Web Search Engines
Search Reference Works
Includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, collections of quotations,
and other works.
Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and several
reference books specifically related to literature including a biographical
dictionary. (Not particularly user friendly.)
Provides brief profiles of a select list
of primarily 18th and 19th century American authors; includes, biographical
information from such works as A Dictionary of American Authors
and Duyckinck's Cyclopedia, and links to e-texts available
on the web.
Brief biographical profiles of 19th century
Americans excerpted from Prominent Men and Women of the Day,
written and edited by Thomas W. Herringshaw and published in 1888.
This U.K. site offers brief explanatory
essays on key figures, events, and topics related to such issues as
the following: The Medieval World; Encyclopedia of British History:
1700-1900; Encyclopedia of the First World War ; American Civil War
Slavery: 1750-1870; Railways:1780-1900; Investigating the Vietnam War;
The Emancipation of Women Parliamentary Reform; The Textile Industry
Child Labour: 1750-1900; The Trade Union Movement; Religion and Society.
Search E-Text Archives
Great Books Search Engine
The Little Search Engine that Could
After registering by supplying your name, address, and
e-mail address, you can use this free service to download texts as Adobe
Acrobat files (pdf format). The collection includes an unpredictable
but sometimes surprisingly useful assortment of books from past and
present as well as contemporary magazines, journals, and newspapers.
This will not provide all the answers to all your questions but can
be a useful resource.
You can search for specific English, American (and philosophy)
texts by author, title, or date. You can view texts, search them by
word, and/or download the entire file to your own computer.
A small collection of American classics from the 19th
and early 20th centuries.
A word-searchable poetry archive that
makes it easy to locate even some fairly obscure poems as long as they
are out of copyright.
Bartleby has an impressive, if eclectic,
collection of reference works and nonfiction, fiction, and verse largely
from the final years of the nineteenth century and the early decades
of the twentieth. You can do a search or browse by author, title, or
genre. Search for "Virginia Woolf," for example, and you will
find a brief biography and on-line versions of the eight short stories
published under the title, Monday and Tuesday. Do a keyword
search for "beauty" in the verse collection and you will get
609 matches, with Yeats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Rupert Brooks in
the first ten.
Allows you to search across a variety
of collections, including an Oral
Histories Collection (with resources on suffragettes, the free speech
movement, and other topics), an on-line
Medieval and Classical Library, the Literature
SunSite (offering primarily late nineteenth and early twentieth
century American texts -- and Jane Austen), LIBWEB
(an engine that locates the home pages of specific libraries or libraries
in particular locations).
Choose "Read" to locate texts
by genre and author. Choose "search" to locate texts which
contain specific keywords.
A growing collection at the University
of Pennsylvania browsable by title, name, or period. You can also contribute
to an ongoing project by proofreading or contributing a chapter or book.
It is difficult to predict what, if anything,
you will find if you search this site. You may find nothing for Thoreau
except a mention of his name in a timeline, or you may find a typed
page of a play by Faulkner and images from film versions of scripts
he wrote. An interesting collection, but not the first place to look
in most cases.
A collection of novels, short fiction,
drama, poetry, and criticism primarily but not exclusively from the
eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century UK and America. (However,
it does include, for example, works by Aeschylus and Chaucer) The collection
is indexed by genre and author but is not word searchable. To do a key
word search, use E-Server Org at the
University of Washington, which also simultaneously searches through
a number of other collections.
A "great works" collection arranged
by author that includes, for example, the Bible, Aristotle, Locke, Machiavelli,
Mill, Montaigne, and Wolestonecraft, and Yeats.
An alphabetized list of e-texts available
at the site. Includes a number of versions of the Bible, an e-text edition
of the Koran, and the Book of Mormon, as well as a variety of traditional
literary texts and resources from the medieval period to the present.
Although only listing a little more than
fifty texts, UVA allows users to read books as text or to view the actual
pages (including illustrations) as html files. The collection is also
distinctive, because of the project's emphasis on three kinds of works:
"Classic texts: Benchmark texts like DeTocqueville's Democracy
in America, to which students of American Culture often refer;
Lost Texts: Texts which were once powerful cultural objects or
forces but which have been rendered invisible over time; Full Hypertexts:
Texts which we have amplified, extended, or enriched by linking them
to other materials (text, graphics, audio, and/or video) that either
re-contextualize them -- place them back in the cultural context from
which they originally rose -- or comment on them from a contemporary
perspective." Consequently, you can visit this site to find Thornsten
Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class, Lewis and Clark's
Journals, D. H. Lawrence's Studies in Classic American
Literature, and Henry Nash Smith's Virgin Land.
