United States History

Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975

Alternative Titles
ProQuest History Vault, International Relations and Military Conflicts
Description

This database covers U.S. involvement in the Vietnam region from the early days of the Kennedy administration, through the escalation of the war during the Johnson administration, to the final resolution of the war at the Paris Peace Talks and the evacuation of U.S. troops in 1973. Along the way, documents in this module trace the actions and decisions at the highest levels of the U.S. foreign policy apparatus, as well as events on the ground in Vietnam, from the perspective of State Department officials, Associated Press reporters, and members of the U.S. Armed forces, including the Marines and the Military Assistance Command Vietnam. The strong collections also highlight all of the most important foreign policy issues facing the U.S. between 1960 and 1975.

An important feature of this module is the records of the Associated Press's Saigon Bureau. Over 40 years ago, as Saigon was falling to the communists and the U.S. was evacuating Vietnam, Peter Arnett saved the records of the AP's Saigon Bureau and brought them back to the United States. Until ProQuest scanned them and digitized them in History Vault, they were never before available to the public. Other key collections in this module include records of the Military Assistance and Advisory Command, Vietnam (MACV); General William Westmoreland Papers, and National Security Files from the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford administrations.

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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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Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library

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ProQuest History Vault, Women's Studies
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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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http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/41480
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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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American Politics and Society from Kennedy to Watergate

Alternative Titles
ProQuest History Vault, American Politics and Society
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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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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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Thomas A. Edison Papers

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ProQuest History Vault, American politics and society
Description

This collection is broken into the Thomas A. Edison papers, parts 1-5 covering 1850-1919, along with a collection of Motion Picture Catalogs by American Producers and Distributors, 1894-1908.

All 5 parts of the Thomas A. Edison papers include lab notebooks, correspondence, and other papers and all are from the Thomas Edison National Historical Park (ENHP) in West Orange, New Jersey. Covering Edison's work on the incandescent light bulb to his marriage to Mina Miller Edison to the consolidation of the National Phonograph Company, these papers provide comprehensive access to the life and work of Edison as inventor, businessman, scientist, and entrepreneur.

The Motion Picture Catalogs collection consists of 6,000 pages of American motion picture catalogs published between 1894 and 1908. The earliest documents were those printed in 1894 by sales agents for Thomas Edison's kinetoscope. The catalogs that were distributed between 1894 and 1908 advertised films, equipment, and related posters, slides, lectures, and phonographs. They ranged from complete multi-page listings of a distributor's stock to one-page synopses of a production company's latest product. After more than a century, a comparatively small number of such catalogs remain. Some are fragmentary or incomplete; most are unique; and all are fragile. In a few cases only photocopies of the originals survive. This collection includes all known catalogs distributed in the United States by U.S. producers, by European producers through their U.S. offices, and by domestic agents for U.S. and European films, and focuses on films that received significant distribution in the United States.

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American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971

Alternative Titles
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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Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle

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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).

 

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