What is Your Digital History Top Ten?
Updated: Mar 18, 2022
By David Brandon Dennis, NEJH Digital Editor
July 20, 2021
What is your list of the top ten digital history websites? We're more than three decades into the movement for digital history and digital humanities on the web. Historians, university libraries, scholarly organizations, media companies, and history fans have contributed a vast array of resources. There are many amazing sites out there (along with plenty of mediocre and just plain bad ones). They span a variety of genres from primary source archives to digital exhibits, games, and videos. The image featured here is the home page of one of my all-time favorites (as a historian of modern Germany): German History in Documents and Images, created and maintained by scholars working with the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. In my view, it has one of the best and most user-friendly layouts among the primary source archives that populate the web. Each document or images is nicely curated with context provided by leading scholars and translated into English.
To commemorate NEJH’s transition into the digital history world, I published an editorial round-up with brief reviews of my top ten digital history websites in the Spring 2021 issue of the Journal. It was our featured article for Spring 2021, and can now be purchased here.
My list is, of course, subjective and therefore is not meant to be definitive. Instead, I invite readers to submit their own top ten lists, which we will consider for publication as a guest contribution on this blog. If you would like to submit your list, please email it with a brief one-paragraph description and review for each site, as well as your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (attn: David Dennis). Let's continue to build the digital community of practice among history researchers and educators that the Journal’s digitization makes possible.