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New electronic resource: Archives Unbound

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 | Tags: ,
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Gale is developing topical digital collections of primary source material under the series, Archives Unbound. The USF Libraries have acquired as a one-time purchase the following nine collections.

We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death” : Freedom Riders in the South, 1961

A civil rights group’s mission – and the FBI’s coverage of it – provide a perspective into American politics and society. Includes surveillance reports, chronologies, witness statements and more. These materials provide unique and in some cases recently declassified insight into the Freedom Rides, the Kennedy administration and the segregated South.
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Library

Liberation Movement in Africa and African America

Militant Black nationalism and pan-Africanism influenced and paralleled African America’s interest in Africa. Africa’s entrance into the international arena and American Cold War politics helped fuel the Civil Rights and the Black Power movements of the 1960s and 1970s. This collection focuses on FBI surveillance and other documents on the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP) and African Liberation Support Committee (ALSC), labeled as subversive in the early 1970’s.
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Library

Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America: Archives of the Federal Writers’ Project

This collection presents the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) publications of all 47 states involved in the project, which ran from 1933 to 1943. Forming the most complete collection of publications from all participating states, this archive contains more than 450 individual items, many of which are typed or mimeographed and received only limited circulation. This unique collection of the publications of the FWP provides scholars with an extremely lively and detailed picture of life in America during the Great Depression.
Source: Library of Congress

Through the Camera Lens: The Moving Picture World and the Silent Cinema Era, 1907-1927

For those within the film industry, information and opinion were shaped by a number of aggressive trade publications, each competing for the same limited number of subscribers. Chief among these was the Moving Picture World, which, setting a standard for the broadest possible coverage, with reviews of current releases and published news, features, and interviews relating to all aspects of the industry. Follow the emerging film industry through the eyes of this influential trade journal.
Source: Library of Congress

U.S. Relations with the Vatican and the Holocaust, 1940-1950

Chronicles the role of Pope Pius XII regarding refugees, the Holocaust and relations with America during the war years and the immediate post-war period. This collection provides a wealth of unique correspondence, reports and analyses, memos of conversations, and personal interviews exploring such themes U.S.-Vatican relations, Vatican’s role in World War II, Jewish refugees, Italian anti-Jewish laws during the papacy of Pius XII, and the pope’s personal knowledge of the treatment of European Jews.
Source: U.S. National Archives

The Bush Presidency and Development and Debate Over Civil Rights Policy and Legislation

This collection contains materials on civil rights, the development of civil rights policy, and the debate over civil rights legislation during the administration of President George H.W. Bush and during his tenure as vice president.
Source: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library

The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990: Reduction of Acid Rain, Urban Air Pollution, and Environmental Policy

The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments were a landmark effort to reduce air pollution through a variety of instruments including the use of a market-based system of trade-able pollution “permits” under its Title IV and Title V. This Archives Unbound collection consists of essential documents on the promulgation and implementation of the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990 and other environmental issues including endangered species and protection of American wetlands.
Source: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library

The Savings and Loan Crisis : Loss of Public Trust and the Federal Bailout, 1989-1993

The savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and 1990s included the failure of 747 savings and loans (also known as thrifts). The ultimate cost of the crisis has been estimated to have totaled around $160.1 billion, about $124.6 billion of which was directly paid for by the federal government via a financial bailout under the leadership of President George H.W. Bush. This collection provides a unique perspective on the unfolding savings and loan crisis and the federal government’s response.
Source: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library

Witchcraft in Europe and America

Contains some of the earliest texts on witchcraft dating from the 15th century and the latest are from the early 20th century. The majority of the material concerns the 16th to 18th centuries, the so-called “classic period.” In addition to these classic texts, the collection includes anti-persecution writings, works by penologists, legal and church documents, exposés of persecutions, and philosophical writings and transcripts of trials and exorcisms.
Source: Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania

For these and other resources consult http://poly.usf.edu/library. Click on “Search the databases” to begin.

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