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Digital Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections Worldwide


Finding Library, Museum, and Historical Collections Online

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Digital Library and Historical Collections Online

American Memory, Library of Congress. Examples of the numerous online collections include Woody Guthrie and the Archive of the American Folksong, The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920, and History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library

Avalon Project at the Yale Law School . Digital documents relevant to the fields of history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government. Conveniently arranged in categories from pre-18th Century documents to the 21st Century, here you can find the text of the "Laws of Kings" 753-510 B.C.E. from ancient Rome, the Magna Carta from 1215 C.E., or the latest executive order about the "attack on America"

Documenting the American South, U. of N. Carolina.

Europeana (European Digital Library). Europeana is a prototype digital library developed by the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, for the European Digital Library project. Europeana offers approximately 12,000 copyright-free documents from the BnF, the Szechenyi National Library of Hungary, and the National Library of Portugal.

ILEJ: Internet Library of Early Journals, Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford (United Kingdom). Conducted under the auspices of the eLib (Electronic Libraries) Programme, it aims to digitize substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals and make these images available on the Internet. Titles include Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Gentleman's Magazine, The Annual Register, Notes and Queries, The Builder, and Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.

Making of America at Cornell University. Provide primary sources at each institution.

Medicine & Madison Avenue, Duke University & others. Marketing images from the 1910s through the 1950s from 600 health-related advertisements printed in newspapers and magazines

Newton Papers , Cambridge Digital Library. "Cambridge University Library holds the largest and most important collection of the scientific works of Isaac Newton (1642-1727)." Available now are a "selection of Newton's manuscripts, concentrating on his mathematical work in the 1660s." Additional material is being added with the intention of making available the majority of Cambridge's Newton Papers.

Nineteenth Century Schoolbooks, University of Pittsburgh.

Southeastern Native American Documents, U. of Georgia.

Museum exhibits online -- Directories & Lists:

Art Museums Worldwide -- from Artcyclopedia

European Museum Guide -- "detailed and very comprehensively illustrated, the European Museum Guide provides information about permanent collections, actual and future exhibitions of European Museums"

MOOM: The Museum of Online Museums -- "online collections and exhibits covering a vast array of interests and obsessions" -- "worldwide portal to museums and cultural heritage"

Museum Network -- "explore museums worldwide" through this portal

123World: Museums & Galleries -- list of museums and galleries on the net

Last Updated: 2/16/12