This is a selective guide to free Internet sites containing relevant, reliable, and rich content on American history, culture, and government. Sites, individual pages, or specific search results may be compiled to provide a guide to materials focused on topics or issues.
Sources from Monticello:
- Thomas Jefferson Portal . Global bibliographic access. Click “Advanced Search” and enter Thomas Jefferson as SUBJECT and other search term(s).
- NOTE: the Thomas Jefferson Portal also provides access to contents in:
● OCLC’s WorldCat
● HathiTrust digital books
● JSTOR Early Journal Content -- articles published prior to 1923.
- Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia. Content created, verified, and updated by Jefferson scholars.
- Early American History Sites. A Google Custom Search retrieving content in the websites of 41 major research institutions.
- Thomas Jefferson’s Libraries project. Annotated listing of TJ’s approx. 9,000 titles.
- Jefferson Quotes and Family Letters.
Text and Image Archives:
- Founders Online. National Archives’ compilation of the papers of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, and Madison.
- Archive Grid. Historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.
- Virginia Heritage. Guides to manuscript and archival collections in Virginia.
- New York Public Library Digital Gallery.
- Avalon Project. Documents and manuscripts in law, history, and diplomacy. Yale Law School.
- Chronicling America. Library of Congress American historic newspapers, 1836-1922.
- Digital Public Library of America.
- Virginia Chronicle. Library of Virginia digital newspapers.
- Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC). Presents 3.7M entries on individuals, providing biographical and archival information sources.
- Libraries of Early America. Lists books from 1700+ collections owned by men and women in America prior to 1825.
- People of the Founding Era. University of Virginia Press. 75k brief biographical entries.