American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education.
Focusing on America’s ethnic and racial history, the African diaspora, human relations, and civil rights this site includes over 3,000 digitized photographs from 1887 to 1952, streaming videos, sound recordings, and other digitized documents such as letters and newpapers.
Users can click on the "Histories" link to view an alphabetical list of subjects covered. Each narrative history contains a brief outline and a link to an interactive timeline, complete with additional links. Clicking on the "Timelines" link allows users to search for a timeline related to a topic, event or a year.