August 14, 2022

Collection Connections: America’s Roadways

John Margolies Roadside America photograph archive Collection overview Free to Use and Reuse: Selections from the archive Roadside America Flickr album Roadside America Story Map Caught Our Eyes: Coffee and Donuts, Anyone? Picture This August 9, 2012 “Exclamation Points”—John Margolies Photographs of Roadside America Ready for Touring Picture This June 21, 2017 On the Road Again: Scouting Out "Roadside America" Sites Picture This October 12, 2017 Marvels of Roadside … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Luxembourg

Luxembourg maps Luxembourg images Entrance to the town, Luxembourg The town, Luxembourg Clustered roofs and spires of Luxembourg Quaint riverside houses and picturesque towers of the Upper Town, of historic Luxembourg Grocery store, Luxembourg Grand Duke of Luxembourg Prince Rupprecht (Bavaria) & Antonie of Luxemburg Marie Adelaide, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Grand Duchess - Luxemburg Grand Duchess Luxemburg Grand Duchess Charlotte of … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Chinese Exclusion Act

From the Library of Congress: The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was signed into law on May 6, 1882. Officially titled "An act to execute certain treaty stipulations relating to Chinese," the Chinese Exclusion Act prohibited the immigration of Chinese laborers for ten years. It was extended in 1892 for another ten years by the Geary Act and then made permanent in 1902. In 1943, at a time when the United States and China were allies during World War II, the ban on Chinese immigration and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Norman Mineta

From the Library of Congress Norman Yoshio Mineta (1931-2022) had a long and influential history in American politics and was a proponent of restitution for Japanese American families who were incarcerated during World War II. In 1971, Mineta was elected the first Japanese American mayor for his hometown of San Jose, California. He would later serve as a member of the House of Representatives for over twenty years, as the 33rd Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce from 2000 to … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: Ruth Muskrat Bronson

Ruth Muskrat image set Ruth Muskrat newspaper articles More Ruth Muskrat historical newspaper coverage Read a Speech by a Native American Activist from the Early 1920s PBS Roadshow Ruth Muskrat’s Speech to President Coolidge, December 13, 1923 Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College Mount Holyoke Alumna Embraced Both Parts of Her Cultural Identity Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College Ruth Muskrat Bronson: American Indian Activist and Advocate Ahead of Her Time … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Skiing

Downhill skiing, cross-country or Nordic skiing, ski jumping, and even water skiing—peer into the past and look to the future with these fun primary sources! Skiing image set Snow skiing image set Cross-country skiing images Ski area maps 20th-century historical newspaper coverage of skiing How to ski and how not to 1914 book More books about skiing U.S. legislation related to skiing Women of Winter Sports: The First U.S. Olympic Ski Medalists Headlines & … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Native Americans

PSN curated source sets Today in History Black Hawk War Captivity Narratives Chief John Ross & the Cherokee Nation Chief Joseph Surrenders Custer’s Last Stand Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War Indian Citizenship Act Jamestown Siege of Fort Meigs Jim Thorpe Western Missionaries & Native Americans Sarah Winnemucca Primary Source Spotlight Indian Removal The Iroquois Confederacy Narragansett Navajo The Nez Percé … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Egypt

Egypt country study Egypt country profile BBC Egypt timeline BBC Places in the News: Lebanon July 2005 November 2011 August 2013 May 2016 Egypt primary source set World Digital Library Egypt maps Egypt image set Sheet music related to Egypt Song recordings related to Egypt Books & articles about Egypt Films & webcasts related to Egypt U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Egypt) Oral histories mentioning Egypt from the Foreign Affairs … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Resources

LGBTQ Activism and Contributions primary source set with teacher's guide Photographs Gay men creating a display labeled "Free: Gay Liberation, Minnesota" 1970 Male couples 1970 Gay rights demonstration at the Democratic National Convention 1976 AIDS quilt, Washington, D.C. 1987 Gary Pride Parade image set 2012 An LGBT Pride flag 2018 Posters Gay is angry, gay revolution networker 1971 I never loved a man the way that I love you! 1973 Gays & work symposium … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: The Tulsa Race Massacre Then and Now

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, or the Attack on Greenwood, was, and remains, one of the bloodiest outbreaks of racist violence in U.S. history. The incident began with the arrest of a young black man on May 31, was incited by an inflammatory report in the May 31 edition of the Tulsa Tribune, and ended around 24 hours later after white rioters looted and burned the prosperous black community on June 1. In the aftermath, dozens of city blocks were razed, hundreds killed, and thousands left … [Read more...]