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photograph: Black Sunday dust storm approaching Ulysses, Kansas, April 14, 1935

Explore the causes and consequences of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.

Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi helped shape Muslim thought. Explore his poetry and the history of the Islamic...

Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady, diplomat, and citizen activist, Eleanor Roosevelt also wrote more than 8,000 columns, 580 articles, 27 books,...

Joe Louis looks for an opening during a boxing match with Max Schmeling, 1936
The 1938 boxing match between American heavyweight Joe Louis and German opponent Max Schmeling was a proxy fight between two...
California 49er panning for gold
The discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848 transformed California and America, sparking massive migration, breakneck...
Henry "Hank" Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers, 1934 baseball card

Explore 350 years of Jewish American history and share your own family’s stories and traditions online.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

Follow Lewis and Clark’s journey through the uncharted Northwest with this NEH-funded online edition of their...

cover for "After the War Is Over" sheet music from 1917

Take a whistle-stop tour through American music history with this collection of over 29,000 pieces of American popular music...

Cosmopolitan, vol. 51, no. 1

Flip through the rise of Modernism with this digitized collection of magazines and journals published from 1890-1922.

Mary Mallon, "Typhoid Mary," The New York American, 1909

Mary Mallon, a.k.a. “Typhoid Mary,” was quarantined for life as a public health menace, though she was herself...

Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders, facing front

Trace Lincoln’s development from a country lawyer to the president who would lead the country through the Civil War...

Benjamin Frankin, portrait by Joseph Siffred Duplessis

Polymath, inventor, diplomat, printer, postmaster, and statesman, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin left a fascinating...