Digital Archives

A Potpourri of Digital Archives (Just a few — there are thousands already and more come online every day)

Highlights of American History Digital Collections (With thanks to the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media):

Princeton University Historical Photograph Collection:, Contains descriptive information on over 20,000 photographs found within the University Archives Historical Photograph Collection, 1840s-1996

“History Hub is a support community managed by the National Archives for researchers, citizen historians, archival professionals, and open government advocates. Join in the conversation!”

Old magazines online:

Life Magazine from 1936 until 1972:…l_issues_anchor

Digitized Primary Sources: “Pamphlets, books, broadsides, cartoons, clippings, paintings, maps, and other print memorabilia about America from circa 1830 to 1880.”

The Newseum, Primary Sources Galore:

“SNAC is demonstrating the feasibility of separating the description of persons, families, and organizations—including their socio-historical contexts—from the description of the historical resources that are the primary evidence of their lives and work. A key objective is to provide researchers with convenient, integrated access to historical collections held by multiple private and public archives and libraries around the world while also setting the stage for a cooperative program for maintaining information about the people documented in the collections.”

Maps of 50 States

UNC Digital Collections (So Many):

NC State Govt Digital Collections:

Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google:

Chronicling America The Library of Congress offers an extensive and easy-to-use database of historical newspapers.

Clio has quickly become a favorite for teachers and the public. This free educational website and mobile app guides picks up a user’s location and offers them information about nearby history.

Sanborn Maps:…his-collection/ ” A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures ; streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites.”

The Internet Archive : ” The Internet Archive has some really great stuff. Among the many things on offer, it provides access to thousands of digitized books at libraries around the world. All kinds of good primary sources in there.”

University of North Carolina, Documenting the American South : ” Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes fourteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.”

Duke University Libraries Digital Collection : Read this link, “About” for a better description of this very rich collection, Overall link to collection;

Social Explorer, Visually Explore Demographic Data: 220 years of demographic data, 25,000 maps, hundreds of profile reports, 40 billion data elements and 335,000 variables:

170,000 Depression Era Photographs:…eat-depression/