Ever wish you could access all the libraries and archives you need for your historical research efforts from just one link? I know I have in the course of writing for the Appalachian History blog. Online Education Database, of Chicago, seems to have sensed this need. I got an email the other day from the company founder, Jimmy Atkinson, who pointed me to an article on their site titled “250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives” which reads, in part:
“Hundreds of libraries and archives exist online, from university-supported sites to individual efforts. Each one has something to offer to researchers, students, and teachers. This list contains over links to libraries and archives that focus mainly on localized, regional, and U.S. history, but it also includes larger collections, eText and eBook repositories, and a short list of directories to help you continue your research efforts.
“The sites listed below focus on a certain state’s towns, cities, counties, or regions within a given state. If a state is missing from this list, it’s because that state hasn’t begun to compile digital archives online. This does not mean that you cannot find information about that state on the Web. Try one of the multi-state collections following this category for your search. Or, you can look for a state’s physical archive Web site or local historical society online for more resources. RootsWeb and the USGenWeb archives also hold localized information, or you might try a directory like Cyndi’s List for more information.”
Mr. Atkinson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame.