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Find primary sources online and learn how to research history digitally.

Finding aids for textual and multimedia primary sources with a focus on the western hemisphere and the 19th and 20th centuries. Courses and learning tools to explore history digitally.

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Archives and primary sources


  • PARC - Portal for African Research Collections: PARC is the new meta-catalogue for the Africana collections at the research location Basel.
  • West African Arabic Manuscript Database - A comprehensive collection of manuscripts that provides insight into the Islamic scholarly tradition in West Africa.


  • FOCAL - The Asia Directories and Chronicles is a reference work for foreign traders in the Asian region, published annually by the Hong Kong Daily Press, annually between 1863 and 1941.


  • ANNO - Austrian Newspapers online.
  • Digitarium - Digital edition of the historical Wiener Zeitung.
  • Österreichische Mediathek - The Austrian archive for sound recordings and videos from cultural and contemporary history.
  • Wien Geschichte Wiki - It is based on the Historical Dictionary Vienna by Felix Czeike, currently there are 50,156 contributions and 12,510 images.




  • Archivportal - German archives search engine.
  • Bavarikon - Collection of Bavarian maps, places, newspapers etc.
  • Computerarchiv Muenchen - South German Museum for History of Digital Development.
  • Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek - Over 12 million objects.
  • Deutsches Zeitungsportal - Discover historical newspapers from 1671 to 1950.
  • Digitale Sammlungen - Collections of the Munich Digitization Center.
  • Digitales Deutsches Frauenarchiv - An interactive portal on the history of women's movements in Germany.
  • Docupedia - Terms, methods, and debates in contemporary history research.
  • - A specialized information service for historians that offers access to research tools and services.
  • leo bw - Platform of the State Archives of Baden-Württemberg.
  • LexM - Encyclopedia of musicians persecuted during the Nazi era.
  • MARCHIVUM - Collection of Mannheim newspapers and historical printed matter on the history of Mannheim.
  • Projekt Gutenberg - Contains 10'000 works by over 2'000 authors in German.
  • SLUB Dresden - Over 1.8 million graphic media (photographs, maps, drawings).
  • Spiegel Online - SPIEGEL archive since 1947.
  • UB Heidelberg - Manuscripts, documents, maps and literature.
  • Uni Frankfurt - Rare prints, manuscripts, bequests and more.
  • Zefys - Historical German newspapers.
  • ZLB - Collections of the Berlin Central and State Library.


  • - Computer code, reference manuals, and magazines.
  • Classic Computer Magazine Archive - Preserving information from early personal computer magazines.
  • Fxtop - Forex rate history since 1953.
  • Got Papers? - Resources on the history of games, cracking, and the demoscene.
  • HMML - Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. Digital collection of manuscripts from around the world.
  • Internet Archive - Non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
  • Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog - Book search engine for finding hundreds of millions of media in catalogs worldwide.
  • Marxist Internet Archive - Everything you ever wanted to know about Marx (and other important socialists).
  • Mementoweb - Find archived web pages in Internet Archive, Archive-It, British Library,, and GitHub.
  • OldMapsOnline - Maps, starting in the 17th century.
  • OpenCat - Search engine for libraries around the globe.
  • OpenHistoricalMap - A time travel map created by a community of mappers and historians.
  • Public Books Database - Open access academic literature.
  • United Nations Archive - Archives and records from the United Nations regarding Secretaries-Generals, departments and missions.
  • WayBackMachine - Explore more than 486 billion web pages saved over time.
  • World Historical Gazeteer - Collection of content and services that permit world historians to do spatial and temporal reasoning and visualization in a data rich environment at global and trans-regional scales.

Great Britain


  • Delpher - Dutch newspapers, books and magazines.
  • Nationaal Archief - Rich collection of the National Archives of the Netherlands.

North America

  • Ad*Access - U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories - Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda - dated between 1911 and 1955.
  • Chronicling America - America's historic newspapers from 1777-1963.
  • Computer Gaming World Museum - Archive of various magazines on gaming.
  • David Rumsey Map Collection - Historical maps collection.
  • Digital Public Library of America - Discovery tool, or union catalog, for public domain and openly licensed content held by the United States' archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.
  • Digital Transgender Archive - Wide range of trans-related digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.
  • Eugenics Archive - Scholars, survivors, students, and community partners in challenging eugenics.
  • HathiTrust - A not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving and making accessible millions of digitized items.
  • National Archives - The official archives regarding veteran records, founding documents and presidential libraries of the United States.
  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection - Online collection of scanned maps.
  • Women Working 1800-1930 - An exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression.
  • World Digital Library - WDL is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.


