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Marchand Archive: 

The Marchand Archive combines the Marchand Image Collection and the Marchand Documentary Source Problems into one searchable database. The Marchand Image Collection comprises more than 15,000 images, many of which have been digitized from slides and therefore are not available elsewhere. Faculty members of the UC Davis History Department contribute images used in their teaching. A growing collection with maps, Aztec codices, early Americana, advertising posters and more.

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Recommended Websites for Teaching History: 

Website        Description
Africans in America

This is an in-depth resource bank established by PBS that includes images and texts from 1450-1865.  Each section includes a narrative, a resource bank and a teacher’s guide.  

America in Class from the National Humanities Center

This site features collections of primary resources compatible with the Common Core State Standards — historical documents, literary texts, and works of art — thematically organized with notes and discussion questions.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 Experience Films

A PBS collection of films from the American Experience series available for free use online. 

American Panorama: An Atlas of United States History

American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps.

The American Presidency Project

Created by the University of California, Santa Barbara this website includes extensive information on the American Presidency. It features electoral maps, election results, presidential speeches, party platforms, executive orders, and much more dating from 1789 to the present.

The Anti-Federalist Papers

This site is an online index from the University of Tulsa of the book The Anti-Federalist Papers edited by Morton Borden (1965).

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in a Visual Record

This resource from The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library is a database of 1,280 images pertaining to slavery broken down into eighteen different collections. 

The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

The Avalon Project is supported by Yale Law School and features documents from Ancient times to the present on world and United States history.

This 13,000 page reference center is dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and on the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world.


Calisphere is an online archive of primary sources from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on California.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

A Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities website that provides access to historic newspapers.

Constitute Project

 This project is a comparative collection of various nations' constitutions. 

Creating the United States

A Library of Congress online exhibit that contains extensive primary source sets relating to the creation of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. 

Digital History The materials on this website include a U.S. history textbook, over 400 annotated documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, supplemented by primary sources, succinct essays, multmedia exhibitions, and reference resources (including classroom handouts). Additionally, they have created 72 inquiry-based interactive modules of primary sources. They also allow students and teachers to create multimedia American history exhibitions.
Digital Public Library of America

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. 


National Endowment for the Humanities' compilation of humanities lesson plans. 

The Federalist Papers

This Library of Congress site provides links to plain text versions of all Federalist Papers through Project Gutenberg.

Freedmen and Southern Society Project

This website hosts a selection of documents from the project's Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 multi-volume publication, which aims to depict the drama of emancipation in the words of participants.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Drawing on the 65,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials. Access for most of the resources requires a login, free for educators. 


The popular 19th century magazine Harper’s Weekly 1857-1912 is accessible through the Library of Congress.  This is a source for cartoon, pictures, and articles on some of the important topics of the 19th century including, slavery, reconstruction, reform, and politics.

Harvard University Library Open Collections Program

Collections available: Harvard in the 17th and 18th Centuries—Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History, Islamic Heritage Project, Expeditions and Discoveries: Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discover in the Modern Age, Contagion: Historical Views of Disease and Epidemics, Immigration to the United States 1789-1930, Women Working 1800-1930.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History This source is supported by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and features thematic collections of art organized by themes, geographic location, as well as time periods.
HERB: Social History For Every Classroom HERB is a database of primary documents, classroom activities, and other teaching materials in U.S. history created by American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Historic Cities

This website offers digital images of maps from around the world and throughout the ages. It is organized by city name, year, and map maker for a variety of comparisons.  

The History Channel: Famous Speeches and Audio

The History Channel site includes links to audio recording of famous speeches. Topics include the Vietnam War, Middle East history, science and technology, and more. 

iCivics iCivics teaches students how government works by having them experience it directly through interactive games. 
Internet History Sourcebook Project This Fordham University site catalogues ancient world history to United States history primary sources, which are often accompanied by secondary source suggestions and websites. 
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution

Compiled by George Mason University, this site provides images, maps, essays, and documents all connected to the French Revolution.

Library of Congress The Library of Congress maintains an online database containing American history and government primary sources. 
National Archives  A compilation of U.S. history lesson plans, primary, and secondary sources. 
Mission US Developed for use in middle and high school classrooms, Mission US engages students in the study of transformational moments in American history. 
On the Homefront Put together by the Library of Congress, this website features patriotic posters from World War I and World War II.
Osher Map Library Compiled by the University of Southern Maine, this collection allows users to search the database for both US and World History maps. 
Perseus Digital Library

A Tufts University collection of a variety of primary and secondary sources. Includes items from Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Germanic materials.

Prelinger Archives The Prelinger archives is non-profit effort to digitize and make available a wide variety of images, movies, and documents.  

Presidential Campaigns: A Cartoon History 1789-1976

This slide collection from Indiana University depicting presidential elections through campaigns.


This site from Memorial University of Newfoundland, has extensive links to Reformation thinkers and writers.
Thomas Jefferson: Establishing a Federal Republic A Library of Congress exhibition essay that includes primary documents pertaining to Jefferson’s role in politics. 
The Thomas Nast Collection

This collection includes 85 of Thomas Nast cartoons divided into seven categories: The Civil War, Reconstruction and Equal Rights, Elections of 1868 and 1872, Boss Tweed, Symbols, Self-Portraits, Santa Claus.

Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project The Voices of Democracy project promotes the study of great speeches and debates in U.S. history.
Wilson Center Digital Archive: International History Declassified This archive collates three Wilson Center projects into one digital archive of international sources. This site includes documents from The Cold War International History Project, The North Korea International Documentation Project, and The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project. 
World History Sources This site is a link repository of recommended websites to find world history primary sources. 
World War I: Trenches on the Web A comprehensive site for World War I sources which features posters, timelines, biographies, poetry from all sides, and images.
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