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Research Databases

19th Century U.S. Newspapers
Access over 28 million articles of primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S.
African American Archive Collection
Gateway to two collections for scholars and researchers: "Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive," "Archives Unbound," and "The Southern Negro Youth Congress and the Communist Party: Papers of James and Esther Cooper"
Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives
Over 50 million pages of historical documents; census records from 1860 and 1930; documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, and U.S. Presidents; historical newspapers; naturalization documents; Matthew Brady Civil War photos; city directories; etc.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search the full-text of hundreds of electronic reference books on a wide range of subjects, including: the arts, business, education, history, law, medicine, and science.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Times
Full-text and full-image articles for the complete backfile (1851–2009) of the New York Times. Digital reproductions include news stories, editorials, photographs, graphics, obituaries, legal notices, and advertisements.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Cincinnati Enquirer (1841-1922)
Full-text articles from the backfile of the The Cincinnati Enquirer.
ProQuest Obituaries
Access more than 10 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from the historical archives of top national newspapers, such as The New York Times.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Large scale street plans—including building outlines, property boundaries, and building use - produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company from 1867 to 1970.
U.S. History in Context
Thousands of primary source documents (including letters, speeches, and legislative acts); full-text magazine and journal articles; digitized maps, photographs, and illustrations.

African American History

African American Biographies
Columbia University links to biographies of famous African Americans.
The African American Experience in Ohio, 1850–1920.
A digital collection that includes a diverse group of historical documents dealing with Ohio.
African American Historical Text Archives
A collection of full text primary resources in African American history, ranging from newspaper articles to letters to addresses.
African-American Mosaic
Library of Congress resource guide for the study of Black history and culture.
Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery
A companion to the PBS documentary, this site includes documents, images, and biographies. Also included is a teachers guide and a youth activities section.
Afrocentric Experience
Offers current events, historical resources, links, and more.
Black Americans in Congress
Biographical profiles on the 125 African Americans who have served in the U.S. Congress from 1870 through 2007, as well as historical data and informative essays.
Documenting the American South
Excellent primary source database on the history, literature and culture of the Southern States from the colonial period through the early 20th century.
Gateway to African-American History
Includes books for Afro-American history, speeches, and more.
Guide to 20th Century African American Resources at the Cincinnati Historical Society Library
Online research tool to help uncover the important part played by African Americans in Greater Cincinnati’s history. Includes books, periodicals, theses, photographs, manuscript collections, and historical objects. The guide is organized by subject (business, churches, community leaders, housing and neighborhoods, sports, etc.). Alphabetical and chronological indexes are also available.
Harper’s Weekly Reports on Black America
These timeline reports on Black America from 1857 to 1874 were prepared by Harper's Weekly and provide annotated lists of major events.
The Internet African American History Challenge
A combination of biographic and historical essays plus tests on different skill levels to test the user and point them in the direction of what needs further study.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Offers a centralized location for information on the underground railroad's role in the freeing of slaves.
Notable African-Americans
Short biographies grouped alphabetically and by subject (civil rights leaders, abolitionists, athletes, etc.).
Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution Through the Civil War
UPA, publisher of this collection, lists and gives summary information of microfilmed family papers. Although not comprehensive, this can serve as a helpful starting point in researching plantation records.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Although only part of the collection is online, the Schomburg Center is one of the foremost collections for U.S. African American culture.
Stowe House
The local historic site where the author Harriet Beecher Stowe was inspired to write Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Timeline of the American Civil Rights Movement
This page gives a year by year account of the most important events of the Civil Rights Movement (1954-1965).
We Shall Overcome
Map and alphabetical listing of important sites in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Pictures and descriptions of the sites are also included.