The IPL on-line Texts Collection contains
over 14,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey
Decimal Classification. They can also be searched by author, title,
dewey category, or keyword. (Broad collection not limited to literary
and historical texts.)
An eclectic and somewhat limited collection,
arranged alphabetically by author.
Browse or key word search the remarkable
collections of the Library of Congress collections and exhibitions.
MOA is simply one of the best places to
find books and magazines from the 19th and early 20th century. You can
view either the digitized pages or a text transcription. NOTE: Be sure
to do your search twice, one at Cornell and the other time at Michigan
as the two collections have different resources. MOA resources can also
be searched from the American
Memory site at the Library of Congress.
You can anticipate the texts you will
and will not find at this site by considering the title of the collection.
Arranged by date and then by author.
Primarily late nineteenth and early twentieth
Set up an account and then read or download
on-line books from a variey of sources including Project Gutenbergy
and the University of Virginia digitization project.
From this page you can move on to use
specialized collections of texts or images, or you can search the catalogue
of the New York Public Library. New projects are in progress; the most
of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923--treats such topics as
the American circus, opera, and ballroom dancing.
Recent works. Links to reviews also provided.
Here you can find the opening chapters
of a remarkable number of recent scholarly (and other) works; the linked
reviews of those books can yield additional fodder for reading, research
This is one of the best places to look
for on-line texts. You can search or browse by author or title; you
can also browse by subject.
The OTA collects both English and American
texts. Some texts are available to be downloaded; those texts are also
searchable by word. Although a large number of additional texts are
available, you must mail a printed request to gain permission to download.
Instead of allowing you to read or link
to a text available at another person's or institution's website, Gutenberg
alllows you to download text or zip files of complete works that you
have located by searching by author, title, or subject.
Prepared by the Faculty of the University
of Toronto, this site devoted to the poetry of England, America, and
Canada allows you to browse indexes arranged by: last
name of the poet; by
title of the poem; by
first line of the poem, timeline,
or even days
of the year. You can also search
by keyword. Supplementary resources available at Representative
Poetry on-line include a poetry calendar arranged by day, a glossary
of poetic terms and forms; and verse
and prose criticism of poetry (dating back as far as 1589).
Search Specialized Text Archives
E-texts of books for young women as well
as supplementary resources including biographical and bibliographical
A growing collection at the University
of Pennsylvania browsable by title, name, or period. You can also contribute
to an ongoing project by proofreading or contributing a chapter or book.
A small but excellent collection of the
memoirs and letters of four African-American women who spent their lives
as slaves. The site offers digitized images and transcriptions of documents
as well as commentaries and supplementary resources.
This site is the work of two members of
the University of Kansas faculty members who have gathered documents
into chronological groupings beginning with the fifteenth century and
ending (at this time) in the 1990's.
A sizeable and searchable archive of documents
tracing America's history from 1635 to the present.
Use this site to read the first chapters
of books by authors interviewed on C-Span's Booknotes and to find transcriptions
If you are looking for works by St. Augustine,
Finney's revival sermons, or an online Bible, look no further. Although
the keyword search engine generates results that may be confusing, there
are good indexes by author, title, and genre.
The index allows you to browse by author,
title, or genre. Once you have selected a category, you can also do
keyword searches of these online texts.
This impressive collection is searchable
and includes texts arranged in the following categories: "First-Person
Narratives of the American South; Library of Southern Literature; North
American Slave Narratives; The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865; and The
Church in the Southern Black Community." It is also indexed by
subject, author, and title.
"A moderated E-journal, devoted
to women writers, beginning in the 19th century, who wrote domestic
fiction." Includes biographies, bibliographies, and criticism on
a select group of women authors.
Letters, diaries, and documents of women
from the Civil War era.
"The Emory Women Writers Resource
Project is a collection of edited and unedited texts by women writing
in English from the seventeenth century through the nineteenth century."
Indexed by author; also word-searchable.
A small text and document archive on African-American,
Native American, and Asian-American history.
