This is a list of free websites. There are also links to databases accessible only through the library website.
- AHDS History The Arts and Humanities Data Service and collects, preserves, and promotes the use of digital resources, which result from or support historical research, learning and teaching.
- Best of History Web Sites Annotated links to over 1000 history websites.
- Center for History and New Media Hosted by George Mason University, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) combines electronic multimedia, digital archives, and new technologies with historical scholarship.
- Discoverers Web Information found on the web about voyages of discovery and exploration.
- Historical Text Archive Articles, books and links to other resources.
- History Guide A gateway to scholarly history websites.
- History On-Line History teaching resources from the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) in the UK.
- HyperHistory 3,000 years of world history including graphics, lifelines, timelines, and maps.
- International Institute of Social History One of the world's largest documentary and research institutions in the field of social history in general and the history of the labour movement in particular. The website includes several databases and digital collections.
- Repositories of Primary Sources An international guide to websites with manuscripts, archives, and other primary source materials.
- ViVa A Bibliography of Women's History in Historical and Women's Studies Journals.
- Voice of the Shuttle: History Page Provides a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources in humanities.
- World History at KMLA Outlines of world history.
- WWW-Virtual Library: The History Index Links to a vast array of historical resources. Categories include Research: Methods and Materials, Eras and Epochs, Historical Topics, By Countries and Regions.
Library databases: General history
- Archives New Zealand Film Site Films from the National Film Unit and other government departments.
- Chinese Digital Community Historical and contemporary information, articles, images, audio, video, documents and web links about New Zealand's Chinese community.
- Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand Photographs, sounds, moving images, documents, graphs and maps combined with text in an encyclopedia of New Zealand. Includes the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.
- Index of Maori Names This index is from an unpublished manuscript compiled about 1925 by the missionary Rev. Henry James Fletcher (1868-1933) and digitised by the University of Waikato Library. In its original form it was 987 pages long, a vast index of Māori names referred to in books and journals, including the names of boundaries, Māori individuals, canoes, trees, landmarks and geographical locations.
- Matapihi Matapihi is a search engine to find pictures, sounds, objects, movies and texts from libraries, museums and galleries around New Zealand.
- New Zealand History Online A website co-ordinated by New Zealand's Ministry for Culture and Heritage, including online exhibitions, links to other sites, and a discussion forum.
- The New Zealand Wars Nga Pakanga
Whenua O Mua This website The New Zealand Wars has been established in order to bring together onto one website information and materials dealing with the New Zealand Wars.
- Niupepa This bilingual site has a collection of historic newspapers published primarily for a Māori audience between 1842 and 1932. As well as facsimile images of the original pages, the text can be searched.
- NZETC New Zealand Electronic Text Collection. The latest additions to this site are some volumes of the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War.>
- Papers Past Papers Past includes 19th and early 20th Century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of more than 70 publications.
- Treaty of Waitangi Information from the Treaty of Waitangi Information Unit.
Library databases: New Zealand history
- Pacific Collection Links to Pacific related websites. Compiled by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library.
- Pacific Studies WWW Virtual Library Compiled by the Australian National University.
- South Seas James Cook's and others' journals and other resources for the study of the history of European voyaging and cross-cultural encounters in the Pacific during the years between 1760 and 1800.
Library databases: Pacific history
Library databases: Australian history
Library databases: Asian history
Britain and Ireland
- British History Online British History Online is the digital library of core medieval and early modern sources for British history from the Institute of Historical Research (University of London) and the History of Parliament Trust. Particular strengths include:
The Journals of the Houses of Commons and Lords (16th-18th Centuries), some 36 volumes
The Victoria County History of England (some 80 volumes, with more projected)
Some 70 volumes relating to the Cities of London and Westminster
The Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae (31 volumes)
The complete Ordnance Survey map series for England, Scotland and Wales.
Library Online Newspaper Archive Daily News, News of the World, Penny Illustrated, The Manchester Guardian, Weekly Dispatch.
- The Cabinet Papers 1915-1978 A selection of British cabinet papers from the National Archives.
- Historical directories Local and trade directories published in England and Wales from 1750 to 1919.
- Institute of Historical Research Resources for British history.
- MUNDUS Gateway to
Missionary Collections in the UK Summary descriptions of more than 400 collections held in over
50 institutions in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Each
description provides content and contextual information, and details of
finding aids and of access conditions. There are links to missionary-related
on-line resources and other useful websites in the British Isles and the wider world.
