Online Historical Resource Deals That You Can Use During COVID-19

After hearing about a few research deals thanks to the COVID-19, I decided to search for those deals and more to compile into a list for safe keeping. It can be tough as a 

researcher to not be able to physically go to an archive or library in order to get the resources we need to do our work. This is also a great time for amateur researchers to whet their whistle! Maybe the resources below will help fill some gaps during our stay-at-home orders.


JSTOR has expanded their free read-online access from the usual six articles per month to 100 articles per month through June 30, as well as additional expanded access for those who have paid accounts (such as through an academic institution). Learn more at this link

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has opened some of their resources for families and teachers for free. It includes study guides, lesson plans, and lectures but also includes access to 70,000+ primary source documents from their collection. Learn more at this link

Smithsonian did not seem to have additional free resources but they still have a great online archive collection for research purposes, as well as additional resources for researchers in general. Learn more at this link.

National Archives has a great variety of free resources. For example, they have listed some virtual programs in a newsletter to help folks take advantage of available resources right from home. Meanwhile, the NA’s social media has stated that behind the scenes, staff have been working on digitizing more of their collection to make it available during their closures. Learn more at this link and follow them on Facebook here.

AncestryWhether you have a paid or free Ancestry account, you can take advantage of their free access to a plethora of National Archives records, plus they have roughly two dozen research guides.

Project MUSE has worked with participating publishers to provide content for free temporarily. Most of the resources are available through the end of June. Definitely check it out

Looking for additional generic resources? Check these out too: (great for 18th century!)

Hathi Trust Digital Library

Naval History and Heritage Command 

UVAWise’s Doing Historical Research on the Web

Be Washington Intro Slide

And lastly, looking for just something fun and still Rev War related? Mount Vernon has an online game where you get to 

be George Washington and tackle some of the challenges he faced during the war and as president. 

Have a resource that I missed that you consider a MUST right now? Share it in the comments!

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