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Open Educational Resources (OER) by Subject: History


African American History
American History
Environmental History
World History

Course Materials

  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History (various CC Licensed and Public Domain resources)
  • EDSITEment! (various CC licenses) EDSITEment provides access to NEH-funded media resources including videos, podcasts, lectures, interactives for the classroom, and film projects.

  • Umbra Search African American History makes African American history more broadly accessible through a freely available widget and search tool,; digitization of African American materials across University of Minnesota collections; and support of students, educators, artists, and the public through residencies, workshops, and events locally and around the country.

  • African American History and Culture (Lumen Learning, various CC licenses)

  • National Archives (National Archives and Records Administration) When we ask students to work with and learn from primary sources, we transform them into historians. Rather than passively receiving information from a teacher or textbook, students engage in the activities of historians — making sense of the stories, events and ideas of the past through document analysis

  • Digital Collections (Library of Congress) A rich trove of primary sources, more than 300 digital collections are available that can be sorted by subject (e.g., American history, world cultures and history), original format (e.g., manuscript, film map) and division (e.g., music, rare books).   They include "Chronicling America," digitized newspapers from every state between 1789-1963, "Ansel Adam's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar," and the "Abdul Hamid II Collection," from a sultan of the Ottoman Empire, among many others.


Content included in the OER by Subject Research Guide by Skyline Library is licensed CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise indicated.