Northwestern University's "electronic
archive of American oratory and related documents" is searchable
by keyword or phrase and also indexed by speaker, chronology, title,
Selected volumes of Godey's Lady's
Book are available at this site both under the listing for Godey's
and under the listing for Alice B. Neal Haven. You can use the form
in the bottom frame to do key word searches. Also available at this
site are Narrative of a Tour Through The State of Vermont FROM
APRIL 27 TO JUNE 12 1789 by The Rev'd Nathan Perkins of Hartford,
and selected issues of the University of Vermont History Review.
The transcriptions of books and magazine
articles for nineteenth century children available at this site allows
readers to become familiar with the popular juvenile literature of that
time. The editor, Pat Pflieger, has special expertise and interest in
Robert Merry's Museum but is also very responsive to requests
for transcriptions of specific texts by other authors. Flieger's Voices
from 19th-Century America site offers an eclectic mix of texts including
recipes, John Dunn Hunter's 1824 Memoirs of a Captivity Among
the Indians of North America, and Bartlett's 1848 Dictionary
A searchable archive of transcendentalist
The authors describe the Valley of the
Shadow as "a hypermedia archive of thousands of sources for the
period before, during, and after the Civil War for Augusta County, Virginia,
and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Those sources include newspapers,
letters, diaries, photographs, maps, church records, population census,
agricultural census, and military records."
This website offers sets of documents
arranged around signficiant topics, for example "Lucretia Mott's
Reform Networks, 1840-1860," "African-American Women and the
Chicago World's Fair, 1893," and "Pacifism vs. Patriotism
in Women's Organizations in the 1920s." The resources were acquired
from microfilms of the papers of such women’s reform organizations as
the Women’s Trade Union League, the National Association of Colored
Women, the National Consumers' League, Henry Street and Hull House settlements,
the National Woman's Party, and the Women’s International League for
Peace and Freedom. An extremely useful collection, intelligently arranged.
Keele University in the UK hosts this
page devoted to literature written by and about African-Amerians.
Search Bibliographies and Other On-Line Resources
A widely-respected collection of "links
to sites on the Internet dealing with American literature and its social,
cultural contexts. It includes homepages and documents on over 300 authors
and electronic texts of their works." Maintained by Akihito Ishikaway,
Professor of English at the Nagasaki College of Foreign Languages. "
This voluminous listing is described as "the largest
biliography of web-based resources in the field of American Studies,"
and it probably is. In order to find what you need here, begin by choosing
a subject from the long list of categories; you will probably then be
offered a listing of more specialized topics within that general subject.
Once you have selected a focused topic, you will be presented with a
substantial list of annotated links to sites featuring e-texts, biographical
and bibliographical information, and other materials.
" Each week, C-SPAN's Booknotes offers an interview
with the author of a new non-fiction book. You and your students can
search the program transcripts and video." See sample searches
Among the remarkably useful resources
available at this site are a Brief
Timeline of American Literature; pages on American
Authors ("Each author page contains a picture [if available],
a bibliography [if available], links to major sites about the author,
and links to works on-line"); an explanation of a variety of Literary
Movements, and an American
Literature Selected Bibliographies. In addition to covering well-known
literary movements such as Transcendentalism, Realism, and Local Color
writing, Campbell also covers such areas as "Meditation Tradition,"
"Sermon Structure, "Captivity Narratives" and "Travel
Use the keyword search to find brief essays
on issues, figures, and events in history; links to additional resources
are also provided. This site can also be searched by period and features
This collection is generally thin but
includes a few exhibits of interest, including an exhibit on the "Irish
Famine" and another on Child
Labor in America, 1908-1912 based on the Photographs of Lewis W. Hine.
This collection of materials assembled
by Jack Lynch from the Department of English of Rutgers, Newark, can
be accessed by period or searched by keyword.
Longman Publishers developed this site
to support those using their textbooks, but the resources are freely
available for use by all students and scholars of American literature
and history. In addition to using these resouces arranged in groupings
that are simultaneously chronological and topical (for example, "American
Antebellum Reform"), you can also use this site to find "visuals,"
The link above takes you to the home page
which includes a list of exhibits and resources. On the other hand,
you can go directly to the Search
When the editors of the Oxford University
Press completed their work on their Anthology of Modern American
Poetry, they put together this supporting site that offers additional
poems, information about historical contexts and source materials, criticism,
and other supplementary materials. (For example, the page on Ginsberg
includes pictures of all of his bookcovers.) As the editor, Cary Nelson,
explains: The nature of each site depends on what makes sense for a
particular author or group of authors. The Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens,
Robert Frost, and William Carlos Williams sites are so far largely devoted
to readings of their poems, whereas the Kay Boyle, Angel Island, and
Japanese American Concentration Camp sites are largely devoted to historical
This website designed as a supplement
to the Norton American Literature texts offers timelines, brief biographies,
author pages and annotated links as well as suggested topics for assignments.
