||From the Library of Congress:
- Resources by Chronological Period
Of particular interest to this class will be the second half of the subdivisions:
- Development of the Industrial United States (1876 - 1915)
- Emergence of Modern America (1890 - 1930)
- The Great Depression and World War II (1929 - 1945)
- Postwar United States (1945 - early 1970s)
- Contemporary United States (1968 - Present)
Memory--Primary Sources Collections
American Memory is an online archive of over 100 collections of
rare and unique items important to America’s heritage. The
collections contain more than 7 million primary source documents,
photographs, films, and recordings that reflect the collective American
memory. They are a treasure trove of unique personal items from
another period in time – perhaps old records, letters with
exquisite penmanship and arcane language, clothing, keepsakes, or
faded photographs. These collections are ‘snapshots’
providing a glimpse into America’s past. The Library of Congress
has been busy digitizing and recording America's history for years
now. Using their collection finder, you can find such things as:
- AMDOCS, which has more than 200 historical documents organized
by time period,
- Atlantic Monthly collections grouped around topics,
- Douglas Archives of American Public Addresses, speeches &
articles from Jane Addams, Theodore Roosevelt, Huey Newton,
and everyone in between.
- Inaugural Addresses of U.S. Presidents - from George Washington
to Bill Clinton,
- Documenting the American South, primary sources on Southern
history, literature and culture from the colonial period through
1920, from the University of North Carolina.
- Special Collections Library, Duke University - links to unusual
primary sources on such topics as women's history, historic
music, urban landscapes and campaign memorabilia.
- Ellis Island
Between 1892 and 1924 over 22 million passengers and
members of ships' crews came through Ellis Island and the Port of New
York. Now you can research passenger records from ships that brought the
Immigrants -- even see the original manifests with Passengers' names.
- American History
These are online course materials from a history class at
the University of Wisconsin. 30 lecture-by-lecture notes, profiles of
important figures, outlines of big trends, links to original documents,
a photo gallery, even exercises and sample exams.
Studies Database Reading Room
Links to the history of the
American Suffragist Movement, the Equal Rights Amendment, biographies of
historical women, Civil War women, history of the Roaring 20s and the
Flapper Culture, the Margaret Sanger Papers Project, and much more.
- Between a
Rock and a Hard Place
A History of American Sweatshops, 1820
- present. Designed to give the user the feel of walking through the
actual exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, starting
with the floor plan. Includes the history of sweatshops, the global
fashion industry, and the 1995 El Monte sweatship.
- The New Deal
A resource devoted to the public works and art
projects of the New Deal. A database of more than 3000 photos, political
cartoons, and texts (speeches, letters and other historic documents from
the Depression and New Deal period).
- Free Speech Movement
A growing collection of documents and images about
the movement known as the FSM that took off October 1964 at the
University of California Berkeley campus with a speech by Mario Savio.
Sources on American Radicalism
From the library at Michigan
State University, scanned copies of more than 100 pamphlets published by
political and social pressure groups in the U.S. Includes the American
Indian Movement, Black Panthers, the Hollywood Ten, the Ku Klux Klan,
the Industrial Workers of the World, and Students for a Democratic
Society. Also material from the Rosenberg Case, Sacco-Vanzetti Case, and
Red Scare (1918 - 1921)
A period in U.S. history following
World War I when "Reds", "Anarchists", and "Outside Foreign-Born Radical
Agitators" were persecuted through the Alien and Sedition Act and "mass
round-ups and deportations of foreign born citizens" occurred. Images
were scanned from newspapers and magazines, including photos political
cartoons, and other illustrations.
- Voices from the
Covering a period between 1940 and 1941, documents the lives of
Dust Bowl migrants living in Farm Security Administration camps
in California. Includes songs, interviews, recordings of camp meetings,
graphic images and all the print material in the Migrant Worker
- The American
The American Newspaper Repository was
founded in 1999 in order to save a unique collection of original
newspapers that would otherwise have been destroyed or dispersed.
Although the entire collection is not available online, you can click on
"Read Articles from Newspapers" or "Gallery of Newspaper Illustration"
to view some interesting examples of articles from the late 19th and
early 20th century.