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  • "Comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the World Wide Web: parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies, city councils, public broadcasting corporations, central banks, multi-governmental institutions etc. Includes also political parties. Online since June 1995. Contains more than 17000 entries from more than 220 countries and territories as of June 2002."
  • Comprehensive list of organizations that produce Great Books Foundation titles in formats suitable for the visually impaired. Formats include books produced in large print, Braille, and audio books on tape.
  • This site provides links to the member tribes of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council, providinginformation on the tribe, its organization and location.
  • 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.
  • Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. It was the place most famous New Yorkers who died during the second half of the 19th century were buried. Look for the search form under Burial Inquiry.
  • First full-scale valuation of property in Ireland published between 1847 and 1864. It allows researchers to locate 'occupants' to see who lived where.
  • Includes information on alternatives such as soy milk, rice milk, and almond milk. Article from the Vegetarian Journal.
  • 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.

  • This online bibliography "identifies and classifies over 4500 monographs and serials in the University of Chicago Library collections that deal primarily with gay and lesbian themes."
  • Directory of links to texts, commentaries, other agencies, and additional online resources.
  • From the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
  • Information from the NYC Commission on Human Rights regarding gender identity discrimination as it relates to the NYC Human Rights Law.
  • "H-Women is an international electronic discussion group that has been set up at Michigan State University to provide a forum for college and university historians to discuss women's history." As well as threaded discussions, the site includes book reviews, course syllabi, bibliographies, and links to other resources.
  • Get great recipes for Halloween such as pumpkin seeds, pie and scary treats. Also includes entertaining advice and a Mexican Day of the Dead recipe guide.
  • The best way to access information about American Indians in Texas is to use the search box.
  • "Handbook of the Indians of California "Originally published in 1925, this monograph is a representative work of Alfred L. Kroebers (1876-1960) contributions to American Indian ethnology."
  • Full text of the American Anthropological Association's publication.
  • New York City based organization concerned with bringing the arts to the hearing impaired community. Includes calendar of cultural events, list of theaters that are sign interpreted, and links to other web resources.
  • 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.
  • "Through applied research and service, the Harvard Project aims to understand and foster the conditions under which sustained, self-determined social and economic development is achieved among American Indian nations."
  • An index to over 800,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices from Ohio from the 1830s to the present day.
  • This gateway provides research "viewpoints and practical suggestions about the practiceof health psychology in medical and rehabilitation settings."
  • "Healthy Measures introduces the concept of new ways for women to measure their health and also promotes new healthier measures or steps that women can take to better their health, without focussing on weight loss. Healthy Measures is based on a three-pronged approach of being active, eating well and being yourself." From the Ontario Association of Local Public Health Agencies.
  • Serves as a national clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities. Acts as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools, and other post-secondary training entities.
  • Hebrewbooks.org was founded in order to preserve old Hebrew books that are out of print and/or circulation. For those interested in Jewish life in America, the site reproduces more than a thousand books and over two hundred journals published in Hebrew in the United States from 1860 to the present.
  • Provides services to blind and visually impaired seniors, including Elderly Vision Screening and Social Integration for Seniors.
  • Links to genealogical and historical online research resources.
  • A searchable collection of family history records such as U.S. Federal Census records. Searching is free but to view most results requires a subscription. Free access to HeritageQuest is available on-site at New York Public Librarys Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy.
  • A peer-reviewed, academic journal "dedicated to the study of Northwestern Europe from the Late Roman Empire to the advent of the Norman Empire. This journal is intended to be for the use ofprofessionals, students, and amateurs alike." Founded Autumn 1998.
  • New York Times magazine profiles profiles of 26 iconic women.
  • Numerous links to the life and works.
  • a Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York Website
  • Brooklyn Public Library's catalog of several thousand historic photographs from the Brooklyn Collection.
  • "This site contains maps, literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future of historic cities and facilitates the location of similar content on the web." From the Historic Cities Center of the Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of JErusalem and the Jewish National and University Library.
  • 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.

  • A digital library of local and trade directories from England and Wales from 1750-1919.
  • 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.
  • Statewide historic newspaper database
  • The untold story of the first Native American encounter in 1492, an essay by Chief Petro Guanikeyu Torres.
  • Comprehensive and eclectic directory of historical resources. Includes primary documents, related links, and electronic versions of print books, organized by geography, nations, and topics.
  • 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.

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  • "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.
  • This site describes the history of beer, brewing process, various styles including homemade and specialty beers, brewpubs, and cooking with beer.
  • Information on the origins of cider,its production, the cider regions of the world, and its current popularity.
  • The subject areas of this extensive site include: general information politics society culture and telecommunications. Covers the indigenous peoples of North and South America.
  • Biographies of selected people influential in the developoment of psychology.
  • 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.
  • The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, from 1908 to the present.
  • "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."
  • Information on the origins of whiskey, its production around the world, the methods of distillation, and the differences among various types and characters.
  • A chronology ranging from 776 BC till the end of the 20th Century.
  • Recipes and menus for holiday cooking and dining.
  • 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."
  • Tips for wine making beginners, including recipes.
  • This site provides research, fact sheets, and links to government and private organizations.
  • An overview essay and a number of primary documents.
  • An organization whose "mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard."
  • An overview of collections, usage policies, contact information. Includes a description of the CPSU Archives project.
  • 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.
  • Online publication featuring articles, book reviews, and links with the goal of bringing "into communication the variety of approaches to the understanding of human nature which have a regrettable tendency to be less in touch with one another than they might."
  • "The Human Rights Campaign works on behalf of more than 500,000 diverse members to ensure equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community."
  • In association with National Coming Out Day on October 11th, 2007, this resource provides "a map for planning your coming out conversations with yourself, family and friends. It also provides basic information and resources about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people."
  • 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.
  • IDEA is an electronic journal created for the exchange of ideas related, mainly, to cults, mass movements, autocratic power, war, genocide, holocaust, and murder.
  • Site provides "a resource for parents who want information and advice on a child with gender-variant behaviors." From the Children's NAtional Medical enter in Washington.
  • An e-mail discussion list spanning three continents and a range of worldviews and backgrounds. While some posts are personal, most focus on news, views and solutions to homelessness.
  • This website provides a collection of articles, excerpts, and chapters from many contemporary writers of and about Critical Theory, including Adorno, Benjamin, Fromm, Horkheimer, Habermas, and Marcuse.
  • 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.
  • Sponsored by the Center for Family History & Genealogy at Brigham Young University, this database uses emigration registers to locate information about immigrants in their native countries. Work in progress.

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