Ancient History

Ancient and Medieval Electronic Texts
Online text archives of ancient and medieval material of interest to church historians, theologians, biblical scholars, archaeologists, etc.
Ancient Greece
Easy-to-use site offering information and organized links concerning ancient Greece.
Ancient Mesopotamia
Articles and links about the history, daily life, art, and geography of Mesopotamia.
Bequest Unearthed, Phoenicia
Explore Phoenicia using the annotated links, facts and search engine.
De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
Covers the Roman Empire from 27 B.C. to 1453 A.D. and includes maps, chronologies, biographical data and links to other sites on the Roman Empire.
Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World
A wide range of information about women in ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Mesopotamia, including course materials, a searchable bibliography, and links to on-line articles, book reviews, databases, and images.
Exploring Ancient World Cultures
This site provides resources covering ancient civilizations including chronologies, essays, images, texts and web sites.
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
Links to full-text primary source material.
Lacus Curtius: Into the Roman World
A compendium of information on the Roman world.
Maecenas: Images of Ancient Greece and Rome
There is also a search engine to support this database of over 1400 photographs.
Odyssey Online
Very good illustrative ancient history site which includes Africa and is ideal for primary school students.
Perseus Project
Resources for the study of ancient cultures, including an encyclopedia of terms with links to primary sources and Greek and Latin lexicons.
The Rome Project
A collection of resources about ancient Rome, including many links, that was developed for students and teachers at The Dalton School.
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
The standard seven wonders are covered in this Wikipedia page.

Cincinnati History

Cincinnati and the Tristate · History
Use this directory for local resources.
Cincinnati Civil War Round Table
List of upcoming speakers, book reviews, web site reviews, as well as very good links to other Civil War web sites. Covers all aspects of Civil War history, not just Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Museum Center
Includes information about the Cincinnati History Museum and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library.
Cincinnati Preservation Association
Information about this organization dedicated to preserving local historic sites, as well as news on recent preservation events.
Cincinnati-Transit.net
Covers the history of Cincinnati's transit system. Bridges, inclines, and the subway system are all included.
Greater Cincinnati Memory Project
Over 6,000 images from the pre-1940 greater Cincinnati area.
Greetings from Cincinnati
A wealth of postcards featuring images of Cincinnati and the surrounding communities, ranging from the 1890s through the 1990s.
Stowe House
The local historic site where the author Harriet Beecher Stowe was inspired to write Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Tall Stacks Online
Information on Tall Stacks events, steamboat history and links to other steamboat websites.

Civil War

American Civil War Homepage
Excellent resource for causes of the war, specific battles, biographies and rosters with very good graphic images and links to other sites.
Cincinnati Civil War Round Table
List of upcoming speakers, book reviews, web site reviews, as well as very good links to other Civil War web sites. Covers all aspects of Civil War history, not just Cincinnati.
Civil War Maps
Site maintained by the Library of Congress containing full image maps, primarily drawn up in the nineteenth century. Includes not only specific battles but state, county, and local area maps of the Civil War period as well.
Civil War Reenactors Home Page
Includes schedule of upcoming reenactor events, a primer on how to become a reenactor, and links to specific regimental reenactor websites.
Civil War Search Directory
Links to a wide variety of Civil War-related resources - hosted by Google.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
An ongoing database project administered by the National Park Service, providing a brief file for every soldier who fought in the Civil War, as well as a list of those buried in cemeteries administered by the Park Service.
The Civil War: The American Battlefield Protection Program
Comprehensive site on Civil War battlefields run by the National Park Service. Excellent battlefield directory for the interested traveler.
Civil War United States Colored Troops: Summary and Index
Very comprehensive privately run website containing content on specific units, primary documents, chronologies, and reenactments involving African American Civil War soldiers.
Civil War Women: Primary Sources on the Internet
Links to full-text diaries, letters and other primary documents from women living during the Civil War era. Several of the diaries are composed by young girls (ideal for primary/secondary school projects). Sponsored by Duke University.
Crisis of the Union: An Electronic Archive of Documents about the Causes, Conduct, and Consequences of the US Civil War
Site maintained by the University of Pennsylvania containing full text primary documents leading up to the causes of the Civil War.
Grand Army of the Republic and Kindred Societies
Site maintained by the Library of Congress on the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the largest Civil War (Union) veterans organization. Includes lists of National Encampments and individual state posts.
Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion
Part of Cornell University's "Making of America," this site contains the full text of the "Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies," a rich resource of primary documents, including formal reports, correspondence, and orders. Includes searchable index.
Ohio Civil War Monuments
Concise descriptions of nearly 280 monuments, structures and selected grave markers throughout Ohio memorializing the state's participation in the Civil War. Compiled and maintained by the Cincinnati Historical Society Library in conjunction with the Museum Center's 2003 Civil War exhibit, Liberty on the Border
Ohio Historical Society Archives/Research Tools
Click on "Civil War Documents." Many primary documents associated with Ohio's part in the conflict, including letters from the Adjutant General, records of officers, surgeon generals, prisoners of war and draft boards, as well as diary entries.
Ohio in the Civil War
Very good privately run bibliographic site on Ohio's involvement in the Civil War. Includes bibliographic resources on many Ohio regiments, personal narratives, a searchable index, and links to sites dedicated to specific regiments.
People of the Civil War: A Soldier's Life
This site provides substantive information on the Civil War and useful links that illuminate specifics.
Selected Civil War Photographs
Part of the Library of Congress collection containing almost 1,200 Civil War photographs.
The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confderate Armies
Part of Cornell University's "Making of America," this site contains the full text of the "Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, a rich resource of primary documents, including formal reports, correspondence, and orders. Includes searchable index.

