Primary Resources: Miscellaneous
This pages contains all the political history websites that we couldn't fit within our categories, but we felt were too good to leave out. Many of these web resources hold a variety of documents or present an overview of political history best for a general audience.
- American Memory
American Memory is a digital archive of American culture created by the Library of Congress. Documents, recordings and images detailing sports, environmental history, and Native American history are available at this site.
- American Studies: Hypertext Project
The University of Virginia's American Studies Program maintains this website, which holds full-text versions of various historical documents. These range from Jane Addams's My Twenty Years at Hull House to the W.P.A.'s American Slave Narratives.
- Project Gutenberg
One of the first digital libraries, Project Gutenberg holds over 18,000 free books online. The site also contains numerous historical artifacts such as voice recordings and other published primary resources.
A current directory of over 5,000 repositories and more than 120,000 collections of unpublished primary source material, with holdings and contact information. Includes the entire National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections from 1959 to the present, as well as the Index to the National Inventory of Documentary Sources.
- History Resource Center
This website is designed to serve as a one-stop source of a variety of historical data for students, their professors, and general library patrons. It includes some material from Gale's proprietary reference content, including American Decades, American Eras, DISCovering U.S. History, Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, and the American Journey series. The History Resource Center also delivers full-text periodicals, newspapers, primary source documents, radio/television transcripts, streaming audio and video clips, professional development tools, and student research tools.
Person Narratives of the American South
"First-Person Narratives of the American South" is a collection of diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives written by Southerners. The majority of materials in this collection are written by those Southerners whose voices were less prominent in their time, including African Americans, women, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans.
of American Political History
The website contains over 500 public domain photos of American politics that are easily searched and browsed through.
- History and Politics Out
History and Politics Out Loud is a searchable archive of politically significant audio recordings funded by the National Endowment for Humanities and Michigan State University
NewspaperArchive holds over 30 million newspaper pages online for the user to search and browse through to use in research.
- Vincent Voice
The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is a collection of over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings, dating back to 1888. The collection includes the voices of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life. Political and cultural leaders and minor players in the human drama are captured and cataloged to serve the research needs of a local, national and international user base.
- The Internet
This "internet library" is maintained by a non-profit based in California. Browse an extensive collection of movies, videos and audio files.
Online Speech Bank
The Online Speech Bank is an index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.
Washington Post: Media Frenzies
University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato summarizes media frenzies in politics, 1970-90s. This resource provides an excellent overview of political history in this era.
Picturing of the Century
Compiled by the National Archives, Picturing of the Century is a collection of over 100 years of photography from events in American history.
- Vanderbilt Television
The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since 1989. These special reports and periodic news broadcasts cover presidential press conferences and political campaign coverage, and national and international events such as the Watergate hearings, the plight of American hostages in Iran, the Persian Gulf war, and the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001.
History Central: Source Documents in American History
History Central provides source documents in American History divided by time period and arranged in chronological order.
Conversations with History
In these lively and unedited video interviews, distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work. Guests include diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists and political analysts; scientists and historians; writers and foreign correspondents; activists and artists. The interviews span the globe and include discussion of political, economic, military, legal, cultural, and social issues shaping our world. At the heart of each interview is a focus on individuals and ideas that make a difference.
The FedWorld.gov web site is a gateway to government information. This site is managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) as part of its information management mandate. The site contains Supreme Court decisions, federal jobs listings and tax forms.
The Avalon Project
The Avalon Project is an extensive collection of documents from American history, law and diplomacy provided by Yale Law School.
Politics: Selected Presidential Campaign Commercials
All Politics provides a selection of presidential campaign commercials, ranging from the beginning of political TV ads to present day advertisements.
National Security Archive
The Archive is simultaneously a research institute on international affairs, a library and archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, a public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information through the FOIA, and an indexer and publisher of the documents in books, microfiche, and electronic formats.
- American Rhetoric
This extensive collection of speeches ranges from political speeches to movie speeches to religious speeches. The Top 100 speeches list is also a valuable resource.