Multimedia Resources

9015976_origMany multimedia resources for the Gilded Age and Progressive Era are available online.  These images, movies, newspapers, magazines, and other sources offer historians and students a rich glimpse of the time period.

Below you’ll find a list of suggested links to useful material.

Links to Multimedia Resources

Early Films: Edison Companies

Beginning in the late 1880s, Thomas Edison’s labs not only built the equipment for filming and projecting films, but produced popular content for the new medium. For more information, visit:

Chronicling America - Historic American Newspapers


Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. Learn more

The Chinese in America 1850-1925 (Library of Congress)

African American Odyssey (Library of Congress)

Haymarket Affair Digital Collection

PBS – America 1900

Wikimedia Commons Atlas of the World/Atlas of Colonialism (good maps for

Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas; this is their page
with links to a variety of Historical Map sites:

Harper’s Weekly:

Russo-Japanese War in Political Cartoons

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

American President: A Reference Resource (Miller Center at University of

The American Presidency Project

A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, ed. James D.

Theodore Roosevelt, His Life and Times on Film (Library of Congress)

Foreign Relations of the United States

Making of America (Cornell University; formerly Nineteenth Century in Print)

The Avalon Project (19th Century Documents page)

Famous Trials (Douglas O. Linder, University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Law)

Oyez Project (Supreme Court of the United States)

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web (American Social
History Project/George Mason University)

Agents of Social Change (Smith College)

“Half the People” (PBS on women’s fight for the vote)

“Not for Ourselves Alone” (PBS, Ken Burns and Paul Barnes, on the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Suan B Anthony)

Motherhood, Social Service, and Political Reform, Materials on Woman Suffrage (National Women’s History Museum)

Jim Crow and the Great Migration (Gilder Lehrman Institute materials)

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920 (Library of Congress)

The Jungle and the Progressive Era (Gilder Lehrman Institute materials)

Coal Mining in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (ehistory

Triangle Factory Fire (1911) Multimedia

Inside a Factory: Westinghouse Works, 1904 (Multimedia)

Selected Child Labor Resources (ehistory

America at Work and Leisure (1894-1915, Library of Congress, multimedia)

Sound recordings of numerous U.S. leaders (1918-1920, Library of Congress)

Robert La Follette (sound and film, speech August 11, 1924)