Many 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 will find a list of public links to period material that members have evaluated positively for classroom and other use.

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.

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 California 1850-1920 (Online Archive of California)

African American Odyssey (Library of Congress)

Historical Maps (Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas)

Harper’s Weekly

Russo-Japanese War in Political Cartoons (Indiana University)

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Ohio State University)

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 (Harvard University Library)

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

U.S. Presidents: A Reference Resource (Miller Center at University of Virginia)

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

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

Foreign Relations of the United States (University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries)

The Making of America (Cornell University Library)

The Avalon Project, 19th Century Documents (Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University)

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, 20th Century Women’s Activism (Smith College)

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

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

Coal Mining in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (Ehistory, The Ohio State University)

Triangle Factory Fire,1911 (Cornell University)

Inside a Factory: Westinghouse Works, 1904 (The Library of Congress)

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

American Leaders Speak, Recordings from WWI (Library of Congress)

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