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National History Day: Archives

NHD Archives

World History


Institution Collection Name/Description URL
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  Education page 
  The Holocaust: a learning site for students
Eye Witness to History Eye Witness to History
International Civil Rights Hall of Fame International Civil Rights Hall of Fame
World Digital Library Access to manuscripts, rare books, maps, photographs, and other cultural documents from all countries and culture


U.S. History (broad)


Institution  Collection Name/Description  URL 
Library of Congress  Main page
  Teachers' Page

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Digital Classroom

  100 Milestone Documents: Documents in the National Archives and Records Administration that chronicle the history of the United States from 1776 to 1965 
  DocsTeach, which provides thousands of documents and images from the National Archives as well as learning activities and lessons
National Park Service National Register of Historic Places, "Teaching with Historic Places"
National Museum of African American History and Culture A museum that seeks to teach American History through the lens of the African American Experience
Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Institution website
  Pages for educators
Making of America (University of Michigan and Cornell University) A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
Duke University Medicine and Madison Avenue
University of California, San Francisco Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (LTDL): this digital library contains more than 13 million documents (70+ million pages) and 7,600 video and audio recordings created by major tobacco companies related to their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research activities.

American Museum of Natural History Resources for learning
Museum of the Moving Image The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952-2008
Duke University AdAccess: advertisements from the J. Walter Thompson Company Competitive Advertisements Collection

Northeast Regional History


State Collection name/description  URL 
Connecticut Connecticut Digital Archive
Maine Maine Memory Network 
Maryland Maryland Historical Society Collections Online
Massachusetts Harvard University Open Collections Program
  Massachusetts Historical Society Online Resources​

  Memorial Hall Museum Online: American Centuries--view from New England
New York New York Historical Society
  New York Public Library Digital Collections
Vermont Center for Digital Initiatives, University of Vermont


Other Resources for Finding and Evaluating Online Primary Sources


  • EDSITEment — the Best of the Humanities on the Web: (National Endowment for the Humanities)