Medieval History

Ancient and Medieval Electronic Texts
Online text archives of ancient and medieval material of interest to church historians, theologians, biblical scholars, archaeologists, etc.
Byzantine Studies on the Internet
An Internet sourcebook providing documents, images, links, music, and shareware concerning the Byzantine Empire.
Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies
A wealth of electronic resources on the periods of the Reformation and the Renaissance.
The Crusades
Covers the era of the European crusades: 1095-1291 A.D.
Internet Medieval Sourcebook
A large collection of indexed links, public domain and copy permitted texts pertaining to the Medieval era.
Middle Ages
Good basic site for learning about daily life in the Middle Ages.
NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources
Contains good links to sites on medieval culture, history and biographies.
ORB: The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies
An academic site created for instructors and students. Includes a textbook library and teaching resources.

Military History

American Forts Network
Comprehensive glossary database of historic North American fortifications, military camps, and naval shipyards.
Buffalo Soldiers on the Western Frontier
Brief, concise history of these African American cavalry troops in the American West. Includes short regimental histories, a "daily life" section and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.
Doughboy Center
Site maintained by the Great War Society providing unit histories, battle descriptions, primary documents, and photographs related to United States involvement in World War I.
Galafilm’s War of 1812
Based on a documentary series, this site contains information on the war's battles, causes, famous participants, and forts. Contains good images and fairly covers all sides of the conflict.
The Gulf War
Contains a chronology, interviews, maps, and information on the weapons and technology used during the 1990-1991 Gulf War.
Hyperwar: A Hypertext History of the Second World War
Ongoing database about United States involvement in World War II with emphasis on primary documents, overview and statistics of specific campaigns and unit histories.
Map Library (U.S. Military Academy)
Images of maps displaying United States and worldwide wars and conflicts from ancient times to the contemporary age.
Revolutionary War Timeline
Concise timeline for the American Revolution (1775-1783) and links to Revolutionary War National Park sites.
Spanish American War Centennial Website
Privately run site on the Spanish American War includes a chronology, primary documents, unit histories, biographies and photographs. Covers both sides of the conflict objectively.
Statistical Summary of America's Major Wars
Good overview site listing number of casualties and the financial cost for each United States conflict from the Revolution to the Gulf War.
Trenches on the Web Library
Very comprehensive site on World War I. Includes biographies, photographs, maps and primary documents.
U.S. Army Center of Military History
Includes full-text publications on select topics under "Online Bookshelves," full listings of Medal of Honor winners, regimental lineages, and military artwork.
U.S. Army Military History Institute
Digitized documents and photographs covering all periods of American military history.
U.S. Mexican War 1846 - 1848
Companion resource for the PBS documentary includes timeline, historical narrative and biographical information. Site makes effort to see both sides objectively.
Veterans History Project
Library of Congress site containing select full-text interviews with U.S. veterans from WWI through the Gulf War. Also includes a catalog listing all interviews maintained by the LOC and tips for conducting an interview with a veteran.
War of 1812 Website
Includes numerous articles, book reviews, unit descriptions, battle maps and extensive links on the War of 1812.
The Wars for Vietnam: 1945 to 1975
Provides thorough overview of American involvement in the Vietnamese Conflict, full text of primary documents, and good links to other sites.
Women's Military History
Original content site covering many aspects of women's military history (mostly United States), including biographical sketches, military women "firsts," as well as numerous anecdotes and case studies.
World War I Document Archive
Full-text archive of primary documents from World War I, a biographical dictionary, and several hundred images.
World War II Timeline
A detailed timeline of World War II created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Native American History

