American Culture

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

Alternative Titles
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

Type
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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

Alternative Titles
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
Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/41201
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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).

 

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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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