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New Orleans Public Library

History & Biography

[Non-Local; for Louisiana History, see "Louisiana" in Good Links]

  • American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century
    The purpose of these pages is to present a series of web guides on the decades of the twentieth century. The pages are being prepared by the reference librarians at Kingwood College Library (Kingwood, Texas). Check out their Nineteenth Century site as well.
  • American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
    The Library of Congress' massive initiative to digitize millions of items from its American history collections. A fabulous resource for visual material. See especially Words and Deeds in American History, for the text and images of approximately ninety representative documents from LC's Manuscript Division spanning from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.
  • American Presidents
    A site the complement C-SPAN's 20th anniversary television series, American Presidents: Life Portraits
  • Best of History Web Sites
    "Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal created for history teachers, students, and general history enthusiasts."
  • Cuba Documentation Project
    Declassified U.S. documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, relating on the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and other milestones of the U.S./Cuba relationship. From George Washington University's National Security Archive.
  • De Imperatoribus Romanis
    An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    DANFS is the foremost reference regarding US naval vessels. 7000 ship histories from the nine published volumes (from 1959 to 1991) are now online.
  • Documenting the American South
    From the University of North Carolina, an extensive "collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century."
  • Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room
    Online versions of FBI reports scanned from documents in the Freedom of Information Act Reading Room at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. From Bud Abbot to John Wayne, with some real "bad guys" along the way!
  • PVT. Donald B. Conrad's Guide to Military Memorials
    State-by-state guides to memorials from World War I and World War II.
  • Harp Week: Explore History
    From the people who digitized Harper's Weekly, this site offers digital images of political cartoons and prints, reports on Black America (from the Weekly), stories of the Civil War and the American West, and more.
  • Historical New York Times Project
    Digital images of historic issues of the New York Times, beginning with the Civil War years.
  • Holocaust Survivors
    "Read the stories of the survivors. Hear them speak. Look at their family photographs. Consult our encyclopedia. Read a historical introduction to the Holocaust. Leave your thoughts or ask your questions on our discussion page."
  • The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR)
    Information on the search for Amelia Earhart's plane and more
  • McCarthy Hearings
    Publication of the executive sessions of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for the Eighty-third Congress, from 1953 to 1954, better known as the McCarthy Hearings.
  • Making of America Collection
    A digital library of primary sources in American social history fro the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection contains approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. From the University of Michigan.
  • Medal of Honor Citations
    Full text of the citations naming individual Medal of Honor recipients.
  • Monographs of the Cities and Villages of France
    In French. Descriptive bibliography of books on French towns of all sizes.
  • National D-Day Museum
    The New Orleans museum celebrating "the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who won World War II and promotes the exploration and expression of these values by future generations."
  • New Deal Network
    Its core is a database of photographs, political cartoons, and texts (speeches, letters, and other historic documents from the New Deal period). Currently there are over 20,000 items in this database, many of them previously accessible only to scholars.
  • Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War ofthe Rebellion, Journal Contents (1861-1865)
    The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion is a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate navies published under the direction of the Secretary of Navy. All volumes have been scanned from originals held by the Cornell University Library.
  • Pearl Harbor
  • The Political Graveyard
    "The Web Site That Tells Where the Dead Politicians are Buried," plus biographical information, links to historic cemeteries, and much more.
  • POTUS: Presidents of the United States
    In this Internet Public Library site, you'll find "background information, election results, cabinet members, presidency highlights, and some odd facts on each of the presidents," as well as links to "biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites."
  • Rosenberg Spy Case, Government Views of the
    "This site concentrates on primary government documents and information about both the Rosenberg case and the people involved. Resources include a number of declassified documents from such Federal agencies as the FBI and the Central Intelligence Agency, as well as documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act." From the City College of New York.
  • Rulers
    "This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases. "
  • Selected Civil War Photographs
    Part of the Library of Congress American Memory project, the Selected Civil War Photographs web site includes 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects.
  • Story of Algiers Index
    An online index to the 1971 Pelican edition of William H. Seymour, Story of Algiers, 1718-1896, now fifth district of New Orleans, the past and present (originally published in 1896), compiled by Rita Curry-Pittman.
  • This Day in History
    Find out what happened, who was born, what music topped the charts, on this day in history. From the History Channel.
  • U.S. Civil War Center
    This site from LSU indexes over 2000 Civil War related links.
  • The Virtual Wall
    The Vietnam Veterans Digital Legacy.
  • War of the Rebellion: Journal Contents (1880-1901)
    The War of the Rebellion is a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies published under the direction of the Secretary of War. All volumes have been scanned from originals held by the Cornell University Library.
  • White House Tapes: The President Calling
    "Three of America's most compelling presidents - Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon - bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. They left behind thousands of secretly recorded conversations, from momentous to mundane. In this documentary project, American RadioWorks eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history."
    A comprehensive tool to study every single event in this great period of American history.


Katz & Besthoff Drug Store, 732 Canal Street, New Orleans, February 26, 1906
[John N. Teunnison Collection, Louisiana Division]

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Updated 10/27/2006