Mississippi State University's impressive Historical Text Archive offers a remarkably large collection of documents, speeches, and texts. Additionally, it has amassed an amazing array of hyperlinks to other online resources pertinent to historians, including links to international repositories. The Project Gutenberg is a huge library of electronically stored books, mostly classics, that can be downloaded for free and viewed off-line. Another important online collection of documents is the Internet History Sourcebooks Project, which offers a wide range of primary sources from across the globe and across historical eras.
History Departments Around the World, hosted by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, is an excellent online database which includes the addresses (URLs) and links for more than 900 history departments' web pages.
H-Net: Humanities On-line is a vast collection of discussion networks, book reviews, and other useful resources on an ever-increasing variety of fields in the humanities and social sciences. Each discussion network maintains its own website which may include: logs of the discussions, book reviews, syllabi, course outlines, class handouts, bibliographies, listings of new sources, guides to online resources, and reports on new software, data sets, cd-roms and World Wide Web sites.
Other interesting history-specific sites include the American Historical Association website, with online versions of Perspectives and information about the annual meeting, the detailed and comprehensive list of links at the History Virtual Library at the University of Kansas, the History Channel interactive website, and the History Guide which offers online lectures in ancient and European history.
Many historical journals are now available online through subscription databases. Two of the most notable are JSTOR (which includes the American Historical Review, the Journal of Modern History, and the Journal of American History) and Project MUSE (which makes available all journals of the Johns Hopkins University Press). Because these databases require subscriptions, UTSA students should access them through the UTSA Library web page.
Libraries and Archives
For American historians, the Library of Congress website is the place to start. The Library's National Digital Library Program, the "American Memory Project", began in 1989 and now includes numerous major Web-based collections. The depth, range, and diversity of these online collections dwarf anything else available for American historians on the web, and include material in multiple media (books, manuscripts, films, and sound recordings), but especially photographs; they contain about 70,000 images in eight different collections, from nineteenth-century daguerreotypes to color photos taken by the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information in the 1930s and 1940s.
They also include multiple perspectives--dissidents are well represented in the Woman Suffrage and African American pamphlet collections, whereas such establishment figures as John D. Rockefeller literally have their say in the Nation's Forum sound collections. The Founding Fathers make their appearance in 274 broadsides from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, while hundreds of unfamous Americans tell their stories in the WPA life histories.
The National Archives and Record Administration also offers a substantial online collection, including finding aids and an online exhibit hall.
Yahoo! maintains a useful list of foreign libraries and archives which maintain web sites.
Students should also consult the web page put together by UTSA reference librarian and history bibliographer Richard McDonnell. This web site offers detailed information on the library's holdings of primary and secondary sources, in both print and electronic format, which will be of interest to UTSA history students.