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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.


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.

Footnote is a unique digital project that provides access to original historical documents and incorporates the growing trend of online social networking.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.

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.

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.

This digital collection presents a selection of writings—mostly letters and sermons—from the nineteenth-century American thinker, Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Though Higginson is likely best known for the correspondence he exchanged with poet Emily Dickinson, his career as a minister and writer engaged him in virtually all of the most important debates of his time, including slavery, women’s rights, temperance, and war. This collection can be browsed by topic and provides images of original writings along with typed transcripts.

This digital project brings together half a million pages of primary sources (textual and visual) based on the history of disease and epidemics. The collection is organized around several notable episodes of epidemic diseases such as cholera, the plague, smallpox, influenza, syphilis, tuberculosis, and yellow fever. The project explores the biological and medical facets of each episode along with its economic, political, social, and cultural ramifications. Finally, the collection is framed by a timeline of episodes of significant diseases and epidemics.

“Views of 20th Century Canada” is a work-in-progress by the Canadian Architectural Photography Digitization Project that showcases over 10,000 photos of the birth of the city in modern Canada. Along with editorial guides, the images trace the development of the urban landscape in Canada and its impact on the history of the nation.

This digital collection showcases the holdings of several libraries, museums, and historical societies throughout the state of New Jersey. While the collection is particularly strong in its coverage of history and culture in New Jersey, it also contains materials on genealogy, immigration, agriculture, and war that may be of general interest to those studying United States history.

This digital project contains more than one hundred personal accounts given by modern Iranians. Most individuals were instrumental in the political, social, and cultural changes that shaped Iran between 1920 and 1980.

Materials from eight Vermont Congressmen, produced from 1818 to 2004, document topics including the abolition of slavery, the butter trade, and the rich social and political history of Vermont. The collection may be searched or browsed by title or by its broad categories: Congressional Portraits, Tennie Toussaint Photographs, Congressional Speeches, Dairy and the US Congress, and Congressional Papers.

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This digital collection contains several thousand historic photographs of West Virginia and the surrounding regions. Photographs are accompanied by fairly extensive cataloging information and are searchable by a number of criteria, including date, creator, location, and subject.

This digital project draws from the holdings of the National Library of Poland and as such, it focuses largely on the history and culture of Poland and other regions in Eastern Europe. Though much of the material is in Polish, most navigational tools are shown in both Polish and English, as are many categories and publication titles. Sources fall under the following major categories: books, early printed books, ephemera, journals, manuscripts, and visual art.

This digital collection includes primary and secondary sources on a wide variety of topics concerning history and culture. The collection is especially strong in its coverage of racial and ethnic minorities and other underrepresented groups within the United States. Sources include textbooks, newspapers, legal records, multimedia files, and teaching tools.


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