Archive for Online State Encyclopedias

Online State Encyclopedias – South Carolina

Based on the 2006 print volume, the South Carolina Encyclopedia has been augmented with additional resources such as media products and reproductions of primary sources. One can search alphabetically, or by category, time periods, regions. or counties. Each article ends with a bibliography of both online and print references where applicable.

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Online State Encyclopedias: Colorado

The Colorado Encyclopedia, although it is in “prototype” development, has enough information to provide a reader with a multitude of topics. Broadly arranged by people, places, events, and things, this site contains articles that include internal links, bibliographies, and outside sites of relevance. For instance, the article on Kit Carson is headed by the last photo of him and then proceeds to offer a reasoned biography of the man along with internal links to other articles in the encyclopedia and outside readings. Well worth a perusal.

There are now 23 online state encyclopedias that meet specific criteria for inclusion in this blog.

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Online State Encyclopedias – Kansas

Under the auspices of the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Foundation, Kansaspedia contains almost 2,000 entries on the Sunflower State. One can search a general alphabetical list or look at various subsets: biographies, place, themes, or ethnicities. Most of the articles also provide embedded links to further exploration of this resources.

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Online State Encyclopedias – Wyoming

WyoHistory, the 21st volume of these online guides to state histories that we have discovered, delves into the background and development of “The Equality State”. One can view essays, search by author in the index section, go on digital field trips, or consult oral histories. Entries are supplemented with links as well as by listings of primary and secondary sources.

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Online State Encyclopedias – Kentucky

The 20th one we have found, the Kentucky Encyclopedia is another example of an historical encylopedia written and edited by scholars, funded by state and/or federal funds, and published under the auspices of either an historical society or a university press. This site allows one to browse the entries in alphabetical order, search full text, or employ certain pre-determined limiters; i.e., search by calendar, names, place, or map (this latter choice allows the researcher to pull up individual county/regional histories). All the results are extensively linked to other entries in this work and are accompanied by bibliographies. The Civil War articles are especially pertinent given the 150th anniversary of that conflict.

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Online State Encyclopedias – Minnesota

The 19th one we have found, MNOPEDIA, offers the reader articles dealing with all aspects of Minnesota. Though still in beta, there is enough information here to satisfy most readers. The articles can be accessed either by index or topic. “Expert essays” are more extended treatments, such as How Cities and Towns Shaped the State; most articles have links both in the main text and the bibliography. The links in some cases lead to the Minnesota History magazine, whose online content is freely available from 1915-2005. Most entries are accompanied by overviews or chronologies. or “turning points.” A fascinating read is Traveling Libraries.

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Online State Encyclopedias – Louisiana

KnowLA: The Encyclopedia of Lousiana History, Culture and Community is another finely produced, NEH-sponsored state reference work. Containing peer-reviewed, linked articles, KnowLA can be searched by broad categories, regions, time periods, and by keyword browsing. Articles are supplemented with suggested readings, interviews, documentaries, music, related entries, and with writings from the Louisiana Cultural Vista Magazine. This is the 18th online state encyclopedia we have found.

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Online State Encyclopedias – West Virginia

We have listed in previous posts other online state encyclopedias, most published under NEH seed grants. This addition examines the Mountain State through hyperlinked articles, key dates/timelines, sidebars, and illustrations. Books on West Virginia can be found at this separate site. This is the 17th entry into our fold of online state encyclopedias.

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Online State Encyclopedias – Virginia

Although still in beta testing, this online state encyclopedia is already replete with information. Each article contains timelines, further readings, embedded links, and access to external links. Articles can be searched either alphabetically or by broad subject categories. You can read about the encyclopedia’s goals and history here. Another great NEH-generated resource. This newest addition now brings the number of online state encyclopedias to 16.

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Online State Encyclopedias – Oklahoma

In several previous posts, we have enumerated other entries in this field. Today we welcome the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. You can search alphabetically, chronologically, or by subject. Many of the articles have hyperlinked “see also” references as well as access to apposite articles from the journal Chronicles of Oklahoma.  Another noteworthy endeavor sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This present volume brings to 15 the number of states represented online by authoritative and  scholarly encyclopedias.

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Online State Encyclopedias – Alabama

In two previous posts (here and here), we highlighted online state encyclopedias. We now welcome the state of Alabama into this growing field, bringing the total number of these electronic resources to 14.

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Online State Encyclopedias – Tennessee and Wisconsin

In addition to the eleven online state encyclopedias we mentioned previously, we can now welcome the great states of Tennessee and Wisconsin into the digital fold.

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Online State Encyclopedias

states1.jpg While perusing the Internet(which, btw, we have almost finished), we came across this relatively new type of online tool – the online state encyclopedia. Not based on a tourist-board-chamber-of-commerce model, these worthy electronic tomes are the epitome of scholarly endeavor with articles written by experts, edited by subject specialists, funded by federal(NEH) and state(humanities councils or committees) entities, and undertaken with the cooperation of the respective states’ historical societies and universities. Many of these projects got their start in 2001 when the NEH gave seed money for the planning of these works. The works range from barely underway but still growing(Oregon) to the massively comprehensive(Texas). Among the states now online, we have:  Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, OregonTexas, Utah, and Washington. Other states set to appear shortly are Alabama and Virginia. If you, gentle reader, come across others that meet the above criteria, please let us know so that we may add them to our list.

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