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Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century. (Ref 973.903 K969) 5 vols. New York: Scribner's, 1996.

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Biography

American National Biography. (Ref 920 G191) 24 vols, plus supplement. New York: Oxford, 1999.

Biographical Directory of American History - Browse an alphabetical list. The links go to entries elsewhere, in such places as The Reader's Companion to American History.

 

 

Famous American Women: A Biographical Dictionary from Colonial Times to the Present. (Ref 920.073 F211) New York: Dover, 1983.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy - From Internet Public Library's presidential site, outline of JFK's life, with links to other resources relating to his life. Includes historical documents, biographies, and essays on important events.

The American People

Encyclopedia of American Social History. (Ref 973.03 C318) 3 vols. New York: Scribner, 1993.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture. (Ref 973.92 M147) London: Routledge, 2001.

Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People. (Ref 973.92 G673a) 2 vols. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2008.

Encyclopedia of Urban America: The Land and People. (Ref 307.76 Sh92) 2 vols. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1998.

Asian American Encyclopedia. (Ref 973.0495 N499) 6 vols. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1995.

Handbook of American Women's History. (Ref 305.409 H831) 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2000.

Native America in the Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia. (Ref 970.1 D295) New York: Garland, 1994.

This is a great online reference source, with hundreds of subject encyclopedias to search at one time.

Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents.  (Ref 973.03 R724) 3 vols. New York: Facts on File, 2004.

Chronicling America - Online newspapers from 1860 to 1922.  Browse by state, or do a general search.  From the Library of Congress.

General US Society

In the First Person - An index to online resources. If the resource is available for free, then you can link to it. If not, you can find out where it is kept. From Alexander Press.

 

National Archives and Records - Explore the exhibits for propaganda posters from World War II, and the "People at War". View photographs of Chicago's African American community, and historical documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation. Searchable.

Prosperity and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy 1921-1929 - Source materials from the 1920's compiled by the Library of Congress.

Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader. (2nd floor, 305.42 C885) New York: New York University, 2000.

Tearing Down the Color Bar: A Documentary History and Analysis of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. (2nd floor, 331.881 W694) New York: Columbia University, 1989.

Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement From the 1950s Through the 1980s. (2nd floor, 323.409 H189) New York: Bantam, 1990.

Economic History

Includes such works as: The Cambridge Economic History of the United States

Includes such titles as: Gale encyclopedia of U.S. economic history
 

Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History. (Ref 330.03 OX2), 5 volumes, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

War & International Relations

 Search this online reference source for hundreds of topical background essays.  Includes such titles as: Dictionary of American History

Includes the entire text of: The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations
 

World War I

Air Force Commander, James Doolittle in World War II - 1960 oral history interview in its entirety. From the Oral History Project of Columbia University. There are also other links relating to World War II here.

World War I - An excellent source of primary documents, and a great historical perspective from Fordham University.

World War II

Encyclopedia of World War II. (Ref 940.53 T798) 5 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2005.

War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement, 1942-1945 - Approximately 600 photographs and slides of the internment of the Japanese during World War II in California, Oregon and Washington from the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. This site can take a long time to load!

Rutgers Oral History Archive of World War II - Transcriptions of interviews for over 230 veterans (both men and women) of the war.

Veterans History Project - Firsthand accounts of ordinary people in wartime during the 20th century. Some audio, some textual resources.

WASP: Women Airforce Service Pilots - Official documents, records, statistics, audio clips of speeches, photographs, and more of the women who flew military planes for the US during this time. Searchable. From Wings Across America.

What did you do in the war, Grandma? - Oral histories of Rhode Island women during World War II, along with a glossary, timeline, essays, and a bibliography.

Cold War

Alger Hiss Story - Archival material and government documents, plus regular updates and additions to a highly controversial case in American history. A comprehensive site from New York University Libraries.

COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Domestic Dissent. (2nd floor, 363.25 C475) Boston: South End, 1990.

Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) - Historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, including some from communist bloc countries. Searchable.

Literature and Culture of the American 1950s - Annotated links to readings from the 1950's. Many are transcribed from contemporary works, and others are modern retrospectives. Find information about the people and times of this era.

Vietnam War

Vietnam War Bibliography - Arranged by subject, with topics such as Technology and WeaponsAir Force Operations, and the Draft.

Wars for Vietnam: 1945 to 1975 - Contains primary documents such as the Geneva Accords, Dulles's response, and Eisenhower's letter of support to Ngo Dinh Diem (1954). Discussions of key events, geography, bibliographies of writings, and much more. From Vassar.

Iraq

Fog of War - Overview and analysis of the 1991 "Air Battle for Baghdad," also known as the Gulf War. From the Washington Post.

 

The Sixties

1960s Counterculture in America.  (Ref 973.922 H1802) Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1997.

Sixties in America.  (Ref 973.92 Si64) 3 vols. Pasadena: Salem, 1999.

Documentary History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement.  (2nd floor, 323.11 L579) New York: Greenwood, 1992.

Martin Luther King, Jr. brings together many of the writings of Dr. King and historical photographs of the Civil Rights Movement. From Stanford University.

Mississippi Freedom Summer Project 1964 - Organized and sponsored by the Miami University (Ohio) library, the project consists of 765 documents, 27 videos, and suggested curriculum guides for classes from first grade through college. Among the documents are newspaper articles, speeches, newsletters, and photographs.

Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader. (2nd floor, 305.42 C885) New York: New York University, 2000.

A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law - Photographs, with captions, of many famous people and places reflecting the culture of the 1960's.

Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive - Online access to text and audiovisual primary resource materials.

Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement From the 1950s Through the 1980s. (2nd floor, 323.409 H189) New York: Bantam, 1990.

Warren Report - From the National Archives.

The Whole World Was Watching: An Oral History of 1968 - Rhode Islanders interviewed on events in 1968. A growing site.

Digger Archives - The Digger movement and the Summer of Love in San Francisco from 1966-68 with a continuing history into today.

Free Speech Movement - The student protests at U.C. Berkeley in 1964-65 are the subject of this site. It offers documents (searchable texts including oral histories), a chronology, finding aids, and a list of collections from the library.

Kennedy Space Center Historical Archives contains the historical archives; the site includes documents relating to space history and documentation for all manned missions up to and including the Space Shuttle.

Pacifica Radio Archives - an online source for interviews and other audio, providing excellent primary sources for a variety of events worldwide.

Psychedelic Sixties - "Literary Tradition and Social Change." Focus on the social movements of the time from the University of Virginia Library.

Watergate - "The scandal that brought down Richard Nixon." A great overview of this complex event. Includes texts of speeches, a timeline, historical and political context, security logs, and video of selected testimony. Use in conjunction with Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970-1974, which provide photographs of Nixon's years in office, including the Watergate years. See also the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers, which offers some of the original reporter's notebooks.

We Were Prepared for the Possiblity of Death: Freedom Riders in the South, 1961-1962 - Primary source documents for this period of U.S. History include copies of arrest records, memos, and letters.

Timelines

20th Century Day by Day. (Ref 909.82 D221) New York: DK., 1999.

 

Includes American Decades. Volumes for 1960-1999 are also available in print at (Ref 973.92 Am35).
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Citing your sources

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History 
(7th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 907.2 R148

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) - A guide from the SMC Library

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers.

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations 

by Kate L. Turabian (6th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 808.02 T840b 
Reserve Desk: 1st floor 808.02 T840b c.2
Turabian Citation Guide (Web site)

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