Three Sites to Help You Research

Remember the post on Old Fashioned Ice Cream Recipes?  Well, what started out as a simple post turned into me spending hours (and I mean hours) online doing research, emailing the president of OSV and contacting a former member of the Stow Historic Commission Group trying to get the information I needed…needless to say it took much longer than I ever imagined it would.  In the process of doing all that research, I came across three amazing sites for historical information that I wanted to share with you.

The Food Timeline

If you’re at all interested in the history of food, you will get lost in this site.  I won’t tell you how much time I’ve already wasted visiting the links on this site.  The Food Timeline covers just above everything including recipes ranging from a 17th century ice cream to an early 1900’s chicken a la king recipe to a 13th century ravioli recipe.

According to this site, the recipes featured are “selected from a variety of sources including old cook books, newspapers, magazines, National Historic Parks, government agencies, universities, cultural organizations, culinary historians, and company/restaurant web sites.”


The American Treasures of the Library of Congress

I’m not sure how I haven’t found this site before now, but it too is another site I’ve lost many hours (and will lose many more) exploring.  I can’t even begin to tell you everything on this site, from books, to letters to lithographic posters…  You just have to go explore!

Here’s just a small taste of what you’ll find:

First Edition The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, cover - Chicago and New York: George M. Hill, 1900 – Part of the Rare Books and Special Collections Division -

Lithographic Poster, ca. 1877 - Prints & Photographs Division -

Jackie Robinson to Ralph Norton, May 5, 1947,Page 2 Manuscript Division, Jackie Robinson Papers -

The American Treasures of the Library of Congress

The Jefferson Monticello

I only came across this site because I was searching for an ice cream recipe.  It is the home site for Monticello (Jefferson’s Home).  It has a link to “Research & Collections” which leads you to a wealth of information on Jefferson and the 1700s and early 1800s as well.

It supports a search engine—“Jefferson’s Library”.  It also has a link to a digital library which brings you to “Papers of Thomas Jefferson” that have been digitally transcribed.  It’s got some fascinating information in it and scans of original documents.  Anyone doing research on the 1700s can probably put this site to good use.

The Jefferson Monticello


4 Responses to Three Sites to Help You Research

  1. Tricia says:

    Fantastic info! Thanks, Jennifer. 😀

  2. Jennifer says:

    You’re welcome – there’s some fun stuff in these links 😀

  3. Thanks for this wonderful share, Jennifer. I’m writing two books that call for historical research and these look like wonderful sites!

  4. QNPoohBear says:

    Anyone want more places for research? I have a huge collection of web links I’ve saved for future use LOL! Not to mention loads of books…
    QNPoohBear, archivist-in-training/library student/historian-in-training

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