African-American History

The African-American MosaicA Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture

This site features information from the Library of Congress collection of books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound on 500 years of the African American experience in the Western hemisphere, including colonization, abolition, migration, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

The African-American Experience in Ohio, 1850 to 1920

From the Library of Congress American Memory collection, this site includes manuscript and printed text and images drawn from the collections of the Ohio Historical Society. It documents the African-American experiences of, according to the Web site introduction, "slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes."

African-American Women: On-line Archival Collections

Contains the letters and memoirs of three African-American women in the nineteenth-century.

Women’s History

U.S. Women's History Workshop

Primary resources, "Teacher Workshops," " Electronic Classrooms," teaching tips, and other resources on women in U.S. history.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930

This site consists of editorial projects by undergraduate and graduate students at State University of New York at Binghamton. The projects are organized around over 300 primary documents that speak to the history of women in reform movements in the United States.

National Women's History Project

Features the NWHP catalog, ideas for teachers, librarians, parents, students, and others on teaching and learning about women in history, a history quiz, a directory of women's organizations and museums, an events calendar, and more.

Women's Biographies: Distinguished Women of Past and Present

This site features biographies of women who contributed to our culture: writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. The collection can be searched by either subject or name.

Women in World History Curriculum

This site is appropriate for students in high school history classrooms with a diverse range in its coverage of women’s studies. Also available are lesson plans for teachers.

General History

The White House

Find here a virtual tour of the White House, plus biographical information on each of the Presidents, their spouses, and their families. 

First Ladies' Gallery

Biographical information on and portraits of the first ladies.

American Social History Project

This project of the Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York produces books, videos, and other resources for teaching about United States history by focusing on "ordinary" Americans--working men and women.

American Writers

This Web site is a companion to the 2001 C-SPAN series, "American Writers: A Journey Through History." This series takes viewers around the country to historic sites, birthplaces and homes associated with the lives and works of nearly 50 great American writers for a new live program each week. Writers featured include Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Black Elk, Zora Neale Hurston, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Ernie Pyle, Jack Kerouac, Betty Friedan, William F. Buckley, and many others. The Web site provides about the writers, their works, and how those works chronicled and played part in United States history. Classroom resources are also available here.

America's Story from America's Library

The Library of Congress puts a fun, original spin on United States history through its collection of books, diaries, records and tapes, films, sheet music, maps, prints, photographs and digital materials. Visitors can discover what Abraham Lincoln had in his pockets on the night he was assassinated. Or learn about Buffalo Bill Cody and his "Wild West" show; the heroism of Harriet Tubman, who helped many slaves escape bondage; the music of jazz great Duke Ellington; or the inventions of Thomas Edison.

California Mission Studies Association

CMSA is devoted to expanding knowledge of early California history, specifically the era of the 21 missions, the asistencias, ranchos, presidios, and adobes. The site includes an illustrated glossary of terms relating to California missions, a bibliography, a directory of the missions, information on archaeological, conservation, and preservation projects relating to the missions, and links to related resources including projects for and by students.

The Concord Review

Provides resources for students and teachers for various subjects


This site invites visitors to explore the process of piecing together the lives of ordinary people in the past. Through exploring this experimental, interactive case study based on the research that went into the book and film "A Midwife's Tale," both based on the remarkable 200 year old diary of midwife/healer Martha Ballard, visitors can learn basic skills and techniques for interpreting fragments that survive from any period in history. Includes "On Your Own," featuring essays on historical research, a bibliography, and links to useful websites.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Primary sources available for teachers and students.

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course of the Web

Designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History survey courses, this site links to Web resources and offers unique teaching materials, primary documents, and discussions on teaching U.S. history.

Lower Eastside [New York City] Tenement Museum

Provides video and program information on a wide range of topics in American history, religion, and science and technology.

Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea

This museum aims to preserve the remnants of America's maritime past. The site features information about K-12 educational resources on Mystic Seaport and maritime history in general.

OurDocuments.gov: Milestone Documents

Part of President George W. Bush's National Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service, this site provides 100 documents compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration that chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965. Also includes resources for teachers.

