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The libraries of Florida’s State University System have collaborated on a digital project showcasing the state’s history, culture, and arts. Major themes include Native Americans, racial and ethnic minority populations, exploration, tourism, and the environment.

As part of the Open Collections Program, Harvard University offers a wealth of texts and images related to voluntary immigration to the United States from 1789-1930. The collection’s strongest offerings are from the nineteenth-century, when successive waves of immigrants from all over the world flocked to the U.S. to reap the benefits of the new urban industrial order. Materials illuminate the perspectives of immigrants and native-born Americans and highlight both the benefits and the challenges faced by a nation during a phase of rapid immigration.

NASA has digitized over 9000 press release photos from the American manned space program. Spanning the duration of the program from the Mercury to the STS-79 Shuttle, the website of the Johnson Space Center offers an impressive array of images. Users may search or browse the images.

This digital collection focuses on the early history of Las Vegas, Nevada in the beginning of the twentieth century. While it is currently best known as an entertainment destination, early Las Vegas makes a useful case study for those interested in industry, suburbanization, transportation, and ecology. Additionally, photographs from the post-WWII period showcase the growing prevalence of Vegas nightclubs that will be familiar to contemporary visitors.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa hosts a large number of digital collections. Most relate to the history and culture of Hawaii, but several are based on materials from and about Asia. Together, the collections showcase Hawaii’s diverse peoples and cultures and its relationship with other nations and territories throughout the Pacific.

This digital collection features textual and visual materials on the First (Indian) Nations of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Sources include treaties, dictionaries, books, articles, and government publications. The collection is designed to show the impact of the First Nations on the history, culture, and ecology of the region.

The Center for Research Libraries provides access to a number of diverse digital collections on a variety of subjects. Topics include propaganda from the early years of the People’s Republic of China, slavery and emancipation in Mali, Chicago’s most prominent Polish language newspaper, Brazilian government documents, pamphlets from the French Revolution, and the history and culture of Southeast Asia.

The Kentuckiana Digital Library serves as a gateway to multiple digital collections based on the history and culture of Kentucky. Providing access to thousands of newspapers, books, images, maps, oral histories, manuscripts, and journals, the project is a tremendous resource for those interested in Kentucky and the Appalachian region.

This digital collection features selections from the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar (1872-1906) was a prominent African-American writer who composed multiple poems, several books, and a number of libretti. Many have been digitized by Wright State University in Dunbar’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio, along with a bibliography for future reading and a photo gallery.

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.


Several academic and cultural institutions in Iowa have collaborated to create the Iowa Heritage Digital Collections. By selecting the browse feature, users may peruse descriptions for over three dozen sub-collections and review the contents of each. Topics covered include race, religion, publishing, humor, photography, sports, education, aviation, transportation, war, agriculture, immigration, geology, music, and cartography.

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.

Footnote is a unique digital project that provides access to original historical documents and incorporates the growing trend of online social networking. Users are invited to upload content and to offer interpretations. As a result, available materials cover a wide variety of subjects ranging from major historical figures and events to lesser-known personal stories, genealogy, and community histories. Requires member registration – basic membership is free, but offers limited functionality and access.

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.


This site is a project of the UNH Library Digital Collections Initiative. Search for collections by key word in the box below or use the subjects list.


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