It provides the kind of basic background information that can provide
a starting point for your thinking; because it has limited depth, it
will rarely provide all of the material you need on a subject.
"The IPL on-line Literary Criticism
Collection contains 3936 critical and biographical websites about authors
and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality
and literary period. "
The project of Paul P. Rueben, a member
of the Department of English at the University of California, Stanislaus,
PAL allows you to use a box on the home page to "search the 300
pages of this site by typing in key words: author names, literary periods,
themes, topics, motifs, dates, places, and titles." Rueben offers
reliable biographical profiles, analyses of periods, critical and bibliographical
information, and links to related materials. This is an extremely valuable
Includes exhibits, documents, and even
transcriptions of some programs. It is also searchable.
A long list of useful links that is rendered
even more useful by the site search engine on the top right of the page.
Be sure to distinguish between the site search engine on the top right
and the web search engine on the left.
The mission of the Voice of the Shuttle
is "to provide a structured and briefly annotated guide to on-line
resources that at once respects the established humanities disciplines
in their professional organization and points toward the transformation
of those disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences
and with new digital media....VoS emphasizes both primary and secondary
(or theoretical) resources...." If you do a search, be sure to
click on the linked "line number" to go to the recommended
This site devoted to women writers of
color offers online texts, biographical and bibliographical information,
Search Libraries, Databases, and Journals
for Primary and Secondary Resources
"The library's collections document
the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil
War and Reconstruction. Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers,
periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, children's literature,
graphic arts, genealogy and local histories." Although the collections
are not digitized, the extraordinary breadth of the library's holdings
and the excellence of the cataloguing make it possible for a user to
collect valuable information about the works published by an individual
author or printer or the types of works published on a particular kind
of topic. It is also useful for finding information on recent scholarship
on topics related to American history, literature, and culture. To use
the catalogue, log in as "guest" and the password "guest."
For more information on the library, its programs and research fellowships,
and instructions on how to use the catalogue, go to the AAS
Faculty, staff, and students at Assumption
College can use these links , to locate books in the catalogue, to see
whether specific books are currently on the shelves and available to
be checked out, and to access databases of scholarly resources including
the MLA index, First Search, EBSCO, and Wilson Web.
"A Journal of Fact and Opinion On
the People, Issues and Events Of 18th Century America"
This project which is the result of a
collaboration between The American Historical Association and the Organization
of American Historians along with the University of Illinois Press and
the National Press allows you to search for--and retrieve--full text
articles from a variety of scholarly journals. It also highlights special
exhibits, including the Booker
T. Washington Papers.
Assumption College faculty, staff, and
students are licensed to use Project Muse, a subscription program that
allows licensed users to search and read the full text of scholarly
journals published by John Hopkins University. Among those publications
are included the following: American Quarterly, Eighteenth Century
Life, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Henry
James Review, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of the History of Ideas,
Journal of Democracy, Literature and Medicine, Modern Fiction Studies,
Modernism/Modernity, New Literary History, Philosophy and Literature,
Postmodern Culture, Reviews in American Literature, Studies in Eighteenth-Century
Culture, Studies in English Literature, and the Yale
Journal of Criticism.
Search Recent Newspapers and Periodicals
"A complete searchable index of the
magazine's contents from 1963 to the present." Also allows you
to locate and order copies of articles published before 1963.
