What is Open? History and Open Education Resources by Sean Kheraj (CC BY-NC-SA)

Open Textbooks

The American Yawp (CC BY-SA)

An open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses.

History Textbooks (Licences vary)

A collection of history open textbooks.

Keys to Understanding the Middle East (CC BY-SA)

This open textbook published by The Ohio State University is intended for readers who have never studied the Middle East, or who would like to improve their knowledge of the region. Chapters focus on the languages, cultural, religious and sectarian communities of the region, and certain turning points in history which are keys for understanding the region.

World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 (CC BY-SA)

An open textbook that introduces the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. It covers such cultures, states, and societies as Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Dynastic Egypt, India’s Classical Age, the Dynasties of China, Archaic Greece, the Roman Empire, Islam, Medieval Africa, the Americas, and the Khanates of Central Asia.


OpenGLAM (CC0, CC BY, or CC BY-SA)

Collections from around the world that provide digital scans or photos on cultural heritage held by galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (CC BY-NC)

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The site also links to a number of web resources.

Using Primary Sources (CC BY-NC-ND)

An archive-based open access e-textbook published by the University of Liverpool that provides students with an essential learning resource to study primary sources, comprising over 200,000 words and in excess of 200 original documents (photographs, maps, letters, audio recordings, diaries, pamphlets and newspapers) with 26 collections by leading academics in the field.


Open History Seminar: Canadian History (CC BY-NC-SA) by Sean Kheraj and Tom Peace
This is a supplement to the open textbooks, Canadian History: Pre-Confederation and/or Canadian History: Post-Confederation.


Canadian History: Post-confederation: historian interviews (45 videos) (CC BY)

Canadian History: Pre-confederation: historian interviews (97 videos) (CC BY)


Active History (CC BY-NC-SA)

A website that connects the work of historians with the wider public and the importance of the past to current events.

Civil War Washington (CC BY-NC-SA)

Civil War Washington allows users to study, visualize, and theorize the complex changes in the city of Washington, DC between 1860 and 1865 through a collection of datasets, images, texts, and maps.

Histories of the National Mall (CC BY)

This site contains a collection of historical maps, a chronology of past events, short bios of significant individuals, and episodes in the Mall’s history.

19th-Century France: A Visual Resource (Licence unspecified)

This site contains a collection of photographs and information about 19th-century French painting, architecture, fashion, and caricature.

NICHE Canada (Network in Canadian History & Environment (CC BY-NC)

NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment / Nouvelle initiative canadienne en histoire de l’environnement is a Canadian-based confederation of researchers and educators who work at the intersection of nature and history. They explore the historical context of environmental matters and communicate their findings to researchers, policymakers, and the public.

O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C., Law & Family (CC BY-NC-SA)

A site documenting the challenge to slavery and the quest for freedom in early Washington, D.C., by collecting, digitizing, making accessible, and analyzing freedom suits filed between 1800 and 1862, as well as tracking the multigenerational family networks they reveal.


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