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  • The Municipal Art Society of New York is a private, non-profit membership organization that aggressively champions excellence in urban design and planning and the preservation of the best of New York's past.

  • The museum covers all five boroughs of NYC. Use the "Search" box to find Staten Island information.

  • Pathfinder created by the National Library of Australia containing links to general history websites, historical texts online, manuscripts and archives, as well as museums and other libraries

  • Information from the National Parks Service on historically significant cultural resources such as buildings, landscapes and other sites.

  • This government site contains timelines, battlefield information, and other items related to the Civil War

  • The Centers mission is to facilitate and encourage citizen participation in the improvement and protection of New York Citys diverse neighborhoods. It is a place where the public is welcome to convene, strategize, and exchange information through its various services: public meeting rooms, temporary and virtual offices, and a resource referral service.

  • "Nestor is an international bibliography of Aegean studies, Homeric society, Indo-European linguistics, and related fields. . . . The primary geographic nexus of Nestor is the Aegean, including all of Greece, Albania, the southern coast of Bulgaria, the western and southern coasts of Turkey, and Cyprus. Its chronological range is the prehistoric period from the Palaeolithic through the end of the Geometric period. Within the topographic and chronological scope defined above, Nestor attempts to list all publications on any aspect of human activity.

  • This site features 20,000 items, including photographs, speeches, letters, documents, and exercises from the New Deal era.

  • This site, developed and maintained by Steve Anderson, includes historic overviews, maps and photos of the highways, bridges and tunnels of the New York metropolitan area.

  • This is a simple list of sites designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Links are provided when available.

  • A pathfinder produced by the staff of Columbia University Libraries, which provides links to many useful resources covering the history of New York City.

  • The Neighborhood Preservation Center and New York Citys Landmarks Preservation Commission have joined together to provide free online access to Landmark designation reports. Designation reports explain the architectural, historical or cultural significance of an individual landmark or historic district. Work in Progress.

  • Information on the holdings of New York City newspapers available in the Microforms Room (Room 100) of the Humanities & Social Sciences Library located at 5th Ave. and 42nd St.

  • Monitored by an independent webmaster and unaffiliated with MTA, this site provides information about the NYC subway and bus systems, the Transit Museum, history, events, facts and figures contributed by volunteers.

  • A photographic and historical tour of New York's first subway line, the IRT.

  • The New York Landmarks Conservancy provides news and information about building preservation in New York, including repair work and financing resources.

  • Virtual Walking Tours of Manhattan Streets

  • The PBS Series.

  • Include more than 4000 State and National Register of Historic Places nomination forms and their associated photographs.

  • This web companion to the PBS documentary features an introduction to the making of this film a 3-D virtual trip around NYC using QTVR panoramas a multimedia quiz game and an educational guide for students.

  • The 8th episode of filmmaker Ric Burns' award-winning series New York: A Documentary Film examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center -- from its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, through its controversial construction in the 1960s and 1970s, to its tragic demise in the fall of 2001 and extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath.

  • NewYorkHeritage.org is a portal to hundreds of free digital collections about New York State's people, places, and institutions contributed by libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions.

  • Offers audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with ten influential New Yorkers, drawn from the collections of the Oral History Research Office of the Columbia University Libraries.

  • Frequently asked questions about the history of the New York City Police Department.

  • A virtual tour of New York University and Greenwich Village history including a walking tour, biographical sketches and quotes.

  • Since 1920, the Clerk of the House has collected and published the official vote counts for federal elections from the official sources among the various states and territories, which are now available on this site.

  • The Old York Library contains a unique assemblage of books, maps, images (photos and postcards), newspapers, and memorabilia of New York City. The collection, founded in the 1960s by Seymour Durst, chronicles the history, geography, architecture, culture, politics and many other aspects of NYC.

  • Offers articles on the medieval period.

  • Featuring the history, facts, and photos of the various neighborhoods that make up our borough. WORK IN PROGRESS

  • This site provides an historical overview of migratory movements to and within the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean from Europe, Asia, and Africa.

  • The online counterpart to the illustrious Mid-Manhattan Librarys Picture Collection, this resource is a collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923. Browse under the subject New York City

  • A web service consisting of links to pictorial images of all forms of Australiana held at participating cultural agencies around Australia.

  • A joint project of City Lore and the Municipal Art Society, advocating for places in New York City that preserve history and sustain culture. Maintains an interactive survey called the Census of Places that Matter where New Yorkers can nominate places of public significance.

  • Articles, essays, cartoons, and historical texts concerning late nineteenth century Populism.

  • This non-profit organization for historic preservation provides national and local resources for locating, designating, and maintaining historic buildings.

  • Background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents.

  • The Queens Historical Society produces a regular series of history related exhibitions and lecture series. It also serves as a local history research center, which provides access to a library of maps, atlases, manuscripts, photographs, documents, family papers and ephemera covering over 300 years history of Queens.

  • Provides an overview of the history and issues of the establishment of Palestine. Includes maps and a database of United Nations documents.

  • This site explores the role religion played in the shaping of America from the 1600s to the 1800s.

