American Culture

Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle

Alternative Titles
History Vault, NAACP Papers, Bayard Rustin Papers, Mary McLeod Bethune Papers, NACWC Records, SCLC Records, Claude A. Barnett Papers, Congress of Racial Equality Papers, SNCC Papers
Description

Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle is a substantial collection of documents drawn from three categories to document the U.S. civil rights movement in the 20th century: records of the U.S. federal government; various organizational records and collections of personal papers; and records of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The NAACP Papers collection covers the period from 1909-1972. It consists of 6 modules and contains internal memos, legal briefings, and direct action summaries from national, legal, and branch offices throughout the country.

The U.S. Federal Government records include civil rights records from the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H. W. Bush presidencies as well as the Martin Luther King FBI File and FBI Files on locations of major civil rights demonstrations like Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.

The organizational records and personal papers include records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (NACWC), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

 

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/41115
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Politics, Social Activism, and Community Support: Selected Gay & Lesbian Periodicals and Newsletters

Alternative Titles
Gay and Lesbian Periodicals, Archives Unbound
Description

This collection of periodicals focuses on newsletters issued by gay and lesbian political and social activist organizations throughout the country and on periodicals devoted to gay and lesbian political and social activist agendas—the "public" face of gay and lesbian activism. In addition, this collection includes serial literature on its "private" face, exploring the challenges and complexities of building gay and lesbian communities inside and outside of a "straight" world, the need for psychological reinforcement through support groups in an effort to combat an often hostile environment, and the yearning for spiritual confirmation of one’s identity and life choices. Carefully selected for rarity from the thousands of titles in the GLBT Historical Society archives, the collection features more than 200 newsletter and periodical titles totaling nearly 8,000 issues. This product is strong in newsletters from organizations that began their work during the formative years of the gay and lesbian movement. Most of these organizations are now defunct and their newsletters are the only record of their history and contribution to the movement.

 

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/40921
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Civil War Collections Online

Alternative Titles
Bentley Historical Library Civil War Collections Online
BHL Civil War Collections Online
Description

The Bentley Historical Library has more than 400 collections pertaining to the participation of Michigan men and military units in the Civil War as well as the experiences of family and friends on the home front. In 2010-2011, the Bentley digitized 157 collections that had been previously microfilmed to increase access to these important materials and commemorate the conflict's sesquicentennial anniversary.

These collections range in size from a single letter or diary fragment up to multiple folders of letters as well as volumes of diaries, notebooks, or reminiscences. The materials furthermore vary greatly in degree of literacy, legibility, and content. Diary entries might be brief comments about daily weather conditions or detailed descriptions of camp life and battles participated in. The collections of letters are strongest for what was going on the war front with less information about activities of those who remained behind. All, however, offer an authentic view of the Civil War as it was experienced by the men and women of Michigan who lived through the conflict.

Type
Images
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/40865
Access
Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
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Encyclopedia of Humor Studies

Description

The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies explores the concept of humor in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. This work's scope encompasses the humor of children, adults, and even nonhuman primates throughout the ages, from crude jokes and simple slapstick to sophisticated word play and ironic parody and satire. As an academic social history, it includes the perspectives of a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, child development, social psychology, life style history, communication, and entertainment media. Readers will develop an understanding of the importance of humor as it has developed globally throughout history and appreciate its effects on child and adult development, especially in the areas of health, creativity, social development, and imagination.

Features & Benefits: The book's 335 articles are organized in A-to-Z fashion in two volumes (approximately 1,000 pages).  It includes a Reader's Guide that groups related entries thematically. A Chronology of Humor, a Resource Guide, and a detailed Index are included. Each entry concludes with References/Further Readings and cross references to related entries. The Index, Reader's Guide themes, and cross references between and among related entries provide search-and-browse features in the electronic version. This two-volume, A-to-Z set provides a general, non-technical resource for students and researchers in such diverse fields as communication and media studies, sociology and anthropology, social and cognitive psychology, history, literature and linguistics, and popular culture and folklore.

Type
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/40675
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Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900

Description

Popular Medicine in America documents the history of ‘popular’ remedies and treatments in nineteenth century America, through primary source materials drawn from the extensive collections at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Emphasis is on material that was aimed at the general public rather than medical professionals. Explore an array of printed sources, including rare books, pamphlets, trade cards, and visually-rich advertising ephemera. The material covers popular trends such as phrenology, herbal medicine and hydrotherapy, and documents the rise of widespread advertising by commercial manufacturers of medical aids.