Teaching With Historic Places (TwHP)

TwHP uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that guide teachers through this process, including lesson plans, multifaceted education kits, and professional development materials and workshops.

U.S. Army Center of Military History

Frequently updated and filled with museum locations and words by selected military artists with lesson plans to accompany the exhibits.

EyeWitness---History Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It

Using personal narratives, photographs, and other first-hand sources, this site chronicles eras, events, and experiences of the ancient world, middle ages, American Civil War, the old West, World War I, World War II, and the 17th through 20th centuries. Includes bibliographic references and links to relevant Internet resources.

Historical Text Archive

This collection of original materials, links to other sites, and electronic reprints of books is maintained by Don Mabry, Professor of History and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State University.
The History Channel Classroom

Lesson plans for teachers for all grade levels, but many accompany the History Channel program in the classroom including videos and clips from the History channel as well as links to other history filled websites.

History in Film

Plot summaries, outlines, homework sheets, and links for teaching with feature films that deal with topics in history.


Based on genealogical software used to create the Blish family genealogy Web site, this site allows visitors to easily create custom timelines spanning up to 140 years, from A.D. 1000 to the present. Many events listed in the timelines generated include links to further information about those events.

World History

A Walk Through Time

From the Physics Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, this site describes in detail the evolution of time measurement from ancient times to the present. Includes bibliographical information.

Exploring Ancient World Cultures--An Introduction to World Cultures on the World Wide Web

This on-line course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds is edited by Anthony F. Beavers, an associate professor of religion and philosophy at the University of Evansville in Indiana. Essays, primary texts, and links to information about India, the near East, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, the Islamic world, and medieval Europe.

Neferchichi's Tomb

Lesson plans and other teaching resources on ancient Egypt, including a virtual lesson on mummification.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Provides many free texts to teachers and students.

Middle Ages: What Was it Really Like to Live in the Middle Ages?

From the Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, this site provides details of life in the middle ages, links to Web sites on the topic, and a bibliography.

NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources

Provides news service as well showcasing medieval-era related news stories

The Victorian Web

Based on a resource used in Brown University's courses in Victorian literature, this Web site offers information on the literature, history, culture, philosophy, technology, religion, science, and economics of the age of Queen Victoria, who reigned over Great Britain from 1837 to 1901.

Colonial America

1492: An Ongoing Voyage

Intended to accompany a Library of Congress exhibit on Christopher Columbus, this site includes information on the population of the American continent prior to 1492, the Mediterranean region of the 15th century, Christopher Columbus, and the relationship between Europeans emigrating to the American continent between 1492 and 1600 and the Native Americans; and a list of suggested readings.

Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820

This site offers color images, primary sources, and interpretive essays on colonial history and culture.

Archiving Early America

Full text historical documents including newspapers and magazine, maps, portraits, biographical information about prominent persons, writings, a digital library, a discussion forum, and interactive early American history crossword puzzles.


This web site of Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum of 17th century Plymouth, features educational resources, a kid's page, an interactive diagram of the Plymouth village, a diagram of the Mayflower, a Mayflower passenger/crew list, and bibliographies on topics related to Plymouth.

Salem Witch Museum

The most useful features of this site to educators and students are the brief history of the Salem Witch Trials and the frequently-asked question (FAQ) section.

Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project

Part of the University of Virginia Library's extensive electronic text center, this site offers primary sources, including court records, record books, and personal letters; maps; information about notable persons involved in the Salem Witch Trials; a bibliography of contemporary works about the topic; and links to archival collections pertaining to the trials.

Virtual Jamestown

Excerpt from the site: "Virtual Jamestown is a digital research-teaching-learning project to explore the legacies of the Jamestown settlement and 'the Virginia experiment.' As a work in progress, Virtual Jamestown aims to shape the national dialogue on the occasion of the four hundred-year anniversary celebration in 2007 of the founding of the Jamestown colony." The site features teaching materials, public records, maps, images, court records, first-hand accounts such as letters, court and labor contracts, a timeline, primary and secondary source bibliographies, and other resources useful to students, teachers, and researchers.

