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ACTUP Oral History Project
" a collection of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York. The project is coordinated by Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman, with camera work by James Wentzy (in New York) and S. Leo Chiang (on the West Coast.)...The purpose of this project is to present comprehensive, complex, human, collective, and individual pictures of the people who have made up ACT-UP/New York."

American Family Immigration History Center
Explore Your Family History at Ellis Island
Includes: The Ellis Island Archives ; The Passenger Record Archive ; The Community Archive ; Family History Scrapbooks.

Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress, 1789-1791
"This online exhibit recreates an exhibit which opened in the United States Court House in Manhattan in 1989...This exhibit provides an overview of the work of and issues faced by this seminal Congress, which was a virtual second sitting of the Federal Convention, fleshing out the governmental structure outlined in the Constitution and addressing the difficult issues left unresolved by the Constitution. Each "topic" begins with a quote from the Constitution relating to it. The illustrations (letters, newspaper articles, cartoons, portraits, etc.) for the topics provide just a sampling of the. wealth of material in the Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791...It is our hope that the exhibit will prove useful, particularly to students and their teachers. Towards that end, we intend to produce an online teacher's guide for the exhibit."

Columbia University - Institute for Research in African-American Studies

Cornell University Library - Historical Monographs
" a collection of selected monographs with expired copyrights chosen from a variety of disciplines. These were monographs that were brittle and decaying and in need of rescue ...Our collection [that is available for viewing] consists of 456 General monographs ; 576 Math books ; 691 New York State Historical pamphlets and monographs."

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
"The first museum in the United States to preserve a tenement building and have it designated a National Historic Site."
Includes: Labor History Tour ; The Wallpaper Excavation ; Tenement Stories.

Manhattan Timeformations
Mapping Manhattan's Skyscraper Districts through Time
"This project uses computer models and interactive animations to depict the dynamic relationship between Manhattan's skyscrapers and other layers of urban information, such as: geologic formation, settlement patterns, landfill, transportation and communications infrastructure, zoning laws and real estate cycles."
By Brian McGrath, Architect

New York Public Library Digital Collection
Includes the Digital Schomerg collections of Images of African Americans from the 19th Century, and African American Women Writers of the 19th Century. The site also contains a very diverse collection of Online Exhibits detailing the social history of New York and the United States.

New York State History (electronic journal)
"...devoted to the study of New York and its people. This journal will be issued twice a year, with more frequent updates of letters and reviews. Each new issue will have a multimedia presentation and other articles on some aspect of New York State."

Religious Worlds of New York Student Projects
"This page contains links to student projects from the Fall 1996 and Spring 1998 offerings of Religious Worlds of New York, a seminar-workshop that focuses on religious diversity in the city. With the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, each member of the class engaged in fieldwork in a community and explored, experienced, and engaged the religious and social life of its members. Listed below are excerpts from some of the papers, information about the topics of other research projects, as well as links to various web sites."

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