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The Book of the States Archive
"Since 1933, The Council of State Governments has served as a resource for state leaders and a catalyst for innovation and excellence in state governance. Just two years after its founding, CSG published the first volume of The Book of the States. For 78 years, The Book of the States has remained a reference tool of choice, providing relevant, accurate and timely information about the states and territories." For years 1935-2009, please use this link instead and scroll down the page. Provided by The Council of State Governments.
Digital Commonwealth: Massachusetts Collections Online
"Explore historical collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Massachusetts [and historical societies] ... access to thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings that have been digitized by member institutions so that they may be available to researchers, students, and the general public."
Explore Chicago Collections
"The place to discover the history and culture of Chicago...Our unified search lets you locate thousands of archival collections and digital images at member institutions all over the Chicago area." Browse by Events; Government; Daily Life; Creativity; Environments; Work; Neighborhoods, Cities and Names.
Explore the States
Learn a little about each state. From
Factmonster: The Fifty States
Includes: ages, capital, economy, elected officials, famous natives, flags, forests, history, land, maps, mottos, parks, points of interest, population, statistics, symbols.
Investigating Local History
Provides "links to humanities organizations and local projects... using a collection of NEH and State Council funded digital encyclopedias about the history, politics, geography, and culture of many U.S. states and territories. Note: Not every state and territory has produced an encyclopedia. Resources for historical, humanities, and arts councils are available for all states and territories. " Scroll down the page to "State amd Territory Encyclopedias & Resources". States include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. From the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"Its purpose is to highlight North Carolina's unique resources, people, and culture to enrich, educate, and inform."
New York State: For Students
History, trivia, symbols, flag, and more. For more information, see the entire NYS information guide.
QuickFacts: State and County
"QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more." From the United States Census Bureau.
State Abstracts
"This bibliography includes the most recent statistical abstracts for states published since 2000, plus those that will be issued in late 2011.For some states, a near equivalent has been listed in substitution for, or in addition to, a statistical abstract. All sources contain statistical tables on a variety of subjects for the state as a whole, its component parts, or both. Internet sites also contain statistical data." From the U.S. Census Bureau.
State Government Information
Directory provided by the Library of Congress.
State policies, politics, and news by topic (budget, business, courts, crime, economy, education, elections, energy, environment, governors, health care, homeland security, politics, social policy, speeches, taxes, technology, transportation). From Pew Charitable Trusts.
States: Government Information and Statistics
States Perform
"States Perform provides users with access to interactive, customizable and up-to-date comparative performance measurement data for 50 states in six key areas: fiscal and economic, public safety and justice, energy and environment, transportation, health and human services, and education." From the Council of State Governments (CSG).
Texas Almanac
"The premier reference for everything Texas." Topics include:Life & Culture; Government; Industry; Environment; History; Town Database and more. From the Texas State Historical Association.

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