Find an Archive on the Web

Use the Web to Find an Archive

Are you trying to find information about a historical event? Looking for online archives for news, music, popular culture, or movie information? I've put together a good, basic list of online archives for you, with everything from the National Archives to Papyrus Archives (ancient Egyptian hieroglypics!) to Simpsons Archives.

General Historical and News Archives

Specialized Archives

Music and Entertainment Archives

  • Human Studies Film Archives: "Manuscripts, field notes, correspondence, photographs, maps, sound recordings, film and video created by Smithsonian anthropologists and other preeminent scholars."

Art Archives

  • Duke Papyrus Archive: "The Duke Papyrus Archive provides electronic access to texts about and images of nearly 1400 papyri from ancient Egypt."
  • The Archives of African American Music and Culture: "A repository of materials covering various musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era."
  • Smithsonian Archives of American Art: "16 million letters, photographs, diaries, sketches, scrapbooks, business records, and other documentation that supports the study of the history of the visual arts in America."
  • Digital Archives of Art: Anything from architecture to 19th century paintings here.
  • Rock Art Archive: from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.

War Archives