MSJC Libraries: Selected Websites F-M


  • Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty 
    This website from the Metropolitan Museum accompanies their retrospective exhibition of the work of couturier Alexander McQueen.
  • Screen Search Fashion
    The Royal College of Art and a regional screen archive, Screen Archive South East, both in England, have collaborated to create a website of 1920s and 1930s fashion as depicted in film. The website divides the films by "Work", "Sport", "Leisure", and "Travel", as well as by decade. 


  • United States
    • U.S. Maps & Data
      The portal, also known as the Geospatial One-Stop, serves as a public gateway for improving access to geospatial information and data under the Geospatial One-Stop e-government initiative.


  • Administration on Aging
    The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. 
  • Healthy Eating (CDC)





  • General Resources
    • BBC History 
      Although, as would be expected there is a focus on British history, this site is a good resource for basic historical information. The site contains an excellent collection of introductory essays on topics ranging from Life in an Iron Age Village to The End of Soviet Communism. These pieces are often written by the leading academic experts in the field and are accompanied by a list of related links.
    • HistoryNet
      Contains photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in various military history magazines. 
    • Historical Text Archive
    • Holocaust Encyclopedia
      Each entry in this interactive encyclopedia from the United States Holocaust Museum includes links to other sources, photos and primary source documents.
    • Universal Newsreels 1929 - 1967
      Pre-TV era newsreels that were shown in movie theaters.
  • Medical History
  • Medieval Studies
  • United States
  • Primary Sources
    • General
        The DocsTeach website is devoted to primary sources that are from the National Archives site. The site contains three features: (1)finding activities using primary sources, (2)finding documents from the National Archives, (3)creating your own primary source activities using the Archives’ pre-selected templates.
      • Using Primary Sources on the Web        
    • Individual Collections                  
      • American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection
        Created by the University Libraries of the University of Washington, this site provides an extensive digital collection of original photographs and documents about the Northwest Coast and Plateau Indian cultures, complemented by essays written by anthropologists, historians, and teachers about both particular tribes and cross-cultural topics. 
      • Anti-Slavery Collection
        This collection at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst contains several hundred pamphlets and books pertaining to slavery and antislavery in New England from 1725-1911.
      • Atomic bomb and the end of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources
      • Automobile Club of Southern California collection, 1892-1963
        Digitized by USC (University of Southern California), the Automobile Club's archive consists of roughly 1,200 items and includes photographs, engineering notebooks, and maps that illustrate the development of major Southern California transportation routes. 
      • Black Abolitionist Archive
        From the libraries at the University of Detroit Mercy, the Black Abolitionist Digital Archive contains over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period. 
      • Black Panther: The Newspaper of the Black Panther Party
        A collection of The Black Panther published between 1968 and 1973, the newspapers provide an unusually vivid example of the kinds of rhetoric used by the Black Panther Party in its "revolutionary" challenges to federal and state lawmakers and its call to African Americans around the country to stand up for their civil rights. 
      • Bracero History Archive
        The Bracero History Archive, from the Center for History and New Media at Georgetown University, collects and makes available the oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero program, a guest worker initiative that spanned the years 1942-1964.
      • California Digital Newspaper Collection
        The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 400,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also contains issues of several current California newspapers that are part of a pilot project to preserve and provide access to contemporary papers.
      • California Light and Sound
        In partnership with twenty two libraries, archives and museums, the California Preservation Program is undertaking a project to provide digitization and access services for historic California audiovisual recordings. "California Light and Sound" is a collection of those recordings that provides glimpses and whispers of our state's rich audiovisual heritage.
      • Calisphere - California Cultures
        Selected primary source sets tell the stories, struggles and contributions of four major ethic groups in California (African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans). 
      • Civil Rights Digital Library
        Collection of primary sources and other educational materials on the Civil Rights Movement.
      • Cold War International History Project – Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 
        Contains declassified documents, research articles, and primary source material.
      • Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers
        Purdue University's collection of over 3,500 maps, photos and other documents.
      • Coming of the American Revolution, 1764-1766
        Primary documents from the revolutionary era from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
      • Diary of a Civil War nurse
        This website (from the National Museum of American History) contains images of the Civil War diary of Amanda Akin, photograph portraits, and quotes from her recollections, as well as brief explanations and sources related to Civil War nursing in general.
      • "Everyone would believe my pictures" : The Legacy of Julien Bryan
        Established by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, this site contains photos and films taken by American filmmaker Julien Bryan of 1930s Germany and Poland.
      • Freedom Summer Project 1964
        This website, from Miami University of Ohio, documents the history of 1964's "Freedom Summer", which was when volunteers gathered at the former Western College for Women in order to be trained to register African-American voters in Mississippi. The materials here include over 765 documents related to the Freedom Summer, including reports from the FBI about those involved with the activities around this form of civil rights activism and articles from the Ohio press about the civil rights movement in the South during that time.
      • George Washington Carver 
        This digital collection from the Special Collections Department at the Iowa State University Library brings together images of Dr. Carver, along with letters and other correspondence between Carver and his colleagues at the university.
      • The Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online
        Transcripts of 705 interviews conducted with refugees from the USSR during the early days of the Cold War.
      • Hawaii War Records Depository 
        A collection of archival materials that document life in Hawaii during World War II.
      • HistoryMakers Digital Archive 
        The History Makers organization and the Carnegie Mellon University Informedia Project came together to create this collection of 310 African American video oral history interviews. Contains intererviews with prominent individuals in the African American community such as Marian Wright Edelman, Julian Bond, and others.
      • The Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists
        This site, hosted by Penn State University, contains a collection of photos and interviews related to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
      • Lewis Hine Collection 
        The extensive photographic survey of child labor made by Lewis Hine (1874-1940) during the early twentieth century provided reform groups and the public with visual evidence of the negative impact that work had on children. Hine's photographs helped mobilize society against child labor, while providing an extensive record of working children.
      • Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
        This collection from the Library of Congress's American Memory Project brings together 45 films of New York from 1896 to 1906. The films were made by the American Mutoscope and Biography Company and the Edison Company.
      • Making the History of 1989 - Eastern Europe 
        Primary sources drawn from the emergence of resistance movements in the 1980s, the events of 1989 and the immediate aftermath.
      • May 4 Collection 
        Compiled by the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Kent State University, this collection contains primary source materials on the Kent State shootings that took place on May 4th, 1970.
      • National Security Archives
        An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States. 
      • Native American Manuscript Collections
        From the University of Oklahoma's Western History Collection, the Native American Manuscript Collections contain over 200 documents relating to Native Americans in Oklahoma, Indian Territory, and the southwestern United States. 
      • Nevada Test Site Oral History Project
        Interviews with persons affiliated with and affected by the Nevada Test Site during the era of Cold War nuclear testing.
      • Real Rosie the Riveter Project 
        High definition video interviews with women who worked in American defense plants during WWII.
      • San Fernando Valley History 
        California State University-Northridge's Oviatt Library hosts this this site that contains historically significant documents, manuscripts, photographs and related graphic materials on the history of the San Fernando Valley.
      • Spanish Civil War Memory Project 
        The University of California, San Diego in collaboration with several Spanish civic associations, have put together digital archive of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship. Since 2007, several teams of graduate students have been recording audiovisual testimonies of militants, witnesses, and victims of the Spanish Civil War and Francoist repression. On this site, visitors can listen to dozens of recorded testimonies in English and Spanish.
      • Theodore Roosevelt Collection Photographs
        Harvard University hosts this digital collection that contains photographs of Theodore Roosevelt's African safaris, visits to Brazil, and a trip to the Panama Canal. The offerings include formal portraits, newsreel stills, panoramic views, and even lantern slides.
      • Utah Digital Newspapers Project 
        This site contains digitized newspaper content, in PDF format, from eighteen different Utah Newspapers, with the times covered being for the most part the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
      • Walter Gordon Collection of Photographs 
        This site, hosted by UCLA Library Digital Collections, contains over 300 photographs of African American social life in 1940s Los Angeles.
      • Witness: Black History
        This BBC World Service special feature provides thirty-three podcast interviews of individuals that were present during significant events in history, such as Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream" speech and The Freedom Riders protests. Listeners have the ability to hear a first-hand account of what it was like to attend the first desegregated elementary school, as told by Ruby Bridges, along with several other noteworthy witnesses to history. 
      • Women Working, 1870-1930
        Harvard University libraries collection of digitized materials related to women's employment.

