American Culture

The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia

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Social history of the American family
Description

The four volumes of The Social History of the American Family explore the vital role of the family as the fundamental social unit across the span of American history. Experiences of family life shape so much of an individual's development and identity, yet the patterns of family structure, family life, and family transition vary across time, space, and socioeconomic contexts. Both the definition of who or what counts as family and representations of the “ideal” family have changed over time to reflect changing mores, changing living standards and lifestyles, and increased levels of social heterogeneity.

This balanced academic work chronicles the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of American families from the colonial period to the present. Key themes include families and culture (including mass media), families and religion, families and the economy, families and social issues, families and social stratification and conflict, family structures (including marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenting and children, and mixed and non-modal family forms), and family law and policy.

Features: Approximately 600 articles, richly illustrated with historical photographs and color photos in the digital edition, provide historical context for students.; A collection of primary source documents demonstrate themes across time.; The signed articles, with cross references and Further Readings, are accompanied by a Reader's Guide, Chronology of American Families, Resource Guide, Glossary, and thorough index.

Key Themes: Families and Culture; Families and Experts; Families and Religion; Families and Social Change; Families and Social Issues/Problems/Crises; Families and Social Media; Families and Social Stratification/Social Class; Families and Technology; Families and the Economy; Families in America; Families in Mass Media; Families, Family Life, Social Identities; Family Advocates and Organizations; Family Law and Family Policy; Family Theories; History of American Families.

Edited by Marilyn J. Coleman & Lawrence H. Ganong.

Type
Encyclopedia
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Rock's Backpages

Alternative Titles
Rock's Back Pages
Description

Rock's Backpages is a digital collection of more than 31,000 articles (reviews, interviews, features and more) from a wide range of publications in the US and UK from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone and the New Musical Express. It covers the early 1960's to the present day and features more than five thousand artists, ranging from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 15,000-word interviews and features. The database covers all types of popular music and includes regular content updates, with the addition of at least 50 new articles per week. The articles are full-text and fully searchable by artist, date, genre, and keyword.

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Article Index
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Michigan Photography

Description

The Michigan Photography image collection contains photographs of people, places, and events at the University of Michigan dating back to 2000. Michigan Photography is an official unit of the University of Michigan dedicated to documenting the institution’s history through "thoughtful, creative, and consistently excellent photographic images." This online collection represents a curated and well-described selection of the unit’s overall work and have been used in internal and external university publications and were previously available on the Michigan Photography website. Moving forward, the collection will be updated on a regular basis as the unit transfers images to the Bentley Historical Library.

Type
Images
Coverage
2000-
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Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, Europe and Latin America, 1960-1969

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ProQuest History Vault, International Relations and Military Conflicts
Description

The U.S. State Department Central Files are an important source of American diplomatic reporting on political, military, social, and economic developments throughout the world in the 20th century. Concentrating exclusively on those U.S. State Department Central Files that have not been microfilmed by the National Archives or distributed by other publishers, the U.S. State Department Central Files in History Vault contain a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats in foreign countries: reports on political, military, and socioeconomic matters; interviews and minutes of meetings with foreign government officials; important letters, instructions, and cables sent and received by U.S. diplomatic personnel; and reports and translations from foreign journals and newspapers.

Highlights of the Europe and Latin America module include international reaction to the Bay of Pigs invasion, East-West tensions in Berlin, Germany; U.S. meetings with Soviet leaders; settlement of the dispute over the Chamizal region in Texas and Mexico, Cuban sugar industry, and student unrest and demonstrations, especially in Mexico and Panama.

The countries covered in the Europe and Latin America module are Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany); Germany (focusing on Berlin); Soviet Union; Cuba; Mexico; Panama; and Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru.

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Text Collection
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Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library

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ProQuest History Vault, Women's Studies
Description

These collections from the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College consist of three distinct series of collections: voting rights, national politics, and reproductive rights. The voting rights papers include documentation of national, regional, and local leaders. National leaders featured in this module include Carrie Chapman Catt, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Helen Hamilton Gardener, Julia Ward Howe, Alma Lutz, Anna Howard Shaw, and Lucy Stone.

Papers of regional and local leaders include Harriet Burton Laidlaw, Helen Barten Owens, Clementina Rhodes Hartshorne, Mary Garrett Hay, Nellie Nugemt Somerville, Lucy Somerville Howorth, Margaret Foley, Grace Allen Johnson, and Olympia Brown.

