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Library Databases

African American History Online 

Funded by the Brian D. Slavenas Center for Cross-Cultural Understanding
African-American History Online focuses on the history and culture of African Americans, including articles, videos, photographs, primary source material, biographies, maps, and curriculum tools for students and teachers.

American Indian History Online

Funded by the Brian D. Slavenas Center for Cross-Cultural Understanding
American Indian History Online focuses on the history and culture of American Indians, including articles, videos, photographs, primary source material, biographies, maps, and curriculum tools for students and teachers.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of many reference books brought together in one database. There are reference books in the subjects of biography, business, education, environment, general reference including sports, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation and world, religion, science, and social studies. You can search by subject or you can search the reference book of your choice in its entirety, using the chapter headings or the index.

Other Resources

Guggenheim Museum’s Collection Online

Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of more than 7,000 artworks. The selection reflects the breadth, diversity, and tenor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive holdings from the late 19th century through the present day. The Collection Online is continually expanded to include a larger representation of the museum’s core holdings as well as recent acquisitions.

Library of Congress’s Digital Collections 

Over 100,000 photos, prints, drawings, and other digitized resources covering hundreds of topics.

National Museum of African American History and Culture Online Collections

Documents, photography, and media focusing on African Americans. Collection subjects American South, American West, civil rights, clothing and dress, communities, education, family, literature, military, music, photography, politics, religious groups, segregation, and slavery.

National Women’s Online History Museum’s Online Exhibits

A rotating selection of online exhibits focusing on American women.

Smithsonian Institution’s Online Art & Design Collection

Explore a variety of the Smithsonian’s art and design collections. Featured installations rotate during the year. Examples include “Where Art Meets Math,” “Art of Ballet,” “Time for Tea”, and “Latino Art and Artists.”

Smithsonian Institution’s Online History & Culture Collection

Explore American history and world cultures through objects and storytelling. Featured installations rotate during the year. Examples include “Portraying American Workers,” “The Statue of Liberty: Symbol for a Nation,” “Dressed for the Image,” and “Kiss Me Darling: Conserving the Rituals of Dating and Dancing.”

SOVA: Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives

Explore digital content from letters, manuscripts, diaries and journals, ledgers and stock books, photographs, scrapbooks, sketchbooks and drawings, technical drawings and blueprints, field notebooks, log books, rare printed materials, sound recordings, videos, and much more. Descriptions and detailed inventories of thousands of primary resource collections maintained by archival units across the Smithsonian.