Librarians and archivists have done a tremendous amount of work to make available (freely and legally) many items that have great cultural and entertainment value.
Far more items are available now than just a few years ago. We are using this post as an opportunity to share links to these archives.
As in the case of the Political Documents 101 post commenters are encouraged to post links that they feel should be included in this post. As long as the links are to archives that are free and legal TBAT will add them to original post.
Books/plays/pamphlets and other documents that can be read online. Primarily in English but with some documents in other languages:
• Accessible Book (Open Library) - click the symbol to read online.
• Virtual Books (British Library) [Warning, this site may require some tinkering since it doesn't work equally well with all browsers.]
• Online Exhibitions (British Libary) [Warning, this site may require some tinkering since it doesn't work equally well with all browsers.]
• Project Gutenberg: via the Internet Archive or the Project Gutenberg Website
• Universal Library (via the Internet Archive)
• The Hathi Trust
• Biodiversity Heritage Library • International Children's Digital Library
American sites / sites that specialize in American material:
• Making of America digital library
• Smithsonian Scholarly Press
• The Online Book Page (University of Pennsylvania)
• Latino History and Culture (Smithsonian Institutional Libraries)
• The Library of Congress American Memory Project. The project includes sections on:
- African American History
- Architecture, Landscape
- Cities, Towns
- Culture, Folklife
- Environment, Conservation
- Government, Law
- Immigration, American Expansion
- Native American History
- Performing Arts, Music
- Sports, Recreation
- Technology, Industry
- War, Military
- Women's History
Canadian sites / sites that specialize in Canadian material:
• Internet Archive Canada
• Gutenberg Canada
• Early Canadiana Online
• Women Writers of Early Canada
United Kingdom sites / sites that specialize in material from/about the United Kingdom:
• The University of Oxford Text Archive
• British History Online
• Chawton House Library: Library and Early Women's Writing Novels-On-Line
• United Kingdom Bookshelf (Project Gutenberg)
• The Free Digital Humanities Resource for Irish history, literature and politics • The Australian Cooperative Digitisation Project
• Books from Peking University Library, 北京大學圖書館
• Image Collections Created at the University of Sydney Library. This includes sections on: Online Text Collections in Western European Literature
• Europeana single access point to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe.
• EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History
• Project Runeberg free electronic editions of old books from Sweden and the Nordic countries.
• Project Madurai an open and voluntary initiative to collect and publish free electronic editions of ancient tamil literary classics.
Do you have any suggestions for further links?
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