William Penn, Visionary Proprietor

This site provides details on the life and work of the founder of Pennsylvania, including Penn's planning of the city of Philadelphia, Penn's dealings with Native Americans, and a bibliography of further readings on Penn.

Early United States History

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Educational resources, a virtual tour of Mount Vernon, and information about archaeological excavations of Mount Vernon and the library.

The Home of Thomas Jefferson - Monticello

Features detailed information about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson, bibliographies, lesson plans, oral histories of Monticello slaves, and more.

Thomas Jefferson Online Resources at the University of Virginia

This collection includes texts by Jefferson, quotations, bibliographies, on-line exhibitions, Jefferson-related organizations, and the Thomas Jefferson Papers at the University of Virginia.

Jefferson's West: Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis and Clark Expedition Home

This page of the Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's home) Web site describes Jefferson's prompting and support of the expedition and other information about Jefferson's instrumental role in its realization.

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

From the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL), this Web page features teaching resources about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The Oregon Trail

Produced by the creators of The Oregon Trail, the award-winning documentary which aired nationally on PBS, this site includes a primer on the Oregon Trail, details on nearly two-dozen historic Trail sites, interesting facts about the Trail, and a free teacher's guide.

Civil War

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology

From 1936 to 1938, over 2,300 former slaves from across the American South were interviewed by writers and journalists under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. These former slaves, most born in the last years of the slave regime or during the Civil War, provided first-hand accounts of their experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms. A large sampling of these first-hand accounts and some photographs taken at the time of the interviews are available on this site. (The entire collection of narratives can be found in George P. Rawick, ed., The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1972-79.)

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

This Web site, created by a second grade class in Sleepy Hollow, New York, features a time line, character sketches, poems, crossword puzzles, a bibliography, classroom activity ideas, photos of Tubman and Tubman's home, maps, and information about the Drinking Gourd.

Women and the Civil War: Manuscript sources in the Special Collections Library at Duke University

Destination for primary sources from the Civil War era.

Stratford Hall Plantation, birthplace of Robert E. Lee

Contains information relating to Robert E. Lee and the museum

Making of America

This digital library of primary sources in American social history covers the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology,

20th Century

The New Deal Network

Lesson plans, photos, and documents, and other resources on Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Great Depression.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Digital Archives

This site features a "K-12 Learning Center," lists of manuscript collections, photos, political cartoons, and lists of available audio and video recordings. It also offers biographies of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, fact sheets on the New Deal and World War II, and Roosevelt family genealogy.

Holocaust Survivors

This provides Holocaust survivor stories in the forms of text, photos, and audio; an introduction to Holocaust history; an encyclopedia of the Holocaust; a bibliography; full text original source materials and scholarly articles; and a discussion group.

Holocaust Teacher Resource Center

A project of the Holocaust Education Foundation, Inc. in Newport News, Virginia, this site offers curriculum guides, lesson plans, essays, and information about conferences, seminars, and courses. The Foundation seeks submissions of these items as well as annotated bibliographies, book reviews, and other resources suitable for inclusion on the site.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Features a catalog of the museum's archives, on-line exhibitions, "Guidelines for Teaching About the Holocaust", a Holocaust videography, and other information useful for classroom teachers, students, and researchers.

Voices of the Holocaust

This site features an archive of interviews with Holocaust survivors conducted in 1946.

MLK Online

This site, which touts itself as "Your 'One Stop Source' For MLK on the Net," features biographical information about Martin Luther King, Jr.; the text of his speeches and quotes; video clips, images, and sound clips of MLK; information about books, videos, CDs and software pertaining to MLK; and the history of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Agents of Social Change

The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College provides these lesson plans and primary documents for teaching about six individuals and two organizations---Constance Baker Motley, Dorothy Kenyon, Mary Kaufman, Frances Fox Piven, Jessie Lloyd O'Connor, Gloria Steinem, the Women's Action Alliance and the National Congress of Neighborhood Women---whose impressive achievements distinguish them as "agents of social change."