Useful Links for History Teachers

Annotated List of Websites for Social Studies Teachers

Information in italics is what the website says about itself.  The rest is my personal commentary. It includes websites useful for courses other than just U.S. History.

Stanford History Education Group
You haven't been here yet? Stop whatever you are doing and check it out now. One of my favorites! So many good ideas and resources here.

Gilder Lehrman 
High quality resources to teach you all the history that YOU didn't learn in college/grad school so you can better teach it to your students. Lots of essays in here from top historians to provide you the quality background knowledge you need when you don't have time to read a whole book.  

Teaching Tolerance  

One of THE sites for sources to consider social justice issues in your teaching.

Facing History and Ourselves

A good companion to Teaching Tolerance, above. 

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project at Fordham University in New York is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.   Topics include: Ancient, Medieval, Modern, African, Eastern Asian, Global, Indian, Jewish, Islam, Lesbian/Gay, Science, Woman and more.
One of the best websites for primary sources.   
The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text.  Another equally excellent resource for primary sources.
The University of Texas at Austin hosts an extensive map collection.  One of the places for maps.
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning. Second site is for the Library of Congress.
Exploring Ancient World Cultures (EAWC) is an on-line course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds. It features its own essays and primary texts. Over time it will include chapter-length histories for each of the eight "cultures" represented: The Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam and Medieval Europe. -- lots of links to other sites biographies of famous women
Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University has used digital media and computer technology to democratize history—to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.
Maps, graphics and lesson plans.  And the main website,, provides access to photographs useful in geography/world cultures classes.
Home to one of the largest “collections of collections” on the Internet, is an online public library with freely available software and information, for topics such as music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.
The primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories.  Good for a world cultures/geography course.
The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.
An excellent resource for U.S. population data, both historic and current.
The website for the World Health Organization; good for a variety of international data.
Other more specific topics:
This site contains information about the prehistoric archaeology of the Aegean. Through a series of lessons and illustrations, it traces the cultural evolution of humanity in the Aegean basin from the era of hunting and gathering (Paleolithic-Mesolithic) through the early village farming stage (Neolithic) and the formative period of Aegean civilization into the age of the great palatial cultures of Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece.
A collections of Russian archival collections of photographs and films, audio, clips and transcripts from the 15 republics of the former Soviet Union.  
These two sites have links to other sites on Africa. links to resources for the study of the Middle East.
And one odd sight,, a quirky site to find odd anecdotes and facts about all kinds of things to enliven your lessons.
Still not finding what you need? Try entering subject/topic into search engine along with the word “museum.”  You will find links to exhibits and museums you didn’t know existed.

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