Sources and Online Libraries
House for Kids
This historical site is designed to inform kids about the White
House, its history and related information about the presidency.
Links include information on the Location and History of the White
House, information about President Clinton, White House Kids,
and Pets. This site also includes a link from which kids may write
Guide to U.S. Government for Kids - http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
Ben's Guide to U. S. Government for kids is a service of the US
Government Printing Office that provides electronic access to
information about U. S. history and government. This site is organized
by grade levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and a link for parents and
Making of America (MOA) is 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.
of San Francisco Japanese - Museum of the City of San Francisco
Record of Japanese Internment as recorded in The San Francisco
News from March 2, 1942 to April 30, 1942. Includes complete newspaper
articles from period and links to related resources.
Memory - http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ammemhome.html
American Memory is an online resource compiled by the Library
of Congress National Digital Library Program. With the participation
of other libraries and archives, the program provides a gateway
to primary source materials relating to the history and culture
of the United States. Over
one million items from the American Memory historical collections
are currently available online. In the coming years, the National
Digital Library Program plans to digitize more of the Library's
American history collections and make them available to teachers,
students, and the general public over the Internet.
Oyez Project - The U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia Database
Maintained by Northwestern University, Oyez provides complete
records of Supreme Court cases, biographical information on justices
and a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building.
Freedom Channel - http://www.freedomchannel.com/index.cfm
Sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Freedom
Channel is a free, nonpartisan site that offers video-on-demand
of current political candidates and issue groups. It allows voters
to dial up the candidates they are interested in, on the issues
they care about, all at times of their own choosing.
Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
consists of approximately 20,000 documents. The collection is
organized into three "General Correspondence" series which include
incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of
speeches, and notes and printed material. Most items are from
the 1850s through Lincoln's presidential years, 1860-65.
Century Schoolbooks and the Nietz Collection Bibliography
The resource includes full-texts of thirty schoolbooks from the
Nietz Old Textbook Collection, one of several well-known collections
of 19th Century schoolbooks in the United States. This resource
also includes a searchable bibliography of the Collection's 16,000
History is America's History - http://www.myhistory.org/
An initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities designed
to encourage users to explore their personal histories. This site
provides a place for sharing family stories and for users getting
help in their historical discoveries.
D. Roosevelt Library and Digital Archive
This site provides scholars, teachers and students access to part
of the collection of documents, photographs and video recordings
found at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York.
This resource includes a K-12 learning center and over 10,000
digitized documents relating to the Roosevelt presidency.
Constructed by the Film Study Center at Harvard University this
is an experimental, interactive site where you can explore the
process of piecing together the lives of ordinary people in the
past. It features a case study based on the research that went
into the book and film A Midwife's Tale, which were both
based upon the 200 year old diary of midwife/healer Martha Ballard.
Although DoHistory is centered on the life of Martha Ballard,
you can learn basic skills and techniques for interpreting fragments
that survive from any period in history.
Papers of George Washington
The site provides access to the University of Virginia's collection,
"The Papers of George Washington." It includes letters written
to Washington as well as letters and documents written by him.
An on-line version of the Canadian War museum, this site is dedicated
to the education and remembrance of participants in Canadian wars.
Along with links to other related sources, this site provides
links to the museum's public and educational programs, a "Teacher's
Activity Kit," and an interactive story of life in the trenches
during World War One.
Archive - http://www.civnet.org/resoures/greatdoc.htm
Part of civnet, an international resource for civic education
and civil society, this resource page, links to the full-text
of "great documents", including The Magna Carta and The Federalist
Papers. This site includes links to teaching resources and links
to other sites related to civic education and civic society.
Archive of Civic Documents - http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/9061/index.html
This resource organizes links by international region (Asia, Africa,
United States) and topically (mathematics, women, teaching, war).
