The Institute for the History of Technology & Industrial Archaeology

IA Links

Here are hundreds of web links relating to industrial archaeology, the history of technology, and historic preservation.  This list includes sites IHTIA staff have found particularly useful (or entertaining).  Links are divided into categories highlighting common themes and popular subjects.  Italicized links indicate online books.

Index of Links

Air and Space




Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering





Engineers & Inventors

Extractive Industries


Industrial Revolution

Iron & Steel





Mills & Factories


Power Generation


Publications & Journals





West Virginia IA


Air and Space
Encyclopedia Astronautica
Helicopter History
History of Flight
NASA History Office
NASA Lewis/Glenn Research Center History
NASA Historical Archive for Manned Missions
Rocket History
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
To Fly is Everything -- A Virtual Museum Covering the Invention of the Airplane
Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company and Museum of Pioneer Aviation
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Great Buildings Online
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) National Park Service
Historic House Architecture
Society of Architectural Historians
New York Skyscrapers
Vernacular Architecture Forum
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A Span For All Seasons: Bridges -- Dave Denenberg
Bridgefacts Home Page
BridgePros Construction, History, and Engineering
Bridge Building -- Art and Science -- The Brantacan Home Page
Bridge Construction and Engineering Home
Bridge Links -- The Brantacan Home Page
Bridge Span Tables
Bridges Over Niagara Falls
Building the Golden Gate Bridge
The Causeway Bridge
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Clark Bridge -- Alton, Illinois  
Cumberland County Covered Bridge
General History of John A. Roebling's Sons Company
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
Inventory of Historic Suspension Bridges -- Dave Denenberg
Iron Bridge -- Coalbrookedale (World's First Iron Bridge)
King Bridge Company, Zenas King
The Last Bollman Truss Bridge
London Bridge: The History of the London Bridge and Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Mackinac Bridge, Linking Lower Michigan with the Upper Peninsula
New York Covered Bridges
Ohio's Covered Bridges
Parke County, Ill., The Covered Bridge Capital of the World
Vermont's Covered Bridges, Vermont, Tours, History, Trusses
Wheeling Suspension Bridge Case History
Zoarville Station Bridge
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American Canal Society
Canadian Canal Society -- Société des Canaux du Canada
Canal Junction Home Page -- The Comprehensive Canal Guide and Business Directory (Britain)
Canal Reminiscences: Recollections of Travel... on the James River & Kanawha Canal (By George W. Bagby,1879)
Canal Society of New Jersey
Digital Librarian: Canal and Railroad Links
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Association
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Erie Canal (University of Rochester)
Friends of Manayunk Canal
George's: Canal Boating in the U.K. and Europe (with some North American Information)
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
Illinois & Michigan Canal
Morris Canal -- American History Morris and Essex Canal
National Canal Museum - Delaware Canal - Lehigh Canal - Morris Canal - Hugh Moore Park - Canal History
New York State Canal System - Erie Champlain Oswego and Cayuga Seneca Canals
Ohio's Historic Canals -- Canal Society Of Ohio
Savannah -- Ogeechee Canal
Panama Canal
Panama Canal Links: Discovery Online Feature Stories -- The Unkindest Cut -- Links
Portage Canal Society
St. Peters Canal National Historic Site -- Parks Canada
Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site -- Parks Canada
VC&NS-Virginia Canals & Navigations Society Inc.
World Canals Timeline
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Chemical Engineering
Chemical Heritage Foundation
History of Chemical Engineering
History of Plastics
National Historic Chemical Landmarks -- A Program of the American Chemical Society
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Civil Engineering
Building Big Home Page
Buildings, Bridges and Tunnels -- Discovery Channel Online
Greatest Engineering Achievements of the Twentieth Century
History and Heritage of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
Structurae -- International Database and Gallery of Structures
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A Brief Fiber Optic History and A Fiber Optic Chronology
Alexander Graham Bell Notebooks Project
Early Stages of Soviet and American Radio Broadcasting
History of the Atlantic Cable & Submarine Telegraphy
History of Transportation & Communications to California
IEEE History Center -- Historical Articles
Industrial Archeology: Telephone Systems
Media History Project
Sparks Telegraph Key Review
Telegraph History
The Telegraph Office -- Resources for Wire and Wireless Telegraph Historians and Collectors
The Vintage Audio, Video and Television Site
