Historical Maps & Atlases

Georgetown, TX Historic Resource Survey GIS Web Link This site provides information on historic buildings in the City of Georgetown. In addition to location, item entries include information such as: date of construction, style, and architect. This is a work-in-progress with new data added as it becomes available.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries This is “a project of the William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at The Newberry Library in Chicago. The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is a powerful historical research and reference tool in electronic form. The Atlas presents in maps and text complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. It also includes non-county areas, unsuccessful authorizations for new counties, changes in county names and organization, and the temporary attachments of non-county areas and unorganized counties to fully functioning counties. The principal sources for these data are the most authoritative available: the session laws of the colonies, territories, and states that created and changed the counties”.

David Rumsey Historical Map CollectionThis collection is housed in the David Rumsey Map Center at the Stanford University Library. Thus far, over 83,000 maps and images have been posted online. The collection spans the 16th through the 21st century. There are maps of every continent and region.

UFDC — Sanborn® Fire Insurance Maps of Florida The University of Florida provides access to the Sanborn® maps for Florida to the public free of charge. From the landing page you can access the Florida Sanborn® maps. Just enter “sanborn” in the “Search Collection” box.

Digital Library of Georgia Sanborn® Fire Insurance MapsThe State of Georgia also provides free public access to their state’s Sanborn® maps on this web site.

The Perry-Castañeda Map Collection — University of Texas, Austin This is the digitized portion of the Perry-Castañeda Map Collection at the University of Texas Austin. There are at present, 70,000 images online which is about a third of the actual print collection.

National Library of Scotland–Maps This site provides access to the huge collection of historical maps maintained at the NLS in Edinburgh. This web site has earned a place as one of Everton’s Best Rated Genealogy Sites.

Prints & Photographs

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online At this site you will find “catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress offers broad public access to these materials as a contribution to education and scholarship.

The collections of the Prints & Photographs Division include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.”

The Holocaust / The Shoah

Voices of the Holocaust Project This site was created by the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Paul V. Galvin Library. Its purpose is to provide students, researchers, historians, and the general public with access to interviews with Holocaust survivors. The interviews were conducted in nine languages by Dr. David P. Boder in 1946 using a wire recorder.  Dr. Boder visited sixteen locations in four countries, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. He interviewed Jews and non-Jews alike. The collection represents perhaps the earliest audio recordings of Holocaust survivor interviews. You can not only listen to the actual interviews, but also read English translations of the transcripts and commentary. This site has a wealth of information including maps of the locations of the ghettos and concentration camps, biographical information about the interviewees, a glossary, and a bibliography just to name a few items.

Yad Vashem This is the Jerusalem-based Holocaust martyrs’ and heroes’ remembrance authority site.

University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute Steven Spielberg established the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in 1994. It is today the largest archive of video testimonies from witnesses of the Holocaust. In 2006, the Foundation became part of the USC College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences in Los Angeles.

The United States Holocaust Museum “The Museum’s primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.” (excerpted from the Mission Statement of the US Holocaust Museum)

Architecture

Skyscraper Page This site provides architectural drawings of thousands of tall buildings around the globe. All drawings are contributed by members of the SkyscrapePage Illustrators Association. Users can browse by city, country, or continent, or they can use the search form. Available search criteria are height, construction year, location, structure type, and status. The site includes completed buildings, as well as those proposed, under construction, canceled, or destroyed. Initial display will have basic building data. Clicking on a drawing results in detailed information, such as style, materials, floor area, cost, and building use. There is also a discussion forum.

Great Buildings Great Buildings Online provides a wealth of information on many of the most famous buildings in the world. It includes photographs and architectural details for each building as well as links to information on the architects and a bibliography. The site enables users to view three-dimensional models of many of the buildings after downloading free viewing software. This is a commercial website and so many of the bibliographical entries link to items for sale by either Amazon or Artifice, but there is still a great deal of basic building information to be accessed here for free. The entire site is searchable by either simple or advanced methods and is easy to navigate. Reviewed by RUSA Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) for MARS Best 2000.

Frank Lloyd Wright This is the PBS companion site to the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick film “The Life and Work of Frank Lloyd Wright”. Ten of Wright’s most famous buildings are featured along with photos and architectural drawings of each building. There are also video excerpts from Mike Wallace’s interview with Wright and a database-driven building locator which lets users track down the nearest Wright buildings by zip code, state, and building type.

SAH Archipedia: Classic Buildings This authoritative online encyclopedia of the building world published by the Society of Architectural Historians and the University of Virginia Press. Within this site users will find histories, photographs, and maps for more than 14,000 structures and places. The site also includes landscapes, monuments, artwork, and more. Content is from the Buildings of the United States (BUS) series and includes content from 15 of the BUS volumes including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, and Vermont.

Health Insurance Information

HealthCare.gov this is the main information site for those seeking information on the Affordable Care Act in general and in particular information on using the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Texas Health Options this is a State of Texas web site designed to help Texans shop for health insurance. It also contains information on avoiding insurance scams and what to do if you are a victim of insurance fraud.

Medicare this is the official U.S. government site for Medicare.

Texas Health & Human Services Medicare Site