The USA: General Links

A list of all those sites/portals offering an array of sources/materials.  A useful place to start before delving into the specifics.

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Library of Congress Digital Collections
Library of Congress Digital Collections
Portal for the various digitised collections of images and documents held by the library on arange of aspects on American culture and history.
Our Documents - 100 Hundred Milestone Documents
Our Documents - 100 Hundred Milestone Documents
As the title might suggest, a handy collection of key documents that Americans used to reflect and define the nation, themselves or their government.
History Matters
History Matters
George Mason University's excellent web portal giving access to documents by theme and subject. A really useful resource for both teachers and students.
Teaching American History: Document Library
Teaching American History: Document Library
This site has lesson plans, lectures and links to courses held in the US. This document page is a useful page to start once you know a little bit about the subject you're interested in.
Authentic History Center
Authentic History Center
A really great site to explore - full of documents and ephemera ranging back across United States history. Not much here currently by way of analysis, but a useful site for images, clippings and audio. Have a browse.
Calisphere
Calisphere
Web portal offering access to digitised archival material from public and university libraries across the state of California. A great resource for more detailed academic research.
David Leip's Atlas of US Presidential Elections
David Leip's Atlas of US Presidential Elections
Data, maps & diagrams for every presidential election. If you want any information on the process and past results, this is the place to start.
Historical census browser
Historical census browser
With access to every census from 1790 - 1960, this University of Virginia site allows you to explore population data as tables, graphs or maps. Can produce data down to county level - this is a resource for studying demographic, social and economic trends - nothing on individuals. Useful for more experienced individual research.
Aspiration, Acculturation & Impact: Immigration to the US 1789-1930
Aspiration, Acculturation & Impact: Immigration to the US 1789-1930
This Harvard site deals with numerous aspects of the process of migration, immigration and acculturation over the space of 150 years. Different aspects are explored through narrative, analysis and a wealth of primary source material. Worth exploring.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has been supporting and developing the teaching of American History since the 1990s. This site (mainly subscription, but visitors get a peak/schools can get free access) has essays, sources & teaching ideas from leading US Historians. Broken into eras, it is a great resource for both teachers and students.
Life Picture Archive
Life Picture Archive
Life was a weekly news magazine published by Henry Luce between 1936 and 1972. The emphasis on photojournalism led to an impressive archive of photos on a myrad of subjects dealing with American society and the rest of the world. As such, this online archive is a brilliant resource for teachers ans students looking for images for study or presentations.
Ad Access
Ad Access
Over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories - Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda - dated between 1911 and 1955
The American Presidency Project
The American Presidency Project
John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters' site from UCSB has such a vast array of material - over 100,000 documents to help study the American presidency. Speeches, campaign material, executive orders, proclamations, news conferences - much of this is from the 20th century onward, but other material goes all the way back to the first incumbent.
Studs Terkel: Conversations with America
Studs Terkel: Conversations with America
Chicago History Museum has constructted this great site in honour of the great oral historian Studs Terkel. The site contains numerous audio interviews Terkel conducted with 'ordinary Americans' on subjects including race, teenage life, community, immigration and identity, urban life, the Great Depression, World War Two, and other aspects of the rich tapestry of twentieth century American life. Worth exploring.
Museum of Broadcast Communications: TV/Radio Archive
Museum of Broadcast Communications: TV/Radio Archive
A massive archive of American TV & Radion free to view online. You need to set up a free account, but once that's done, you can search a large number of historic TV programmes, radio broadcasts & adverts. For example, Ed Murrow's 'See it Now' from the 1950s, Coverage of the 1968 Democratic Convention from NBC & CBS and much more. Also contains dramas & quiz shows. A really great resource.