- AATA Online
- This Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (AATA) site "is a comprehensive database of 100,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage," offered as a free service by the J. Paul Getty Trust. Free registration is recommended for use of the site, but not essential (9 Feb 2004; 17 Nov 2004)
Cities and Buildings Website
- Over 5,000 contemporary images of cities and buildings ranging from New York to Central Asia, from African villages, to the Parc de la Villette maintained by the University of Washington.
(28 Jul 2001; updated 8 Aug 2002)
- Current Value of Old Money
- A calculator, which includes a broad array of comparions, mostly for the U.S., but also Europe (especially Britain) as far back as 1600.
(9 Feb 2004)
Data on the Net
- The best guide to statistical data and gateways on the net, maintained by Jim Jacobs, Data Librarian in the Social Sciences Data Centre at the University of San Diego. Its possible to miss data that you want, since the search function does not go very deeply into each site, so try searching under a variety of terms, the broader, the better. For European data, it is probably better to use the
Guide to International Sources for European Statistical Data.
(9 Aug 2003)
- David Rumsey Map Collection, University of California-Berkeley
- Historical maps (GIS overlays of current data are possible) for Boston, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., St. Louis, and St. Petersburg, with others promised soon. Also includes 253 railroad time tables and auto route maps from the 19th and early 20th century U.S.; numerous state historical atlases; and Latin American countries; and a large collection of Japanese data. It has links to free software allowing basic or advanced searches.
(9 Feb 2004)
- Edge City: Life on the New Frontier (The Garreau Group)
- Site featuring annotated, full-text versions of Joel Garreau's books (including Edge City: Life on the New Frontier), his biography, and a search engine.
(9 Feb 2005)
- Geography & Map Reading Room (The Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress)
- Access to public domain maps digitized and posted on a regular basis by the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. The online digitized maps are a small part of the inventory of "over 5 million maps, 72,000 atlases, 6,000 reference works, over 500 globes and globe gores, and numerous plastic relief models, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats, including electronic."
(10 Sep 2004)
- GeoNet Names Server (GNS)
- The GEOnet Names Server (GNS) provides access to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) database of geographic feature names. Information in this database has been used to prepare and publish the series of gazetteers approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (US BGN). Being your search at the Introduction to Geographic Names page.
(9 Feb 2004; 17 Nov 2004)
Images of early maps on the web (Map History/History of Cartography)
- Portal site is a gateway to hundreds of links to web map images, including related information on using and storing map images, technical considerations, copyrights, and other details. An extremely comprehensive set of well-annotated links that is especially strong on Europe.
(10 Nov 2002; updated 4 Feb 2004)
Institute for Historical Research, University of London
- A major resource for scholars, especially on the United Kingdom and Europe. Incudes full access to these journals: Reviews in History; History in Focus; and Electronic Journal of International History. Extensive research tools, bibliographies, catalogs to primary documents, the History On-Line collaborative Internet resource project, and the Centre for Metropolitan History (CMH) and Map History/History of Cartography:
Images of early maps on the web web sites, are just a few of the reasons to visit this well-organized and easy-to-navigate site.
(10 Nov 2002)
- Jewish Women's Archive
- Very ethnocentric, but with useful short biographies and documents for such important figures as Lillian Wald, Emma Goldman, Bella Abzug. Some documents and illustrations.
(9 Feb 2004)
Review of this site (H-Survey, 15 Jan 2004), by Judy Kutulas, Dept. of History, St. Olaf College, Minnesota, USA.
Official City Sites
- A collection of contemporary official (municipality, chamber of commerce tourism, etc.) sites for cities in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
(19 Nov 2001)
The Papers of Sir Patrick Geddes at Strathclyde University Archives
- A brief biography and finding aid to the papers of the famous Scottish town planner. There is also a biography and finding aid to the papers of Jacqueline Tyrwhitt, the prominent modernist planner.
(4 Feb 2004)
Planned Communities / New Towns (George Mason University)
- This site contains very useful links to about twenty planned communities (some not really new towns in the classic sense), mostly in the U.S., but including places in Japan, Singapore and Finland. There is a brief history of the New Towns movement. It is especially valuable for images and a finding aid to a remarkably complete archive for Reston, Virginia, planned in the 1960s. The physical archives for this site are maintained by the George Mason University Fenwick Library at Fairfax, Virginia and sponsored by the Planned Community Archives, Inc. Unfortunately there is no information on authorship, date created or planned updates of the site. (Gina Dreistadt provided sponsor information.)
(1 Oct 2001)
- Prelinger Archives (Internet Library)
- This Internet Library site includes downloadable public domain documentary films, including General Motors Around the World (1927) with scenes of GM activity in Japan, Sweden, Australia, Egypt, Belgium, Peru, Spain, Brazil and other nations; Germany: A Family of the Industrial Ruhr (1958), an examination of the varied activities in the life of an average working man's family in a German industrial city after World War II; Seeing London (ca. 1925), a tour through central London; and English Children: Life in the City (1949), which covers "typical" events in the daily life of an English urban family just after World War II.
(9 Feb 2004)
UNESCO Archives Portal
- UNESCO has created this extraordinary site which has links to archives and other collections of primary sources all over the world. In addition to NGO, national and regional (or state) archives, it has links to 771 municipal archives in Europe, 297 in the U.S. and Canada, 45 in Asia/Oceania and 41 in Latin America. At the moment there is an interesting presentation "Evidence! Europe Reflected in Archives" at http://www.euarchives.org/ with short, illustrated urban histories from the archives of Bergen, Bologna, Cracow, Helsinki, Prague, Reykjavik, and Santiago de Compostela.
(7 Aug 2002)
UNESCO Municipal Archives: Europe
Links to 771 municipal archives.
UNESCO Municipal Archives: Northern America
297 municipal archives in the U.S. and Canada.
UNESCO Municipal Archives: Asia Pacific
Links to 43 municipal archives in China, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
UNESCO Municipal Archives: Latin America
Links to 45 municipal archives in 8 countries.
UNESCO: Memory of the World Register
- The Memory of the World Register by the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) lists documentary heritage which has been identified by UNESCO as meeting the selection criteria for world significance. The extensive links to global archives
that identify the location of major documentary repositories complement the information provided on the World Heritage Cities web pages (http://www.ovpm.org/main.asp).
(7 Aug 2002)
UNESCO: Organization of World Heritage Cities
- This is UNESCO's listing of significant cities and towns (currently 199) on the World Heritage List. There are short descriptions, photos and links for each.
(7 Aug 2002)
- Visible Earth (NASA)
- Searchable directory of public domain images, visualizations, and animations of satellite images of the Earth provided by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. An interesting example
is the global Earth City Lights map -- a composite image of the earth produced by Marc Imhoff and a team of researchers in an effort to measure the effects of urbanization on biological productivity in the
USA and globally. The map is derived from 9 months of satellite observations which are superimposed on a darkened land surface. (There are also regional/continental "city light" maps.) The map can be found here: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/viewrecord?5826. The Earth Observatory article "Bright Lights, Big City" discussing the use of city light data by Marc Imhoff and fellow researchers to map urbanization can be found here: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Study/Lights/. [Information provided by Raymond Familusi (H-Urban: 31 August 2004)]
(10 Sep 2004)
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