "on behalf of the 95% of Americans who will use birth control..."
  • This nonprofit, educational organization's site "makes available a number of. . . publications, as well as other resources about bisexuality and/or bisexuals. In conjunction with commercial distributors, we also provide virtual storefronts to provide convenient access to bi-related books, videos, and recordings." Includes an essay by Liz Highleyman titled "A Brief History of the Bisexual Movement."
  • An extensive bibliography of black American Feminist thought from across the disciplines.
  • A site devoted to the New York City blackouts in 1965 and 1977.

  • Organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans.
  • Includes links to resources on access, blindness, braille history, braille literacy, deaf-blind, disabilities and more.
  • A site for gay short fiction.
  • Includes directory of professional genealogists for hire.
  • Check this website for books about women and information technology.
  • A fee-based service for people with visual or other print disabilities. Readers must have access to computers with assistive technology such as refreshable braille displays or synthetic speech in order to use these digital files.
  • "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.
  • A searchable collection of statistics about Indonesia. Browsable by region.
  • The collection consists chiefly of portraits of presidents, members of Congress, military officers, justices of the Supreme Court, artists, and other notables.
  • A password-protected site that offers books at all grade levels, submitted by teachers and transcribers, for people with visual or other print disabilities. Site is maintained by the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
  • Interactive exhibits, articles and links relating to neuroscience and psychology.
  • Acts as a clearinghouse of information for people with brain injuries and their families through a national network of state associations.
  • "BrainNet distributes or assists in the distribution of information related to the central nervous system and various neurological disorders. What make us unique is that most of the information we distribute cannot be found on the Internet."
  • Information from the National Cancer Institute.
  • Directory of links to resources.
  • An "online scholarly archive consisting of E-text editions of poetry by British and Irish women written (not necessarily published) between 1789 (the onset of the French Revolution) and 1832 (the passage of the Reform Act), a period traditionally known in English literary history as the Romantic period." Poets include Lucy Aikin, Anna Letitia Aikin Barbauld, Felicia Dorothea Brown Hemans, Mary Robinson, and Charlotte Turner Smith. From the Shields Library, University of California.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Developed by the Brooklyn Public Library, this free database provides access to the full-text of the Eagle from 1841 to 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.
  • "The Smithsonian Institution Libraries selected this work, List of Publications of the Bureau of American Ethnology with Index to Authors and Titles, Bulletin 200 (End of Series) (Washington, D.C., 1971), as its second electronic edition from the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) publications for its usefulness to the world research community."
  • The Library of Congress has extensive and varied resources related to the campaign for woman suffrage in the United States. This selection of 38 pictures includes portraits of many individuals who have been frequently requested from the holdings of thePrints and Photographs Division and the Manuscript Division. Also featured are photographs of suffrage parades, picketing suffragists, and an anti-suffrage display, as well as cartoons commenting on the movement--all evoking the visible and visual wayin which the debate over women's suffrage was carried out.
  • C TECH is a distributor of low vision aids and adaptive technology for the blind, visually impaired and learning disabled. They provide on-the-job and at-home demonstrations, installation, and training.
  • Librarians' Index to the Internet "collection of sites related to wine, winemaking, and related topics."
  • The searchable database provides online access to The San Francisco Call (1900-1910), and The Daily Alta California (1846-1891). The Amador Ledger (1900-1910), Imperial Valley News (1900-1910), and 3 years of the Los Angeles Herald coming soon.
  • 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.
  • Information on domestic partnerships in California from the CaliforniaSecretary of State.
  • Based on two journals kept by Alice Fletcher during a six-week venture into Plains Indian territory in 1881. From the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
  • This website reflects the integration of genealogical content from the National Archives of Canada, the National Library of Canada, and the Canadian Genealogy Centre.
  • For over 25 years, CLGA has collected and maintained information related to gay and lesbian life in Canada, including material on people, organizations, issues and events.
  • 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.
  • An umbrella site which provides visual sampling of the works many Cape Dorset artists working in various media.
  • These sites address the concerns of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and link to information and full text documents on legal and sovereignty issues,tribal organizations, government-tribal relations, ecology concerns and native media.
  • 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.
  • Database of more than 10 million immigrants who arrived at the Port of New York from 1830 through 1892.
  • "Catholic Women's Network, founded in 1988, is a non-profit educational oranization and tax-exempt charity fosters spirituality and personal growth for women."
  • CATW is a non-governmental organization that works internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all forms, especially prostitution, and trafficking in women and children.
  • The Center for Defense Information's website "is designed to provide insights, in-depth analysis and facts on the military, security and foreign policy challenges as the United States, and the world, faces terrorism. The project will look at all aspects of fighting terrorism, from near-term issues of response and defense, to long-term questions about how the United States should shape its future international security strategy."
  • "This site highlights and celebrates the contribution of women in the nuclear field."

