American History Links for Students


A Guide to the SQ4R Critical Reading Method

Using Wikipedia
Carleton College Library critical assessment of this online encyclopedia.

Contemporary World Facts
Comprehensive facts about the world's countries.

Best of History Websites
A gateway site to various online collections, including American history.

History Now
Quarterly online magazine on American History from the Gilder Lehrman Institute 

The American Memory Website of the Library of Congress
Documents and photographs from the Library's massive collection spanning over 250 years.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Exhibit Hall 
Letters, telegrams, photographs illustrating more than a century of social change in the United States.

American Presidency Project
An excellent collection pertaining to all the American Presidents from University of California, Santa Barbara

American President Online Reference Resource 
In-depth material on the American presidents from the University of Virginia Miller Center

Exploring Constitutional Law
Links to historical and contemporary debates and decisions concerning the Constitution.

The Supreme Court Collection of the Cornell University Legal Information Institute
Historic Supreme Court decisions listed by topic.


Digital History Online American History Textbook
An interactive, multimedia history of the United States from the Revolution to the present.

The American Catholic History Classroom
The Catholic University of America resource of primary sources


Bay Area Social Justice History Project
Documents, visual sources, and bibliography on the civil rights movement in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Los Angeles Digital Archive
Texts and visual sources for the history of LA, from the University of Southern California Libraries.

The Online Archive of California
Pictures documenting the history of California from earliest times to the present.

Bancroft Library Digital Collections
California topics, including California cultures, the 1906 earthquake, Free Speech Movement.

Primary sources on a wide variety of California topics and suggestions for research and writing.

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project
Primary and secondary sources for research on this important city.

New York City History Web Resources
Texts and visual sources for the history of "the big apple," from the New York Public Library.

Chicago History Museum Online Sources
Texts and visual sources for the history of America's "second city."

Documenting the American South
An extensive digital library with texts and visuals, from the University of North Carolina Library

Virginia Center for Digital History
A gateway site for several excellent digital collections on Virginia history.  


The Civil Rights Digital Library
Audio and visual materials on the 20th century civil rights movement, from the University of Georgia Libraries.

Social Movement Overviews and Bibliographies
Useful overviews and readings assembled by Professor David Walls of Sonoma State University

The Sixties
University of Miami site with a video archive, bibliography, and timelines of the period.

Sophia Smith Collection, Women's History Archives of Smith College
Documents, oral history interviews, and visual materials on American women's history.

Jewish Women's Archive Encyclopedia of Jewish Women
Biographical and topical articles on Jewish women in America and beyond.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Resources for the study of religion in contemporary America, from a non-partisan Washington, D.C. foundation.

Divining America:  Religion in American History
Essays by historians on the role of religious belief from colonial times to the present.

Labor History Resources
Materials for the study of American Labor History from the Labor and Working Class History Association

The Samuel Gompers Papers
Materials on the history of the labor movement and the founder of the American Federation of Labor.

The Walter P. Reuther Library
Materials for the study of the United Auto Workers union, the CIO, and Detroit, Michigan.

African American History
Resources, including digital collections, from the University of Washington Libraries.

The Harlem Renaissance Resource
Library of Congress collections pertaining to this topic.

Mexican American History Guides
Resources from the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian

Asian American History Resources
Resources, including digital collections, from the Center for Educational Technology of Berkeley, California.

American Life Histories, Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project
Nearly 3,000 personal stories illustrating life in the USA from 1936 to 1940.

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature -- A Research and Reference Guide 
Bibliographies, some brief biographies, and some links to online collections covering all periods of American literary history, from a professor emeritus at California State University, Stanislaus.

Look here for biographical information, primary source documents, and even audio and visual materials relating to presidential history since World War II.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library

The Harry S. Truman Library

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

The John F. Kennedy Library

The Lyndon B. Johnson Library

The Richard M. Nixon Library

The Gerald Ford Library

The Jimmy Carter Library

The Ronald Reagan Library

The George Bush Library