I love del.icio.us.

I started using it several years ago as a simple online favorites account. It’s become more powerful and much more useful to me over the years.

I often use it as my first search engine of choice, over Google and other tools. By searching del.icio.us tags instead of Google keywords, the results I find are many times more specific than what I would find otherwise. My wife and I were working together this morning to set up her first del.icio.us account and through a quick demo using the tag “primarysources” ran across a site that seems very cool.

In the First Person site:

is a free, high quality, professionally published, in-depth index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world.

It lets you keyword search more than 700,000 pages of full-text by more than 18,000 individuals from all walks of life. It also contains pointers to some 4,300 audio and video files and 30,000 bibliographic records.

The index contains approximately 20,500 months of diary entries, 63,000 letter entries, and 17,000 oral history entries.

Browsing through the database, you’ll find links to a wide variety of sources discussing events from the Kent State shootings to the Donner Party. The site urges users to submit their own collections and oral interviews which would make a great performance task for a group of history students.

Nice stuff!