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  • "It is the mission of the Lambda Literary Foundation to support and further the creation and dissemination of writings by, for, and about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community."
  • 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.

  • Large directory of links, many annotated, are arranged by country
  • 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.
  • T"he goal of this project is to create a digital collection of Latin American travel accounts written in the 16th-19th centuries."
  • Contains "profiles of diverse Latina women working at NASA centers across ou nation."

  • Information on learning disabilitiesfor parents, teachers, and other professionals.

  • "Northwestern University Library's digital collection "League of Nations Statistical and Disarmament Documents" contains the full text of 260 League of Nations documents. The League existed from 1919 to 1946. Although Russia and the United States refused to join, its members included countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America.
  • The League for the Hard of Hearing was founded in 1910 to improve the quality of life for people with all degrees of hearing loss. Site describes services provided by the agency, detailed information about communication therapy and assistive listening devices, full-text articles from the Hearing Rehabilitation Quarterly and links to related sites.
  • The full text of 260 League of Nations documents.
  • "Although the League of Nations ceased to exist in 1946, its archives and historical collections survive as invaluable resources for historical research. In 1957, the Archives of the League of Nations was created. The Archives includes official records as well as portraits, paintings, caricatures, original artworks and unique objects d'art." Along with the Photo Archive, this collection includes "a digital copy of The Illustrated Album of the League of Nations, which includes a very concise overview of the League plus other photos and diagrams.
  • Identifies causes and promotes prevention of learning disabilities and seeks to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families. Fosters research and advocates for the rights of individuals with learning disabilities under the law. Has online resources that include publications to download and links to state and government agencies.
  • This site is part of the Leave My Child Alone! campaign launched by Mainstreet Moms Operation Blue, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, and Working Assets.
  • Directory of links from Columbia University.
  • Article by Ester Yazzie and Jim Zion which appeared in the Navajo Uranium Worker Oral History & Photography Project newsletter. It examines the uranium compensation issue from a Navajocultural perspective and calls for planning for group action.
  • Article by Rudolph C. Ryser
  • This site allows you to search for recently published obituaries. A small fee is required to view most results.
  • Online obituary search of newspapers enhanced with guest books and funeral home information.
  • International web resource for lesbian, includes links to sites on activism, arts, business, health, media, politics, sports, and other areas. "Providing a comprehensive reference to lesbian information on the web is a goal we have nurtured since October of 1999."
  • Directory of sites.
  • Journal tracks significant new legislation, reports on new court decisions, administrative rulings, and executive actions, and highlights new publications of interest. A publication of the Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater 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
  • Profiles of journalists "who inspired us to get into this business by setting an example of telling the truth whatever the cost and whatever the difficulties."
  • Research guides, what to do to prepare for your genealogical research at the Library of Congress, hours and services.
  • Photographs of North American Indians, early 20th century.
  • Library Q: The Library Worker's Guide to Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Users is specifically developed as an aid to librarians working in the area of LBGT librarianship." . . .
  • "This pamphlet was created by the American Psychological Association (APA) Science Directorate to help students and non-psychologists find relevant research on psychological topics of interest. This ranges from newspaper articles on current topics to detailed articles found in scientific journals. It is intended to provide a head start in finding where psychological research is published, how it is indexed, and where to go in the library to find different resources."
  • LibriVox provides totally free audiobooks from the public domain.
  • Begun in 1997 "Libya On Line is the oldest and main web portal about Libya".
  • 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.
  • Services, programs, and products for the blind and visually disabled.
  • This women's magazine, "published in Shanghai from 1931 to 1937, was popular during a time of dramatic material, social, and political change in China. Today, the magazine offers researchers a unique glimpse into women's lives in Republican-era (1911-49) Shanghai. This site features Columbia University's collection of Ling long magazine, one of the most complete holdings outside China."
  • Digitized images of this publication, which "was published in the 1930s in Shanghai, China at a time when womens role in society, at least in that sophisticated and foreign-influenced metropolis, was in rapid transition." The magazine boldly featured "articles on fashion, interior decoration, pop psychology, and new careers and also advice columns on love, sex, and marriage, as well as lavish illustrations of local and Hollywood celebrities. The wide array of advertisements for womens products are often just as revealing of life and aspirations as the words of the text.
  • Searchable database of tribes and languages.
  • A compendium of links to U.S. genealogy-related information on the World Wide Web.
  • Online magazine on early modernism, dealing especially with women in Paris, 1900-1940.
  • A master of the Native American flute and its music. The site provides an online sampler of his music and a list of cds available for purchase.
  • "The mission of the Log Cabin Republicans is to work within the Republican Party to advocate equal rights for all Americans, including gays and lesbians. "
  • 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.
  • A database of the menus held in the Rare Books Division of the Los Angeles Public Library. Images of actual menus are available.
  • 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.

