Holger Kersten
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Institut für fremdsprachliche Philologien

Online-Ressourcen für Amerikanische Literatur- und Kulturstudien
Online-Archive: Sammlungen von Primär- und Sekundärmaterialien

Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.

Wright American Fiction The Wright American Fiction online collection attempts to include every novel published in the United States from 1851 to 1875. It includes works by well known writers such as Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, along with a great many forgotten authors, whose works may have been very popular in their own time. There are currently 2,887 volumes included (1,987 unedited, 900 fully edited and encoded) by 1,448 authors.

Hosted by the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, XROADS provides a wealth of excellent material for American Studies. Among the highlights:

  • "Hypertexts" is an excellent collection of major primary texts and criticism, including Crèvecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer, John Dewey, Democracy and Education, W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk, Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, D.H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature, Constance Rourke, American Humor: A Study of the National Character, Gilbert Seldes, The 7 Lively Arts, Henry Nash Smith, Virgin Land, Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Frederick
    Jackson Turner, The Frontier in American History, Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America, Thorstein Veblen, Theory of the Leisure Class, Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery, Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and
    the Spirit of Capitalism
    and many more.
  • Articles and links on Ethnicity, Gender, Literature, Philosophy and Religion, Popular Culture, Regional Studies, Social Sciences, Science and Technology
  • The Museum contains visual materials
  • Cultural Maps are available online
  • A special project: America in the 1930's

Library of Congress

Library of Congress
"America's Story"

  • Meet Amazing Americans
    Discover the inventors, politicians, performers, activists and other everyday people who made this country what it is today.
  • Jump Back in Time
    Take a trip to an era in American history.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.As of March 1, 2003, DAS includes 1,218 books and manuscripts. Most are accompanied by a full bibliographic record.

  Documents for the Study of American History
A collection of selected documents from the 15th century to the year 2000

The Heath Anthology of American Literature

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature
Considered the most important work of literary history and criticism ever published, the Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole.

The Online Books Page
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.

Göttinger Digitalisierungszentrum
Digital Collections


Version vom 29.04.2007