  • "Gale has assembled a collection of activities and information to complement classroom topics. Within this site, teachers and students can: Read biographies of significant Hispanic individuals Take a Hispanic culture quiz Follow a timeline of events that helped shape the Hispanic culture Explore Hispanic holidays, musical genres and other topics with information culled from Gale resources Visit other pertinent sites and find suggestions for further readings."
  • Works by women writers and an extensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information. Browse by author, century, country, or ethnicity.
  • Directory of cemeteries within the United States (over 20.000) family cemeteries (over 16,000) and those of Australia (over 300). Search by cemetery or family name.
  • Links to online Census Records, U.S. and Canadian.
  • They provide access to assistive technology that gives people with disabilities access to computers provide art programs to provide access to artistic expression and offer ongoing consultation and support to assist people with disabilities in maintaining and enhancing access.
  • "The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) is a university-based research, education and public service center. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life."
  • "Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, The Center for An Accessible Society is a national organization designed to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues by disseminating information developed through NIDRR-funded research to promote independent living."
  • "The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) is the only academic center in the United States focusing essentially on the Arab world--the region from Morocco to the Gulf."
  • A virtual museum of art exhibits histories, narratives, and documents educational resources links and bibliographies.
  • NOTE: The Genealogy Institute administers a microfilm loan agreement with the Salt Lake City Family History Library, so family researchers can order microfilmed international vital records through the Institute and study the films at the Center.
  • "The Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media. ... The Center's goal is to provide an empirical basis for ongoing debates over media fairness and impact through well-documented, timely, and readable studies of media content." -From the website.
  • "The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) provides guidance and technical assistance to decision makers at all levels of government on the design, structure, content, and use of mental health information systems, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of mental health programs and services delivery. CMHS operates the only program in the Nation that focuses on the development of data standards that provide the basis for uniform, comparable, high-quality statistics on mental health services, making it a model in the health care statistics field."
  • "In an effort to establish more complete and valuable information to impact violence-related policies, programs, and practices, CSPV works from a multi-disciplinary platform on the subject of violence and facilitates the building of bridges between the research community and the practitioners and policy makers."
  • "The Center promotes the interdisciplinary analysis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and othermarginalized sexual identities in the armed forces." Includes scholarly articles, teaching and research resources, program calendar, and newsletter.
  • "The Center has a four-fold mission: to encourage more women and girls to study computer science and/or information systems and to pursue careers in IT to enable all women and girls to use IT comfortably and knowledgeably to assure that the richness and breadth of women's lives and concerns are fully represented and readily available on the Internetto foster research concerning the relationship between gender and IT.

  • This organization "assures that women veterans receive benefits and services on a par with male veterans, encounter no discrimination in their attempt to access these services, are treated with respect and dignity by VA service providers, and to act as the primary advisor to the Secretary for Veterans Affairs on all matters related to programs, issues, and initiatives for and affecting women veterans."
  • "The Center fosters better understanding between peoples through the publication and distribution of literature written and voiced by leading contributors from Fourth World Nations. An important goal of CWIS is to establish cooperation between nations and to democratize international relations between nations and between nations and states."
  • Federal government information site.
  • " is meant to provide a global perspective on Central Asia studies, and to provide a key point of access to highly dispersed resources in this field. It seeks to provide basic information which is useful to both "beginners" and "experts", encompassing all fields of the social sciences and humanities wherever in the world people engage in such study."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "The Great House and landscape at Chawton which Jane Austen knew well are being restored by a British educational charity, Chawton House Library, to be the future home of the Centre for the Study of Early English Womens Writing (1600-1830) and a unique collection of rare books currently housed in the USA. . . the Collection comprises several literary manuscripts and over 6,200 printed books, published between 1600 and 1830. . . . The Collection is particularly strong in fiction by women from around 1740, an area which attracts considerable international scholarly interest.
  • Historical Society's home page provides information about the Society, its relationship to the tribe and access to summaries of articles from its publication, Journal of Chickasaw History.
  • Founded in 1920, CWLA is "the oldest and largest national nonprofity organization developing and promoting policies and programs to protect America's children and strengthen America's families. CWLA's 1,000 plus public and private nonprofit member agencies serve 3 million abused and neglected children and their families each year."
  • Works to improve the lives of people affected by AD/HD through collaborative leadership, advocacy, research, education, and support. Serves as a national resource center on AD/HD.
  • Exhibit from the Peabody Museum, Harvard.
  • Bibliography of sources.
  • Gateway to country information and news.
  • Official home page of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
  • "This page is dedicated to the proposition that faith and feminism are not mutually exclusive."
  • Source: Sucheng Chan, Asian Americans, an Interpretive History, ?1991, Twayne Publishers, Boston.
  • Online collection of databases comprised of the Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals, National Archives microfilm publications, and other sources. This is not adatabase of passenger names but of ships.
  • Promotes accessible information technology with the WWW, and accessible based business practices that ensure inclusion and full participation by people with disabilities.
  • Over 6,100 photographic images from the slide collections of the American Geographical Society Library.
  • An overview of the Menu Collection at the Alice Statler Library. Images of some of the menus are available.
  • City Harvest is a non-profit organization committed to feeding hungry people in New York City using a variety of innovative, practical, and cost-effective methods.
  • 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.

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