Native American Voices
Concise overview of Native American history. Useful for students as well as teachers.
Nativeculture.com
An award-winning site maintained by a former librarian. Select "Lisa Mitten's Links" to access the homepages of Native American nations.
NativeTimes.com: Tracing your Ancestry
Succinct how-to guide from the largest independently owned Native American Newspaper in America.
On This Date In North American Indian History
A listing of over 3,000 historical events connected to the indigenous peoples of North America.
WWW Virtual Library · American Indians
Comprehensive index of Native American History resources on the Internet, including archaelogy, arts, language, organizations, and history. Books and articles with full-text online.

Ohio History

Inland Riverboats Photograph Collection
Thousands of photographs from the Library's Inland Rivers Photographs Collection are now online. Share your memories and knowledge of the Inland Riverboats by contributing to our wiki.
Ohio Historical Society
This attractive and informative site is the starting place for almost any subject in Ohio history.
Ohio History
Full-text articles for this journal published by the Ohio Historical Society dating back the the publication's inception in 1887. An excellent source for historical scholars and students seeking supplemental information on Ohio history.
Ohio in the Civil War
Very good privately run bibliographic site on Ohio's involvement in the Civil War. Includes bibliographic resources on many Ohio regiments, personal narratives, a searchable index, and links to sites dedicated to specific regiments.
Ohio Memory Project
More than a century of Ohio history is documented with digitized images of historic documents and artifacts contributed by libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums from across the state.
Three Voices from the Past
Access the Library's digital exhibit about life in 19th century Cincinnati.

This Date in History

dMarie Time Capsule
Mixes pop culture with historical events.
HarpWeek Presents the 19th Century World
Good primary source site for 19th century historical events, politics and social history.
On This Date In North American Indian History
A listing of over 3,000 historical events connected to the indigenous peoples of North America.
On This Day
Today's Highlights in History. Sponsored by the New York Times.
Scope Systems Historic Events & Birthdates
Offers a large list of birth and death dates, historical events, and missing in action posts.
This Day in History
Sponsored by the History Channel.
Those Were the Days
Search by date to find out what happened on any particular day in history.
Today in History
Sponsored by the Library of Congress.
WhoWhatWhen
Enter in a name, date, or year. The site will then chart events occurring during that person's lifetime or era.

United States History

America in the 1930s
Explore the 1930s through its films, radio programs, literature, journalism, museums, exhibitions, architecture, art, and other forms of cultural expression.
American Cultural History: The Nineteenth Century
A chronological database with information on literature, music, economics and technology. Concisely covers historical events.
American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century
A chronological database especially useful for finding information about 20th century art, music, film and fashion. Historical events are also concisely covered.
American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
Excellent source of primary documents maintained by the Library of Congress, containing contents from hundreds of manuscripts and rare books, as well as many graphic images.
American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States
Growing full text database of over 5,000 famous speeches in American history. Searchable by keyword.
America's Journey: The Quest for Freedom, 1492-1836
Resources to help teachers improve their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history. Local participants in this grant project include Miami University (Hamilton), Lane Public Library, Northwest Local School District, and Fairfield City School District.
America’s Library
Maintained by the Library of Congress, this site contains information on historical figures and events, as well as the fifty states. Presented in a format ideal for primary school students,.
Archiving Early America
Primary source documents of eighteenth century colonial America.
Chronology of U. S. Historical Documents
Full text of major U. S. historical documents from pre-colonial time period to the present.
Documenting the American South
Excellent primary source database on the history, literature and culture of the Southern States from the colonial period through the early 20th century.
Flag of the United States
Includes narrative histories of the United States flag, as well as historical images and flag etiquette.
Gold Rush
California Gold Rush information for primary and middle school students.
History Matters
Although designed for high school and history teachers, this gateway site has loads of resources for students and historians as well.
The History Net
Access a variety of historical articles through this National Historical Society site.
History Place
Covers both United States' and world history using links, multimedia, reviews, and more.
Interactive Santa Fe Trail (SFT) Homepage
Links to online books, primary documents, maps and genealogy data related to this famous settlement route.
Jim Janke’s Old West
Several dozen links to topics covering the 19th century American West, including forts, ghost towns and Native Americans.
Lews & Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Companion site to the Ken Burns film. Includes good summary of expedition, a timeline, maps and journal entries.
Lincoln Letters Wiki
Use the Library's wiki to share your thoughts or comments about our collection of Abraham Lincoln letters.
Making of America
Directory of thousands of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction. Subject areas include American history, education, psychology, sociology, religion, science and technology.
Nineteenth Century Documents Project
Contains many primary texts from the 19th century with a focus on slavery and succession.
Oregon Trail
Information on historic sites, text from trail diaries and interesting trivia about this well-known settlement route. Good resource for primary and middle school students.
Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives
Exhibit that concentrates on developments within American society and on activities abroad where Americans were significant participants.
POTUS: Presidents of the United States
Ideal starting point for primary and secondary school students to obtain basic facts about U.S. Presidents. Site contains very good links.