  • Amtsdruckschriften - Federal Gazette, Administrative Case Law of the Federal Authorities and more documents from the Swiss Federal Archives.
  • Année Politique Suisse - Sources and database for swiss socio-political topics.
  • arCHeco - Index of economic collections in archives of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • Archives Online - Archival search engine for Switzerland.
  • chgov - Minutes of the Federal Council (1848-1963).
  • COSMOV - COSMOV includes a digital edition of the events of the Zurich summer of 1968.
  • DigiBern - Bernese culture and history on the Internet.
  • Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland - Diplomatic documents of Switzerland.
  • e-codices - Virtual manuscript library of Switzerland.
  • e-gs - Online web portal of the ETH Zurich Graphics Collection.
  • e-manuscripta - Manuscript material from Swiss libraries and archives.
  • - Swiss newspapers.
  • E-Periodica - Swiss journals.
  • e-rara - The platform for digitised rare books from Swiss libraries.
  • histHub - The platform manages authority files on Swiss history.
  • Historical Encyclopedia of Switzerland - Encyclopedia on Swiss history.
  • HSSO - Historical statistics of Switzerland online.
  • impresso - Historical newspaper collections of the Swiss National Library, the National Library of Luxembourg, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Le Temps, the Valais State Archives and the Swiss Economic Archives.
  • Industriekultur - Swiss national inventory of industry artifacts.
  • Edition projects - A database containing current historical edition projects in Switzerland.
  • Kartenportal - Search engine for maps.
  • Le Temps - Archive of Gazette de Lausanne et du Journal de Genève.
  • - Journey through time via maps of Switzerland.
  • MEMOBASE - Provides access to audiovisual documents from Swiss memory institutions.
  • Sammlung Schweizerischer Rechtsquellen online - Retrodigitalisierte und digitale Editionseinheiten der Schweizerischen Rechtsquellen. Ediert wird rechtshistorisches Quellenmaterial vom Mittelalter bis in die Frühe Neuzeit (1798).
  • Schweizerisches Wirtschaftsarchiv - This collection comprises over 500 business archives from the period 1750 to the present day, with a focus on the Basel region.
  • Sources Online - A platform for digital scholarly text editions, integrating TEI Publisher and IIIF in Switzerland.
  • swisscollections - Meta search engine for historical and modern collections in Swiss libraries and archives.
  • timeSTAT Cubes - The Federal Council reports to parliament on income and expenditure for the past years.
  • transcriptiones - Create, share and access transcriptions of historical manuscripts.


  • AdFontes - An Introduction to Working with Sources in the Archive.
  • Clio Guide - A handbook on digital resources for the historical sciences.
  • Crafting Digital History - A Workbook for Methods and Readings in Digital History.
  • Digital History Guide - Introduction to the web for historians, who wish to produce online historical work.
  • Geospatial Historian - Open HGIS Lessons and Resources.
  • HIST 7370 - Online course for Methods and Readings in Digital History.
  • History Toolkit - History Toolkit for Students.
  • Introduction to Digital History - This guide, created in the fall semester of 2022, accompanies the introductory courses in history at the University of Basel and is intended to provide a first insight into the field of digital history.
  • Introduction to Python for Humanists - A textbook offering a comprehensive introduction to Python programming, tailored for researchers and students in the humanities.
  • Local Linkages - Professional development curriculum to introduce to historical research methods and digital history skills.
  • Python für Historiker:innen - The Jupyter Book (in German language) is aimed at historians who are looking for a first application-oriented and interactive introduction to the Python programming language.
  • The CTP Book - A book for teaching Computational Thinking and Programming skills to people with a background in the Humanities.
  • The Programming Historian - Novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching.
  • UCI Digital History - Overview on the field of Digital History and Digital Humanities.
  • We think History - News about and innovations from digital history.

More Awesome

  • Computer History - An Awesome List of computer history videos, documentaries and related folklore.
  • Data Visualization - A curated list of awesome open-source data visualizations frameworks, libraries and software.
  • Digital Humanities - Tools, resources, and services supporting the Digital Humanities.
  • Research Tools - A list of tools for research.
  • Scientific Writing - Scientific writing can extend beyond LaTeX, made possible by formats, such as Markdown (and its many flavours), reStructuredText and Jupyter notebooks.
  • Tempopedia - Digital History Directory.


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