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Chronology of Personal Computers
Computer History and Emulation Homepage
History of Computing
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Album of Photographs in Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering by Hubert Chanson
Grand Coulee Dam
Gravity Dams and Retaining Walls -- The Brantacan Home Page
Historical Development of Arch Dams. From Cut-Stone Arches to Modern Concrete Designs (Australia)
History of the Steel Dam (Australia)
Hoover Dam -- A National Historic Landmark
National Inventory of Dams
Parker Dam and Powerplant
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation -- Concrete Dams
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Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society -- Hagley Museum (Deleware)
Institute of Railway Studies, University of York (England)
Michigan Technological University Industrial Archaeology Program
Tsongas Center -- Tsongas Industrial History Center
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Engineers and Inventors
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Charles Babbage
James Eads
Charles Ellet
Famous Engineers List
Inventors Online Museum
The National Inventors Hall of Fame
Samuel Slater
Thomas Telford
James Watt (By Thomas H. Marshall, Britain,1925)
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Extractive Industries (Mining, Petroleum, Logging)
Alaska's Gold
CAMP 2 -- Logging History
Canadian Oil History Timeline
Coal Education Kentucky's #1 Resource For Educating the Public on Coal.
Coal Mining in the Gilded Age
Darius Kinsey's Logging Industry Photograph Collection Database (University of Washington)
Drake Well Museum (Pennsylvania)
Early Days of Oil -- A Pictorial History of the Beginnings of the Industry in Pennsylvania (By Paul Giddens)
Early Days of the History of the Oil Industry
Early Petroleum History -- An Index of Sites
Gold Crushing Battery, Pibbara Gold Field, Western Australia
Gold Rush Chronicles
GOLDSHEET Mining Directory -- Historical Sites
History of Anthracite Coal Mining
Lead and Labour: The Story of the Miners of Leadhills and Wanlockheadr, Scotland
Machines and the Coal Miner's Work
Meadow Colliery: The History of Mining in Coalbrookdale, Telford, and Shropshire (England)
Mine Country -- Anthracite Coal Region History
Mine Portal 31 in Lynch Kentucky
Mining Camps of California
Mining History Association
Mining History Network
Mining History of Michigan Links
Mining History Pages (England)
Oregon Logging History Timeline
Pioneer Tunnel Anthracite Coal Mine Tour and Narrow Gauge Steam Train Ride (PA)
Salt Made the World Go Round
Sierra-Nevada Logging Museum
State Mine Heritage Park Lithgow (Australia)
The History of the Standard Petroleum Company (By Ida M. Tarbell)
Tribute to the Anthracite Miners of Pennsylvania
Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania
Welsh Slate Quarries
West Virginia Mineral Industries -- Oil and Gas
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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER), National Park Service
Library of Congress:  American Memory
Library of Congress:  American Memory-HABS/HAER Collections
Library of Congress:  Prints and Photographs Reading Room Home Page
Links to the Past:  National Park Service Cultural Resources
National Archives and Records Administration Home Page
National Building Museum
National Historic Landmarks, National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Preservation Laws and Regulations -- NPS Links to the Past
State Historic Preservation Officers by State, National Park Service
US Army Corps of Engineers Home Page
US Bureau of Reclamation History Program
US National Committee of ICOMOS
US Patent and Trademark Office Home Page
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Industrial Revolution
From Independence to the Civil War -- Industrialization European-Style in New England
History of Manufacturing
Industrial Revolution (IRWeb)
Lectures on The Industrial Revolution in England (By Arnold Toynbee,1884)
Whole Cloth: Discovering Science and Technology Through American History
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Iron and Steel
Buckeye Furnace
Coke Production For Blast Furnace Iron Making -- American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) Learning Center 
Furnace Town
Hanging Rock
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
How A Blast Furnace Works -- AISI Learning Center
How Steel is Made: Steel Making Flowline and Steel Finishing Flowline -- AISI Learning Center
Jeannette Blast Furnace Preservation Association Inc.
Joanna Furnace
Long Pond
Mt. Riga Iron Works
Mt. Savage Iron Works
Pennsylvania Iron Furnace Source Book
Ramapo Furnaces
Roxbury Iron Works
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
Scranton Furnaces 
Sloss Furnaces
Steel Links (AISI)
Tannehill Furnaces
Tennessee Furnaces
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Average Salaries of Railroad Workers 1924-1931
The Employments of Women; A Cyclopaedia of Woman's Work, ( By Virginia Penny, 1863)
Molly Maguires
Nineteenth Century English Workers
On Strike! (By Earl W. Mayo, 1900)
