United States History

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
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Food Studies Online

Description

Alexander Street's Food Studies Online provides archival content, visual ephemera, monographs, and videos that explore how food shapes the world around us. Food studies is a relatively new field of study, but its importance is felt in many major disciplines. It has social, historical, economic, cultural, religious, and political implications that reach far beyond what is consumed at the dinner table. This collection brings together documents, videos, advertisements and archival collections on food and society.  Includes photographs, menus, cookbooks, pamphlets, television commercials, documentaries, and more.  Includes material on food history, business, anthropology, gastronomy and nutrition.

Primary Sources:
National Archives - Records related to the school lunch program 1940-1973 -  Government documents related to the US school lunch program in the mid-20th century. Documents include recipes used in school cafeterias, pamphlets about ending hunger in schools, and educational pamphlets on how to create healthful school lunches. Also includes factbooks with statistics of the national school lunch program in the 1950s.

 

National Archives - WWII Food Campaign Files, 1941-1948  - Documents, pamphlets and posters from the government’s food campaigns during WWII, including the rationing campaign "No Point-Low Point," Food Fight for Freedom Campaign, Fat Salvage Campaign and Victory Garden Campaign Documents. Full color posters show how campaigns were advertised. Includes packets of instructional materials for housewives who want to hold their own cottage meetings on conserving food during the war.

Food Ephemera Collection  - Over 5,000 pages of ephemeral materials from the turn of the century through the 1960s. The collection is made up of educational pamphlets from food production companies as well as food labels, food advertisements, and recipe books. Brands include Jello, Quaker Oats, Libby, Kellogg, and more. These materials give insight into history of food and gender roles, foodways, food trends, food geography, and food and race.

Topics covered include: Organic Farming/Small Farms, School lunch programs, Childhood nutrition, Marketing and advertising, Packaging, Food industry, Environmental impact of GMOs, US food programs during WWI/WWII, Food security, Famine, Vegetarianism, Labor practices, Food safety, Wine making, Obesity, Gender roles through history, Food habits around the world and more.

Key Disciplines: History, Biology, Anthropology, Business, Environmental Studies, Sociology, Health Science and Nutrition.

Content Types:
TEXT: Cookbooks, Menus, Recipe books, Marketing Pamphlets, Posters, and Secondary sources.
VIDEO:  Documentaries, Interview series, and Vintage commercials.

 

Type
Subject Gateway
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/40579
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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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C19: The Nineteenth Century Index

Alternative Titles
19th-century Index
Nineteenth-century short title catalogue
19th-century short title catalogue
NSTC
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature
Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals (1824-1900)
Periodicals Index Online
Periodicals Archive Online
British Periodicals Collection
American Periodicals Series
Niles' Register
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
Congressional Serial Set
American State Papers
Proceedings of the Old Bailey
Palmer's Index to the Times
The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism
Description

C19: The 19th-Century Index is an integrated bibliographic resource for discovering 19th-century books, periodicals, official records, newspapers, and archives. Records in C19 come from the following sources:

The Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC)

Chadwyck Healey's The Nineteenth Century microform project at the British Library

Poole's Index to Periodical Literature

The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals (1824-1900)

Periodicals Index Online and Periodicals Archive Online (1790-1919)

British Periodicals Collections I and II (covering 1790-1931)

American Periodicals Series (1770-1919)

American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries

Cumulative Index to Niles' Register 1811-1849

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (1801-1900)

Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey

Palmer's Index to the Times (1890-1905)

The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism

Type
Article Index
Database
Coverage
1790-1919
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/39991
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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
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Prize Papers Online

Alternative Titles
Brill Prize Papers, Brill Online Primary Sources, Prize Papers Online 1, Prize Papers Online 2
Description

The Prize Papers Online is a collection of intercepted documents from ships seized by British privateers, including crew interrogations and cargo inventories. The original documents are held in the National Archives of the United Kingdom, among the papers of the High Court of the Admiralty (HCA). The digitized edition of this collection is comprised of 4 parts, spanning the period from 1592 to 1855, with the majority of papers covering 1655-1817. The papers represent seized ships of 15 nationalities and are written in as many languages. The interrogation records were generated during an intense period of maritime warfare, fought largely by merchant ships and privateers. Together they comprise a thorough record of global sea trade for the period covered.

Part 1: American Revolutionary War and Fourth Anglo-Dutch WarThis collection contains approximately 7,000 interrogations of members of the crews of ships seized by British privateers during the period from 1775-1784. The hand-written interrogations are included in their entirety with accompanying searchable details, including date of seizing, description of cargo, authorized origin and destination, name of privateer vessel, interrogated person, and place of interrogation. 

Part 2: Seven Years' War and War of the Austrian Succession: Prize Papers Online 2 contains approximately 6,000 interrogations of members of the crews of ships taken during the War of the Austrian Succession and Seven Years’ War (ca. 1739-1763).

Type
Database
Text Collection
Coverage
1775-1784
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/33394
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William L. Clements Library Graphics Division Finding Aids

Alternative Titles
University of Michigan William L. Clements Library EAD (Encoded Archival Description) Finding Aids
Description

The William L. Clements Library EAD (Encoded Archival Description) Finding Aids site provides access to finding aids or descriptive inventories for manuscript collections at the Clements Library. Many of the EAD finding aids are similar to the finding aids available in HTML on the Clements Graphics page; however, new finding aids are only being uploaded to the EAD site and are not available elsewhere online.

Notice to researchers: Many finding aids for collections at the Clements have not yet been included on the EAD site. Researchers can search the Clements site, finding aids, and collections in addition to viewing the records presented in this Finding Aids site.

Type
Catalog
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/33179
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