On the topic of national politics, major collections are those of Molly Dewson, Emma Guffey Miller, Sue Shelton White, Jeannette Rankin, and Jessica Weis.

Collections on reproductive rights are the Schlesinger Library Family Planning Oral History Project, and the papers of Mary Ware Dennett and the Voluntary Parenthood League.

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Text Collection
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Struggle for Women's Rights, Organizational Records, 1880-1990

Alternative Titles
ProQuest History Vault, Women's Studies
Description

This collection is comprised of records of three important women's rights organizations: the National Woman's Party, the League of Women Voters, and the Women's Action Alliance. Originally a committee of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), the National Woman's Party (NWP) was founded in 1913 when Alice Paul and her colleagues broke away from NAWSA in dissent over strategy and tactics. The Women's Action Alliance, established in 1971 as a grass-roots organization, concerned itself with issues such as employment and employment discrimination, childcare, health care, and education. The League of Women Voters collection documents almost every facet of women's involvement in U.S. politics from 1920 to 1974.

The collection breakdown is as follows:

National Woman's Party Papers, Part I: 1913-1974, Series 1: Correspondence, 1877-1974

National Woman's Party Papers, Part I: 1913-1974, Series 2: Minutes, Legal Papers, and Financial Records, 1912-1972

National Woman's Party Papers, Part I: 1913-1974, Series 3: Printed Materials, 1850-1972

National Woman's Party Papers, Part I: 1913-1974, Series 4: World Woman's Party Papers, 1938-1958

National Woman's Party Papers, Part II: The Suffrage Years, 1913-1920, Series 1: Correspondence, 1891-1940

National Woman's Party Papers, Part II: The Suffrage Years, 1913-1920, Series 2: Administrative Files, Printed Matter, and Photographs, 1889-1936

Papers of the League of Women Voters, 1918-1974, Part I: Meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committees, Minutes and Related Documents, 1918-1974

Papers of the League of Women Voters, 1918-1974, Part II: Transcripts and Records of National Conventions and of General Councils

Papers of the League of Women Voters, 1918-1974, Part III, Series A: National Office Subject Files, 1920-1932

Women's Action Alliance, Parts 1-8

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Text Collection
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American Politics and Society from Kennedy to Watergate

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ProQuest History Vault, American Politics and Society
Description

An exceptional compilation of documents from the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon presidencies as well as records from federal agencies ranging from the EPA to the FBI. Issues covered span women's rights, environmental issues, urban renewal, rural development, tax reform, civil rights, space exploration, international trade, the War on Poverty, and the Watergate trials. Kennedy files include documents from the 1960 presidential campaign, correspondence between the president and federal personnel, Pierre Salinger's daily press briefings, transcripts of presidential press conferences, and oral histories of key Kennedy cabinet members as well as senators and representatives.

The Johnson administration collections chronicle the seven years of tumult and unparalleled change from the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 and the War on Poverty to civil unrest and fighting in Vietnam. Of particular note is the Confidential File from the Johnson White House Central Files.

Nixon administration materials consist of Nixon's White House files as well as a collection of the official transcripts of proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the four major Watergate-related trials.

Some of the individual sub-collections include:

Aeronautics and Space Reports to the Congress, 1958-1984

Appointment Book of President Kennedy, 1961-1963

Associated Press, Wire Copy on the Assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy

Citizens Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1963-1977, Parts 1-2

Confidential File of the Johnson White House, 1963-1969, Parts 1-2

Daily Diary of President Johnson, 1963-1969

Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1963-1969: Official History and Documents, Parts 1-2

Environmental Protection Agency: Records on the Health and Ecological Effects of Pollution, 1971-1977

FBI Files on the American Indian Movement and Wounded Knee

FBI Files on the Weather Underground Organization

John F. Kennedy 1960 Campaign, Parts 1-2

Johnson Administration's Response to Anti-Vietnam War Activities, Parts 1-2

President's Commission on Campus Unrest, Part 1: Executive Files

Records of the Department of Justice: The Cabinet Committee on Drug Law Enforcement, 1976-1977

Records of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, 1970-1973

Records of the National Council on Indian Opportunity, 1968-1974

War on Poverty, Parts 1-5

Watergate in Court, Parts 1-4

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Text Collection
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Law and Society Since the Civil War: American Legal Manuscripts from the Harvard Law School Library

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ProQuest History Vault, Harvard Law Library, Felix Frankfurter Papers, Louis Brandeis Papers, Sacco-Vanzetti, William H. Hastie Papers
Description

This module consists of 11 collections from the Harvard Law School Library, highlighting three Supreme Court Justices, the first Black federal judge, high-profile cases, and insights into developing ideologies and laws, as far back as 1861 with the Papers of Oliver Wendell Holmes, which span from the Civil War to the Great Depression. The Papers of Louis D. Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter provide a behind-the-scenes view of the Supreme Court between 1919 and 1961. The Frankfurter Papers are of special note because they reveal how the Supreme Court approached the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the landmark school desegregation case that is well documented in other History Vault modules.