"Use this page to search the archive
of Atlantic Monthly articles that have appeared on this Web site, to
browse back issues, and to explore collections of past Atlantic articles
grouped by subject. From November, 1995, to the present, the archive
is essentially complete (with the exception of a few articles, the on-line
rights to which are held exclusively by the authors). From November,
1857, to November, 1995, only selected articles are available (although
the number is increasing constantly)." If you would rather start
with a page listing features from the present issue, go to Atlantic
This engine searches through a database
of on-line resources from over 300 contemporary journals. You can use
it to find book reviews, interviews, writing by contemporary authors,
or comments on authors and texts of other periods. A quick search for
material on "James Baldwin" yielded a piece written by Tony
Morrison as well as articles from African-American Review,
Commonweal, Ebony, Interview, and American
Enterprise magazine. A search for "Mark Twain" turned
up reviews of new editions of his books, reviews of plays and films
based on his work, yet more arguments about whether Huck Finn
should be taught, and selections from his work. Unexpectedly, this search
also yielded an article in the British Medical Journal reprinting a
column originally printed in that journal in 1899 reporting on Twain's
experiences when he consulted a Christian Scientist (rather than a medical
doctor) after "he fell over a cliff and 'broke some arms and legs
and one thing and another.'"
Includes books reviews and author interviews
dating to 1980. Usually the most useful way to use this site for academic
purposes is to search directly for books and book reviews from the Books
page. (You may need to sign-up as a reader before using the free book
The eclectic nature of the serials collection
makes it impossible to predict what, if anything, you will find when
you use this collection. However, one virtue of the IPL serials collection
is that it is possible to search 3,000 journals by simply typing a key
word or phrase in the search box. The newspaper collection includes
newspapers not only from all over the U.S. but also from all over the
world. The searchbox does not seem to yield any results when you try
a key term such as "election," but type in "London"
and you will get links to on-line newspapers to New London, Connecticut
and London, England. You will find search engines on many of the sites
produced by individual papers, but so far there seems to be no way to
search across publications.
The Scholarly Technology Group works directly
with academic projects designed to post scholarly resources on the web.
This search engine provides access to the materials included in their
projects. It is particularly useful for those wishing to locate materials
on the Victorian period in British literature.
You will find that the search engines of major bookstore sites
can help you to gather a considerable amount of useful information.
If you know of a book that relates to your topic, you can find bibliographical
information on the text, usually accompanied by brief reviews. However,
you can also often find a list of the table of contents, recommendations
about related sources, and sometimes even excerpts or the first chapter
from the book.
You can use Amazon's extensive catalogue as a way of locating
recent books on a particular subject, and you can use their subject
indexes to explore ways of expanding your search. Use Amazon's
Rare & Used Book Search Page to locate that are secondhand and/or
out of print books.
Allows you to search simultaneously through
the inventories of a number of stores; allow you to compare price and
In addition to offering the usual assortment of new and
used books, B&N allows you to search
a network of rare book dealers and secondhand bookstores so that
you can locate books that are out of print. It is even possible to put
a book on your "wish list" and be notified when a copy becomes available.
Even if you don't wish to bid in an auction, you may still
find it useful to use EBay as a research tool. By searching for titles
by a particular author, you may have the opportunity to see pictures
and descriptions of various editions of the same book. By using the
title as a "key word or phrase" in your search, you may even
find pictures of artifacts marketed in connection with the book. Sometimes
you will come away from a "shopping" session with a new understanding
of the significance that a text had within its culture. If you want
to see how this can work, try searching for "Uncle Tom*";
you may be surprised by the results.
If you are trying to locate a reasonably priced copy
of a new, used, or out-of-print book, you may want to try this site
that serves as a meeting place for those who want to buy and sell books.
If you search for a book by title, author, or keyword, you will be provided
with a list of what is available, along with the price and description
of the condition of each item.
Use this search engine to locate items and compare prices
Search for Art, Architecture, Graphics and Artifacts
Choose the right search engine by deciding what you hope to locate
through your search. For example, if you are looking for a photograph,
you may wish to use one of the image search engines provided by the
major search services such as Alta Vista, Dogpile, or Hotbot. On the
other hand, if you hope to find art, you can use one of the resources
mentioned above or go directly to a large museum or art database.
Enter a word in the search box and this
engine will provide you with a contact sheet of images related to that
term that have been posted at other websites. You can choose if you
wish to narrow your search to photos or graphics, color or black and
white. Not all "hits" will necessarily meet your needs, but
this is a fairly simple way to find a picture of an author or an image
related to "slavery," for example. If you find an interesting
image, click on "more info" to find out about the graphic
and the site where it is located. Note that once you have done a search,
just below the search box you will find a list of "recommended
searches" that allow you to narrow or broaden your inquiry.
This is a small, focused exhibit of political
caricatures commenting on life in the Colony & Early Republic, 1765-1798;
The War of 1812; and Abraham Lincoln, 1860-1865.