  • Fosters the study of the Renaissance from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  • Founded in the early 19th century by freed black men from New York, Sandy Ground is the oldest community established by free slaves in North America. The Society maintains the largest documentary collection of African-American culture and history on Staten Island and the museum also serves as an educational research facility chartered by the state Department of Education.

  • A collection of newspaper editorials covering major events in the years preceding the Civil War.

  • Online encyclopedia featuring articles, chronologies, and biographical sketches.

  • An online exhibit on the Underground Railroad, the history of slavery in the United States, and slavery today.

  • Seneca Village was Manhattan's first significant community of African American property owners. It existed from 1825 through 1857 and was located between 82nd & 89th Streets and 7th & 8th Avenues. Today, this area is part of Central Park.

  • The archive's goals are to "collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attack in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and the public responses."

  • Thousands of digitized images documenting the people, places, and events of Utah and the surrounding states from 1903 through 1980.

  • This series of essays covers topics related to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, including historic sites and buildings associated with the signing, and biographical sketches of the signers of the Declaration.

  • This searchable collection contains over a hundred items documenting legal cases concerning slaves in the United States.

  • A few big cities -- and many more small towns -- long ago made the Mid-Atlantic States of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut one of the most densely populated regions in North America. This Website presents 12,000 photographs of those three states as they were captured in stereoscopic views from the 1850s to the 1910s.

  • Snug Harbor is a cultural center set within an 83-acre National Historic Landmark district containing the finest collection of Greek Revival buildings in the United States, plus Beaux Arts, Italianate and Victorian style architecture.

  • Concerned with scholarly research in medieval philosophy, literature, history, and theology.

  • New York-based museum dedicated to the preservation of the regions marine heritage. Provides information on exhibitions, educational programs, related events, and fleet of ships.

  • New York City's only general interest museum, explores the arts, natural science, and local history through permanent and changing exhibitions. Also known as the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences (SIIAS).

  • The online edition of the Columbia University Libraries exhibition on gay and lesbian history and culture, held in 1994 in conjunction with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the "Stonewall Riots" in New York City.

  • This collection inlcudes images of a wide range of topics related to the military, civil defense, anti-war movements and more.

  • A regularily updated guide to all things ancient on the web. Includes a directory and a search feature. Has a useful section on "daily life" in ancient cultures.

  • A collection of pamphlets, books, broadsides, cartoons, clippings, paintings, maps, and other print memorabilia about America from circa 1830 to 1880.

  • Online companion to a PBS documentary concerning American conscientious objectors to World War II.

  • A rapidly expanding Digital Library from Tufts with a plentiful collection of Greek playtexts and other classical resources. The site also contains full-text versions of Christopher Marlowe's work, an edition of Shakespeare's First Folio, and source material on the history and founding of London. Atlases identify places mentioned in the collection of online texts.

  • Since its organization in 1977, the Preservation League of Staten Island has supported the preservation of Staten Island's historic built environment through a variety of activities.

  • This site provides access to documents, photographs, recordings and digitized collections from the presidential libraries of last century's presidents.

  • A searchable guide with information about the foundations of government, its institutions, and processes, both past and present.

  • A searchable full-text collection of the publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

  • The official Times Square website which includes an online exhibition celebrating the centennial of Times Square and other links that explore the historic heritage and current highlights of Times Square.

  • This web exhibit presents original documents and secondary sources on the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire (1911) held by the Cornell University Library. You will find original documents, oral histories, and photographs.

  • Provides access to video recorded testimonies of Holocaust survivors, as well as a searchable archives catalog, additional education information and links. Site hosted by the University of Southern California.

  • This digital archive presents a hypermedia archive of primary sources providing a social history of a northern and a southern community from 1859 through the Reconstruction period.

  • Collects and preserves stories of wartime service.

  • This searchable site features oral histories, documents (such as official military records) and photographs.

  • A gateway site to United States history sites arranged by general subject headings.

  • "This web resource consists of oral history testimonies gathered from Jewish men and women who came to live in Britain. These testimonies are personal, individual, true stories, which describe life during the Holocaust." A British Library site.

  • Thirteen Online's Web companion takes you on a virtual tour of New York's most populous borough with David Hartman and historian Barry Lewis.

  • A searchable collection of over 7,000 photographs and 317 Kodachrome slides documenting the internment of Japanese and Japanese-Americans evacuated from California, Oregon, and Washington by the War Relocation Authority during World War II.

  • This site hosts the historical writings of James Renner and other history pieces on Washington Heights and Inwood.

  • Information on geography, history, and current issues. Includes an annotated list of links to othter Kurdistan Web resources.

  • This ongoing project contains a series of linked chronologies that depict world, regional, and cross-cultural history.

  • A selection of archival materials, including primary source materials, related to the settlement of California, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, and the Pacific Northwest.

  • This collection explores women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression by providing access to historical manuscipts, images and other primary sources.

  • This timeline includes images, posters, maps, political cartoons, newspaper clippings, and diagrams.

  • Includes photos from its archive collection and museum exhibits, a chronology of the Holocaust, and links to related sites.

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