List of Search Engines & Directories


List of Archive Search Engines

Archive search engines and directories


A2A - Access to Archives - The A2A database contains catalogues of archives held across England and dating from the 900s to the present day.

American Libary Association Archives Holdings Database - Allows for searches of collection-level descriptions for over 2,000 archival record series and manuscript collections in the ALA Archives.

Archives of the History of American Psyhology - Promotes research in the history of psychology by collecting, cataloguing, and preserving the historical record of psychology.

Directory of Archives in Australia - The directory aims to identify the location of archival collections throughout Australia. It includes repository name, contact information and details of hours and facilities, access conditions, acquisition focus, quantity of records, major holdings etc.

Internet Archive - The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and is working to provide specialized services relating to training, education, or adaptive reading or information access needs of blind or other persons with disabilities.

The Internet Archive is working to prevent the Internet - a new medium with major historical significance - and other "born-digital" materials from disappearing into the past. Collaborating with institutions including the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian, we are working to preserve a record for generations to come.

Open and free access to literature and other writings has long been considered essential to education and to the maintenance of an open society. Public and philanthropic enterprises have supported it through the ages.

The Internet Archive is opening its collections to researchers, historians, and scholars. The Archive has no vested interest in the discoveries of the users of its collections, nor is it a grant-making organization.

National Sound Archive - The catalogue includes entries for almost two-and-a-half million recordings held in the British Library National Sound Archive (NSA) and is updated daily. It is one of the largest catalogues of its kind anywhere in the world, covering both published and unpublished recordings in all genres from pop, jazz, classical and world music, to oral history, drama and literature, dialect, language and wildlife sounds.

Papers Past - New Zealand newspapers and periodicals from the 19th century. Digital images of over 300,000 pages from 20 publications.

Public Moving Image Archives and Research Centers - Links to moving image archives throughout the world.

Ready, 'Net, Go! - This service is an archival meta index, or index of archival indexes. That is, from here we refer you to the major indexes, lists, and databases of archival resources.

Scottish Archive Network - An electronic network and search room linking the catalogues of over 50 Scottish archives - opening up Scotland's archives to the world.