"The Fine Art Search Engine"
that allows you to search artists by name, artworks by title, art Museums
by name and/or place. You can also browse their database of 7,500+ artists
arranged "by Movement (e.g. Pop Art, Impressionism) by Medium (e.g.
sculptors, illustrators) by Subject (e.g. landscape painters) by Nationality."
A special listing of women artists is included.
A project produced at Ohio University
featuring cartoons on Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, the Anti-Trust
Movement, the Anti-Imperialist Movement, the 1900 Presidential Campaign.
Samples of the cartoons published in Frank Beard's social-gospel magazine,
The Ram's Horn, are also reproduced here.
A searchable image base that also offers
an index arranged by period, building type, architectural style, and
architect. The site also includes a substantial number of images of
buildings that were part of expositions and fairs from 1876 on.
Indexed by artist, period, and nationality;
it is also possible to do a key
word search via the mirror site in Oregon.
Although a small and highly specialized
collection of graphics, this "concordance" offers a look at
the handwritten and printed text as physical artifact and part of material
If you want to search for images of a
particular person or related to a particular topic, use Dogpile's search
engine and select "images" rather than "web" as
the focus of your search. (You can also choose to search for audio files.)
An amazing tool, the ImageBase is a searchable
image and text database of objects from the collections of the Fine
Arts Museums of San Francisco. If you are searching for images
be sure to use the form for "The Thinker" at the bottom of
the page rather than the "Quick Search" you see in
the left hand column. Also note that after you have received thumbnails
of your "hits," you can choose "zoom" to see a larger
version of the image. Keep clicking on the image itself if you want
to increase the size further. Use the Advanced
Search option if you want to search by any combination of keyword,
artist, country and/or period. For example, a search for "slave"
in the period "19th century" yields eight images.
Assists you in locating images and sounds
for your webpages.
Berkley's page of serach engines makes
it possible to access a variety of collections including archives of
architectural drawings and specialized photograph collections.
Search for paintings related to your interests.
At the present time, this site offers
photographs only on the following topics: Small-Town America- Stereoscopic
views from the Robert Dennis Collection; Images of African Americans
from the 19th Century; Berenice Abbott: Changing New York, 1935-1938;
Lewis Wickes Hine: Construction of the Empire State Building, 1930 -
1931; and Lewis Wickes Hine: Work Portraits, 1920 - 1939. However, this
is wonderful treasury if your interests coincide with one of these subjects.
You can search for cartoons by keyword
or artist and then e-mail the images for free or see what it costs to
license them for use in a presentation or on a website. This may not
prove highly useful for your research but is an excellent place to take
Toggle the appropriate buttons if you
wish to search specifically for images, or for video and audio files.
An excellent site by Jim Zwick.
"Over the past few years the Smithsonian
has been digitizing its catalogues and has been appending images to
these records. The On-Line Collections site is the portal through which
these collections will ultimately be accessed. You will be able to use
the portal site to search for topics or collections across the museums,
allowing the user to locate and browse the Smithsonian’s treasures."
Searchable by text, artist/maker, department, and/or date.
This "virtual" collection brings
together digital images of art and artifacts representing all peoples
and all places throughout human history. The American
Collection can be browsed by period. An index
of artists is also provided.
Maps and images from Franklin Country,
Pennsylvania, and Augusta County, Georgia. The section devoted to maps
and images from the "Eve of the War Archive" includes
such items as pictures of quilts and illustrations from Harpers of a
tour through Virginia. The Image
Database from the "War Years Archive" contains over 700
photographs and magazine illustrations documenting the Civil War and
can be searched by battle, subject, name of soldier or person, and source
of graphic (for example, Harpers). Images from the aftermath
of the war will be appearing in the coming months.
In addition to offering limited but significant
access to its online
gallery of general collections, the WAM site now features an excellent
digital guide to its Early
American Paintings Collection that includes "biographies of
twenty artists, detailed entries on fifty-three paintings, and checklist
information on twenty-four additional works" as well as a very
An engine that searches across the sites
of museums, galleries, art historians, and artists to locate resources
related to the title, name, or keyword you type in the search box.
The E Pluribus Unum Project is funded by a grant
from the National Endowment for the Humanities and directed by Dr.
John McClymer, Department of History, and Dr.
Lucia Knoles, Department of English, Assumption College. Visitors
are encouraged to send
inquiries or suggestions.