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Digital Projects

  • Alabama Mosaic. AlabamaMosaic is a repository of digital materials on Alabama's history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Alabama's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories electronically accessible to Alabama residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries.

  • Alaska's Digital Archives. Alaska's Digital Archives presents a wealth of historical photographs, albums, oral histories, maps, documents, physical objects, and other materials from libraries, museums and archives throughout our state.

  • The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
     
  • American Memory. The Library of Congress' digital preservation project features more than 7 million digitized items, including rare books, manuscripts and maps, as well as photographs and audio and video clips.

  • Archives of the Michigan Digital Collections. Three digital collections are available for searching or browsing: Civil War images, early photograph collection, and former Michigan governors.
     
  • Arizona Memory Project. Digital collections from Arizona libraries, museums, and cultural institutions
     
  • Arts and Humanities Data Service. Images, texts and datasets largely collected from UK universities.

  • California Digital Library. The California Digital Library supports the assembly and creative use of the world's scholarship and knowledge for the University of California libraries and the communities they serve.

  • Center for Digital Initiatives. University of Vermont Libraries. The University of Vermont (UVM) Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives (CDI) makes unique digital collections available for researchers at UVM and beyond. The CDI seeks to cooperate with university, community, state, and other partners to produce cohesive digital collections which broadly appeal to various user groups. These collections may be digitized or born digital and may include documents, photographs, data, artifacts, audiovisual materials, and more.

  • Colorado State Archives Digital Records.

  • Denver Public Library. The West Made Digital. This renowned online collection contains a selection of photographs, maps, broadsides, architectural drawings and other documents from the collections of the Western History/Genealogy Department chronicling the people, places, and events that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western United States.

  • Digital Collections. Hawaii State Archives.

  • Digital Illinois. Illinois State Library.
     
  • Digital Libraries by Subject. The British Columbia Digital Library. The focus of this set of links is on collections of electronic texts (not individual titles) preserved through libraries, archives, museums and corporate or private initiatives. Listings here are therefore primarily for the written word as expressed in manuscripts, books and periodicals, including newspapers. Non-book digital library collections and individual titles, such as the Bible, are included.

  • Digital Library of Appalachia. (KY, NC, TN, VA, WV) A digital library of southern and central Appalachian artifacts.
     
  • Digital Library of Georgia. The Digital Library of Georgia is a gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources. The Digital Library of Georgia connects users to 500,000 digital objects in 105 collections from 60 institutions and 100 government agencies. Though this represents only a fraction of Georgia's cultural treasures, the Digital Library of Georgia continues to grow through its partnerships with libraries, archives, museums, government agencies, and allied organizations across the state. 
     
  • Family History Archives. Online collections at Brigham Young University. Participating Libraries include:
  • FamilySearch -- Family History Books. Family History Books is a collection of more than 40,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. The valuable resources included in Family History Books come from the following partner institutions:
  • Florida Memory Project. The Florida Memory Project presents a selection of historical records that illustrate significant moments in Florida history, educational resources for students of all ages and archival collections for historical research. The Project utilizes selected original records, photographs and other materials from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida.

  • Florida on Florida. Florida On Florida is a catalog of digital materials related to Florida. It includes all sorts of items including maps, photographs, postcards, books, and manuscripts.
     
  • Footnote. A subscription-based website that features searchable, original documents that provide users a view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. The site will have over 25 million digital images by the end of 2007.
     
  • Genealogy: Digital Collections for Genealogy Research. Princeton Public Library. Listing of digital libraries -- both national and by state.

  • Georgia's Virtual Vault. This is your portal to some of Georgia's most important historical documents, from 1733 to the present. The Virtual Vault provides virtual access to historic Georgia manuscripts, photographs, maps, and government records housed in the state archives.
     
  • Google Book Search. The Google Books Project continues to add books, magazines and more.

  • HaithiTrust. HathiTrust books are from a consortium of libraries, including academic libraries and the Library of Congress. This partnership allows HathiTrust to upload a wide range of digitized books that currently number over 10 million volumes from 60 partners. Not all books listed in the catalog for HathiTrust are digitized, but a link on the card catalog entry does allow for a search of libraries who own each item.
     
  • Harvard University Library: Digital Initiative.

  • Heritage West (AZ, CO, KS. MT. NE, NM, NV. SD. TX. UT. WY). Heritage West is a database that brings together thousands of digital objects from the collections of museums, libraries, historical societies and archives from throughout the Western United States. Included in this database are photos, documents, artifacts, costumes, diaries, oral histories and manuscripts representing the West's cultural, scientific and historic heritage.

  • Historical Directories. Historical Directories is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.  Search by year or keyword. Originated and maintained by the University of Leicester.
     
  • HistoryKat: Digital Images of Historical Documents.  A subscription product ($).

