General New Zealand 20th Century
Medicine, Science and Technology Pacific 19th Century
Images and Maps Australia 18th Century
Libraries and Archives Asia Early Modern
  Britain & Ireland Medieval
  Middle East  
  North America  
  Latin America  

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

New Zealand   

  • 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   

Library databases: British history


Library databases: European history

Middle East

North America   

Library databases: North American history

Latin America   

Library databases: Latin American history

20th Century   

Library databases: 20th Century history

19th Century   

  • 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.
  • The 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

18th Century   

Library databases: 18th Century history

Early Modern   

Library databases: Early modern history


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.
  • Hakena
    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.
  • Tapuhi
    Alexander Turnbull Library's collection of archives, manuscripts and pictorial works.

International Libraries & Archives

  • ArchiveGrid
    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.

United Kingdom

  • 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.

United States

  • 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.

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Comments and suggestions to: Philip Abela
Last updated: 18 March, 2013