The collection is broken down as follows:

Albert Levitt Papers

Felix Frankfurter Papers, Part I: United States Supreme Court, Case Files of Opinions and Memoranda, October Terms 1938-1952

Felix Frankfurter Papers, Part II: United States Supreme Court, Case Files of Opinions and Memoranda, October Terms 1953-1961

Felix Frankfurter Papers, Part III: Correspondence and Related Material

Livingston Hall Papers

Louis Dembitz Brandeis Papers, Part 1: United States Supreme Court, October Terms 1916-1931

Louis Dembitz Brandeis Papers, Part 2: United States Supreme Court, October Terms 1932-1938

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Papers

Richard H. Field Papers

Roscoe Pound Papers, Part I: Correspondence, 1907-1964

Roscoe Pound Papers, Part II: Writings, Lectures, Addresses, Teaching Notes, and Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Roscoe Pound Papers, Part III: Personal, Biographical, Bibliographical, Miscellany, and Activities

Sacco-Vanzetti Case Papers

Sheldon Glueck Papers

William H. Hastie Papers, Part I: Judicial Activities

William H. Hastie Papers, Part II: Civil Rights, Organizational, and Private Activities

Zechariah Chafee Jr. Papers

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Text Collection
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American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971

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ProQuest History Vault, American politics and society, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Major Council Meetings of American Indian Tribes, Documents collected by the office of Indian affairs, Miscellaneous documents relating to Indian affairs
Description

American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971 brings together several collections of documents covering American Indian interactions with white settlers, the U.S. government, and within and among Indian tribes, during the 19th and 20th centuries. Notably, the collection includes the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its Central Classified Files, as well as the Major Council Meetings of American Indian Tribes.

In addition, the collection incorporates the Chicago History Museum Collections on American Indians and the American West, covering exploration and expansion from 1754-1899 through diaries and correspondence, financial accounts and legal documents. This collection is divided into eight series including American Fur Company, Jeremiah Porter Diaries, and the Story of the Winnebagoes, among others.

Other subcollections include case files of military courts and commissions from the Indian removal activities of the U.S. Army, Reports of the Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes, and documents from the Lake Mohonk Conference of Friends of the Indian.

 

 

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Southern Life and Slavery

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ProQuest History Vault, Slavery and the Law, Southern Life and African American History, Plantation records, Records of antebellum southern plantations from the revolution through the civil war, Records of southern plantations from emancipation to the great migration, Race slavery and free blacks, Slavery statutes
Description

Southern Life and Slavery includes two major sub-collections documenting the history of race and slavery in the American south.

Slavery and the Law consists of petitions on race, slavery, and free blacks submitted to county courts and state legislatures during the period 1775-1867. The collection includes petitions for redress of grievances at multiple levels of government throughout all 15 slaveholding states and the District of Columbia. The documents convey testimony of men, women, slaves, slaveholders, and free black people on a wide range of contested topics, including suffrage, education, marriage, divorce, and emancipation.

Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantations Records is a vast collection of business and personal records such as ledger and payroll books, diaries and correspondence, and wills. These records cover the antebellum, Civil War, and post-emancipation periods across much of the American south and provide coverage of business and agricultural practices alongside personal and familial records. The collections document crop and commodity prices, aspects of the cotton and grain trades, culture of tobacco growing and marketing, and various aspects of the daily lives of slaves and planters.

Major collections in this module include:

  • The James Henry Hammond Papers from University of South Carolina
  • Hollyday Family Papers, Susanna Warfield Diaries, and Martha Forman Diaries from the Maryland Historical Society
  • Valcour Aime Slave Records from the Louisiana State Museum
  • John McDonogh Papers from Tulane University
  • General John Hartwell Cocke Papers from the University of Virginia
  • Henry Watson Papers and the Clement Claiborne Clay Papers from Alabama
  • John Knight and Duncan McLaurin collections from the Natchez area in Mississippi
  • William Patterson Smith Collection from Duke University
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Text Collection
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