Friday, September 30, 2005

National Archives

The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of the National Archives and Records Administration's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries. ARC allows you to perform a keyword, digitized image and location search. ARC's advanced functions also allow you to search by organization, person, or topic. ARC currently contains descriptions of 40% of the National Archives holdings. Archival materials that have been digitized in ARC include; 15 architectural and engineering drawings items, 58 artifact items, 308 maps and charts, 57,786 still pictures and 15,005 textual documents.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Yesterdays News

Newspaper Archives on the Web is a directory of the U.S. newspapers with archives on the Web, by state. Links to their home pages, dates of the archives' holdings are given, and when known, the cost to retrieve full-text. There is also a list of Non-US Newspaper Archives on the Web.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Work on began in late 2004, with the intention of becoming an online, living encyclopedia about all things Armenian. This site will replace -and expand - a great deal upon the material of, its predecessor. Topics include History, Society, Food, Language and Government. The dynamic format of this site will allow not just the webmaster, but any visitor to add and edit pages, giving the site a much greater potential to grow. There are 2,239 pages that are legitimate content pages. There have been a total of 975,632 page views, and 8,447 page edits since the wiki was setup. That comes to 2.01 average edits per page, and 115.50 views per edit.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Pay Attention

The Tyndall Report monitors the American television networks' weekday nightly newscasts. The statistics quoted in the Tyndall weekly measure the time devoted to each story in minutes on all three networks (ABC, CBS and NBS combined) on Monday through Friday each week. When commercials and internal promotions are excluded, each network averages 19 minutes of editorial content in each half hour newscast, 285 minutes in total coverage in any given week. The Tyndall Report is published by ADT Reasearch and the database began in Aygust 1987. Be sure to check out the Campaign Countdown archives and the Year in Review Reports.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Major Impact

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a "nonpartisan agency that produces policy analyses, cost estimates of legislation, and budget and economic projections that serve as a basis for the Congress's decisions about spending and taxes." The site features publications in areas including disaster assistance (such as consequences of Hurricane Katrina on federal receipts and outlays), environment, health, housing, homeland security, transportation, and more. Also includes cost information about the timing of specific analyses, and links to related sites.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Blue States

University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Center for Population Economics put online it's Union Army Study "The Union Army Data Set consists of 35,747 white males mustered into the Union Army during the Civil War, for whom military, socio-economic, and medical information from several sources throughout their lifetimes has been collected." The site features three datasets: Military, Pension, and Medical Records: The largest data set is the 'Military, Pension, and Medical Records' data set, which is derived from military-related documents housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. These include both war-time records and applications made by veterans for pension support. Surgeon's Certificates: "Associated with these pension applications are detailed physical examinations, completed by physicians, that certify the veterans' health and disability status. Information from these examinations is collected in the second major dataset, known as the 'Surgeons' Certificates' data set." Census Records: The 'Census Records' data set contains all information on the veterans that is available in the U.S. Federal Censuses of 1850, 1860, 1900, and 1910, though not all veterans could be linked successfully to the Census documents." Researchers have used this data "to analyze, among other things, trends in chronic diseases, life-cycle and intergenerational factors in the secular decline of mortality and morbidity, and changes in the pattern of retirement and aging."

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Modern Living

Making the Modern World brings you powerful stories about science and invention from the eighteenth century to today. It explains the development and the global spread of modern industrial society and its effects on all our lives. The site expands upon the permanent landmark gallery at the Science Museum, using 82 rich media scenes, 25 stories, 116 icons of invention, 19 learning modules, 8 guided tours, and 402 objects of everyday life and dynamic multimedia techniques to go far beyond what a static exhibition can do.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Radio Free America

Pacifica Radio offers program schedules, stations, features from Pacifica Network News, live programs, and message boards. Sister stations include KPFA (Berkeley), KPFK (Los Angeles), KPFT (Houston), WBAI (New York), and WPFW (Washington DC). Includes the Pacifica Radio Archive, with over 40,000 recordings. Archives may be searched by title, subject, or word, or browsed by date.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Who Done It?