- Old Bailey Online The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674-1834. An online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.
- The 1916 Rising: Personalities and Perspectives Online exhibition of materials from the National Library of Ireland.
- Theatre Information Group Performing arts collections in the UK.
Library databases: British history
Library databases: European history
- AMDOCS Documents for the Study of American History Primary documents freely available on the Internet.
- American Memory A Library of Congress gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.
- American Presidency Project Papers relating to the American Presidency.
- American Women Through Time Timelines, Notable Women, States, and Topics (such as art,
ethnic groups, religion).
in American Life and Society Design, environment, gender, labor, race.
Biography of America The companion website to the video series.
- BlackPast.org Reference materials and sources on African American history.
America: Historic American Newspapers Newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and
the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910. Over a period of
approximately 20 years, National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) will create
a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published
between 1836 and 1922 from all U.S. states and territories.
- U.S. Census Bureau Population, housing, economic and other data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Council of
State Historical Records Coordinators (COSHRC) A national organisation comprising the individuals who serve as State
Historical Records Coordinators and their deputies. COSHRC encourages
cooperation among the states and state boards on matters of mutual interest,
define and communicate archival and records concerns at a national level, and
work with the National Historical
Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and other national
organizations to ensure preservation of and access to documentary heritage.
- Densho The Japanese-American Legacy project. Densho's mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.
- FedStats Gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.
- France in America History of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th Century to the end of the 19th Century.
- FRASER: Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research Historical economic statistical publications.
Census Browser Census data from 1790 to 1960 from the University of Virginia.
- Law Library of Congress Research services, digital resources and links for legal research including historical documents.
- The Malcolm X Project Scholarly resources for the study of Malcolm X.
- Women Working, 1800-1930 Manuscripts, pamphlets and photographs from Harvard University's library and museum, relating to women's role in the United States economy.
Library databases: North American history
Library databases: Latin American history
Library databases: 20th Century history
- NINES 19th Century Scholarship Online, "a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the 19th Century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first."
- Victoria Research Web VRW is dedicated to the scholarly study of 19th Century Britain.
Victorian Web A searchable guide to various categories in
Victorian studies (including political and social history, science,
technology, religion, gender matters)
Library databases: 19th Century history
Library databases: 18th Century history
Library databases: Early modern history
- Britannia History. Index to the Middle Ages Timelines, narrative histories, biographies, articles, and primary sources and texts relating to 1066 - 1485 A.D.
- Byzantium: Byzantine Studies on the Internet Texts, images, academic and teaching material and more links.
- Calendar of Patent Rolls 1348-1452. Project of Professor G.R. Boynton and the University of Iowa Libraries.
- Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts A simple and straightforward means to discover medieval manuscripts available on the web. Very much a work in progress, the database will initially provide links to hundreds of manuscripts, which we expect quickly to grow to thousands.
- Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto A leading medieval studies centre.
- De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History An international scholarly association established to foster and develop interest in the study of military affairs and warfare in the Middle Ages and Pre-Modern Period.
- Documenta Catholica Omnia Patrologia Latina and Patrologia Graeca - the Latin and Greek texts in church history.
- The Domesday Book Online
- English Medieval Legal Documents Wiki
- Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index Searchable index of journal articles,
book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.
Medieval Source-book Medieval and Byzantine collections of public domain historical texts.
Institute for Medieval Studies Information about the annual IMC International Medieval Congress at the
University of Leeds, conference proceedings, and the International Medieval
- The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies A metasite with links to many other online resources in medieval studies.
- MEMDB Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank Currency exchanges and prices in the medieval and early modern Europe.
- History of Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Primary Documents Medieval manuscript facsimiles, original language texts, and English translations.
- Medieval English Towns Historical information about cities and towns in England during the Middle Ages, with particular but not exclusive emphasis on medieval boroughs of East Anglia and on social, political and constitutional history. Includes primary documents (translated into English) relevant to English urban history.
- Medieval Manuscripts Online from Auckland City Libraries.
- NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources A searchable gateway to over 1,450 websites on the Middle Ages, categorised by subject (archaeology, architecture, art, Arthuriana, civilizations, culture, drama, history, literature, music, people, philosophy, religion, science and technology, and women).
- The ORB Online Resource Book for Medieval Studies) ORB articles are judged by at least two peer reviewers. Includes the ORB Encyclopedia, Reference Shelf, Textbook Library, External Links, and e-books.
- Parker Library on the Web Manuscripts in the historic Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Library databases: Medieval history
Medicine, Science and Technology
- Aldo Leopold Archives The Leopold Collection houses the raw materials that document not only Leopold's rise to prominence but the history of conservation and the emergence of the field of ecology from the early 1900s until his death in 1948.
- The Chymistry of Isaac Newton A scholarly online edition of Newton's work on alchemy.
- The Complete Works of Charles Darwin All of Darwin's published works, including books, contributions to periodicals, and letters published in his lifetime or by his family
- Darwin Correspondence Project Darwin's correspondence provides us with an invaluable source of information, not only about his own intellectual development and social network, but about Victorian science and society in general. They provide a remarkably complete picture of the development of his thinking, throwing light on his early formative years and the years of the voyage of the Beagle, on the period which led up to the publication of The Origin of Species and the subsequent heated debates.
- ECHO Exploring and Collecting History Online A directory to 5,000+ websites concerning the history of science, technology, and industry.
- Einstein Archives Online Manuscripts and a database of Einsteins writings.
- Eugenics Archive Image archive on the American eugenics movement.
- From Gutenberg to the Internet Information technology from printing to the Internet.
- The Galileo Project The life and work of Galileo Galilei. Text and images about his family, his contemporaries and the science of his time. The site also features Dava Sobel’s English translations of all 124 surviving letters from Galileo’s daughter Maria Celeste.
- Internet History of Science Sourcebook Online historical texts and links to related websites.
- Linus Pauling and the Race for DNA The discovery of the double helix structure of DNA from the perspective of Linus Pauling.
- Linus Pauling and the International Peace Movement
- Statisticians in History Biographies on some of the most accomplished statisticians in history, and papers they wrote.
Images and maps
- Images from the History of Medicine Provides access to nearly 60,000 images in the prints and photograph collection of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine.
- Manuscripts & Pictorial Collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
- Maps, Historical Websites featuring historical maps.
- Matapihi Matapihi is a search engine to find pictures, sounds, objects, movies and texts from libraries, museums and galleries around New Zealand.
- Picturing U.S. History An interactive resource for teaching with visual evidence. Includes an annotated guide to some of the most useful visual resources available online.
Libraries and Archives
New Zealand | International
New Zealand Libraries & Archives
- Archives New Zealand
The national archives preserves and provides access to significant public archives relating to New Zealand life, and to the individual lives of New Zealanders from the beginning of British government in 1840 to the present day. Archway is the catalogue of of over 1.5 million records that have been transferred from government agencies to the four offices in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.
- Archive of Maori and Pacific Music
The University of Auckland has the world's largest ethnographic sound collection relating to the Pacific.
- Auckland Museum Library
One of the major historical research resources in New Zealand. The catalogue does not yet list all the books, journals and maps in the library, but does include a complete list of the manuscripts held there.
- The Community Archive (formerly NRAM National Register of Archives and Manuscripts)
A catalogue of archival collections held in museums, local government bodies, libraries, historical societies, community repositories, and in-house business, educational, religious and sporting archives throughout New Zealand.
- The Film Archive
The New Zealand Film Archive, Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Taonga Whitiahua collects, protects and projects New Zealand's film and television history.
The Hocken Library archives and manuscript catalogue.
- National Library of New Zealand
- New Zealand National Maritime Museum
The New Zealand Maritime Index includes a number of publications currently being indexed in the Bill Laxon Maritime Library.
Alexander Turnbull Library's collection of archives, manuscripts and pictorial works.
International Libraries & Archives
A directory of thousands of libraries, museums, and archives.
- Archives of Australia
National archive, with focus on records created since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. Also some 19th Century records relating to functions transferred by the colonies to the Commonwealth government, including shipping and post offices.
- A2A Access to Archives
Catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 10th Century to the present day.
- Archives Hub
A gateway to descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges.
- Public Record Office
The national archive of England, Wales and the United Kingdom, that preserves the records of central government and the courts of law from the 11th Century to the present day.
- National Archives
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
- Repositories of Primary Sources
From University of Idaho, a listing of over websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources.