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Portal to Texas History

The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials. You may discover anything from an ancestor's picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections. The Portal continues to grow as additional partners contribute digital versions of their collections.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

More than twenty-five thousand maps, most in the public domain, have been digitized at the Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas at Austin. Although there is an emphasis on Texas, maps from around the world also are available. Of special interest in the Historical Collection, which contains earlier editions of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency maps, U.S. Army maps, and U.S. Geological Surveys, among others. In the unlikely event that you can't find a suitable map for your project, the site offers advice on searching for specific maps online.

LIFE Photo Archive

With millions of photos accessible at the click of a mouse, the archive is a rich resource for anyone seeking images related to U.S. history and world events. Approximately ten million images are available, and because most of the photos were never published, the collection contains many never-before-seen pictures. Users can search by keyword, browse by decade, or explore featured events, people, or places. Names of photographers and the dates that photos were taken are identified.

Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. Including such topics as: First-Person Narratives of the American South -- Library of Southern Literature -- North American Slave Narratives -- The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865 -- The Church in the Southern Black Community -- The North Carolina Experience, Beginnings to 1940 -- North Carolinians and the Great War.

Women and Social Movements, 1600-2000: Scholar's Edition

This Web site is intended to serve as a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, the site seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding of U.S. history at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

This HeinOnline collection brings together, for the first time, all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world.  In addition, the library has hundreds of pamphlets and books written about slavery€”defending it, attacking it or simply analyzing it along with many modern histories of slavery.  Much of the non-legal material in this collection is based on the holdings of the Buffalo Public Library utilizing its rare book collection containing hundreds of nineteenth century pamphlets and books on slavery.