General Resources; Documents; Maps; Statistics

General Resources

BBC: History
Part of the BBC’s large selection of educational offerings.
Best of History Websites
Award-winning portal created for students, history educators, and general history enthusiasts. Here you’ll find sites, rated for usefulness and accuracy, that will help you study or teach a wide variety of topics and periods in History.
Current Value of Old Money
Links and a bibliography of sources that try to answer the question how much would a specified amount of money at a certain period of time be worth today?.
Early Modern Hub
Guide to primary and secondary web resources about early modern Europe, circa 1500-1800.
ehistory at OSU
Our collection of primary sources, documentary material, online books and reviews offers a window into the past for students and scholars of history.
Exploring Environment History Podcast
Exploring Environmental History is the podcast about human societies and the environment in the past. This series looks at how environment and climate have affected human society and history, and vice versa.
Eyewitness to History
Your ringside seat to history – from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it…
Global Issues That Affect Everyone
This web site looks into global issues that affect everyone and aims to show how most issues are inter-related.
Histography – Timeline of History
Choose an era from the beginning of the univserse to the Information Era. May narrow topic with categories at left and drag cursor over timeline to select date ranges. (Note: Only works with Chrome and Safari browsers.)
Historical Dictionary
The dictionary is a compendium of facts, figures, mini-biographies and definitions of historical terms. It covers people, places, key events and epochs. Each entry is concise and expertly written, and the dictionary is ideal as a study tool or to improve your knowledge of history.
The official website of BBC History Magazine offers access to the magazine, to news, quizzes, blogs, special features, Podcasts, and extra features.
History Link 101
The cultures of Africa, Aztec, China, Egypt, Greece, Mayan, Mesopotamia, Rome, Olmec, Prehistory, Middle Ages and World War II are divided into categories of Art, Biographies, Daily Life, Maps, Pictures and Research and more.
The History Place
The History Place is a private, independent, Internet-only publication based in the Boston area that is not affiliated with any political group or organization. The Web site presents a fact-based, common sense approach in the presentation of the history of humanity, with great care given to accuracy.
Made From History
Made From Media is a startup focusing on making education more interactive and engaging, through using innovations in publishing technology. This means plenty of infographics, interactive charts, visual storytelling and animated videos.
Museum of the World
From the British Museum and the Google Cultural Institute, an interactive timeline of interconnected historical objects from all over the world. Click on them to view details.
Open Vault
Historical videos from WGBH, covering decades of material.
Spartacus Educational
British and American history, arranged by subject. Also German history from 1900-1945.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Podcast taking a more in-depth look at topics both light and serious which may not have been covered in as much depth in classes. Topics have included Plessy vs. Ferguson, Bakelite, The Ghost Army, The Egg Nog Riot, the Antikythera Mechanism, and much more. Each episode includes a bibliography. The podcast is also available on iTunes and Facebook.
The Ultimate History Project
The Ultimate History Project promotes high-quality, cutting-edge historical scholarship intended for everyone…. Feature articles, as well as articles on set topics, appear every Monday and Wednesday.
Voice of the Shuttle
Extensive set of links to humanities resources online, arranged by subject.
World History – HyperHistory
This is an excellent reference covering people, events, and maps over 3,000 years of history. (Requires Java.)
WWWVL: The History Index
A super site for finding links to lots of pertinent topics from the World Wide Web Virtual Library.

