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Online Research - History

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California History

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California History

California Digital Newspaper Collection  
Free site with more than 500,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1846 to the present.

California Historian Conference of California Historical Societies website helps historians, and others who are interested in history, to connect and share information -- joining efforts to preserve records, artifacts, sites, and buildings. 

California State Library - History and Culture - State Symbols
Ever wondered what the State Folk Dance is? Or the State Nut?

Goleta Valley Historical Society
History of Goleta, CA

Online Archive of California
Provides access to materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and works of art held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California, including several Santa Barbara organizations.


African American History
African American History from the Library of Congress.

Ever wondered what happened on your birthday?  Here you can find out historic events and birthdays that occurred on specific months and days.

History Net   
All kinds of sources on American history, including videos, photos and more.

Nation Master                     
Large data source gathered from cited authoritative resources that allows users to compare all types of statistics on countries. Fun to browse for interesting statistical facts.

This Day in History           
From the History Channel, historical events, searchable by date.

World Digital Library
A Library of Congress site with ability to search 19,147 items about 193 countries between 8000 BCE and 2000.  Includes a timeline and multilanguage search function.


American Battle Monuments

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database 
National Park Service site.

Guide to World War I Materials  
Digital collections from the Library of Congress containing a wide variety of WWI material, including photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music and sound recordings. 

History Place - American Revolution 
Arranged by time period.

Medal of Honor Citations    
U. S. Army site with listings of Medal of Honor citations.

MIA/POW Homepage          
Library of Congress  databases and documents on Vietnam era Prisoners of War, Missing in Action. Searchable by last names, country names, service branches, keywords, or key phrases.

World War I Document Archive    
Primary documents maintained by Brigham Young University.

World War II Net       
An exhaustive day by day timeline covering every event, by military theatre and in chronological order from 1939-1945.

Native Americans

California Counties and Corresponding Tribal Groups

California Indian Heritage     
Features a timeline, information on tribal groups and their way of life, a directory of California tribes, and links to other sources.

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
The first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study and exhibition of the life, languages, history and arts of Native Americans.

U.S. History

American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank   
Historic, current, topical, election speeches.

National Register of Historic Places
Searchable database for all Register listings.

POTUS - Presidents of the U.S.        
Everything you want to know about each of the U. S. Presidents.

Another comprehensive site on the Presidents of the United States with documents of their speeches, writings, and biographies.

The Presidents of the United States of America     
The White House site about POTUS.

World History

Divided into sections: Art & Architecture, History, Olympics, Wars, Geography,  Mythology, People, and Culture and Society.

BBC News Country Profiles     
Current overview and statistics of history, politics and economic background of countries, territories and key institutions.

Country Studies       
E-version of 80 books written by a Federal Research Team at the Library of Congress.

This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government going back to the 1600’s of all currently existing countries and territories.

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, transnational, etc. for more than 250 world entities.