  • The Louis Braille Center supplies a guide to braille books for children and adults, a Saturday program for children who are blind or visually impaired, and an information section for schoolchildren interested in learning about braille.
  • Contains biographical information, criticism, an interview, a bibliography, and links to related sources.
  • Digital images from the National Archives.
  • Web-based examination of New York City's African American history includes videos, audio, maps, images and teaching materials.
  • Information about the disease, newsletter, and useful links.
  • "Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History, focuses on "feminine" spirituality as understood in a broad sense, practiced by women or by men within a variety of religious traditions."
  • Materials accessible here are Cornell University Library's contributions to Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
  • 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.
  • Cornell University's contributions to the digital library of primary sources in American social history. The MOA is a collaborative effort of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to preserve and provide electronic access to historical texts covering the period from the antebellum through reconstruction. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints from Cornell's collections.
  • 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.
  • Provides instructions for making red and white table wines at hoime.
  • 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.
  • "The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collectionsrepresents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection.Map Collections is organized according to seven major categories.
  • "Celebrating a thirty-year partnership between the Library of Congress and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the Maps in Our Lives exhibition explores surveying, cartography, geodesy, and geographic information systems--and draws on both the Library's historic map collections and the ACSM collection in the Library of Congress."
  • 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.
  • Provides online access to a number of full-text works in English translation.
  • The Center for Digital Discourse and Culture provides a brief essay and bibliography on the connection between Marxism/materialism and feminism.
  • Contains the texts of books and pamphlets by Mark, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, and others.
  • "The world's largest and most comprehensive Native American museum and research center offers an array of engaging experiences for young and old, from life-size walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures."
  • This research facility was founded in 1999. The main theme of its research program can "be summarised as the comparative analysis of contemporary social transformation, which also characterises the Institutes contributions to anthropological theory building. Extended fieldwork is an essential part of all research projects as it facilitates close-up observation of processes at work in different societies."
  • Wide range of products, including National Library Service compatible cassette players.

  • This site "addresses the portrayal of gays and lesbians in news, advertising and entertainment media. It also examines homophobia in the media, and provides examples of gay-positive media."
  • This developing project currently contains 2,600 searchable pages.
  • Promotes research in all aspects of medieval studies.
  • Includes recipes and resources.
  • A selection of primary sources, recipes, and bibliographies on the food of the Middle Ages. A labor of love.
  • Find information from current, well researched websites about all areas of health including disabilities. This site also links to Medline where you will find citations to current articles about your topic.
  • Links to quality information resources, from the National Library of Medicine.
  • Comprehensive information from an authoritative source: the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Includes links to latest news, general overviews, clinical trials, diagnosis and symptoms and research and treatment.
  • Material available on this site comes from the book "Oral Histories and Photographs of Navajo Uranium Miners & their families." Four of the 25 interviews with Navajo miners are available here. The site will also give you access to other sites dealing with the issue of compensation for death or illness among the Navajo uranium miners.
  • This site is "dedicated to educating the public about mental health, wellness, and family and relationship issues and concerns. Designed and maintained by Clinical Psychologists since it first launched in November 1995, the site provides scientifically accurate and up-to-date coverage while maintaining an independent editorial stance. News, articles, reviewed links, interactive tests, book reviews, self-help resources, therapist and job listings and even videos make up the varied content to be found in Mental Help Net's many topic centers."
  • "The New York Public Library owns one of the largest historical collections of menus in the world, held in the Rare Books Division."
  • Online version of a standard health reference book.
  • A collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923.
  • "Columbia University's collection of Middle East Studies Internet Resources is an on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on the Middle East and North Africa (in the broadest sense) available on the global Internet, created under the purview of the Middle East Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries. Electronic resources from the Middle East are organized by region, country and subject."
  • Guide to Middle East Websites.
  • 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 links and other resources from the University of Texas at Austin.

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