71 Digital Portals to State History

A recent NDIIPP intern, Ingrid Jernudd, did some research into current web resources that provide digital access to a broad array of primary source materials at the state level. She prepared a list of sites that billed themselves as general-interest portals to historical resources. Although the list is likely incomplete, I was surprised she found so many.

It is worth bearing in mind also that the list, with one exception, does not include local or municipal websites (the one exception is the Denver Public Library; its Western History and Genealogy site is included because it has resources that extend beyond Denver proper).

Most of the materials available through these websites are digitized versions of analog items. Many of the sites could, however, accommodate born digital content, as well as serve as useful models for the ongoing development of access to cultural heritage resources.

Ingrid’s findings are presented in the two tables below. Table 1 lists 66 websites that relate to individual states. Table 2 lists five sites that cover multiple states. If you know of resources that are not listed here, please let us know via a comment.

Table 1, State Digital Portals

State Resource Website
AL Alabama Dept. of Archives and History Digital Collections http://digital.archives.alabama.gov/
Alabama Virtual Library http://www.avl.lib.al.us/
AK Alaska’s Digital Archives http://vilda.alaska.edu/
AR Arkansas History Commission http://www.ark-ives.com/
Arkansas State Library Digital Collections http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/
AZ Arizona Memory Project http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/
Arizona Cultural Inventory Project http://cip.azlibrary.gov/
CA Calisphere http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/
California State Library Online Resources http://www.library.ca.gov/services/online-resources.html
CO Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy http://digital.denverlibrary.org/
CT Connecticut Digital Collections http://www.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/pages/connecticut-digital-colle
DE Delaware Public Archives http://archives.delaware.gov/
FL Florida Memory http://www.floridamemory.com/
GA Digital Library of Georgia http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/
Georgia’s Virtual Vault http://cdm.georgiaarchives.org:2011/cdm/
HA Hawaii State Archives Digital Collections http://archives1.dags.hawaii.gov/gsdl/cgi-bin/library
IA Iowa State Historical Society Digital Archives http://www.iowahistory.org/libraries/index.html
Iowa Heritage Digital Collections http://www.iowaheritage.org/
ID Idaho State Historical Society Digital Collections http://idahohistory.cdmhost.com/
IL Illinois Digital Archives http://www.idaillinois.org/
Explorie Illinois: Illinois Digital Archives http://www.finditillinois.org/ida/
IN Indiana Memory http://www.in.gov/memories/index.html
KS Kansas Historical Society State Archives http://www.kshs.org/p/state-archives-library/11933
KY Kentucky Digital Library http://kdl.kyvl.org/
LA LOUISiana Digital Library http://louisdl.louislibraries.org/
LDMA (Louisiana Digital Media Archive) http://ldma.lpb.org/about-ldma
MA Digital Commonwealth: Massachusetts Collections Online http://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/
Massachusetts Boards of Library Commissioners Digital Collections http://mblc.state.ma.us/books/digital/
MD Maryland Historical Society Online Collections http://www.mdhs.org/museum/collections-online
Archives of Maryland Online http://ow.ly/p8kO4
ME Maine Memory Network http://www.mainememory.net/
MI Seeking Michigan http://seekingmichigan.org/
MN Minnesota Digital Library http://www.mndigital.org/
MO Missouri Digital Heritage http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/
MS Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Digital Archives http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/
MT Montana Memory Project http://mtmemory.org/
NC North Carolina Digital Collections http://digital.ncdcr.gov/
North Carolina Exploring Cultural Heritage Online http://www.ncecho.org/
North Carolina’s Digital Collections http://digitalnc.org/collections
ND State Historical Society of North Dakota Digital Resources http://www.history.nd.gov/archives/digitalresources.html
NE Virtual Exhibits of the Nebraska State Historical Society http://nebraskahistory.org/exhibits/index.shtml
NJ New Jersey Digital Highway http://www.njdigitalhighway.org/
NM New Mexico State Library Digital Archive http://ow.ly/p8hrp
NV Nevada Statewide Digital Initiative http://nsla.nevadaculture.org/
NY New York Heritage Digital Collections http://www.newyorkheritage.org/
New York Department of Records Photo Gallery http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/gallery/home.shtml
New York Public Library Digital Gallery http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/
OH Ohio Memory http://www.ohiomemory.org/
OK Oklahoma Digital Prairie http://digitalprairie.ok.gov/
OR Oregon Digital Library Project http://odl.library.oregonstate.edu/record/search
PA Digital Collections at the State Library of Pennsylvania http://ow.ly/p8hv3
Historical Society of Pennsylvania Digital Library http://digitallibrary.hsp.org/
RI State of Rhode Island Virtual Archives http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/
SC South Carolina Digital Library http://www.scmemory.org/
SD South Dakota State Historical Society Digital Archives http://sddigitalarchives.contentdm.oclc.org/
Digital Library of South Dakota http://dlsd.sdln.net/index.php
TN Tennessee State Library and Archives: Digital Collections http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/resources/index.htm
Volunteer Voices http://www.volunteervoices.org/
TX Northeast Texas Digital Collections http://dmc.tamu-commerce.edu/
UT Digital Utah http://pioneer.utah.gov/digital/utah.html
VA Virginia Memory http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/
VT Vermont Folklife Center http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/digital-archive/collections/
WI State of Wisconsin Collection http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/WI
WV West Virginia Division of Culture and History Online Exhibits http://www.wvculture.org/museum/exhibitsonline.html
WY Wyoming Memory http://www.wyomingmemory.org/

Table 2, Multi-State Digital Portals

States Resource Website
CO, NM, WY Rocky Mountain Online Archive http://rmoa.unm.edu/
IL, IN Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Gallery http://www.umvphotoarchive.org/
MN, ND Digital Horizons: A Plains Media Resource http://digitalhorizonsonline.org/
UT, NV, ID, AZ, HI Mountain West Digital Library http://mwdl.org/
Various Digital Public Library of America http://dp.la

Update: Corrected links to the Vermont Folklife Center and the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Gallery.