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/40485
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Colonial America

Alternative Titles
CO5
Description

Covering the period 1606 to 1822, CO 5 constitutes the original correspondence between the British government and the governments of the American colonies. In particular, the collection includes correspondence of the colonial governments with the Board of Trade, the Secretary of State for the Southern Department and the Secretary of State for the Colonies, together holding responsibility for the British possessions in mainland North America and the Caribbean.

The Colonial America collection will become available in 5 thematic modules, listed below. The Library's current access is for Module 1 only.

Module 1: Frontier Life, Early Expansion and Rivalries (2015)

The first module of Colonial America documents the early history of the colonies, and includes founding charters, material on the effects of 1688’s Glorious Revolution in North America, records of piracy and seaborne rivalry with the French and Spanish, and copious military material from the French and Indian War of 1756-63.

Module 2: Towards Revolution (scheduled 2016)

This module focuses on the 1760s and 1770s and the social and political protest that led to the Declaration of Independence, including legal materials covering the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party. It is also particularly rich in material relating to military affairs and Native Americans.

Module 3: The American Revolution (scheduled 2017)

This module charts the upheavals of the 1770s and 1780s which saw the throwing off of British rule in the Thirteen Colonies. Contents include volumes of intercepted letters between colonists, the military correspondence of the British commanders in the field and material produced by the Ordnance Office and the office of the Secretary at War, as well as two copies of the ‘Dunlap’ edition of the Declaration of Independence printed on the night of the 4th-5th July 1776.

Module 4: Legislation and Politics in the Colonies (scheduled 2018)

The material in this module consists mostly of the text of acts of assembly and the minutes of assembly and council sessions, building up to a comprehensive picture of the colonies’ legislative and political evolution.

Module 5: Growth, Trade and Development (scheduled 2019)

The preponderant part of this module consists of correspondence with the Board of Trade. There are also details of land grants, shipping returns and financial accounts, as well as George Vancouver’s despatches to London from his 1791 expedition to the Pacific Northwest.

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/40475
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Black Abolitionist Papers

Alternative Titles
BAP
Description

Online version of the first primary source collection to comprehensively detail the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War. Covering the period 1830-1865, the collection presents the massive, international impact of African American activism against slavery, in the writings and publications of the activists themselves. The approximately 15,000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany.

Includes primary documents gathered from over 100 libraries and archives across the world, first microfilmed and published in 1981, which quickly established a significant shift in historical scholarship regarding Black leadership, activism, and community life during this period.  Unique, hand-written correspondence and documents comprise around 30% of this collection.

Included in the collection are such types of primary documents as:

  • Correspondence of major African American leaders
  • Speeches, sermons, and lectures
  • Articles, essays, editorials, and other major writings from more than 200 newspapers: African American, abolitionist, and reform newspapers
  • Receipts, poems, and other miscellaneous documents
Type
Article Index
Database
Newspaper(s)
Text Collection
Coverage
1830 - 1865
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/39933
Access
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Indigenous Peoples: North America

Description

Extensive historical collection of materials on the indigenous peoples of North America.  Includes monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals and photographs.  Sources include the National Archives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Library, the Alaska Indian Language Collection of Gonzaga University, and the W.S. Prettyman photograph collection of Wichita State University.

Access to this trial subscription is available through 4/15/14.

 

Type
Images
Subject Gateway
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31714
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Michigan Historical Collections Web Archives

Alternative Titles
MHCWA, MHC
Description

Provides access to past versions of web sites of historically-significant religious, governmental, educational, cultural, and activist organizations and institutions from the State of Michigan.  Created and maintained by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.  Once a web site begins to be covered, new versions of it are captured and preserved at regular intervals.  Coverage is continuously expanding to additional Michigan web sites.  Archived copies of web sites are made available six months after the date of capture.

Type
Database
Coverage
2010 - 6 months ago (Date at which archiving began varies by individual web site. Archived copies of web sites are made available six months after date of capture.)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31526
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DARE: Dictionary of American Regional English

Alternative Titles
DARE
Description

The Dictionary of American Regional English documents regional aspects of English language usage in the U.S., including variations in words, phrases, and pronunciation. In addition to searching, the online version of DARE allows you to browse by region using an interactive map. You can also create your own maps based on the extensive survey data and hear audio clips from over 4,000 interview recordings.

Type
Database
E-Book(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31344
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