Unstable Sources: New Approaches to Historical Methodology Just Say "No" to Google: Finding Archives and Manuscript Collections on the Web Susan Hamburger, Ph.D. Connecting Historians with Online Resources Daniel C. Mack, MLS, MA Penn State University Libraries January 5, 2007.
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New Approaches to
Just Say "No" to Google: Finding Archives and Manuscript Collections on the WebSusan Hamburger, Ph.D.
Connecting Historians with Online Resources
Daniel C. Mack, MLS, MA
Penn State University Libraries
January 5, 2007
This site-licensed database offers advanced searching that can limit to Type (archival materials) to retrieve catalog records for manuscript and archival collections. Single item manuscripts are generally coded in the Books format.
This site-licensed database provides keyword and subject searching, limitable by time period and specific resource, of 160,792collection records, over 6,000 links to online finding aids, and more than 106,748 NUCMC records:
The online catalog of NARA's holdings in the Washington, D.C. area, regional archives, and presidential libraries; offers searching by keyword, limit by digital copy availability, dates, locations of materials, and type.
Allows viewers to search archival holdings in more than eight hundred publicly-accessible Canadian repositories. The site offers links to provincial archival networks (organizations) and online archival exhibits.
The NRA contains information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history. The National Archives, which covers England, Wales and the United Kingdom, was formed in April 2003 by bringing together the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission.
National gateway to descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges, provided by the University Manchester.
This database contains records describing non-government archives held in Australian archival repositories and libraries.
A cooperative effort of several New Zealand library and archival groups, NRAM includes archival collections held in museums, local government bodies, libraries, historical societies, community repositories, and in-house business, educational, religious and sporting archives throughout New Zealand.
This site provides links to over 5,000 Web sites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary resources for the research scholar; it is the most comprehensive in existence. The site is arranged by geographical area, and includes links to archives and libraries throughout the United States and the world. In addition, there are links to other indices of special collections and archival sites.
This service is an archival "meta index," or index of archival indexes. That is, from here they refer you to the major indexes, lists, and databases of archival resources. From them you can link to every archives and archival resource in the metaverse.
This site-licensed database offers centralized access for searching and retrieving archival finding aids plus access to Research Libraries Group's Archival and Mixed Collections file of catalog records.
SOME STATE CONSORTIA
Contains historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are available.
A union database of a small percentage of finding aids from twenty-one repositories.
A Web project documenting the communities of Augusta County, Va. and Franklin County, Pa. on the eve of the Civil War through Reconstruction, Fall 1859 through Fall 1870.
American Memory Project
This site contains historical collections for the National Digital Library.
Site-licensed database includes the contents of the Oxford Companion to United States History Encyclopedia
Site-licensed. Published annually since 1972, the series now contains 33 volumes of primary sources.
Subject gateway to scholarly relevant Web sites in history
Site-licensed database of collections of visual image material culture from U.S. and international libraries, museums, and archives.
Collections Online <http://www.aaa.si.edu/collectionsonline/>
Since 1954, the Archives has collected roughly 16 million letters, photographs, diaries, sketches, scrapbooks, business records, and other documentation that supports the study of the history of the visual arts in America.
Information on works of structural engineering, architecture or construction through time, history and from around the world. The documentation begins at the time of the pyramids in Egypt and Roman construction, continues to Romanesque and Gothic churches and through to the Industrial Revolution all the way to today and beyond. Structurae deals mostly with bridges, tunnels, dams, skyscrapers, stadiums, towers, etc.
Oral history program, unique descriptive electronic databases, and extensive archival, library, and photographic collections that document the myriad relationships that have existed between people, forests, and natural resources throughout history.
The most comprehensive on-line collection to date of declassified U.S. government documents on the atomic bomb and the end of the war in the Pacific.
Fee-based. Contains in-depth indexing to more than 2,700 oral history collections, with keyword searching of over 287,000 pages of full-text. It also contains pointers to over 4,300 audio and video files and almost 19,000 bibliographic records.
Free version of Oral History Online provides access to an in-depth index of more than 3,350 collections of letters, diaries, oral histories, and personal narratives in English from around the world.
Fee-based. Mostly previously unpublished personal views of immigration to the U.S. and Canada, 1800-1950, emphasizing the 1840s and 1890-1914.
Fee-based. The immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries from individuals including more than 6,000 pages of previously unpublished materials. Drawn from more than 600 sources, including journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings. 22 search option categories.
Text and audiovisual searchable database of 709 digital images plus 144 oral histories and 16 manuscript and photograph collections on race relations in Mississippi.
For General Population, Education & Literacy, Economy/Manufacturing/Employment, Ethnicity/Race/Place of Birth, Agriculture, Slave Population
The manuscripts and archival collections are strongest for the 20th century in performing arts, women, Harlem, African American writers, civil rights organizations and activities, manuscripts and research files of historians and other scholars, papers and records of individuals and organizations documenting radical political movements, religion, and eighteenth and nineteenth century Haitian history. Geographic concentration is primarily in the United States.
Since 1994,CHNM combines cutting edge digital media with the latest and best historical scholarship. Developed for historians and teachers:
Gateway to Web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history. Includes 998 primary documents, images, and audio interviews.
Annotated guide to the most useful websites for teaching U.S. history and social studies.
Susan Hamburger, Ph. D.
Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian
The Pennsylvania State University
Daniel C. Mack, MLS, MA
Head, Arts and Humanities Library
The Pennsylvania State University