American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.
The Alger Hiss Story
"This Web site recreates one of the most important legal cases in this country's history, often cited as a turning point in 20th century American thinking ... to be an authoritative portal for access to primary information about Alger Hiss, the Hiss case and the early Cold War years - including new scholarship, newly released official documents from various governments and government agencies, and the archival material, such as trial testimony, court and government records and commentary, collected in many libraries and online repositories ... to act as the digitized and online counterpart to the Alger Hiss Papers at the Harvard Law School Library. Acting in tandem with the Harvard collection, this Web site will post a complete summary of the charges against Alger Hiss and a comprehensive look at the case for the defense..."
Jeff Kisseloff, Managing Editor ["who worked with Alger Hiss to help prepare his coram nobis petition..."]
Brown v. Board of Education - see our separate Brown v. Board of Education page.
C-Span American Writers II: The 20th Century (2002)
View each episode online.
"C-Span brings together writers, scholars, historians and actors to examine the lives and work of selected Twentieth Century American Writers who have influenced our nation's history."
Sections include: Progressive Era & Reaction ; Depression & War ; Early Cold War ; Social Transformation to Vietnam
Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive
"The 'Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive' project will result in the creation of an Internet-accessible, fully searchable database of digitized versions of rare and unique library and archival resources on race relations in Mississippi...For the first phase of the project, USM Libraries is cooperating with the USM Center for Oral History to offer 125 oral history transcripts on the civil rights movement, such as those by civil rights leaders Charles Cobb, Charles Evers, Aaron Henry, and Hollis Watkins. This collection also includes oral histories of race-baiting governor Ross Barnett, national White Citizens Council leader William J. Simmons, and State Sovereignty head Erle Johnston."
McCain Library & Archives, University of Southern Mississippi
Cold War - See our separate Cold War History page.
Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement
An On-line Archival Collection
Special Collections Library, Duke University
"...document various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States, and focus specifically on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Items range from radical theoretical writings to humourous plays to the minutes of an actual grassroots group."
Compiled by Ginny Daley, Women's Studies Archivist and Bibliographer
Dr. Seuss Went to War:
A Catalog of Political Cartoons By Dr. Seuss
400 political cartoons by Theodor Seuss Geisel penned from 1941-1943 in the New York newspaper PM.
Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego
Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
"...presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture.
Library & Digital Archives - Research Center
"This site is designed to provide researchers with on-line access to primary source documents, photographs and other research material. Researchers may also view the indexes and finding aids of the various papers held at the Library, learn more about the Library's sound, film, and video collection, and gain information about Roosevelt Era Collections in other Repositories."
[Labor] Cornell University - Kheel Center Labor Photos
"The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives' collections include approximately 350,000 images from the 20th century on film, paper, glass, and other media. The collected photographic materials provide invaluable documentation of the nature of labor and management history. While the digital database will be added to continually, it represents only an introduction to the Kheel Center's holdings."
[Presidents] - See our separate U.S. Presidents page.
[Reagan] - See our Separate Ronald Reagan page.
The Road of American Democracy, 1984-1990 (ROAD)
"...include[s] election returns, socioeconomic summaries, and demographic measures of the American public at unusually low levels of geographic aggregation. The NSF-supported ROAD project covers every state in the country from 1984 through 1990 (including some off-year elections). One collection of data sets includes every election at and above State House, along with party registration and other variables, in each state for the roughly 170,000 precincts nationwide (about 60 times the number of counties). Another collection has added to these (roughly 30-40) political variables an additional 3,725 variables merged from the 1990 U.S. Census for 47,327 aggregate units (about 15 times the number of counties) about the size one or more cities or towns. These units completely tile the U.S. landmass. This collection also includes geographic boundary files so users can easily draw maps with these data."
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