Documents & Speeches

4th of July Speeches
The Fourth of July Orations Collection contains published pamphlets of addresses made on Independence Day from 1791-1925.
100 Milestone Documents
The following is a list of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.
250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives
State-by-state list of historical archives in the US. (March 2013)
America in Class
Collections of primary resources compatible with the Common Core State Standards — historical documents, literary texts, and works of art — thematically organized with notes and discussion questions.
American Memory
Over 100 multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures, and text from the Library of Congress. Includes a ‘Today in History’ section.
American Presidency Project
This collection contains over 100,000 documents including speeches, addresses, proclamations, executive orders, chats, and press conferences given by U.S. Presidents.
American Rhetoric
This award-winning site includes text files, audio, video, and images in sections such as Online Speech Bank, Top 100 Speeches, Movie Speeches, Christian Rhetoric, Rhetoric of 9-11, Speech of the Week, and more.
The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
Documents in law, history, and diplomacy browsable by name or searchable by keyword.
BBC World Service: The Documentary
Dozens of BBC tv shows archived and available online.
British Library Online Gallery
The Gallery includes maps, drawings, sheet music, bird songs, early wax cylinder recordings, and more.
British Pathé at YouTube videos
With its unparalleled collection of historical events and vast catalogue of changing social activity, British Pathé encompasses one of the world’s most prodigious and fascinating documents of the modern age. From fashion to warfare and sport to travel, British Pathé is the definitive source for the 20th century in moving images. All 85,000 newsreels are now searchable and viewable on YouTube.
C-Span Video Library videos
The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible…
CARRIE: A Full-Text Electronic Library
Links to historical documents online. Includes European history,American history, and UN and international documents, among other collections.
A Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents
From the University of Oklahoma, U.S. historical documents arranged in chronological order, from pre-colonial days through the present.
Digital Public Library of America
A single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others.
Access thousands of primary sources — letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types — spanning the course of American history…. Borrow from an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities created by the National Archives, and teachers around the world.
Online Sources for European History. Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations.
Eyewitness to History – history through the eyes of those who lived it
First hand accounts, illustrated with vintage photos, original radio broadcasts.
Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world’s treasures online.
GPO – U.S. Government Printing Office
Free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.
Halsall – Internet History Sourcebooks Project
Collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly … for educational use. This extensive collection of documents and links is a great starting place for historical research of all sorts.
Historical Text Archive
Hundreds of articles, dozens of books, and thousands of links to historical documents from American and world history.
History and Politics OutLoud
History and Politics Out Loud is a searchable archive of politically significant audio materials for scholars, teachers and students.
TheHistoryNet: Where History Lives on the Web
From, extensive links to archival historical information on the web.
The History Place – Great Speeches Collection
Transcripts of selected great speeches throughout history.
Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States
A collection from Project Bartleby online.
Library of Congress
Library of Congress: Primary Sources
Images, videos, and documents from the Library of Congress.
National Archives (U.S.)
Text, historical information, and facsimile images of U.S. documents, treaties, and speeches. Also includes large collections of images of American people, places, and events. Includes U.S. Historical Documents and Presidential Libraries; video files are hosted on Google Videos. There’s also a helpful multi-search tool at National Archives Catalog.
Old Pictures
An extensive collection of original, historical photographs. This collection includes a vast array of photographs spanning the years 1850 to 1940.
Policy Archive
PolicyArchive is a comprehensive digital library of public policy research containing over 16,000 documents. Join today and upload your own research and customize your user experience.
Primary Source Nexus
Primary source resources and teaching ideas. Derived from Library of Congress sources and nicely arranged for ease of access.
StoryCorps is a national project to instruct and inspire people to record one another’s stories in sound. … we’ll also add your interview to the StoryCorps Archive, housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which we hope will become nothing less than an oral history of America.
Search or browse history timelines.
Top 25 Political Speeches of All Time
A 2008 feature from the U.K. paper ‘The Telegraph’.
University of Michigan: Government, Politics & Law
The Documents Center is a central reference and referral point for government information, whether local, state, federal, foreign or international. Its web pages are a reference and instructional tool for government, political science, statistical data, and news.
Voices of Democracy
The Voices of Democracy project is designed to promote the study of great speeches and public debates. The emphasis of the project is on the actual words of those who, throughout American history, have defined the country’s guiding principles, debated the great social and political controversies of the nation’s history, and shaped the identity and character of the American people.
WGBH Open Vault
Online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.

Documents - Cartoons

Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Includes current cartoons, cartoons by topic, cartoons by cartoonist, lessons, news related to editorial cartoons, Cartoons for the Classroom (with lesson plans) and more.
British Cartoon Archive
A guide to the British Cartoon Archive’s holdings of cartoon cuttings and original artwork. It contains more than 120,000 catalogued cartoons, mostly from the last hundred years.
Cartoon America
Exhibition of a hundred cartoons about the United States. From the Library of Congress.
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
Photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings.
Daryl Cagle’s Professional Cartoonists Index
Wonderful collection of topical and political cartoons, with archives going back several years.
The Editorial Cartoons of J.N. “Ding” Darling
Collection from Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and conservationist from the first half of the 20th century.
FDR Cartoon Archive
Collection of political cartoons about President Franklin Roosevelt from 1932 to 1944.
Five Decades of Herblock
A collection of essays and cartoons from Washington Post political cartoonist Herb Block spanning the second half of the 20th century.
It’s No Laughing Matter
Analyzing political cartoons.
LOC Theme Collection: Political Cartoons
Annotated list of political cartoon sites online for both students and teachers.
This is the biggest, searchable database of political cartoons, by the best editorial cartoonists in the world.

