This project presents historical maps and images of Tibet from the holdings of the American Geographical Society Library. The collection includes a set of early photographs of central Tibet and Lhasa as well as more than 800 images from Harrison Forman’s expeditions to northern Tibet between 1932 and 1937. The photographic collection is supplemented by four plans of the city of Lhasa and six historical maps of Tibet.

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.

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 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.

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 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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