The linked pages provide a series of connections to specific historical
information about the region or topic. For example, among the
resources available from the Canadian page you can find "Asian
Canadian Resources," "Canadian Heritage," and "Teaching and Learning
about Canada." Each page includes a search box from which you
can look for specific historical information.
of the Shadow
This site is a digital history project sponsored by the Virginia
Center for Digital History. The Valley of the Shadow Project documents
two communities, one Northern and one Southern, through the experience
of the American Civil War. The project is a hypermedia archive
of thousands of sources for the period before, during, and after
the Civil War for Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County,
Pennsylvania. Those sources include newspapers, letters, diaries,
photographs, maps, church records, population census, agricultural
census, and military records. Students can explore every dimension
of the conflict and write their own histories, reconstructing
the life stories of women, African Americans, farmers, politicians,
soldiers, and families. The project is intended for secondary
schools, community colleges, libraries, and universities.
Collection of Humanities Resources and Archives - http://matrix.msu.edu/resources/
Developed by Matrix - The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and
Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, this resource
provides extensive links to online resources in all of the above
areas as well as links and tutorials for web publishing and research.
Sponsored by the Legal Information Institute, this resource offers
Supreme Court opinions under the auspices of Project Hermes, the
court's electronic-dissemination project. This archive contains
nearly all opinions of the court issued since May of 1990. In
addition, the collection includes over 600 of the most important
historical decisions of the Court available on CD-ROM and over
at Work - The Library of Congress Congressional records -
This is a resource page for the Library of Congress designed to
give complete access to congressional legislation. This site can
be searched by specific House and Senate Bill numbers or by a
word or a phrase. This site also includes a series of related
links under the headings Legislation, Congressional Records, and
Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - http://www.nara.gov
NARA is an independent Federal agency that helps preserve our
nation's history by overseeing the management of all Federal records.
NARA's mission is to ensure ready access to the essential evidence
that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of
Federal officials, and the national experience. This site includes
multiple links to NARA's nationwide holdings including: Records
Management; Federal Register; Online Exhibit Hall; Digital Classroom;
National Historical Publication and Records Commission Grants;
and technical information for Archives and Preservation of Professional
of Congress - http://www.loc.gov/
The Library of Congress site offers a searchable, digital collection
of resources from the Library of Congress' American historical
collections as well as its catalog, text and images from major
exhibitions, the THOMAS database of current and historical information
on the US Congress, and a Learning Page for K-12 students and
teachers. This site includes a National Digital Library Program
which offers access to key documents, films, photographs and sound
recordings of our nation's history in the American Memory Historical
of the United States
and the Presidency
Time and the Presidency is a multimedia site featuring articles
and photographs about U. S. Presidents. This site includes links
to a Virtual Exhibit of Presidential photos and information, a
Presidential Quiz, and a search engine for information on specific
U. S. Presidents.
S. Truman Library and Museum - http://www.trumanlibrary.org/
A sites for documents, images and related resource from the
Harry S. Truman Museum.
Agencies and Organizations
House of Representatives Home Page
This official Web Site of the U. S. House of Representatives includes
various resources to learn about house rules, proceedings, votes,
committees, and employment opportunities. The page also includes
Educational Links and resource for writing to individual house
Senate Home Page - http://www.senate.gov/
This Official Site of the U. S. Senate includes information about
Senate activities, committees, and Bills. This resource also provides
access to Senate Art, This Week in Senate History, and search
capabilities for information about a individual state senators
and legislative history.
White House Home Page - http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
The official Web page of the U. S. White house, this site provides
information on the President and Vice President, the Federal Government,
histories of the White House and its inhabitants, and a Virtual
Library of White House Documents.
Government Agencies Directory
This page is a comprehensive resource of U. S. Federal Government
agencies indexed by Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches
of government. This site also includes links to Independent Boards,
Commissions and Committees, and other government agencies.
This site is a portal to online resource for the State of Michigan.
Included at this site are public policy documents, speeches, and
news releases from Governor John Engler's Administration. In addition,
you can explore links to Michigan's State Legislature, the Judiciary
and every state department, as well as Michigan Compiled Laws
and the Michigan Administrative Code. This resource also includes
travel, tourism information, and a virtual tour of the State Capitol.