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Discover quality websites on a range of topics and time periods.

Graph showing the mean price of enslaved people by their origin

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1718-1820

The Slave Database offers information on more than 100,000 slaves and the Free Database has records on more than 4,000 slave manumissions.
Photograph of Li Zhensheng with his camera in 1965

Red-Color News Soldier — Li Zhensheng: A Chinese Photographer's Odyssey through the Cultural Revolution

The entire project is particularly noteworthy for the beauty of its production, its strict adherence to a chronological framework, and a staunch commitment to precise and accurate captioning backed up by additional research and verification.
Detail of a print showing a market place titled "Un an en Malaisie" from 1889/1890

Southeast Asia Visions Collection

The range of sources and their ready accessibility also provides valuable material for work on diverse Southeast Asia topics related to local, regional, and global history.
Fishing junks under sail off the Shandong coast

The Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, 1933-1946

The Morrison collection is nevertheless a rich and accessible one that will nicely serve the dual themes of visual culture and childhood—among many others—for studies of early-to-mid 20th century China.
Detail: A painting titled "Moment of Tearing" by Ryuji Ishitani showing a person ducking in cover in a flash of light

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

The historical material that is presented from multiple angles carefully allows the material to speak for the catastrophe and reconstruction.
Detail of an engraving titled "Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corpis Humani" showing a skeleton with an angel

Dream Anatomy

This site, developed as part of an exhibit, remains a valuable online source for the study of the history of anatomy.
Detail: Map of Taiwan

Taiwan Documents Project

This site seems most valuable not as an unbiased repository of information, but rather as part of the movement for Taiwanese independence and more generally as a historical case study in the politics of national identity.
A 1909 map of India

Digital South Asia Library

The information and source materials presented on this site are extremely wide ranging, rare, and occasionally quite specific. Given the amount of content, this specificity should be seen as an asset rather than a drawback.
Horse drawn carts going down a cleared forest path taken from the view of a railway

Around the World in the 1890s: Photographs from the World's Transportation Commission, 1894-1896

Although these photographs are immediately useful to any discussion of 19th-century travel, they also provide an important look at the nature of colonialism and industrialization in many of the regions to which Jackson traveled.
The gate to the second courtyard at Xihuang Si (Xihuang Temple) 西黃寺. The tip of the stupa is slightly visible over the top of the gate.

East Asian Collection

Students could be encouraged to probe the social, religious, cultural, and geographic diversity of China in the early 1900s as well as the impact of momentous events upon different regions and social groups.
Photograph of nave flyers on the north side of the cathedral

Amiens Cathedral

The site’s rich image collections still recommend it for classroom and research use.
Detail: Scan of pages 46 and 47 of George Percival Scriven's diary

George Percival Scriven: An American in Bohol, The Philippines, 1899-1901

The diary could be used by teachers in a variety of ways. Its representation of the inhabitants of Bohol and of the island itself illuminate turn-of-the-century thinking on race and landscape.
A three masted ship

Excerpts from Slave Narratives

This website is unique in the growing number of Internet sources that explore African experiences and slavery. Teachers will find Mintz’s documents invaluable in promoting classroom discussion.
Abiriba tripod drum

G. I. Jones, Photographic Archive of Southeastern Nigerian Art and Culture

The site describes itself as a “research resource” for those personally or professionally interested in the art, history, and ethnography of southeastern Nigeria. It is also a valuable resource for those interested in the history of photography in Africa.
Photograph of a Goudiry Woman and Children

Africa Online Digital Library

The site’s stated goal is the implementation of emerging best practices in the “American digital library community” in an African context, and it does not disappoint. Indeed, the site demonstrates a rare combination of scholarly sophistication, ease of use, and broad appeal.
Image of a compass taken on the Burke and Wills expedition

Burke and Wills – Terra Incognita

Supplementary material is easy to follow and fairly extensive... Information is included on the background to the expedition, its historical context, biographies of those involved, the preparation for and events of the expedition, and its aftermath.
Detail: 1500s map of Asia Minor

Map Section Image Database

The Walker Collection comprises 135 maps, printed between 1511 and 1774, that cover Asia Minor and surrounding areas including the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Balkans.
Detail of Durer's "Last Supper" from his Passion series showing Jesus holding one of his disciples

Wetmore Print Collection

While the responsibility of providing historical context for these images remains with the instructor, the images themselves will delight and puzzle students—and, if they are properly prepared, will provide good insight into the historical periods in question as well.
Image of a cow against a red backdrop from The Hague

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

A rich database site that focuses on iconography (pictorial illustrations of a subject) such as this one offers many teaching and learning possibilities for several humanities disciplines, not just art history.
1500s landscape drawing showing a bridge over a river looking on into a harbor

Biblioteca Ambrosiana

The site is visually attractive and well designed, with straightforward navigation. It provides an introduction to the site and a history of the collection; a database search that scans the collection by artist, subject, and other parameters; and bibliographies for the drawings, for the history of the Ambrosiana, and for various exhibitions.