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  • 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.
  • Site of the TV News magazine.
  • NAtional Institute of Health (NIH) researchers recall the early years of AIDS.
  • Large variety of products for the blind and visually impaired, including National Library Service compatible cassette players.

  • The main website for Indymedia, a collective of independent media organizations and journalists offering non-corporate coverage, with links to local Indymedia websites.
  • Access to Native American artists arranged by medium,and to artist's cooperatives and directories was made available by Karen M. Strom. This is a very comoprehensive listing.
  • Subject-arranged index.

  • "The Norwegian Council for Africa's award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 4000 websites on subject such as Development and Aid, Economy and Finance, Environment and Agriculture, Facts and Statistics, Health and Social Welfare, Human Rights, News and Media, Politics and Government, Schools and Universities, Security and Conflict, Sport and Culture, Women and Gender."
  • The 88 volumes of this work, [available at the New York Public Library Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy Call Number (S) APY (Garcia Caraffa)], lists of over 15,000 names with their respective genealogical histories (with color illustrations of representative crests) of Spanish and Spanish-American families.
  • "The Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)s National Art Collection of Indian (First Nations) and Inuit art represents works of art by Canadas most prominent Indian and Inuit artists as well as works by young emerging and mid-career artists. INACs collection of over 4,000 works includes regional representation from across Canada and representation of all major art media forms, such as basketry, beadwork, carvings, ceramics, drawings, installation art, paintings, photography, sculpture and textiles dating from the early 1960s to the present."
  • "The Nation's leading American Indian news source."
  • Specializing on the Southwestern United States, Indian House has an extensivecatalog featuring dance and ceremonial songs from the the Pueblo, Navajo and ZuniIndians.
  • "Legal advocacy for the protection of indigenous peoples human rights, cultures, and traditional lands so that Indian tribes and nations may flourish for generations to come."
  • Over 1500 digitized images from the 1870s to the 1960s. Searchable by subject, personal name, photographer or artist, date, or type of material.
  • IUCAT: IU Libraries' Online Catalog
  • Current stories, a resource directory featuring a tribal directory and assorted links, and "trading post" whose profits help to support the programs of the American Indian Heritage Foundation.

  • Links to Native American languages, art, documents, speeches, quotes, prayers, poetry, stories, and more.
  • "This site is dedicated to information about law and legal issues related to indigenous peoples of the world." Although this page sometimes highlights items of urgent or special importance, all material is otherwise organized under the following categories: Law & Legal Issues Cases & Controversies Government Documents and SourcesInternational Documents and Sources Speeches, Articles & Essays Topical Reference Sites.
  • Provides substitution suggestions from food professionals for ingredients such as butter, eggs, and flour.
  • BBC News feature page.
  • "The IEAS was established in 1974 by Dr. Kang In-duk, former Minister of Unification, South Korea, for twenty-seven years it has dealt with issues related to East Asia, focusing on the Korean peninsula and its surrounding powers.The institute has provided knowledges in various aspects of the Korean peninsula from a Koreans' view. It has given unique perspectives, enabled readers to understand the critical and delicate matters of the region through the eyes of Korean.In the new millennium, the IEAS will continue its effort to provide in-depth analysis concerning the Korean peninsula.
  • "From groundbreaking research on giving and volunteering to analysis of the economic status of lesbians and gay men, IGLSS leads the way in research and analysis on issues important to LGBT Americans"
  • "The IAAW is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion, improvement and self-fulfillment of Aboriginal women within the concept of self-government and community, recognizing the Strength and Beauty of All Aboriginal Women."
  • "The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, the economic and social aspects of health care and domestic violence, and women's civic and political participation."
  • This is the home page of an accredited college for students with a Native heritage and cultural experiences. Description of college courses and application requirements provided.
  • In Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Recent and current research on all aspects of the design, construction and use of tactile maps and other tactile graphics.
  • Website of an organization which "builds awareness of women's contributions to musical life through its publications, website, international competitions, conferences and congresses, concert promotion, and presentation, and through its support of entrepreneurial and publishing activities, scholarly research and publications, broadcasts, educations initiatives, and advocacy work."
  • "The purpose of the archive is to document the history of women's involvement in architecture by collecting, preserving, storing, and making available to researchers the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, and urban planners, and the records of women's architectural organizations, from around the world."

  • ICDRI is a United States non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Its mission is to compile outstanding disability resources. Also includes calendar of disability events around the world.
  • Associated with the Cloisters in New York City, this site promotes research in the area of medieval art and cognate disciplines.
  • Statistics on the coffee trade.
  • "The International Dutch Oven Society is a non-profit organization based in Logan, Utah. Our primary mission is to promote and encourage the art and skill of Dutch oven cooking, and to provide education regarding the benefits and methods of Dutch oven cooking."
  • Operates a free information and referral service. Includes a membership of a variety of professionals in partnership with individuals with dyslexia and their families. Actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for individuals with dyslexia. Facilitates the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia.
  • Over 1,000 electronic braille books, including classics and publications of the National Federation of the Blind. Files are in contracted braille ASCII format and may be red online or downloaded.
  • Abstracts and reviews of materials relating to LGBT Studies.
  • "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.
  • "The International Museum of Women is a world-class cultural and educational institution proposed for San Francisco. It will be the only international museum exclusively dedicated to chronicling and honoring the lives of women worldwide." Site features past and present exhibits, a newsletter, and links to related organizations.
  • "The International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) was founded in 1954 with the goal of improving the health of women throughout the Americas. IPPF/WHR seeks to address the range of sexual and reproductive health issues that affect the integral health of women, men and adolescents."
  • Access to the association's activities and good range of links to sociology resources online.
  • "IWHC works to generate health and population policies, programs and funding that promote and protect the rights and health of girls and women worldwide."
  • On this site historical sources on the history of human societies in the continent of Africa are presented.
  • "Internet Archaeology is an independent, not-for-profit, fully refereed electronic journal for archaeology and we have set ourselves the task of publishing articles of a high academic standing which also try to utilise the potential of electronic publication." Began in 1996.
  • 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.

