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American Studies Directories

The American Studies Electronic Crossroads (ASEC) - A comprehensive, integrated, information platform on the World Wide Web maintained at Georgetown University by the Center for Electronic Projects in American Culture Studies (CEPACS). ASEC contains pedagogical, scholarly, and institutional information for the international American Studies Community, along with full information about the American Studies Association. Without question the pre-eminent source for American studies on the Web. Your first stop for whatever you need. (

The Voice of the Shuttle: Area and Regional Studies; American Studies - A list of links to various pages. Also links to VoS pages on American Literature, etc. Good links, but not well annotated. (

American Studies at the University of Virginia - Various categories of interesting projects, such as an online "Museum for American Studies," a large hypertext library, cultural maps online, links by discipline (such as ethnicity, gender, popular culture, etc.), and a gateway to electronic courses in American Studies both at UVA and other places. (

American Folklife Center - The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress was created by Congress in 1976 "to preserve and present American Folklife." The Center incorporates the Archive of Folk Culture, which was established at the Library in 1928 as a repository for American Folk Music. The Center and its collections have grown to encompass all aspects of folklife from this country and around the world. Contains several online exhibitions, as well as research tools and further links. (

The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies - The web site for this "museum, library, and archive dedicated to collecting and interpreting materials reflecting our nation's multicultural heritage" contains valuable resources and information, and is a good starting point for students of ethnicity and immigration. (

The American West - Though this site initially comes across as somewhat cartoonish, it does contain much information about the history and lore of the American West, and also a number of links to more academically oriented sites on the region, such as the Women of the West museum and Native American resources. (

Making of America - MOA is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts. (

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