World History

African Timelines
Timelines comprising the arts as well as history. Set up for a Central Oregon Community College course, this site will be useful to anyone researching African history.
Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
"The Internet Guide to Asian Studies" covering all nations of Asia and including links to history, cultural and news events sites.
AsiaSource
Well organized site including information on Asian holidays, country comparisons, current events, history, interviews, links, maps, and timelines.
Best History Websites
Sites in this portal cover a wide variety of historical topics and periods, and are rated for their usefulness and accuracy.
History Channel
Sponsored by the History Channel, this site provides biographies, book clubs, exhibits, timelines, links, and classroom resources.
History House
Irreverent webzine covering a wide range of historical topics. Includes links, news, original columns, and reviews.
HyperHistory Online
Covers 3,000 years of history in the form of timelines, biographies, events and maps.
Ireland History: Reviewed Sources for Students and Teachers
A collection of links to useful sites related to Irsh history.
Latin American Network Information Center
Click on "Social Sciences" for links to Latin American history sites, some of which will be in Spanish.
Liberty, Quality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution
Great multimedia site offering topical essays, images, documents, songs, maps, a timeline and a glossary.
People and History of Mexico
Biographies, cultural information, maps, timelines, and more.
Russian History from Bucknell University
Provides information concerning such topics as the Russian alphabet, archives, chronologies, dynasties, and history.
Timelines of History
Timelines by country, day, era, and year.
University of Pennsylvania Africa Studies Center
Historical information can be found through links provided for individual nations.
Victorian Web
A very complete site covering the Victorian era (1837-1901).
World History Compass
Includes current history related news and an annotated index of links organized by subject.

Women’s History

About.com Women’s History
Include biographies, an encyclopedia, primary source material, and quotes.
Civil War Women: Primary Sources on the Internet
Links to full-text diaries, letters and other primary documents from women living during the Civil War era. Several of the diaries are composed by young girls (ideal for primary/secondary school projects). Sponsored by Duke University.
Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World
A wide range of information about women in ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Mesopotamia, including course materials, a searchable bibliography, and links to on-line articles, book reviews, databases, and images.
Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Offers a large number of biographies, including links and original content.
The First Ladies of the United States
Provides biographical information about the various first ladies of the United States.
Internet Women’s History Sourcebook
This online sourcebook provides a number of resources and links dealing with the history of women.
National Women History Project Learning Place
Sponsored by the NWHP, this site contains annotated links of museums and organizations dealing with women's history, links, and quizzes.
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1820–1940
Easy-to-use site that provides annotated links and original content.
Women in American History
Sponsored by the Encyclopedia Britannica, this site offers biographical information, multimedia and links.
Women's Military History
Original content site covering many aspects of women's military history (mostly United States), including biographical sketches, military women "firsts," as well as numerous anecdotes and case studies.