  • Idaho's Digital Archives. Idaho State Historical Society. Originally a part of Oregon Territory and then of Washington Territory, Idaho became a territory itself on March 4, 1863. Only eighteen years later, a group of early settlers organized the Historical Society of Idaho Pioneers. They wished to preserve their own history, and they wanted their descendants and future residents of Idaho to understand how this place had come to be. On July 3, 1890, Idaho achieved statehood. Seventeen years later, the Ninth Legislature established the Idaho State Historical Society as a state agency. Its home for nearly fifty years was in a basement room in the Capitol.
     
  • Idaho State Historical Society Digital Collections. The Idaho State Historical Society is committed to providing ongoing access to our digital collections. Our collections span many types of material including oral histories, artifacts, state archives, rare books, clipping files, ephemera, state documents, maps, photographs, moving images, newspapers and other unique materials. This site features special collections materials from the Idaho State Historical Society and our partner projects.

  • Illinois Digital Archives.

  • Illinois Vital Records. The Illinois Department of Public Health preserves the state's records on births, deaths, marriages and divorces. More than 400,000 are registered annually. Since birth and death records first began to be collected by the Department in 1916, 27 million have been placed on file, including some delayed records dating back to the mid 1800s.
     
  • The Indiana University Digital Library Program (DLP) is dedicated to the production, maintenance, delivery, and preservation of a wide range of high-quality networked resources for scholars and students at Indiana University and elsewhere.

  • Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in the collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

  • Kansas Memory. Primary sources from the Kansas Historical Society.

  • Kentuckiana Digital Library. The Kentuckiana Digital Library is your gateway to rare and unique digitized collections housed in Kentucky archives. These digital collections are built to enhance scholarship, research and lifelong learning.
     
  • The Library of Congress: Collaborative Digital Libraries. Built with partners from around the world.
     
  • The Library of Congress: Digital Collections. Digital collections focused on the history and cultures from around the world.
     
  • The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program (NDLP) is assembling a digital library of reproductions of primary source materials to support the study of the history and culture of the United States.

  • LOUISiana Digital Library. The LOUISiana Digital Library (LDL) is an online library of over 84,000 digital materials about Louisiana's history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Louisiana's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories in the state electronically accessible to Louisiana residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries. The LOUISiana Digital Library contains photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, oral histories, and more that document Louisiana's history and culture.

  • Maine Memory Network. The Maine Memory Network is a statewide digital museum that provides unprecedented access to over 10,000 historical items from over 160 museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations from every corner of Maine.
     
  • Making of America -- Michigan and Making of America -- Cornell. This collaborative effort between the University of Michigan and Cornell University features 3 million-plus page images from about 8,5000 books and 50,000 journal articles. Most date from 1850 to 1877. The two sites have different collections, including a few genealogy titles.

  • Minnesota Digital Library. Minnesota Reflections is the initial digitization effort of the MDLC. This digitization project, begun in 2004-05, now involves more than 95 participating historical societies, special archives, libraries and other organizations.

  • Mississippi Archives and Library Digital Archives.

  • Mississippi Digital Library.

  • Missouri Digital Heritage. Missouri’s cultural heritage is unique and diverse, with many of the state’s crucial historical events playing key roles in the history of the nation.  Through the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative, the Missouri State Archives and the Missouri State Library, in partnership with the State Historical Society of Missouri, are assisting institutions across the state in digitizing their records and placing them online for easy access.

  • Montana Memory Project. The Montana Memory Project provides access to digital collections and items relating to Montana's cultural heritage and government.

  • Mountain West Digital Library. (ID, NV, UT) The Mountain West Digital Library is an aggregation of digital collections from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, and historical societies in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. Hosting institutions each run servers supporting their own digital collections and support partner institutions by providing scanning and hosting services. The Mountain West defines the region of contributors, but the content extends beyond the Mountain West and into different fields.

  • National Archives Digital Microfilm. (United Kingdom) Digital microfilm allows you to search and download some of The National Archives' most popular records, which were previously available on microfilm.

  • National Archives Digital Vaults. Displays photos, documents and other ephemera that tell our nation's collective history.
     
  • National Archives (NARA) Records Available on Footnote. These digital images of records preserved in the National Archives represent a growing collection of millions of historic documents.

  • Nebraska Memories. Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission.
  • New England Collections Online. (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) A collaborative effort of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other organizations to coordinate and manage the creation, storage, access, and maintenance of a centralized resource for locating digital resources of all kinds related to New England.
  • New Mexico Digital History Project.
  • New Mexico State Archives: Heritage. Heritage contains descriptive information and some digital copies of primary source materials maintained and preserved by the New Mexico State Archives. Holdings include documents, photographs, motion picture film, maps, sound recordings, and bound materials. Researchers may search our online finding aids to locate primary source material relative to their interests.
     
  • New York Public Library: Digital Library.
    • Historic maps
    • Rare prints and photographs
    • Illuminated manuscripts
    • Unusual printed ephemera
    • Sound files and moving images
    • Original art and more
       
  • New York State Archives: Digital Collections.
     
