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Archives Unbound

Presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students.

Biography in Context

Find hundreds of thousands of biographical entries, past and present, from around the world.  From Gale.

California Room Local History Resources

San Jose Public Library's California Room page has digitized local collections and other local history resources.

Defining Documents in American History - LGBTQ+ (1923-2017)

Offers analysis of primary source documents drawn from the ongoing movement to achieve recognition and equality for members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. It does this by maximizing public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.

Digital Sanborn Maps (For San José and Other California Communities, 1867-1970)

Detailed historical street maps that include building outlines, property boundaries, and natural features.

Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History

Covers LGBTQ topics in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, as well as North America, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Take advantage of all the Library of Congress offers - from home! Digital Collections features thousands of items in hundreds of subject areas.

MyHeritage Library Edition

Find ancestors and research genealogy.  Includes census records, birth, marriage, & death records, military records, newspaper articles, and family trees.

Newspapers.com California Collection

Newspapers.com California Collection provides access to 547 California newspaper archives. Research archive databases and old news articles to help uncover California history, your genealogy and family stories.

U.S. History in Context

Get contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. 

United States Census Bureau

The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.

Web Resources about Genealogy

These web resources have been selected for you by librarians.

World History in Context

Get contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History.