Internet Archive A massive repository of texts, images, videos, audio files and web pages. The site strives to improve the accessibility of publicly available online historic collections, as well as to document materials “born digital” which would otherwise leave no physical trace. They also maintain The Wayback Machine, which stores an archive of websites as they appeared on any given past date, maintaining a historical record of digital life.
Librivox A collaborative effort in which texts are provided by Project Gutenberg, recorded as audiobooks by Librivox, and hosted by archive.org. Their goal is to eventually make all public domain books available as free, public domain audiobooks.
Open Library An initiative of archive.org that allows free lending of thousands of eBooks. Requires registration for access to non public domain books.
Our Documents A collection of pivotal primary source documents chronicling American history from 1776 to 1965. Documents are available as scanned images as well as plain text transcripts.
Project Gutenberg A free online repository of more than 30,000 digital versions of texts which are no longer under US copyright.
Digital Collections - Library of Congress An eclectic glimpse into the Library of Congress’ most rare and unique collections. The site provides digitized photographs, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures and books, with an emphasis on those not available outside of LoC institutions.
World Digital Library Provides important primary source documents from all around the world. Allows for searching by time period, place, type of document, topic and keyword, and displays information in a hybrid timeline/map format.
Europeana Cultural heritage documents relating to European history and culture. From the site: “Explore millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings, they’re all here. No need to travel the continent!”
Fulton History A searchable database of local newspapers, scanned from microfilm. The interface is tricky; be sure to click on FAQ_HELP_INDEX at the very top of the page for useful information about search operators
NY Heritage A research portal providing access to more than 150 digital collections, all relating to New York history and society. Includes primary source documents, books, photographs, maps and more.