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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 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.
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 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 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.