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101 Great Sites for Social Studies Class (24-51)

Newspaper Archives

24.) The Google News Archive searches historical newspapers, most of which cannot be found elsewhere in Google. A student studying the rise of Adolph Hitler could review these newspaper results from 1933 to 1937.

25.) Time magazine provides users with access to its impressive article archive dating back to 1923, enabling students to search for articles such as this account of negotiations in 1931 between Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi, who is described in a rather deprecatory manner.

26.) The Times of London organizes its archives through topics such as War & Revolution, Politics & Civil Rights, and Exploration.

27.) The New York Times offers free articles dating from 1851-1922 and 1987-present.

28.) Rag Linen is an online museum and educational archive of rare and historic printed newspapers.
29.) The Sports Illustrated Vault offers all the magazine’s articles since its 1954 debut.

30.) The Library of Congress’ Chronicling America displays images of late 19th and early 20th century American newspaper pages.

31.) Cornell University and University of Michigan libraries’ Making of America projects are collections of journals and newspapers from the antebellum, wartime and reconstruction periods.

32.) The Wisconsin Historical Society has scanned every issue of Freedom’s Journal, the first newspaper to be owned and operated by African-Americans.

Online Books

33.) Carnegie Mellon University’s Universal Digital Library holds more than 1 million works from many different fields in a dozen languages.

34.) The British Library lets you browse through scanned books of music, literature, art and other subjects. The library includes Mozart’s sheet music, “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” by Lewis Carroll, an 18th century Ethiopian bible and many more.

35.) Tufts University’s Perseus Digital Library
is the best source for Greek and Latin texts, as well as Germanic texts and Renaissance works.

36.) Project Gutenberg provides more than 30,000 eBooks from the public domain.

37.) Librivox offers text and audio recordings of more than 3,000 public domain books and other works.


38.) TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is home to inspiring, amusing and cool talks with innovative thinkers and leaders. Learn about emerging technologies, the fashion world, religion, medicine, and much more from the Web site of the TED Prize and annual TED Conference.

39.) The Mike Wallace Interviews was a series of prime-time television interviews conducted between 1957 and 1960. Wallace donated 65 interviews conducted between 1957 and 1958 to the University of Texas, which hosts video and transcripts of the conversations.

40.) Charlie Rose
has interviewed hundreds of “America’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers” since his show first aired in 1991.

41.) The Paris Review
hosts an archive of interview excerpts with authors dating back to the 1950s.


42.) American Rhetoric is dedicated to archiving American speeches, lectures, sermons, interviews and “other important media events.” Its “Online Speech Bank” contains full text, audio and video for more than 5,000 speeches.

43.) History and Politics Out Loud
is a searchable multimedia database documenting and delivering authoritative audio relevant to American history and politics.

44.) Historical Voices is a fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century.

Oral History

45.) Michigan State University’s Vincent Voice Library is home to over 40,000 hours of audio from more than 100,000 “political and cultural leaders and minor players in the human drama,” dating back to 1888.

46.) PBS’ “People’s Century” is a 26-part documentary detailing the events of the 20th century through interviews with average citizens. The Web site includes interview clips and lesson plans.

47.) The Chicago History Museum hosts the work of famed oral historian Studs Terkel from his various radio shows. The site features audio interviews and essays on the importance of oral history.

48.) The Library of Congress’ “Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories” features audio of 20th century interviews of 23 former slaves.

49.) The Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement features testimony of members of Civil Rights organizations such as CORE, NAACP, SCLC and SNCC, who submit stories about their experiences or write commentary on the movement and current events.

50.) Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Archive Oral History Project
features interviews of soldiers and civilians from the U.S. and North and South Vietnam.

51.) “What did you do in the war, Grandma?” and “The Whole World Was Watching: An Oral History of 1968” were projects conducted by South Kingstown (R.I.) High School students who interviewed family members about their experiences during significant times in U.S. history. The projects are great examples of how young students can contribute to the study of history.

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