Library of Congress
State and Regional History
- African Americans and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts — An interesting look at how a national event played out in one state.
- Arizona-Sonora Documents Online — The University of Arizona Library presents primary sources about the Sonora region; themes covered include mining, border crime, relationships with the government, and anti-Chinese sentiment.
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center — This site presents exhibits from five separate museums documenting the history of the west.
- Columbia River History — This site from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council provides an encyclopedia of the history of the Columbia River and its basin.
- Conner Prairie — This site from a living history farm provides insight into Indiana’s history.
- Doing History, Keeping the Past — This robust site from the University of Northern Colorado introduces students to the everyday lives of Westerners of the past. The site includes numerous primary sources, virtual field trips, and teacher-developed lessons.
- 50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans — The U.S. Mint provides lessons and background information on the state quarters, which can be used to stimulate student interest in state history.
- HistoryLink.org: The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History — The title of this site aptly describes its rich content.
- Illinois Digital Archives — The Illinois State Library provides an array of documents on Illinois history, including oral histories, scrapbooks on the life of poet Vachel Lindsay, and documents on the history of O’Hare Airport.
- Maine Memory Network — The Maine Historical Society presents documents and lesson plans on Maine history; an excellent model for examining state history.
- Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement — Bridgewater State College presents a gallery of notable African Americans in the state of Massachusetts.
- Minnesota’s Greatest Generation — The Minnesota Historical Society has collected oral histories of the generation that grew up in the Depression, served in World War II, and created the baby boom.
- Nebraska Studies.org — An excellent state history site that could serve as a model for the study of any state’s history.
- New England Economic Adventure — The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston provides this site on economic history designed for students. Teacher resources are also provided.
- New Jersey Digital Highway — Subtitled “Where History, Culture, and Learning Merge,” this site provides teaching resources on immigration in New Jersey, as well as tools for documenting family history.
- No Place for a Woman — American RadioWorks presents an hour-long documentary about women breaking into previously male-dominated occupations in the 1970s, specifically in the iron mines of northern Minnesota. Various supplementary materials are also provided.
- Portal to Texas History — The University of North Texas offers this portal to thousands of primary sources. The site is organized for use by researchers, students, and teachers; a helpful feature is the collection of lesson plans for grades 4 and 7, called “Primary Source Adventures.”
- Preservation Organizations — Huge set of links to state and local historical societies and preservation organizations.
- River to Rail: The Rise and Fall of River and Rail Transportation in Madison, Indiana — The title of this site explains well its local history content.
- Ohio Memory — A “scrapbook” of primary sources from Ohio’s 200 years as a state. Useful for U.S. history students and as a model for state history.
- Online Nevada Encyclopedia — Among the topics covered on this site are 19th-century mining history, politics in Nevada, and the history of gambling in the state. From Nevada Humanities.
- Southern History — A lengthy set of links from the Department of History at Tennessee Tech.
- Southern Oral History Project — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides an online audio archive of oral history interviews focusing on the everyday lives of Southerners.
- Southwestern Historical Quarterly — The first 50 years of this regional history journal—from 1897 to 1947—are one of many resources available from the Texas State Historical Association, which also provides Lone Star History Links and much more.
- Teachers’ Stuff from the Michigan Historical Museum — An excellent collection of lesson plans on state history that could be adapted for other states.
- Texas Historic Sites Atlas — A huge database of information about Texas historical sites.
- To Love the Beautiful: The Story of Texas State Parks — Historical images, essays, and personal reflections are used to tell the story of the state park system in Texas.
- University of Alabama Digital Collections — Collections ranging from diaries, to farm journals, to pamphlets from the French Revolution are available from this site.
- Utah History to Go — An online course in state history that could serve as a model for other such courses.
- Voices of the Colorado Plateau — Oral histories with 24 residents of the intermountain West; topics covered include education, tourism, timber, horses, and the environment.
- West Virginia History on View — 20,000 photographs of the state’s history are available at this site.
- Wisconsin Historical Society — This state historical society site is rich in content, including primary sources, a journal, tips for conducting historical research in Wisconsin, and lesson plans.