The Assassination Archives and Research Center was founded in 1984 to provide a permanent organization which would acquire, preserve, and disseminate information on political assassinations. With the passage of the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act and successful suits under the Freedom of Information Act, the AARC has come into the possession of hundreds of thousands of pages of long-awaited government records. This electronic library provides access to approximately 50,000 pages of reports, transcripts, and documents relating to political assassination.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Paycheck to Paycheck

Wages and the Cost of Housing in America a website from the Center for Housing Policy "presents wage information for more than 60 occupations and home prices and rents for nearly 200 metropolitan areas." Metropolitan area charts compare the annual income needed to afford median-priced homes and rental units against the annual incomes of selected generally lower-waged professions. Or, select a profession to view comparisons of income needed for housing in different metropolitan areas.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Watch It Hoser!

CBC Archives is an archived collection of radio and television clips from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation dating back more than 60 years. Contains broadcasts about people, art, music, politics, disasters, science, and more. Browse by topic or year or search by keyword. The teachers section, for grades 6-12, allows searching by grade level and subject.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Survey Says

Polling Report is the online presence of a bi-monthly "independent survey of trends affecting elections, government, and business." The Web site is updated whenever a new poll is released, which means almost daily. Includes Gallup, Harris, Yankelovich, Princeton Survey Research Associates, network news polls and more. Main categories are Politics and Policy; Business and Economy; American Scene; Insights; and National Barometer; with an extensive table of contents.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

By The Numbers

Statistical Resources on the Web is an annotated directory of websites providing statistics on agriculture, business, housing, labor, science, transportation, and other topics. Browse by category or use the detailed subject guide. Maintained by Grace York, government documents librarian at the University of Michigan.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Single Panel is the online home of the Cartoon Bank, a New Yorker Magazine company. At its heart is the Internet's leading searchable database of cartoon humor. The Cartoon Bank is the largest, most comprehensive stock house of quality single-panel cartoons in the world, with more than eight decades of New Yorker covers and cartoons in their central archive-including all the cartoons ever published in The New Yorker. More than 20,000 images are available.

Friday, September 16, 2005

House Of Cards

The Diplomacy Monitor collects the global output of communiqués, official statements, press briefings, position papers, interview transcripts and news releases from hundreds of diplomacy-related websites channels it into a synthesized information stream for scholars, diplomats, journalists, researchers, students and others interested in the interaction among nations. You can globally track diplomatic and international trade communiqués, access official or computerized English translations of non-English documents and supplement news media reporting with the original source documents without abridgement or filtering. The site allows you to conduct full-text Boolean searching of more than 13,000 diplomatic and trade documents issued in the past 90 days.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Hail Ceasar

Roman Law Resources - This site, edited by Ernest Metzger of the Faculty of Law at the University of Aberdeen, provides information on Roman law sources and literature, the teaching of Roman law, and the persons who engage in the study of Roman law and provides a Directory Legal Historians. In general, the subject matter of the site is confined to Roman and ancient law, and the subsequent history of Roman law. The site does not include materials on modern private law.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Hit The Books

BookRags is one of the premier online sites for classical study guides, book notes, eBooks, and essays. BookRags offers over 1,200 study guides on subjects ranging from Plato to Lord of the Flies. The individual study guides are professionally written and include an Introduction, Author Biography, Summary and Analysis, Characters, Themes, Style, Historical Context, Critical Overview, Criticism, Media Adaptations, Compare and Contrast, Topics for Further Study, and What Do I Read Next section. They offer approximately 9,000 unique essays with subjects ranging from literature criticism to a business case analysis on Delta Air Lines. They provide complete eBooks of approximately 1,500 classical texts including great classics such as Around the World in 80 Days, Great Expectations, Huckleberry Finn, Macbeth, Moby Dick and many others. These can be downloaded for free directly to your Palm or other handheld device where they can be read in your own time. There is no time limit to how long you can have the eBook, it is yours to keep once it is downloaded.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Let Us Rejoice

The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music is an international undertaking to record, preserve and distribute a vast cross-section, comprising hundreds of outstanding pieces of American Jewish music from the past 350 years. The Milken Archive recordings include the participation of some of the world's leading musical figures, including; Sir Neville Mariner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Conductors Gerard Schwarz, Yoel Levi, Joseph Silverstein and others In addition to its recording program, the Milken Archive has videotaped more than 100 oral histories of composers, conductors and performers; is commissioning a comprehensive history of American Jewish music; and is assembling an extensive collection of memorabilia. When completed, the Milken Archive will comprise the largest collection of American Jewish music ever recorded.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Daily, Weekly, Monthly

