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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.


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.

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 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.

This project offers a digitized version of the 1953 multi-volume set of President Abraham Lincoln’s collected works, including his writings, correspondence, and speeches. The volumes are searchable by word, phrase, or title.

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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 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.

This Website serves as the gateway to more than two dozen digital projects on a variety of topics concerning history and culture. The topics range from September 11 to the French Revolution to the Jamestown settlement. The site also provides links to a long list of affiliated projects covering U.S. and world history.

This digital collection features a selection of architectural plans and drawings for significant structures throughout the Pacific Northwest from the 1880s through the 1980s. The collection showcases drawings of residential, commercial, and public buildings and can be searched by building style or by architect.

This digital collection features historic photographs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania taken in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The photographs represent various aspects of Pittsburgh history, society, and culture including: education, architecture, transportation, industry, and race relations.

This digital project provides access to full-text versions of American newspapers published between 1900 and 1910 in selected states, along with contextual information about American newspapers published between 1690 and the present. The collection is searchable by publication title, by state, and by publication date.

This digital collection highlights the development of the Macintosh computer beginning in the 1960s in California’s Silicon Valley. The collection explores a wide range of topics including technological innovation, technical writing, marketing, user experience, and cultural impact.

This digital collection contains thousands of photographs taken by amateur artist, Charles Cushman, as he traveled the United States between 1938 and 1969. The collection also provides links to sources on Cushman’s life, work, and travels.


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