American Culture

American West

Alternative Titles
The American West
Description

The American West includes materials from the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana at the Newberry Library, Chicago.  The collection includes a wide range of primary source materials, such as manuscripts, maps, broadsides, and a variety of ephemeral works.

Highlights include:

-Papers of early pioneers, explorers and hunters are well represented, including items such as the original manuscript journal and papers of James Audubon.

-Canada and the Pacific Northwest are well documented including accounts of the Gold Rush and of the landscape.

 

-The evolution of Western towns can be seen through materials such as prospectuses and city directories.

 

-The growth of railway and road networks can be explored through maps and through records of key railroad companies.

 

-Emigrants guides, manuscript travel journals, store catalogues, illustrations and maps enable scholars to understand the phenomenon of Westward expansion.

 

-Accounts of ranches and of the prairie lands document the agricultural transformation of the West.

 

-There are rich resources for the study of Texas, Mexico and the South.

 

-Literary and historical works – as well as contemporary newspapers and posters - enable a better understanding of the real and mythic West – with first hand accounts of the lives of vigilantes and outlaws.

 

-Native American history and culture is also very well documented.

 

-Original manuscripts, ephemeral material (trade cards, wanted posters, photos, claim certificates, news-sheets etc), maps, and rare printed works.

 

(from the publisher's description)

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29606
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Bibliography of Native North Americans

Alternative Titles
BNNA
Description

Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA ) provides citations to books, essays, journal articles and government documents of the United States and Canada. BNNA covers all aspects of native North American culture, history and life.  

This is the only database available that specifically indexes secondary literature across disciplines dealing with native North American life and culture.

Type
Article Index
Database
Coverage
Content range covers sixteenth century through the present. Earliest indexed publication is from 1890; some coverage throughout 20th century; bulk of the collection was published after 1990.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29348
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Saline Historic Homes

Description

Saline Historic Homes is a collection of photographs from a Historical and Architectural Survey that includes all structures built up to 1944 within the city limits of Saline, Michigan. Conducted in 1994 by Kosky and Glynn Associates, this survey is the result of the City’s intent to comply with the Certified Local Government requirements. The objective of the survey was to research, photograph and map all structures built within the City of Saline between 1829 and 1944. The completed project includes a survey card and black and white photograph for each structure, a map of all surveyed structures, and historical and architectural text encompassing the study period.

The City of Saline is the copyright holder for the materials in this Saline Historic Homes online collection. The images made available on this site by the Saline Historic Homes Collection are made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 2.5 license.
Type
Images
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29341
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Archives of Michigan Online Finding Aids

Alternative Titles
Archives of Michigan EAD (Encoded Archival Description) Finding Aids
Description

The Archives of Michigan EAD (Encoded Archival Description) Finding Aids site provides access to finding aids or descriptive inventories for archival records and manuscript collections at the Archives. 

Type
Catalog
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11853
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Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
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Literary Research Guide: An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies (6th Edition)

Alternative Titles
Harner
MLA Literary Research Guide
Description

Published by the MLA, James L. Harner's Literary Research Guide offers information about reference sources for doing research in all areas of literary studies. The electronic edition of the Guide, based on the fifth print edition, allows you to look up materials in WorldCat, Google Books, and your library’s online catalog. Use the personalization feature to save searches and individual entries and to write notes about them for later reference. Since the initial release of the electronic edition in 2009, the author has revised the Guide twice a year. The online Guide, which will continue to be updated and revised regularly, now includes over 1,000 entries; refers to nearly 1,700 additional books, articles, and electronic resources in annotations; and cites more than 700 reviews.

Type
E-Book(s)
Handbook
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11849
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Victorian Popular Culture: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema

Description

Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema explores the pivotal era in entertainment history when previously static images came to life and moved for the first time. The database features printed ephemera, programmes, sheet music, cigarette cards, postcards, games, toys and other merchandise from the pre- and early-cinematic years. The printed books in this collection range from technical magic lantern manuals to children's shadow play whilst the periodicals range from the scientific to early celebrity gossip. Moving Pictures has been digitized in colour and is entirely full-text searchable.

