Old Mission San Buenaventura


Known as the ‘Mission by the Sea,’ this church once belonged to Spain’s extensive network of missions throughout the modern-day US Southwest. It was founded in 1782 by Francsican friars whose objective was the evangelization of the native peoples in the region, who were the Chumash. The church complex, which included aqueducts, was built with their labor. Under the church’s supervision,... Read More »

Old Mission San Juan Bautista


This historic church once belonged to Spain’s extensive network of religious institutions along the US-Mexico border. The Mission San Juan Bautista was founded in 1797, making it the fifteenth church established in modern-day California. The name of the church originates in its founding day, which was dedicated to the feast day for Saint John the Baptist. The complex aimed to evangelize the... Read More »

Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia


Founded in 1798, this church belonged to the extensive network of Spanish colonial missions not only in California, but along much of the US-Mexico border. Through the eighteenth century, this region operated as the frontier zone between territories claimed by Spain, France, Britain, and indigneous groups. The objective of the churches established in this region was the evnaglization of the... Read More »

Old Mission Santa Barbara


This historic church complex belonged to Spain’s network of missions throughout not only California, but also across the region that today makes up the US-Mexico border. It was established in 1786 and named to honor the specific day of its founding (December 4th), which is dedicated to the Feast of Santa Barbara. By this time, California already had nine other missions in operation. Each of... Read More »

A map of the Roman world with cities labeled.

ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

This is a useful tool for educators to model how the Roman empire operated, as well as what those operations may have looked like in practice.
Portion of map showing locations of oral histories

Palestinian Oral History Map

Drawing from thousands of hours of interviews from the Palestinian Oral History Archive (POHA), the map provides a stunning visual representation of Palestine in the 1940s, bringing interviewees’ memories of their lost homeland to life.

Parque Lage


The Parque Lage is located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, and at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer mountain. The site features lush gardens and a nineteenth-century mansion. Its name originates from the former residents of the home, Henrique Lage and Gabriella Besanzoni. Lage earned his extensive wealth from his investment in industrialization across several industries, including port... Read More »

Philippine Photographs Digital Archive

A simple yet powerful database that captures the intricacies of the relationship between the United States and the Philippines, the Philippine Photographs Digital Archive provides an important lens with which one can view changes in Filipino life over time.

Piracy Trials

As the title suggests, the collection deals with piracy prior to 1923, in this context referring to robbery or violence committed on the high seas.
Porcelain tankard with blue ornate decorations

Porcelain tankard, fifteenth century China


This Ming dynasty porcelain tankard incorporates some Chinese elements, such as the peony flower design on the body and the dragon-shaped handle. Its shape was not Chinese, however, but based on Islamic metalwork, which indicates it was made for export. Porcelain formed a large share of the goods exported from China across the Indian Ocean, and, after the fifteenth century, beyond it to Europe... Read More »