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Archival & Primary Sources

Directories | Collections | How To Use | Five Colleges | Local Resources | Institutions | Exhibitions | Genealogy | Emily Dickinson | Robert Frost | Calvin Coolidge | Organizations | Preserving Your Collections

Directories of Primary Sources

Repositories of Primary Sources A directory maintained by the University of Idaho.
National Union Catalogue of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) Catalog records maintained by the Library of Congress.
Repositories of Primary Resources Over 5,000 listings of repositories, organized geographically.
National Archives and Records Administration U.S. Federal agency responsible for Federal records; includes the Archival Research Catalog for searching holdings nationwide, and Access to Archival Databases (AAD), which allows searches of NARA's most popular electronic records.
Ready, 'Net, Go! Archival Internet Resources
UNESCO Archives Portal An international directory of archival repositories, organized by subject area, repository type, etc.

Collections of Primary Sources

America's Historical Newspapers, 1690-1900, including Early American Newspaper Series 1 and 2
American Memory Project Providing public access to a selection of historical and cultural documents and images of America in the collection of the Library of Congress.
University of Virginia: Electronic Text Center
Library of Congress including finding aids for Library of Congress Collections and the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
Making of America (University of Michigan site) A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection currently contains ca. 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles. A joint project of the Univesity of Michigan and Cornell University.
Making of America (Cornell University site)
Library of Congress Search the finding aids for all Library of Congress divisions.
National Gallery of the Spoken Word
NARA: Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
NARA: Archival Research Catalog (ARC)
Internet Archive Wayback Machine A snapshot of the web at previous points.
Google 20-Year UseNet Timeline
Stanford University - Martin Luther King Jr. Papers
Television News Archive (Vanderbilt University) Abstracts of news broadcasts and viewable video from selected news services.

How To Use Primary Sources

Primary Source Research Guide Prepared as part of the Five College Archives and Manuscripts finding aids database.
Library Research Using Primary Sources (UC Berkeley)
Using Manuscripts & Archives (Yale University)
Dohistory.org A site that shows how to piece together the past from the fragments that have survived, using Martha Ballard, an 18th-century Massachusetts mother and midwife, as a case study.
Using Primary Soures on the Web Written by a committee of the American Library Association.

Five College Archives and Special Collections

Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections (5CAM) - a searchable database of archival and manuscript holdings in Five College repositories.
Hampshire College Archives
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
Smith College Libraries Special Collections
UMass: Special Collections and Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library
Five College Digital Access Project This site contains digitized images from collections in the Five Colleges and links to digital imaging project sites.

Local Resources

Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and Genealogy and Local History Library
Digital Amherst - Historical images, documents and multimedia celebrating Amherst's 250th anniversary in 2009
Forbes Library (Northampton's Public Library) This site includes a description of the Calvin Coolidge (AC 1895) Collection.
Historic Deerfield including the Memorial Libraries
Jones Library (Amherst's Public Library)
Mass Moments - a daily almanac of Massachusetts history
Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum, Hadley, Mass.

Individual Institutions' Primary Sources

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institution)
New York Public Library: Digital Library Collections
New York Public Library: Digital Gallery Access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the NYPL collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more
New York Public Library: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Duke University Digital Scriptorium
Massachusetts (State) Archives
University of Virginia: Special Collections Center

Exhibitions

Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web (a Smithsonian Project)
Massachusetts Historical Society: African Americans and the End of Slavey in MassachusettsAfrican Americans and the End of Slavey in Massachusetts

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Access to more than 1.2 billion names, more than 3,000 databases, primary source documents and images and a variety of genealogical and historical research features.
Ancestors Companion web site for the PBS television series on family history.
Ancestry.com One of the biggest commercial sites for genealogical data.
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Boston Family History This site is useful for researching ancestors who came from Boston and includes links to other sites for Boston genealogical research.

Cyndi's List A vast index of genealogy-related Web sites.
Family Search A free site operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
MyGenealogist.com Professional genealogists for hire.

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Mass. This site provides links to many Dickinson sites.
Dickinson Electronic Archives Digitized writings, responses to her poetry, and resources for teaching and criticism.
Radical Scatters: Emily Dickinson's Fragments and Related Texts, 1870-1886 (AC only)
Guide to the Dickinson family artifacts collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University. Furniture, jewelry, paintings, and other objects that belonged to the Dickinson family.
Search OASIS, Harvard's Online Archival Search Information System, for additional Dickinson collections.
The Emily Dickinson International Society
PAL: Perspectives in American Literature: A Research and Reference Guide

Robert Frost

The Friends of Robert Frost
Frost on Yahoo!

Calvin Coolidge (AC 1895)

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 (Library of Congress, American Memory)
Forbes Library (Northampton's Public Library) This site includes a description of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. 

Organizations

National Council on Public History Membership, conferences, publications, online newsletter
Oral History Association Information on activities of this organization as well as links to other oral history sites
Society of American Archivists SAA is the national professional archival association.
New England Archivists This site includes links to archival and manuscript repositories in New England.
Archives & Archivists Discussion List
Council on Library and Information Resources
Directory of Regional, State and Local Archival Organizations in the United States

Preserving Your Collections

Caring for Personal Collections Harvard University
Image Permanence Institute A variety of guides to preserving image and object collections
Northeast Document Conservation Center

 

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