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The University of Miami provides access to a variety of digitized manuscripts, photographs, and maps drawn from their Cuban Heritage Collections. The collections span a wide range of topics including economics, war, politics, history, literature, theatre, immigration, tourism, sports, religion, and communism.
The Brooklyn Public Library has digitized selections from some of their most popular archival collections. Offering access to historic newspapers, photographs, sheet music, advertisements, playbills, and children’s books, the collections showcase the history of culture of the borough.
From 1907 to 1930, Edward S. Curtis recorded his research and observations related to traditional North American Indian cultures. Comprised of twenty volumes of text and a wealth of images, Curtis’ work is an ambitious effort to document one American’s perspective on Indian life during the early twentieth century.
Claremont Colleges have digitized the personal scrapbooks of the prominent physician and philanthropist, Dr. Walter Lindley (1852-1922). Lindley was an early resident of Los Angeles who contributed to the development of the city through his pioneering medical work and his civic achievements. The scrapbooks include clippings, correspondence, and photographs, and users may browse or search the collection.
The U.S. Government Printing Office has begun to digitize the public papers of the American presidents, including public writings, addresses, and remarks. Still a work in progress, the site currently provides access to public papers for the current president, as well as presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Each president’s papers are divided into six-month segments with tables of contents, photographic portfolios, and both name and subject indices. Users may browse the collection or conduct specific searches by subject, document type, name, or country.
The Rutgers Oral History Archive focuses on the achievements and perspectives of Rutgers University and Douglass College alumni/ae who served at home and abroad during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Cold War. The project’s creators sought to understand the impact of these wars on higher education in America and to highlight the contributions made by the university’s alumni/ae to the history of the state and the nation. The project currently provides access to over 450 oral histories.
The University of Tennessee has provided online access to a “definitive and comprehensive” encyclopedia of the history and culture of Tennessee. As users might expect, this is a secondary source with fairly minimal primary source content; though, articles on selected topics are accompanied by one or more related images. Users will find articles about the Volunteer State on such wide-ranging topics as African-Americans, conservation, medicine, and sports.