We hope you enjoy our list of resources broken into the following sections:
Information Management SystemsFederal AgenciesState AgenciesArchivists & LibrariansConservation & PreservationCollection AppraisalsHumanities NetworksGenealogyOral HistoryPublic HistoryMuseum NetworksConferences & EventsArts, Culture, and TourismNon-Government OrganizationsStudent OrganizationsEditingDesignHumanities Job ListingsPodcastsTelevision Shows

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Information Management Systems:

ArchivesSpace, open source archives information management application for managing and providing web access to archives, manuscripts and digital objects

Blacklight, “A multi-institutional open-source collaboration building a better discovery platform framework.”

CollectionSpace, “free, web-based, open-source collections management software for museums and more.”

CONTENTdm, build and showcase your digital collections on your personalized website with a subscription

Omeka, a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions

PastPerfect Museum Collection Software & PastPerfect Version 5.0 User Guide

Federal Agencies:

National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, “is to develop and promote a broadly conceived national policy of support for the humanities and the arts in the United States, and for institutions which preserve the cultural heritage of the United States. The National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities was created as an independent agency by the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 951). The Foundation consists of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.”
NEA, “The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.”

NEH, “The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.”

NPS, “The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. ”

National Register, “The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.”

National Trust for Historic Preservation, ” protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.:

State Agencies:

California State Parks, “California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California.”

Office of Historic Preservation (OHP),  “began in 1953 with the establishment of the History Section of the Division of Beaches and Parks (the precursor to today’s California State Parks). Eventually, in 1975, the Office of Historic Preservation was officially established within the offices of the Director of California State Parks. The formation of the OHP was an outgrowth of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which called for the creation of a state agency to implement provisions of the law, including the preparation of a comprehensive historic preservation plan and a statewide survey of historical resources. Since its inception, the responsibilities of the OHP have grown to encompass a variety of federal and state preservation laws and agencies.”

California Historical Landmarks

California Points of Historical Interest

California Register of Historical Resources

  • DPR 523 Forms,  “series of forms are used for recording and evaluating resources and for nominating properties”

California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS), “consists of the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), nine Information Centers (ICs), and the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). The OHP administers and coordinates the CHRIS and presents proposed CHRIS policies to the SHRC, which approves these polices in public meetings. The CHRIS Inventory includes the State Historic Resources Inventory maintained by the OHP as defined in California Public Resources Code § 5020.1(p), and the larger number of resource records and research reports managed under contract by the nine ICs.

Archivists & Librarians:

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Society of American Archivists

International Council on Archives

H-HistBibl, is an international network of librarians, archivists, curators, and scholars interested in the practice and study of bibliographic and library services to support the study and teaching of history.

Connecting to Collections Care Online Community

Academy of Certified Archivists

Library of Congress

Library 2.0, “the future of libraries in the digital age” with online conferences

Smithsonian Institution Archives, “Explore all 47,795 records that document the Smithsonian’s people, events, buildings, exhibits, and research.”

Registrars Committee of the American Alliance of Museums & Listserv for registars

Library and Information Sciences Commons and Archival Science Commons, articles and advice from leading academic scholars

LYRASIS, is “a non-profit membership organization built by our members to solve problems and create new solutions and innovations in technology, software, content and services for libraries, archives and museums.”

Code4lib, ” isn’t entirely about code or libraries. It is a volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology ‘stuff.'”

Computational Archival Science, “An interdisciplinary field concerned with the application of computational methods and resources to large-scale records/archives processing, analysis, storage, long-term preservation, and access, with aim of improving efficiency, productivity and precision in support of appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation and access decisions, and engaging and undertaking research with archival material.

International Standard of Organization, ISO 15489-1:2016, “applies to the creation, capture and management of records regardless of structure or form, in all types of business and technological environments, over time.”, “find historical newspapers from across the United States and beyond. Explore newspaper articles and clippings for help with genealogy, history and other research.”

Society of California Archivists

California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State

OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Subscription, contribute records to WorldCat with RDA and AACR2 standards

Online Archive of California, “provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.”

Calisphere, digital collections made available by the UC Libraries

Western Archives Institute, “is an intensive, two–week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals.”

Guidelines & Manuals

Conservation & Preservation:

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

California Preservation Foundation, “From architectural icons, to transcendental cultural landscapes, California is rife with places worth celebrating. The California Preservation Foundation’s mandate not only focuses on educating and advocating for the protection of these places. We also have celebrated the places that matter most to Californians, from its monumental works of architecture and engineering, to the diminutive-yet stunning roadside vernacular architecture of places like Route 66.’

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Image Permanence Institute, is a “recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural heritage.”

Conservation OnLine

Northeast Document Conservation Center: Preservation 101

Collection Appraisals:

American Society of Appraisers

Appraisers Association of America, Inc.

