World History (Gale in Context): Provides scholarly material, maps and topic pages that cover the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, and people.
CultureGrams: Explore cultures from around the world, through summaries, interviews, videos, slideshows, photos, maps, recipes, graphs, tables. Access National Geographic maps.
ProQuest “History”: This resource includes publications on history covering topics such as: Civilizations, Historical studies, Military history, Periods & events, US history, World history.
DPLA: Primary Source Sets
Explore topics in history, literature, and culture.
Washington History Online
Legacy Washington documents extraordinary stories in Washington history. Collections include:
- Stories -“Extraordinary people, compelling stories… “
- LegacyMakers: Biographical database includes Washingtonians who have served in public office and activist roles.
- Classics in Washington History – free eBooks on the history of Washington and the Pacific Northwest: “brings together rare, out of print titles for easy access by students, teachers, genealogists and historians. Visit Washington’s early years through the lives of the men and women who lived and worked in Washington Territory and State.”
- More Online Exhibits
Washington Rural Heritage Digitized primary sources documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of Washington State.
Encyclopedia of Washington State History Full Text. HistoryLink.org. Over 6,000 essays touching on all aspects of the State’s history. Most essays include images; some have audio and video exhibits.
Historic Newspapers in Washington Full Text. Scans of early newspapers printed in Washington State. From the Washington State Library.
Primarily Washington. Washington’s gateway to Pacific Northwest primary source materials.
Whatcom County Collections
The Nesset Family Farm Collection tells the story of Norwegian immigrant homesteaders who settled on the South Fork Nooksack River in 1902 and for decades worked tirelessly to coax a living from the land, raise five children, and run a small dairy. Family members documented the many pleasures of settler life in the South Fork, including hiking and skiing on Mount Baker, and fishing on the Nooksack River.
Oral History Projects
Learn about the perspectives of individuals who might not otherwise appear in the historical record.
Using oral histories as a primary source can be tricky because they provide a personal angle on history. Oral histories can often give voice to the common person; however, oral histories are subjective and individualistic, and memory is fallible.
Explore History Online
Collections of historical materials both national and international.