Library of Congress American Treasures "To celebrate the treasures in its over 110 million item collection, the Library of Congress simultaneously opened an ongoing exhibition and this website on May 1. The site is divided into three parts: memory (history), reason (philosophy), and imagination (fine arts). At present there are 61 treasures, including the items found in President Lincoln's pocket after his assassination, Alexander Graham Bell's notebook entry for March 10, 1876 ("Mr. Watson--Come Here--I want to see you"), and an example of imaginative book design from the Janus Press. The top treasure is a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence. Each treasure is briefly introduced, and the user can then click on a thumbnail image to retrieve a much larger image and more detailed explanation. The online exhibition will provide a "cumulative record of many items that have been on display."
American Life Histories is part of the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-40, that attempted to record the plight of writers. The collection contains "...Over 2,900 documents...representing life in more than 20 states. Most of the manuscripts are narratives based on interviews with average people around the country, sort of a 1936 equivalent of a personal homepage. Start with an introduction to the Writers' Project and the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and then dive into the thousands of stories.
The Y Forum This is an experiment in cultural diversity. "This site lets you anonymously ask possibly embarrassing questions you might have about those whose gender, culture, sexual orientation or any other aspect of life differs from yours. You will get answers from experts or those people who directly experience the facet of life you've asked about."
SciCentral This is a gateway to all other science sites. The intent here is to "...centralize access to the most valuable scientific resources online..."
Visit the About the Gutenberg Project explains the attempt to catalog and digitize all written word. They had to redefine 'ambitious' when this project was started.
Increase + Diffusion is a Smithsonian magazine which "...explores the sociology, history, and science behind events."
Transcripts of Women's Speeches from Courtney Love to Maya Angelou, Hillary Clinton, Andrea Dworkin, Barbara Jordan, Betty Shabazz, and Margaret Thatcher are among the 75 or so complete speeches archived here..
Edge The state purpose of this site is... "to arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves."
archives.org is a collection of audio and video files of just about everything. There are books, podcasts, sounds, video clips, music, etc. This site is also known as the Internet Archive, for good reasons.