International Society of Appraisers

Humanities Networks:

American Historical Association

Humanities & Social Sciences Online (H-Net)

Organization of American Historians

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, (ADHO) promotes and supports digital research and teaching across all arts and humanities disciplines, acting as a community-based advisory force, and supporting excellence in research, publication, collaboration and training.


Heritage Quest

Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, ” is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, founded in 1986, with the goal of helping Hispanics/Latinos research their family history.”

Oral History:

Oral History Association (OHA)Gathering & preserving historical information through recorded interviews

Capturing our Community’s Voice with Multidisciplinary Approaches, OHA 2016 Conference Presentation

Oral History Review, publishes narrative and analytical articles and reviews that present and use oral history in unique and significant ways and that contribute to the understanding of the nature of oral history and memory. They have an OHR Blog.

H-Oralhist, a network for scholars and professionals active in studies related to oral history. It is affiliated with the Oral History Association.

OHMS: Oral History Metadata Synchronizer – Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky LibrariesOnline resource for OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer). A digital tool to enhance online access to oral history

Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA)

SOHA News Blog

Oral History in the Digital Age

Digitalomium: Oral History, Archives, and Digital Technology: Blog by Doug Boyd

Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA), “faculty development initiative curating ‘high impact’ undergraduate research frameworks, digital storytelling tools, and best practices you can use for community-engaged teaching and learning.”

Oral History Society: Britain and Northern Ireland

In the Oral History Toolbox

Oral History Primer

Knight Lab Studio, “is an interdisciplinary class where Northwestern students, faculty, and professional staff work together at the intersection of storytelling, design, and technology: all media and platforms are fair game.”


Public History:

Society for History in the Federal Government, to promote study and broad understanding of the history of the US government

National Council on Public History

H-Public, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. H-Public is devoted to the promotion of public history both within the profession and among our assorted public audiences.

H-Digital-History, The Association for History and Computing (AHC) exists to encourage and maintain interest in the use of computers in all types of historical studies at all levels, in both teaching and research.

Google Arts & Culture, “is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums.”

CyArt, “using new technologies to create a free, 3D online library of the world’s cultural heritage sites before they are lost to natural disasters, destroyed by human aggression or ravaged by the passage of time.”

ArcGIS (Geographic Information System), “provides contextual tools for mapping and spatial reasoning so you can explore data and share location-based insights.”

California Council for the Promotion of History

Exhibitions for Beginners Workshop by Society of California Archivists

Museum Networks:

The American Alliance of MuseumsThe American Alliance of Museums (formerly the American Association of Museums) is the one organization that supports all museums. Through advocacy and excellence, the Alliance strengthens the museum community.

North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association

H-Local, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. H-LOCAL encourages scholarly discussion of state and local history and museums and makes available diverse bibliographical, research and teaching aids.

Western Museums Association (WMA), “is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to serving museums, museum professionals, as well as the related organizations and individuals, by providing vision, enrichment, intellectual challenge, and a forum for communication and interaction.

American Association for State and Local History

California Association of Museums

Conferences & Events:

University of Pennsylvania Call for Papers

The History List, Conferences & Events

Arts, Culture, and Tourism:

Arts Orange County

Orange County Tourism Council

Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau

Destination Irvine
Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau

Irvine Chamber of Commerce

Visit California

Visit Newport Beach Inc.
Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau
Huntington Beach Marketing and Vistors Bureau

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) “is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication.”

Non-Government Organizations:

Association Of Moving Image Archivists

Lions Clubs International

Rotary International

-See the entire UNESCO list

Student Organizations:

Phi Alpha Theta: a national history honor society


The Chicago Manual of Style

Modern Language Association

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Elements of Style, by William Strunk


Adobe Creative

Adobe Color CC, digital color wheel


HTML5 Tutorials

Humanities Job Listings:

AASLH Career Center

American Alliance of Museums Career and Job HQ

American Library Association Job List

California Association of Museums Job Directory

California Arts Council Jobs

Getty Museum

Global Museum

Higher Education Recruitment Consortium for Southern California


Museum Association of Arizona Job Listings

Museum Jobs

National Council for Public History Job Listings, updated weekly on Mondays

Society of American Archivists Career Center

Western Museum Association Job Board


National Parks Service, They have the NPS Oral History project that shares stories about their sites and people.

Outspoken: A COPH Podcast, The Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History “incorporates current projects, oral histories, and archival material into monthly conversations.”
The Wisdom Project Podcast, a Doug Boyd series for the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

Amplify, the oral history podcast network

Storycorps, “Unscripted conversations, revealing the wisdom, courage & poetry in their words.”

KUCI,”broadcast at 88.9FM to the Irvine, CA and UCI area. KUCI can be heard in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Orange and Tustin.”

  • Vintage Orange, A weekly KUCI radio program hosted by Ellen Bell that features Orange County history

National Public Radio (NPR)

Television Shows and Media:

PBS SoCal KOCE: Art Bound, Lost LA

History Channel

The Smithsonian Magazine

OC Historical Blog, “Information and photos for people interested in the history of Orange County, California.”