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General & World History
World Digital Library
Provides materials from countries and cultures around the world. Developed by the U.S. Library of Congress, with support of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Free online library with documents, ebooks, images, audio, video, data and more. Create a free account to borrow ebooks
World History Sources
From The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University to help locate, analyze, and learn from online primary sources.
Internet History Sourcebooks
A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History presented for educational use, hosted by Fordham University.
Getty Research Portal
An online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts. Through this multilingual, multicultural union catalog, scholars can search and download complete digital copies of publications for the study of art, architecture, material culture, and related fields. The Portal is free to all users.
Books ~ full-text digitized books from 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s
African Digital Research Repositories - International African Institute
A list of known repositories within the African continent has been compiled by the International African Institute as a service to African studies research and scholarship in line with our remit to promote the dissemination of knowledge from and on Africa.
African Online Digital Library (AODL)
AODL is an open access digital library of African cultural heritage materials hosted by Michigan State University in collaboration with museums, archives, scholars, and communities around the world.AODL houses resources representing 24 African countries [9 in West Africa (Mauritania, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Cape Verde), 3 in East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania), 7 in Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe), and 2 in North Africa (Morocco, Libya)].
Connecting-Africa is a gateway to African research information produced worldwide. It provides access to 88713 publications from 99 repositories. All publications originate from these repositories.
Museum of Black Civilizations/Musée des Civilisations Noires
In Dakar, Senegal “African Civilizations: Continuous Creation of Humanity” The MCN is the result of a long process, accompanied by major changes over more than fifty years. It is an evolving project, shaped by a rich intellectual and cultural history which must celebrate Black Civilizations in the time of the world.
Online access to a wealth of previously unexplored records on the history of Madagascar.
Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA)
DISA is a freely accessible online scholarly resource focusing on the socio-political history of South Africa, particularly the struggle for freedom during the period from 1950 to the first democratic elections in 1994, providing a wealth of material on this fascinating period of the country’s history.
The South African History Archive (SAHA)
An independent human rights archive dedicated to documenting, supporting and promoting greater awareness of past and contemporary struggles for justice through archival practices and outreach, and the utilisation of access to information laws.
The Sudan Open Archive
The Sudan Open Archive offers free digital access to knowledge about all regions of Sudan. It is an expanding, word-searchable, full-text database of historical and contemporary books and documents.
Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources
Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources is an annotated directory of online resources about Africa from Stanford University Library
Image Database to Enhance Asian Studies [IDEAS]
unifies digitizing efforts at various campuses into a shared searchable database.
Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance, PRRLA
Academic libraries surrounding the Pacific have joined together to improve access to scholarly resources. Member's digital collections have been harvested and archived to increase discovery and provide one point of access across all data.
Asia and the Eastern Pacific Rim in Early Prints and Photographs
From the New York Public Library Digital Collections, this presentation provides a resource for the political, social, economic, and artistic history of Asia from the 1870s to the early 20th century.
The East Asian Collection
Includes historical images that present a visual archive of 20th century East Asian cultural heritage from the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center.
Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, 1907-1927
From the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, a collection of eastern Asian photographs represents the work of intrepid plant explorers who traveled to exotic lands in the early years of the twentieth century and returned to the Arboretum with not only seeds, live plants, and dried herbarium specimens, but also with remarkable images of plants, people, and landscapes.
Kyoto National Museum Digital Collections
KNM Collection Database
The database provides over 10,000 images of over 5,000 objects or sets of objects from the musem collections.
Masterpieces of KNM
Introducing the best-known works owned by the museum or entrusted to Kyoto National Museum.
Harvard-Yenching Library Digital Collections
Links to the digital collections for Chinese, Japanese & Korean Studies.
Gateway to Korean Studies Materials
Searchable database and links to digital collections of academic and historical institutions in South Korea, from the Center for Korean Studies Materials, Academy of Korean Studies.
Japanese Historical Text Initiative (JHTI)
A database of historical texts dating back more than 1200 years. The original version is cross-tagged with its English translation. From the Center for Japanese Studies of the University of California at Berkeley (UCB).
Hong Kong & the West until 1860
Database created by the University of Hong Kong Libraries to provide online access to a variety of valuable information, including sketches, maps, and accounts of western visitors and settlers about early Hong Kong, rare titles located in Special Collections and Fung Ping Shan Library of the University of Hong Kong Libraries.
Explore millions of items from Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings.
A source of cultural heritage by the Europeana Foundation and other European cultural institutions, projects and partners.
European History Primary Sources (EHPS)
Searchable index of scholarly digital repositories that contain primary sources for the history of Europe.
A joint initiative of the Library and the Department of History and Civilization of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. It is also part of the WWW Virtual Library History Central Catalogue that is hosted at the EUI.
EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History
Links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.
In addition you will find video or sound files, maps, photographs or other imagery, databases, and other documentation.
The sources cover a broad range of historical happenings (political, economic, social and cultural).
The European Library
Portal to digital resources in National, Public and Research Libraries across Europe.
Gallica – The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) digital library
The documents selected by the BnF illustrate the French written heritage and its influence in Europe and worldwide. They compose an encyclopaedic and comprehensive library, representative of major French authors and of the various trends of reflection and research over the centuries. Interface is in French.
History of the Americas
Central/Latin & South American History
University of New Mexico Digital Collections Portal
A central search portal for digital collections about New Mexico and Latin America. Including materials from the University of New Mexico such as the Latin American Ephemera Pictorial Collection, Precolumbian Sites Album, Collection of Latin American and Iberian Posters, and UNM Spanish Colonial Research Center.
The Luso-Hispanic New World in Early Prints and Photographs
New York Public Library Digital Collections on Latin America from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries providing visual information about monuments, landscape, and local cultures.
The Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection
From Harvard's Widener Library pamphlets published during the 19th and the early 20th centuries that document the emergence of the Latin American colonies as independent states, and illuminate many aspects of their populations' social and cultural life.
Portal to digital textual and audiovisual documents from the the Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes. [In Spanish, English available thru Google Translation.]
Latin America and the Caribbean: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints
From the Central University Libraries at Southern Methodist University
Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)
A cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.
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