World Digital Library – Free Books Online

I’m always posting archives of awesome books for you. The internet goes deep, and is full of riches (just don’t go too deep. It’s pretty dark down there).

The World Digital Library archive is pretty cool. Taken from the annals of The American Library of Congress, they have collected thousands of books and image archives which can be searched by time period, or by location! For example, if my research topic is “How Chinese immigrants in 1950’s rural Italy wore their pants and why.” I could define the years to 1800-1975, then search by location. So cool. They also have an amazing collection of illuminated manuscripts that you can view online. If I search for just simply “fashion“, there are 414 results. The search engine actually scans every page of every book, so you can find sources to the page right away.