  • The Wayback Machine provides 'snapshots' of older versions of 85 billion webpages
  • Directory of online resources in chronological and topical catergories.
  • 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.
  • Directory of resources in chronological and topical categories.
  • 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.
  • An updated guide on searching for obituaries.
  • Extensive guide to sites, featuring descriptive and evaluative annotations with many links.
  • Extensive collection of links from the University of Delaware.
  • Exhaustive compendium of links to primary sources in women's history worldwide. Divided into major historical periods, different countries and continents, with sections for general rosources, great women of particular times and places, the structure of women's lives, women's agency, feminism, women's oppression, and gender construction.
  • Government site of basic country information.
  • "The Iowa Archeological Society was established in 1951 by Iowans interested in preserving and studying Iowa's prehistoric and early historic heritage. Its aims are to gather, record, publish and interpret archaeological information in cooperation with career archeologists in the region."
  • This site provides "links by topical categories to resources primarily in English providing nformation on Iraq concerning conflict, weapons inspections,and post-war reconstruction." From the United States Institute of Peace.
  • Website of "an educational institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Iroquois culture using Iroquois art as a window to that culture. The museum is a venue for promoting Iroquois art and artists, and a meeting place for all peoples to celebrate Iroquois culture and diversity. As an anthropological institution, it is informed by research on archaeology, history, and the common creative spirit of modern artists and craftspeople." Howes Cave, N.Y.
  • This site "is intended to serve as a place of art and culture for women-oriented women, offering a historical glimpse into lesbian lives and vintage views of affection between women."
  • Selections from the Fry Collection. An exhibition in the Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin.
  • "The Gay and Lesbian Center is a research center devoted to the documentation of lesbian and gayhistory and culture by collecting, preserving and providing access to material on all aspects of thelesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered experience." The center is a part of the San Francisco Public Library.
  • Links to sites covering the arts, business, education, food, government, society, religion, ethics, science, travel and other areas.
  • Formerly The Jewish Braille Institute of America, JBI helps men, women and children around the world who are blind, visually impaired, reading disabled and physically handicapped, to integrate into their community and society in general.
  • Full-text articles.
  • An exhibit featuring 16 distinguished Jewish American women.
  • The Jewish Guild for the Blind (The Guild) is one of the country's foremost vision care agencies. The Guild has been assists visually impaired, blind and multi-disabled people of all ages through a wide range of programs designed to support and enhance physical, emotional and intellectual functioning. The Guild is nonsectarian.
  • "Jewish Woman magazine, a project of Jewish Woman International, grows out of the organization's mandate to serve as a resource for all Jewish women, regardless of age, geography, or affiliation bringing the issues they care about to center stage."
  • An online archive of original documents, journals, books and literature on the subject of Jews in 19th-Century America.
  • JewishGen InfoFiles provide information at your fingertips on topics of relevance to Jewish genealogical research.
  • ADA Statute, Regulations, ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines), Federally Reviewed Tech Sheets, and Other Assistance Documents.
  • 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.
  • Works to improve the quality of life of children and youth, particularly those with special needs, through teaching, research, and leadership in the use of technology.
  • This print journal's websites offers Table of Content listing from December 2002, plus online selected articles.
  • "An on-line, open-access, peer reviewed journal that provides a forum for scholars, activists, and students to explore the relationship between feminist theory and various forms of organizing."
  • The American Journalism Review's list of journalism organizations.
  • Site contains information on home baking, including recipes, videos, a glossary, a conversion chart, and a bibliography.
  • Includes searchable fax directories for most Slavic, Baltic, and East European countries.
  • Searchable online version of the 7 vol. work ompiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, covering the years 1902 to 1971.
  • The FBI investigation of Kent State is now available online.
  • Knife Wing and his band won the Native American Pioneer Award in 1995 and the White Buffalo Award in 1996. Their music is grounded in Native tradition and performed with a contemporary twist.
  • Kubon & Sagner is a long-established vendor for Slavic and East European books and serials.
  • Small collection of recipes using this unique citrus fruit. Includes recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, puddings, cheesecake, glazes, marmalade, relish, and even a kumquat martini. From a kumquat grower.
  • For and about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered South Asians. Includes subjects: Organizations, Literature, Cinema, Who's Who, News, Links.
  • A valuable resource for texts, bibliographies, pedagogical resources, organizations and databases devoted to medievalia.
  • A repository for 20th century New York City political and social history covering the mayoralties of LaGuardia, Wagner, Beame, Koch, and more.
  • A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

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