Image/Photograph Collections

Indigenous Peoples


  • E-mail
  • Evaluating Internet Sources
  • Citing Internet Sources
  • General
    • Pew Internet and Internet and Tech
      The goal of this site is to provide “research that explores the impact of the Internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life.”
  • Hoaxes
    • Hoaxbusters 
      Created and maintained by the CIAC (Computer Incident Advisory Capability), U.S. Dept. of Energy, this site seeks to "describe some of the warnings, offers, and pleas for help that are filling our mailboxes, clogging our mailservers, and that generally do not have any basis in fact." Alleged hoaxes can be confirmed by keyword searching, through an index, or by clicking through categories such as Urban Myths, Giveaways, etc.
  • Search Strategies


Library and Information Science



Mass Media

  • State of the News Media - 2010
    This report is designed to provide "as much data as possible about all the major sectors of journalism, identify trends across media, mark key findings, and delve deep into each sector and note areas for further inquiry."



  • Alan Lomax Sound Archive Online
    Born in Austin, Texas in 1915, Alan Lomax was a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and musician who traveled the United States and the world recording the performances of thousands of musicians, from Jelly Roll Morton and Woody Guthrie to little known folk singers in Haiti. On the Alan Lomax Sound Archive Online readers will find over 17,400 digital audio files, starting with Lomax's 1946 tape recordings and culminating in his late career recordings before his death in 2002. 
  • Musopen
    Musopen is a non-profit intent on providing classical music resources and educational materials online. The site contains recordings, sheet music, and even textbooks free of charge. 
  • National Jukebox
    Historical sound recordings from the Library of Congress
  • Sheet Music