  • New Zealand Digital Library.
     
  • North American Digital Libraries: United States. The British Columbia Digital Library. The focus of this set of links is on collections of electronic texts (not individual titles) preserved through libraries, archives, museums and corporate or private initiatives. Listings here are therefore primarily for the written word as expressed in manuscripts, books and periodicals, including newspapers. A few non-book digital library collections are included. Readers wishing further leads to non-book digital content should consult one of the directories or guides

  • North Carolina Digitization Project. In 2009, the North Carolina State Archives completed a project to digitize newspapers from it's collection that were, up until that time, only available on microfilm. These materials include papers dating from 1752-1890s from cities like Edenton (1787-1801), Fayetteville (1798-1795), Hillsboro (1786), New Bern (1751-1804), Salisbury (1799-1898), and Wilmington (1765-1816) - a total of 23,483 digital images that are keyword searchable.
     
  • North Carolina State Archives: Online Projects.

  • Oklahoma Crossroads: Documents and Images. Oklahoma Crossroads: Documents and Images consists of selected digital collections of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries spanning more than 100 years of rich, vibrant history. These collections include documents, photographs, newspapers, reports, pamphlets, posters, maps, and an author database ranging in date from the late 1800s to present.
     
  • Oklahoma State University: Electronic Publishing Center.
     
  • Online Archive of California. The OAC brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are available.

  • Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. Find digital resources of historical significance from a variety of digital collections in Utah. Some of the collections material is rare, hard-to-find and may be unavailable anywhere else. You can find digitized photographs, manuscripts texts, maps, audio & video recordings, transcripts, books, yearbooks, newspapers, theses and dissertations, and digital exhibits, as well as "born digital" items.
     
  • Portal Digitale Bibliothek. Digitized German books.

  • Publication of Archival Library and Museum Materials. (PALMM) is a cooperative initiative of the public universities of Florida to provide digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship. PALMM projects may involve a single university or may be collaborative efforts between a university and partners within or outside of the state university system. PALMM projects create high-quality virtual collections relevant to the students, research community and general citizenry of Florida.

  • South Carolina Digital Archive.

  • South Dakota Memory Project. South Dakota Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of South Dakota. This site offers digital items from heritage institutions (archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums) statewide.

  • State Library of Massachusetts Digital Collections.

  • State of Delaware Digital Archives.
     
  • Tennessee Electronic Library: Volunteer Voices. "Volunteer Voices: The Growth of Democracy in Tennessee" is a grant project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services that will allow K-12 educators and students free online access to a variety of primary, or first hand, sources related to Tennessee’s history, culture, government, and industry. The project is a state-wide effort involving collaboration between museums, libraries, historical societies, and archives to digitize over 10,000 artifacts and documents such as historical letters, maps, diaries, journals, art, and images.
     
  • University of Houston: Digital History.

  • University of Missouri Digital Library. Founded in 2001, the University of Missouri Digital Library provides a repository for digitized items on behalf of the UM Libraries. Over 20 text collections, and 23 image collections, have been added, including collections from 15 libraries around the state of Missouri.

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Digital Collections.
     
  • University of Nevada, Reno Libraries: University Digital Conservancy. We have 22 collections in our digital conservancy, 18 of which are available for public access.
     
  • University of Virginia Library: Electronic Text Center.
     
  • University of Wisconsin: Digital Collections.  Resources within the collections are free and publicly accessible online. They are loosely organized into collections that span a range of subjects including art, ecology, literature, history, music, natural resources, science, social sciences, the State of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin. Digital resources include text-based materials such as books, journal series, and manuscript collections; photographic images; slides; maps; prints; posters; audio; and video.

  • University of Wyoming's Digital Collections. Since 2002 the Initiative has collaborated to build digital collections of scholarly and general interest with other partners from across campus, the state of Wyoming, and the region.

  • Utah Digital Newspapers.

  • Utah Digital Photograph Collections. The Utah History Research Center is a collaborative effort of both the Utah State Archives and Utah Historical Society.

  • Utah State Archives and Records Service. Digital Archives.
     
  • Virtually Missouri. The purpose of the Missouri Digitization Planning Project (MDPP) is to coordinate access to digital collections and exhibits created by the cultural and scientific heritage institutions of Missouri. The project brings together representatives from the archives, historical society, library, and museum communities.

  • Washington State Digital Archives.

  • Washington State Digital Collections.
     
  • Washington State University Digital Collections. An ongoing project to digitize the WSU Historical Photograph Collections, numbering almost 250,000 images.

  • World Digital Library. Is a free, online collection of documents, photos, maps and art from countries and cultures around the world. You can choose from seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) for viewing descriptions of the materials. Text on the records themselves isn't translated. On the home page, click on the map to see a sample of content from that region. Use the slider on the timeline at the bottom of the screen to change the era from which the samples are taken. Links at the top of each page let you search the record descriptions or browse by place, time, topic, type of item or originating institution.