For Writers

I've accumulated a long list of useful links to help make my historical novels authentic to the time period. I'm sharing them with you here.

Links for reference – Lena Nelson Dooley

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/ - lots of historical sources, digitized
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/buffalo.htm - includes other information
http://historicaltidbits.blogspot.com/ - by decade in 19th century
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html - from Library of Congress
http://www.teacheroz.com/19thcent.htm - on all aspects of 19th century
http://dailytimes.com/story.lasso?ewcd=8a4cba60869d2159 – Hill Country Texas historical articles
http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html - digitized magazines, newspapers, etc.
http://antiques.rubylane.com/ - all kinds of antiques
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/elections.php - presidential election information from 1789






Baby and child care:

Books Available in the 19th Century:

Calendars:
http://paulcarlisle.net/mooncalendar/ - moon calendar through the ages

Catalogues:

Civil War:

Clothing:
http://www.victorianbonnets.com/ - women’s hats from 1820-1890
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum/collections/online/pictsrch.cfm?ParentID=376566 – valuable resource by decade, gender, and type of clothing
http://www.lahacal.org/gentleman/attire.html - 19th Century men’s attire
http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~ulrich/19cdress/ - 19th Century women’s attire
http://thesewingacademy.org/index.php?topic=973.msg16838#msg16838 – Civil War trousers being made by an enactor
http://howardlanham.tripod.com/trueindexlinks.htm - historical military uniform info
http://plainlydressed.com/  - not necessarily historical, but in light of the interest in Amish and Mennonite books, here’s a bonus
http://www.vintageskivvies.com/pages/archives.html - history of men’s undergarments

Colorado:

Communication:

Cowboys:

Dance and Music:
http://www.6thcorpsmusic.us/ - songs during WW II

Entertainment:

Floor plans:

Food:

Furniture and Household items:

General Information:
http://teacheroz.com/ - a plethora of general historical information
http://www.nativeground.com/ - super link for all kinds of information and books for reference
http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/2566 - The effects of the introduction of barbed wire
http://www.old-picture.com/ - pictures from 1850-1940 with searchable database, including maps
http://www.infoplease.com/yearbyyear.html - starts with 1900 and ends with 2008
http://www.iboston.org/mcp.php?pid=popFig – Boston population timeline
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html - all kinds of information in the Library of Congress
http://www.scripophily.net/wesuntelcom1.html - history of Western Union
http://www.firstshotphoto.com/ default.htm - pictures of wagons and parts
http://www.historylink.org/this_week/index.cfm - Washington State history
http://www.fromoldbooks.org/ - scanned pictures from old books
http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/moa/ - Making of America
http://www.drquinnmd.com/bank.html - all kinds of information
http://www.bustlesandspurs.com/  - this one is Christian
http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/house/ chronicles 5 families who lived in the house from 1757-1945 with artifacts, etc.
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgenweb/special/ppcs/ppcs.html - penny postcards from all states and different eras
http://www.oldandinteresting.com/ - lots of information on things used in housekeeping

Hairstyles:

Houses:
www.houseplans.com. – for various kinds of houses




Kansas:

Law Enforcement:
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/psb/ - This is where to go for Texas state licensing for PIs
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/crime_records/chl/chlsindex.htm -This is where to go for Texas concealed handgun info
http://www.usdoj.gov/marshals/ - This is the United States Marshals website.

Legal:
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp documents in law, history, diplomacy

Links for genealogy
www.cyndislist.com – includes international
www.usgenweb.org – Free genealogy information

Links to Historical Information:

Links for states:

Magazines and Books (actual text):

Mail Order Brides:

Maps:

Medical:
http://www.mic.ki.se/HistDis.html  - History of diseases
http://www.mum.org/mrspin12.htm - Lydia Pinkham’s private textbook on ailments peculiar to women (whole text here)

Money:

Mourning:

Native Plants:

Naming Historical Characters:

Names:

Oregon Trail:

Photography:
http://photography.si.edu/default.aspx - Smithsonian Photography Initiative
http://www.fromoldbooks.org/ - scanned pictures from old books in public domain
http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm - New York Public Library Digital Gallery
http://www.sepiatown.com/ - pictures from cities, good for settings.
http://extras.denverpost.com/archive/captured.asp?mid=552 – color photos from 30’s&40’s


Prices through history:

Quakers:

Regency Information:
Jane Austen Today – http://janitesonthejames.blogspot.com/  - A blog that explores Regency period author, Jane Austen, as we see her today in movies, prints, sequels, websites and other modern media.
Jane Austen’s World – http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ - A blog that strives to bring to life Jane Austen’s novels and the Regency Period through food, dress, social customs, and other 19th century historical details.
The Beau Monde – http://www.thebeaumonde.com/ - A writing group for writers who write Regencies. One must be a member of Romance Writers of America, since this is an RWA chapter.
Susanna Carlton, Regency Author – http://www.susannahcarleton.com/regency.html - A great resource that describes what the Regency era is, the difference between Regency romances and Regency-set historical romances, and other basic info.
Eras of Elegance – http://www.erasofelegance.com/entertainment/regencymovies.html - A list of movies that are available with settings in the Regency era.
Fashions in Time – http://www.fashionsintime.com/html/regency.html - Lady’s costume fashions in the Regency era.
Good Ton - http://www.thenonesuch.com/index.htm - A resource for readers of a Regency romance novel.
The Regency Collection – http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~awoodley/Regency.html - Links recommended books.
Regency England (1790-1830) – http://hibiscus-sinensis.com/regency/index.htm - Includes info on weddings, fashion, shopping, and Regency romance novels.
The Regency Fashion Page – http://locutus.ucr.edu/~cathy/reg3.html - Includes photos and images of fashion plates.
The Regency Page –http://locutus.ucr.edu/~cathy/reg.html - This is an excellent resource for all things Regency.
Regency Reader's Site Page - http://www.geocities.com/toniaizu/k53.html - Resource links.
Regency References – http://www.elegantarts.org/regencyrefs.html - More information on the English Regency and more dancing. Regency Reproductions – http://www.regencyreproductions.com/movies.htm - Costume reproductions for men, women and children in the extended Regency period (1795 – 1837).
Welcome to the Website of Joanna Waugh http://www.joannawaugh.com/Page1.php - Resources for readers and writers of Regency fiction


Shopping sites:

Slavery:
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html A variety of different files from the slaves perspective.

Song Copyright Information:

Specific Information for a year:

Texas:

Timelines:

Titanic:

Toys:

Transportation:
http://www.literary-liaisons.com/article033.html - list of horse-drawn carriages
www.phrontistery.info/carriage.html  This is a list of carriage names and descriptions
www.liveryone.net/carriage_directory.shtml - Reproduction carriages for sale. Good pictures.
www.skylinefarm.org/gallery.asp  This is a carriage museum.
http://www.uniformfreak.com/ stewardess uniforms from 368 airlines, past & present
http://cprr.org/Museum/RR_Development.html#5L – Development of RR 1830-1950

Used Books:

Victorian House:

Victorian Information:

Weather:
http://weather-warehouse.com/index.html - historical weather information for many areas (there is a charge).

Women and voting:

Words – Timing and Usage:
http://wondermark.com/566/
http://celticfringe.net/history/vocab.htm - wonderful site for 19th century phrases
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-slang.html (not a Christian site, some may be offensive)

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