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Five main subject categories: Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II.

Canada's Digital Collections
Links to over 400 Web sites detailing Canada's history, geography, science, technology and culture.

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum - Transcontinental Railroad
Online Museum commemorating the building of the first Transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

Conversations with History

"Interview program, broadcast nationally...Conceived in 1982 by Harvey Kreisler as a way to capture and preserve through conversation and technology the intellectual ferment of our times.." Includes over 500 interviews, 1982 to present.

EAA - Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920
9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. Also, a timeline overview of the influential developments in advertising, 1850 to 1920.

The Early American Digital Library
Images including portraits, places, events, early scenes, people, battles, military, maps, documents, ads.

Edgar Fahs Smith Collection
From the University of Pennsylvannia, an archive of scientific instruments, biographies of scientists.

The History Place
Extensive collection of a variety of materials on a variety of topics: Civil War, Child Labor 1908-1912, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Migrant Workers, Apollo 11, World War II and African American soldiers, Vietnam War, Presidents, Irish Potato Famine, Genocide (7 instances). Mixture of primary and secondary sources.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project
"Internet History Sourcebooks are collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use." Excellent for Ancient, Medieva, and Modern history research. Special sourcebooks on topics: African, east Asian, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Women, Global, Science, GLTB.

Making of America
Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction, with particular strength in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.

National Library of Medicine: Images from the History of Medicine
"The collection includes portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and graphic art in a variety of media, illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine."

New Deal Network: The Great Depression, the 1930s, and the Roosevelt Administration
Indepth resources about the 1930s and the New Deal: documents, photos, interviews, essays and poetry, slave narratives, TVA and much more.
African Americans.

Regional Oral History Office
Oral History topics include:
Arts & Literature; Business; Community History; Food & Wine; Law and Jurisprudence; Natural Resources and the Environment; Politics & Government; Science, Medicine, Technology; Social Movements; Univ. of California History.

Science, the Occult and Religion

University of Pennsylvannia  electronic text & image collection.  Offerings include Science and Religion; Magic, Alchemy, and the Occult; Natural Philosophy; and Images and Instruments.

Organized and Maintainted by
Ann B. Perham
School Librarian 
Needham High School, Needham, Massachusetts
Updated: January 2012