Historical Organizations and Resources

Ancient History

The Perseus Project

The Perseus Project is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world and beyond. Collaborators initially formed the project to construct a large, heterogeneous collection of materials, textual and visual, on the Archaic and Classical Greek world.

United States History: The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929–1941

New Deal Network

The New Deal Network is an educational guide to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Without question it is the most site on the subject of the Great Depression and the New Deal. It is sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University. This is a portal or "Meta" site to many aspects of the Great Depression and New Deal. 

Primary resources abound in the "New Deal Document Library." Browse the collection by subject, date, author, or publisher. Perhaps more interesting to students is the photo gallery, well organized by subject, including the arts, construction, social programs, and federal agencies. Teachers will find lesson plans and information to help them discover local and state New Deal resources. The Student Showcase includes classroom-created web sites that document local history, such as Rocky Gap High School's Bland County (VA) History Archives, which includes oral histories. Click on Subjects and learn about the town's farming, churches, logging, and schools through poignant black-and-white photographs and brief text.

The New Deal Network also presents featured topics, like the Great Depression and the Arts, selections from the WPA Slave Narratives project, and more.

Riding the Rails

This companion to PBS's "American Experience" program of the same name discusses the Great Depression phenomenon where more than 250,000 teenagers became hobos, living on the rails. The site includes a Depression time line, a map of the routes, and a teacher's guide. The most captivating section is "Tales from the Rails," with seven official and numerous visitor-submitted stories by former teen hobos. Students will be drawn in by these stories that put a personal spin on what are usually just dry facts. "Striking a Chord" includes an essay on the hobo's musical heritage, with four songs that students can listen to. "Added Obstacles" is an essay on the unique difficulties encountered by African American hobos.

California and U.S. Western History

Public History at San Jose State University

Public History is an exciting interdisciplinary field that embraces archeology, archives, oral history, education, museums, exhibits, and community planning and preservation. This is history that is seen, heard, read, and interpreted by a popular audience.  We expand upon the methods of academic history by emphasizing non-traditional evidence and presentation formats, reframing questions, and in the process create a distinctive historical practice. Research in public libraries, civic archives, and community archives is part of it, as is the preservation of buildings, artifacts, historic places and cultural landscapes. Since Public History education and historic interpretation extends beyond the classroom, historians employ accessible formats such as living history, digital media, documentary film and radio to reach diverse publics.

California Studies Association

This site from the California Studies Association website contains important links to sites for the study of California History and contemporary California politics, economics, and society.

Online Archive of California

The Online Archive of California provides a guide to California History research materials and other holdings of many important California libraries. It does not usually provide digitized sources, but it often provides very detailed descriptions of archival collections.

California Historic Landmarks

A recommended site by the History Channel, this page is an excursion across the state to bring you the history behind the more than 1070 historic landmarks in California.


A branch of H-Net, H-California offers a listserve on California history, as well as a host of resource links.

California History Center and Foundation

At a time when the study of California and local history is missing from most academic settings, the California History Center (CHC) and California History Center Foundation (CHCF) provide both a holistic approach to the subject for the Foothill/De Anza Community College District and a focal point for the public interested in California’s rich regional history.

California History Society

As the state's official historical society, we hold extensive materials about California's rich history. Our Website is still young, but growing and it primarily provides "content" for researchers. We invite you to visit our headquarters at 678 Mission Street in the South of Market/Yerba Buena Gardens area of San Francisco.


San Jose State University Career Center

Media Resources


Search for online reviews and books.

History Channel

Contains helpful information on events, as well as a library of popular documentaries, some of which feature SJSU professors.

The Learning Channel

Documentary Library.

History Net

History Net is an online history magazine, complete with search engine, book reviews, and topical papers.

New York Times Online

The New York Times Online contains an archive of past issues. In addition you can sign up free of charge for access to the NYT book review archive. 

Military History

Burdick Military History Project

The Burdick Military History Project is intended to support the study and teaching of military history at San Jose State University, and is part of the History Department.

Religious History

American Religious Experience

Contains book reviews, film archives, and more. Includes links to alternate resource sites.

Science and Technology

NASA History Department

Contains information on the history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as well as, past and present space programs. This site also is linked to the NASA.gov web site which contains up to the minute information on current missions.

History of Science Society

The History of Science Society is the world's largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in their historical context.

Programs in S.T.S.

This list is complied by the History of Science Society. It contains links to campuses around the world that offer a degree program in Science and Technological studies.