Online collections of documents and images

Avalon Project - Documents in law, history, and diplomacy at Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School

Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative

Great Buildings Collection, The Architecture Week - "documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects"

David Rumsey Collection - an amazing collection of over 40,000 maps and images

Map History/History of Cartography

Money - Past, Present & Future

Gallica - Bibliothèque numérique, Bibliothèque nationale de France

Digitale Texte im Seminar für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmungsgeschichte, Universität Köln

MÜnchener Digitalisierungszentrum, Digitale Bibliothek of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - has some material of interest, e.g., Bayerisches Brauer-Journal, 1891-1919

Verhandlungen des Deutschen Reichstags und seiner Vorläufer

Zentrales Verzeichnis Digitalisierter Drucke - portal to digitized publications, 15th to 21st century

A Vision of Britain through Time - GIS based, includes maps, travel writing, census reports, and election results

Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's Central Criminal Court, 1674-1913 - "A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published"

Ad*Access and Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 - both in Digital Collections, Duke University Library. The former has "images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955"; the latter has "o ver 3,300 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920."

American Currency Exhibit - Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Business History Web Exhibits: A Sampling (from the BHC blog)

Business records in the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives

Corporate Reports Online, University of Pennsylvania Library - limited but valuable selection

David Rumsey Collection - an amazing collection of over 40,000 maps and images

Documenting Louisiana Sugar 1845-1917, University of Sussex

Founders Online - Papers of six Founding Fathers in the National Archives

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - includes a section on The Domestic Slave Trade

Manhattan Timeformations - Mapping Manhattan's Skyscraper District Through Time

Patents - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's search page for full-text patents since 1790. This requires a patent number or classification code for pre-1976 patents. For tips on finding U.S. patent records, see Research Tools - Other Stuff on this site.

Rural West Initiative, Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University

Saugus Ironworks - National Historic Site, Massachusetts

The Samuel Gompers Papers, University of Maryland at College Park

Smithsonian Libraries - Digital Library

The Valley of the Shadow, Two Communities in the American Civil War - pioneering site by historian Edward L. Ayers at the University of Virginia

Visualizing US Expansion through Post Offices - Derek Watkin's innovative use of GIS

Walmart's annual reports since 1972

Women Working, 1800-1930 - Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library

The Origins of the Internet in Europe, 1895-2013 - Google Cultural Institute collaboration with the Mundaneum in Mons, Belgium