Subjects include: 

  • Early visual entertainment such as shadow play, optical illusions, metamorphic pictures and protean views.
  • Panoramas and dioramas
  • Optical or philosophical toys
  • Peepshows
  • Magic lanterns and image projection
  • Pioneers of cinema: Thomas Alva Edison, the Lumière Brothers, Eadweard Muybridge
  • Early inventions such as the cinematograph, phonograph, and zoopraxiscope
  • Emerging film industry
  • The first film stars
  • Original film footage from 1894-1926

The database also features a virtual exhibition entitled Optical Delights which showcases a selection of the most interesting optical entertainment artifacts and even some video clips of the devices in action!

This material is sourced from the Bill Douglas Centre; a unique treasure trove of pre- and early -cinematic memorabilia based at Exeter University, and the BFI National Archive.

 

 

Type
Subject Gateway
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11847
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Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922

Description

This collection is created from the Library Company of Philadelphia's acclaimed Afro-Americana Collection. When complete, this unique online resource will provide researchers with more than 12,000 printed works. These essential books, pamphlets and broadsides, including many lesser-known imprints, hold an unparalleled record of African American history, literature and culture. This collection spans nearly 400 years, from the early 16th to the early 20th century. Critically important subjects covered include the West's discovery and exploitation of Africa; the rise of slavery in the New World along with the growth and success of abolitionist movements; the development of racial thought and racism; descriptions of African American life -- slave and free -- throughout the Americas; and slavery and race in fiction and drama. Also featured are printed works of African American individuals and organizations. **At present, the online collection is only 8% complete.**

Can be cross-searched by keyword with African American Newspapers, African American Periodicals and other Archive of Americana series, using the Archive of Americana link below.

Type
Database
E-Book(s)
Text Collection
Coverage
1535-1922
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11775
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North American Indian Thought and Culture

Alternative Titles
NAITC
North American Indian Thought & Culture
Description

This database represents the largest compilation ever created of biographical information on indigenous peoples from all areas of North America. 

North American Indian Thought and Culture contains around 120,000 pages of text and images, including biographies, auto-biographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched thoroughly. Full-length reference works also are included to give background and context to the narratives.

Type
E-Book(s)
Images
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11761
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OntheBoards.tv

Alternative Titles
On the Boards
OtB
ontheboards
ontheboards.tv
Description

OntheBoards.tv is an on-demand website for HD-quality contemporary performance films available for streaming, download or mobile viewing. Launched in January 2010, this first-of-its-kind site brings contemporary work to a wider public by filming top caliber performances with multiple high-definition cameras, editing the film collaboratively with the artists, and delivering them online as feature-length performance films. OntheBoards.tv has more than doubled in size with plans to continue adding multiple new performance films each year. Filmed at On the Boards, as well as in peer theaters across the country, the performances present a snapshot of the best new works by current leaders in dance, theater and music. The films consist of compelling international and northwest contemporary performance, including works by artists who are rarely seen in the US and works that will never be performed again.

Initial Funding for OntheBoards.tv provided by The Wallace Foundation. With additional support from: DanceUSA, National Endowment for the Arts, The Paul G. Allen Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Type
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11749
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Saline Valley Farms Photographs

Description

This is the searchable collection of Saline Valley Farms photographs. Saline Valley Farms was an economic experiment in cooperative living and farming that was developed by Harold Gray in 1932. Detailed in the 150 photographs, the farm was a thriving cooperative that lasted until 1953. The Saline Valley Farms digital project was produced by Saline District Library, Jim Cameron and David Vaughn. Funding was provided by the Carl F. Schrandt Endowment Fund.  Original photographs and cataloging courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Type
Images
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11733
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