Principles of Scientific Management (By Frederick Taylor, 1911)
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Big Muskie -- Remembering the Walking Giant
British Lawnmower Museum
Calculating Machines
Charles Babbage's First Difference Engine
Giant Excavator Homepage
History of the IBM Typewriter
Grain Elevators -- Buffalo's Lost Industry
HCEA -- The Historical Construction Equipment Association
Gas Pump History
Sewing Machines
Steam Traction Links (England)
Traction Engine Links
Timeline of Farm Machinery and Technology:  History of American Agriculture, USDA
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Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research -- NetSurfing Maps and References (The University of Iowa)
Historical Map Web Sites (The University of Austin, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection)
History of the U.S. Corps of Topographical Engineers
History Map Links from Harvard
Map Collections Home Page (LOC American Memory)
National Atlas of the United States of America
Panoramic Maps 1847-1925 (LOC American Memory)
Railroad Maps Collection (LOC American Memory)
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
TerraServer Homepage
TopoZone -- The Web's Topographic Map
U.S. Historical City Maps (The University of Texas at Austin, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection)
U.S. Office of Coast Survey Historical Map and Chart Collection 
University of Georgia Rare Map Collection
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The First Steam Screw Propellor Boats to Navigate the Waters of Any Country (By Francis B. Stevens, 1893)
John's Nautical and Boatbuilding Page
Lighthouses Around the World
Maritime History Virtual Archives
Mother of All Maritime Links
National Maritime Initiative Homepage
Naval and Maritime Links from the WWW Virtual Library
Steamships of Stockholm
World-Wide Web Virtual Library -- Naval and Maritime
World-Wide Web Virtual Library --  The World's Lighthouses Lightships & Lifesaving Stations
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Mills and Factories
Bahr's Mill
Burton Cotton Gin Museum
Eli Whitney Museum
Friends of Occoquan Mills (Virginia)
Hagley Museum and Library Museum
International Molinological Society -- TIMS (England)
Lower Kem Mill Clayton-le-Woods Lancs. UK. Industrial Archaeology (England)
Mill Stonework in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Society for the Preservation of Old Mills -- SPOOM
Windham Textile & History Museum
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ArchNet -- WWW Virtual Library -- Archaeology
Cyndi's List
Devices of Wonder -- The Getty Trust
Digital Librarian -- History Links
Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
History of Technology (ICE)
Horus' History Links -- Learn how Everything Works!
Industrial Archeology in California
I.A.Recordings Industrial Archaeology Video Archive
I.A.Recordings: Links to other Industrial Archaeology Pages
Industrial Archaeology
Making of America Online Books
Modern Ruins by Phillip Buehler
Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)
Repositories of Primary Sources
Resources in History of Science & Technology
Subterranean Exploration
Underground Archaeology
Vagel Keller's Industrial Heritage Homepage
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Power Generation
The Abortion of the Young Steam Engineer's Guide (By Oliver Evans) 
Antique Gas Engine Home Page
The Big Wheel (Fair Water, Wisconsin)
The British Engineerium (Pumping Engine Museum)
Capital and Labour -- The Invention of the Steam Engine: Watt's Early Inventions
Capital and Steam Power (by John Lord, London, 1923)
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park -- Water Power At Harpers Ferry (West Virginia)
Ingresix's Obscuria -- A Celebration of the Obscure -- Power Station Photos
Ken's Engine Picture Links
Kew Bridge Steam Museum, London
A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine (By Robert H. Thurston, New York,1878)
The Miners' Friend... (By Thomas Savery, London, 1702)
Old Engine House Homepage (Norwitch, England)
Power of Water and the Industrial Revolution
Steam Engine Library
Sydney (Australia) Powerhouse Museum
Tod Engine Project -- Jeannette (PA) Blast Furnace Preservation Association Inc.
UWF Water-Powered Industrial Archaeology
Water Power at Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Waterwheels and Mills
Windmills at Windmill World
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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
American Cultural Resources Association
Heritage Preservation Services -- National Park Service
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (National Park Service)
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Preservation Briefs -- National Park Service
Preservation Laws and Regulations -- NPS Links to the Past
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers -- Center of Expertise for Preservation of Historic Structures and Buildings Profile
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- Historic Preservation Home Page
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Publications and Journals
Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Magazine Homepage
Engineering News-Record
Industrial Heritage Magazine
Railway Preservation News
Technology and Culture -- The Journal of the Society for the History of Technology
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Amtrak Historical Society
Amtrak Unlimited
Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum Home Page
Association of Railway Museums
B & O Railroad Historical Society
B & O Railroad Museum
California State Railroad Museum
Canadian National Railroad
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum -- Transcontinental Railroad
Cyberspace World Railroad
Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society
Colorado Railroad Museum
Digital Librarian: Railroad and Canal Links
East Broad Top Railroad
Existing Railroad Stations in New York State
The History of the First Locomotives In America... (By William H. Brown, New York, 1871)
Information Train Station Railroad Links Directory
Institute of Railway Studies: University of York (England)
Last Bollman Truss Bridge
Mike's Railway History Home Page
Mt. Savage Locomotive Works
Mt. Savage Iron Works
Ohio Museum of Transportation -- Ohio's Transit History
Pennsylvania Railroad History
Railroad.Net Home Page -- Your Railroad Information Station
Railroad Maps: 1828-1900
Railroad Museum of Long Island
Railroad Station Home Page
Railroad Structures
Railroading in the North East
Railway Preservation News -- Links to Railroad History on the Internet
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
RailServe -- The Internet Railroad Directory
Riding the Rails Up Paper Mountain:  Researching Railroad Records in the National Archives
Round Houses
Semmering Railway (Austria)
Steamlocomotive dot Com
Switch Back-Gravity Railroad Home Page (Jim Thorpe, PA)
Union Pacific Railroad History
Webville and Hypertext Railroad Company
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American Canal Society
ASCE-American Society of Civil Engineers
Association for Industrial Archaeology (Britain)
Canadian Canal Society -- Société des Canaux du Canada
Canal Society of New Jersey
Public Works Historical Society -- American Public Works Association
Samuel Knight Chapter, Society for Industrial Archaeology
Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA)
Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
Society of Architectural Historians
Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society (England)
Trevithick Society (England)
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Transportation (Most of these links relate to "road" transportation)
Automotive History Links
The Automobile in History: A Photo Portfolio by Jenny Kins
Early American Roads and Trails
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
Historic California US Highway
History of Cars
History of Tolls
History of Transportation & Communications to California
Inland Navigation Connecting the New Republic, Roads, Canals, Rivers, Railroads
Lincoln Highway
Museum of Transportation -- Brookline, Massachusetts
Long Island Motor Parkway
Overland Trail
Pennsylvania Turnpike
Route 40 -- The National Road
Transportation, History of --
Transportation Timeline:  History of American Agriculture Transportation, USDA
West of Laramie: A Brief History of the Auto Industry (By Richard A. Wright, 1998)
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Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
Beach Pneumatic Subway
Big Bend Tunnel on the C&O Railroad and the Story of John Henry
Canal Engineering -- Tunnels
Chicago Tunnel Company Railroad
Church Hill Tunnel, Richmond, Virginia
Cincinnati's Tunnels
C&O Canal's Paw Paw Tunnel
Friends of Williamson's Tunnels
Hawks Nest Tunnel
Holland Tunnel History
Hoosac Tunnel
Lost Tunnels, Forgotten Subways
Paris Subway System's Abandoned Stations
St. Clair River Tunnel -- National Historic Landmark in Michigan
Subterranea Britannica
Underground Archaeology
Union Canal Tunnel
World's Longest Tunnel Page
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West Virginia IA
Babcock State Park (and Glade Creek Gristmill)
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
Big Bend Tunnel On the C&O Railroad and the Story of John Henry
Cass Scenic Railroad
Covered Bridges of West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park -- Water Power At Harpers Ferry (West Virginia)
Hawks Nest Tunnel
History of West Virginia Mineral Industries -- Coal -- WV Geological Survey
History of West Virginia Mineral Industries - - Iron -- WV Geological Survey
History of West Virginia Mineral Industries -- Oil and Gas -- WV Geological Survey
History of West Virginia Mineral Industries - - Salt -- WV Geological Survey
New River Gorge Bridge (World's Longest Single-Span Steel Arch Bridge)
Northern WV Railroads
Oil and Gas Museum -- Parkersburg West Virginia
Steam and Gas Compressor Stations in Weston and Grantsville, WV
Thurmond, WV -- A C&O Railroad Town
West Virginia Department of Transportation -- Connecting West Virginia and the World
Wheeling Bridges
Wheeling Suspension Bridge Case History
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