Maps & Geography

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States
Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas’s nearly 700 maps.
The Big Map Blog
Collection of large historical maps, both in terms of size and resolution. (No longer updated.)
ChartsBin is a web-based data visualization tool that will allow everyone to quickly and easily create rich interactive visualizations with their own data. Deals with maps and statistics.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
The historical map collection has over 77,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific and the World.
Driving Directions
Bing Maps /
Google Maps /
Find where things are or find your way from here to there.
Earth: A Graphic Look at the State of the World
Via maps and graphs, this site shows and compares information on such topics as global ecology, human conditions, energy supply, food production, pollution, warfare, and wealth.
Euratlas Periodis Web – Maps to be Used for the History of Europe
Policical maps of Europe at one-hundred year intervals between 1 A.D. and 1700 A.D., plus maps of Rome and of Roman battles.
Google Earth
Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.
Library of Congress: Maps
Search, browse, or check out the Collections with Maps from the Library of Congress.
A Google Maps mashup which allows overlaying the outline of one map section over another for easy size comparison.
Maps in Our Lives
Celebrating a thirty-year partnership between the Library of Congress and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the Maps in Our Lives exhibition explores surveying, cartography, geodesy, and geographic information systems–and draws on both the Library’s historic map collections and the ACSM collection in the Library of Congress.
National Geographic Maps
All sorts of maps, both of the United States and the world.
National Map of the United States
The geographic information available from The National Map includes orthoimagery (aerial photographs), elevation, geographic names, hydrography, boundaries, transportation, structures, and land cover.
A free editable map of the whole world. … OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Tons of maps both current and historical.
Printable World Map
More than 165 free printable maps that you can download and print for free. … Choose from maps of continents … maps of countries … maps of regions … and maps of all fifty of the United States, plus the District of Columbia. There are labeled maps … fill-in-the-blank maps … and blank maps….
Scribble Maps
A GoogleMaps mashup that allows drawing over a map and saving it.
Welcome to the online version of the classic map quiz game for Windows, Seterra. Using Seterra, you can learn about countries, capitals, cities, rivers lakes and much more all around the world!
Story Maps
Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. Gallery includes free maps on many topics such as World Population Trends, Gerrymandering, and The Trade in Plastic Waste.
The True Size Of …
Allows one to compare the true size of countries and regions without the distortions of flat map projections. Data and Statistics: Maps
The official National Map of the U.S., plus several others from various government departments.
Why All World Maps Are Wrong (video)
This video shows how mapping a sphere onto a flat surface always produces distortions of one kind or another no matter which projection is used.
Maps and facts about the places of the world. Includes current times, map clip art, distances, and more.
World Population: An Interactive Experience
Timeline from 1 A.D. projecting to 2050 A.D., showing human population around the globe.

Statistics - General and World

ChartsBin is a web-based data visualization tool that will allow everyone to quickly and easily create rich interactive visualizations with their own data. Deals with maps and statistics.
Earth: A Graphic Look at the State of the World
Via maps and graphs, this site shows and compares information on such topics as global ecology, human conditions, energy supply, food production, pollution, warfare, and wealth.
Free Economic Data
Our databases contain more than 165 million economic, financial, and demographic time series covering more than 180 countries and their sub-regions. Accuracy and timeliness are two of the hallmarks of Moody’s economic databases.
GEO-3 Data Compendium
The web site includes data tables for environmental issues as addressed by UNEP’s GEO, such as climate change, water stress and deforestation, as well as a wide variety of socio-economic variables.
A site with geopolitical data, statistics on the human population, Earth and more. The main kind of data you can find here is population statistics of regions, countries, provinces and cities.
Google Public Data Explorer
Students, journalists, policy makers and everyone else can play with the tool to create visualizations of public data, link to them, or embed them in their own webpages. Embedded charts and links can update automatically so you’re always sharing the latest available data.
Official statistics on the web; find by country, region, or topic.
Shows interactive population pyramids of the world from 1950 to 2100, based on U.N. statistical data. These pyramids show the life expectancy for males and females in the selected year, and can be narrowed by region or country.
The UC Atlas of Global Inequality
The Atlas of Global Inequality explores some aspects of inequality using online, downloadable maps and graphics. All these materials can be used freely providing they are attributed to the UC Atlas of Global Inequality.
World Development Indicators – Tables
World Development Indicators
Annual Reports from the World Bank containing statistics for countries around the world. Use the tables or go to the main page for archives or downloadable files in Excel format.
World Stats Clock
Earth Clock
Estimates of current world statistics, including population, births, deaths, incidence of various diseases, global temperature, and other information.

Statistics - United States

Bureau of Justice – Statistics
Crime, law enforcement, and courts statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
All sorts of information and statistics about transportation in the U.S., by car, train, plane, boat, and other means.
FBI: Crime Statistics
We regularly publish or contribute to a series of statistical crime reports and publications, detailing specific offenses and outlining trends that can help you better understand crime threats both nationally and locally.
FedStats … provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic..
Measure of America
The first-ever human development report for a wealthy, developed nation … provides a single measure of well-being for all Americans, disaggregated by state and congressional district, as well as by gender, race, and ethnicity. Includes Interactive Maps.
National Historical Geographic Information System
The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2015.
Social Explorer
Access current and historical demographic data, create reports and download data in convenient formats quickly and easily. Includes Maps showing the date graphically.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Annual reports from 1878 through 2012 detailing statistics about the state of the U.S.
Today in History
From the Library of Congress.
U.S. Census Bureau
People, business, geography… all sorts of facts and figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Pages include:
2010 Census DataAmerican Fact FinderCensus AtlasData Visualization GalleryNewsroomQuick FactsPublications.
Enter your ZIP Code to see U.S. Census data and comparisons with neighboring ZIPs.

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