All You Can Read, is the largest database of magazines and newspapers on the Internet, with listings for about 22,800 magazines and newspapers from all over the world. A complete guide to world media sources -- whether it's news from Time Magazine or a small regional weekly newspaper in Asia. Over 200 countries are represented at The magazine and newspaper listings are categorized by their country of origin, and are also subcategorized by topic. Basic and advanced search engines can be used to search publications by name, keyword, category or location.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

In Their Own Words

In the First Person is a landmark index to English language personal narratives, including letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories. Working with archives, repositories, publishers, and individuals they have indexed first person narratives from hundreds of published volumes—those that are publicly available on the Web and those that are held by repositories and archives around the world. This release of 'In the First Person' provides in-depth indexing of more than 2,500 collections of oral history in English from around the world. When the project is complete they hope to make it possible to find and explore the voices of more than 300,000 individuals.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Town Hall

City Town Info is the easy way to find info on thousands of US cities and towns. Want to know the population of a town? Or its latitude and longitude? Need to find mortgage brokers licensed to do business in your city or town? Looking for a weather forecast for the next few days in your specific location? How about a map of your home town or somewhere you are about to visit? Curious about how people in different locations commute to work? Need to know the time zone for anywhere in the US? Or the zip codes?

Friday, September 09, 2005

People's Republic

The China Data Center (CDC) at the University of Michigan is a new initiative to advance the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center will be the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system, where spatial and temporal references will be maintained through a relational database. This will facilitate comparative and interdisciplinary uses of the data, enable both non-specialists and China scholars to understand and utilize these data, and enhance knowledge of China. Its missions include: to support research in the human and natural components of local, regional and global change; to promote quantitative research on China studies; to promote collaborative research in spatial studies; and to promote the use and sharing of China data in teaching and research.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Irish Immigration is a database containing a collection of primary source documents on Irish emigration to North America (USA and Canada) in the 18th and 19th centuries. It contains a variety of original material including emigrant letters, newspaper articles, shipping advertisements, shipping news, passenger lists, official government reports, family papers, births deaths and marriages and extracts from books and periodicals.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

In The Files

With the Archives Portal, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provides a single interactive access point to information for archivists and users of archives worldwide. Visitors to the UNESCO Archives Portal can browse through pre-established categories or search for specific words. Features links to national and state archives, archives associations, education and training, conferences and meetings, digital projects, and other Web resources on topics such as preservation, conservation, and standards. An electronic Newsletter provides information on new entries. The "In Focus" section presents websites of archives which are particularly interesting.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Third President

Thomas Jefferson Collection is the complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Lock Down

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) preserves and distributes computerized crime and justice data from Federal agencies, state agencies, and investigator initiated research projects to users for secondary statistical analysis.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Prize Winner

The Pulitzer Prize Web site includes a database of winners and nominated finalists for each prize category. Information contained in the database includes names, publications, categories, citations and years prizes were awarded. In addition, for winners from 1995 - 2005, there is a complete inventory of winning cartoons, photos, and texts of journalism articles.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Alpaca to Zebra

Animal Planet: Animals A to Zoo - gathers together all of Animal Planet's online content dedicated to specific animals including interactives, videos, photo galleries, fact sheets, and more. Find information about wildlife, marine life, insects, domestic cats and dogs, small pets, and even prehistoric animals.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Play It Again Sam

All Record Labels: Record Labels Worldwide. A directory of over 18,000 music labels, searchable by label name and browsable by name, genre, city, country, U.S. state, or format (such as DTS or MIDI). Also includes a blog, recent releases and reviews, and related links. The detailed genre breakdown includes record label listings for mariachi, zydeco, jug bands, and many other subgenres.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Revolutionary Woman

The Emma Goldman Papers.'Emma Goldman (1869–1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women's equality and independence, and union organization. Her criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. For the rest of her life until her death in 1940, she continued to participate in the social and political movements of her age, from the Russian Revolution to the Spanish Civil War.'