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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.

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 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.

Mark Twain set a number of his best-known works in the Mississippi River Valley. Using Twain’s own works, his personal papers, and supplementary information about the setting, scholars have constructed a fascinating view of the region during the nineteenth century. Together, Twain and the scholars behind this digital project offer a unique perspective on the developments and challenges of the era including Westward Expansion, racial and ethnic conflict, industrialization, the Civil War, and its aftermath.

The archivists at Rutgers University have begun to digitize and edit the papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who were the foremost advocates of women’s suffrage (right to vote) in the United States. This digital collection is a work in progress with a relatively limited selection of documents and texts. But as they work, the project’s creators have also provided some insight into the process of documentary editing. Users will likely come away with a great deal of knowledge about how such a collection is chosen, edited, and presented.

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.

Brigham Young University hosts a number of digital collections on a wide variety of topics. Many collections relate to the history and culture of BYU and the contributions of its students, faculty, and alumni/ae. Others focus on topics of regional interest including Mormonism, frontier settlement, and Western ecology. Still others have broader appeal, touching on subjects as diverse as Italian tourism, children’s literature, World War II, John Donne, the Pacific Islands, and the Sudan. Interested users may search or browse the various collections.

From 1888 to 1935, photographer William J. Meuer captured a visual history of campus and community life at the University of Wisconsin. This digital collection showcases thousands of his photographs of university students, faculty, alumni, and campus guests. Included in the collection are depictions of academic, athletic, and social events at the university; images of visits from political dignitaries and other noted celebrities; and photographs of local landscapes and historic sites.


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