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Internet Resources

Web search tools can pull up personal narratives, personal accounts, diaries, letters, oral history, eyewitness accounts, and other hits by the hundreds. It's a fascinating window into personal opinion and cultural history.

For a few examples, try the Museum of the City of San Francisco's site on the 1906 earthquake or the Chicago Historical Society's site on the great Chicago fire, both of which have sections of eyewitness accounts.

Born in Slavery is a Library of Congress collection of slave narratives from the Federal Writers' Project of 1936-1938. Civil War Women: Primary Sources on the Internet is a university site which contains a large collection of diaries, letters, and primary documents.

Eyewitness accounts of the Hiroshima bombing are available at the Voice of Hibakusha. The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies site offers selections from an archive of over four thousand videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors.

The PBS program Point of View has established a site to gather stories about the Vietnam War.

Cyndi's List, a popular site that is familiar to genealogists, has a list of links to oral history and interview sites.

Locally, the Miami Valley Cultural Heritage Project has also gathered first-person accounts of the region's history and culture.

This is just a tiny fraction of the first-person narratives available on the Internet.