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American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library Library of Congress, American Memory. This expansive archive of American history and culture features photographs, prints, motion pictures, manuscripts, printed books, pamphlets, maps, and sound recordings going back to roughly 1490. Currently this site includes more than 9 million digital items from more than 100 collections on subjects ranging from African-American political pamphlets to California folk music, from baseball to the Civil War. Most topical sites include special presentations introducing particular depositories or providing historical context for archival materials. Visitors can search collections separately or all at once by keyword and type of source (photos and prints, documents, films, sound recordings, or maps). In addition, the Learning Page provides well-organized help for using the collections, including sample teaching assignments. WWW.History includes individual annotations for many of the current collections. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES, AUDIO, VIDEO. Website last visited on 2008-10-06.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: History & Social Studies U.S. Department of Education. This megasite brings together resources for teaching U.S. and world history from the far corners of the web. Most of these websites boast large collections of primary sources from the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the National Archives and Records Administration, and prominent universities. There are more than 600 websites listed for U.S. history alone, divided by time period and topic: Business & Work, Ethnic Groups, Famous People, Government, Movements, States & Regions, Wars, and Other Social Studies. While most of these websites are either primary source archives (for example, History of the American West, 1860–1920) or virtual exhibits, many offer lesson plans and ready-made student activities, such as EDSITEment, created by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A good place to begin is the (Subject Map), which lists resources by sub-topic, including African Americans (67 resources), Women’s History (37 resources), and Natural Disasters (16 resources). Each resource is accompanied by a brief annotation that facilitates quick browsing.
Resources Available: TEXT. Website last visited on 2008-10-06.
People with a History: An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* History Paul Halsall . Created by historian Paul Halsall, this site explores through links to hundreds of primary and secondary documents the history of homosexuals and “transgendered people” from classical antiquity to the present day. Arranged into 11 sections—each with their own table of contents—the site treats a strikingly wide range of themes, regions, and time periods. For example, section two, “Medieval Worlds,” is comprised of five “chapters” that cover early Christianity, Byzantium, the Latin Christian Middle Ages, Islam, and Ancient and Medieval Jews, respectively, and includes poems, literature, essays, and historical scholarship. Another section, “History and Theory,” offers links to interviews with prominent scholars, reviews of recent books, discussions of queer theory, and ruminations on the work of philosopher Michel Foucault. Partially annotated, the links are accompanied by background essays. The site also presents an incredibly thorough bibliography—perhaps “the most up-to-date and complete bibliography of [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] history available.” Regularly updated, this is an impressive collection of links which promises to expand. Resources Available: . Website last visited on 2000-10-20.
City Sites: Multimedia Essays on New York and Chicago, 1870s-1930s University of Birmingham and University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. An “electronic book,” composed of 10 multimedia essays by European and American scholars on modern urban culture in New York and Chicago. Hyperlinks allow readers to navigate thematically between essays. Ranging in length from 6,000 to 12,000 words, these essays explicitly use recent literary theory to explore urban landscapes, representations, and history. Visitors may follow particular “pathways” across essays for topics relating to architecture, leisure, race, and space. The New York essays deal with the following subjects: Harlem as refuge and ghetto in modernist art and writing; Times Square as represented in New Year’s celebrations; modern ways of seeing revealed in images of the Flatiron Building; an examination of the work of architectural illustrator Hugh Ferris in order to uncover “ways in which the modern imagination expressed itself through architectural discourse”; and tensions between turn-of-the-century representations of the Lower East Side by reformers and others. Chicago essays cover the portrayal of African-American urban styles in the art of Archibald Motley, Jr.; ways the city has been represented as a “gateway”; how urban identities are constructed and experiences portrayed in the novel Sister Carrie; ways that racial difference has been iterated in various discursive fields to shape national identity; and Maxwell Street as a site where urban renewal has displaced distinctive ethnic neighborhood cultures. Essays include dozens of photographs and multimedia displays. Includes a bibliography of more than 400 titles. As a demonstration of “ways in which new multimedia technologies can enhance conventional scholarly understandings of urban culture,” this site may represent the shape of things to come in some scholarly fields. Part of The 3Cities Project (see separate “History Matters” entry for description of larger site). Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO. Website last visited on 2001-09-14.
Plymouth Colony Archive Project Patricia Scott Deetz, Christopher Fennell, and J. Eric Deetz, University of Virginia. See JAH web review by John Saillant. Reviewed 2004-06-01. Presents a wealth of documents and analytical essays pertaining to the social history of Plymouth Colony from 1620 to 1691. Also offers a tribute to the scholarly work of the late James Deetz, Harrison Professor of Historical Archaeology, University of Virginia. Documents include 135 probates, 24 wills, and 14 texts containing laws and court cases on such subjects as land division, master-servant relations, sexual misconduct, and disputes involving Native Americans. In addition, the site provides more than 90 biographical studies, research papers and topical articles by James Deetz, Patricia Scott Deetz, and their students that analyze “life ways” of 395 individuals who lived in the colony and offer theoretical views on the colony’s legal structure, women’s roles, vernacular house forms, and domestic violence, among other topics. Includes 25 maps or plans of the colony; approximately 50 photographs; excerpts from Deetz’s books on the history and myths of Plymouth Colony and on Anglo-American gravestone styles; seven lesson plans; an extensive glossary of archaeological terms; and tributes to Deetz. Valuable for those interested in historical anthropology, material culture studies, and American colonial history. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2007-11-09.
Emma Goldman Papers Berkeley Digital Library. This site provides primary resources on Emma Goldman (1869–1940), a major figure in the history of radicalism and feminism in the United States prior to her deportation in 1919. Includes selections from 4 books by Goldman; 18 published essays and pamphlets; 4 speeches; 49 letters; 5 newspaper accounts of her activities; nearly 40 photographs, illustrations, and facsimiles of documents. Materials in this site were selected from those gathered and organized by the Emma Goldman Papers Project, an ongoing effort that has resulted in a 69-reel microfilm edition of her papers and other publications. Additional items in the site include selections from a traveling exhibition, issues of “Open Road: The Newsletter of the Emma Goldman Papers,” 4 sample documents from the forthcoming book edition of her papers; and a curriculum for middle and high school students to aid the study of freedom of expression, women’s rights, anti-militarism, and social change. The site reproduces a 6,500-word essay on the project’s history and a 9,000-word bibliographic essay. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2007-10-04.
WestWeb: Western Studies and Research Resources Professor, Catherine Lavender, College of Staten Island (CUNY). This gateway offers a wide range of links to primary and secondary documents, bibliographies, maps, images, and other resources for the study and teaching of the American West. Its 31 topics include agriculture, economics, the environment, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, military history, political and legal history, religion, settlement, technology, and water. Also highlights six selected “outstanding sites.” Well-designed, comprehensive, and easy to navigate, the site also furnishes syllabi and additional teaching materials and suggestions. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2001-06-27.
The Commercial Closet Mike Wilke, Commercial Closet Association. Advertised as “the world’s largest collection of gay advertising,” this site provides video clips, still photo storyboards, descriptive critiques, and indexing to more than 600 television and print media ad representations of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgendered. Users can access ads by year; brand; company; business category; themes; region; agency; target group (gays or mainstream); and portrayals (“what the imagery/narrative conveys about gayness”) categorized as vague, neutral, positive, or negative. Although the earliest ad is from 1958, the majority are drawn from the past 10 years. The creator, a business journalist, notes that “the project is also creating a historic document that charts the burlesquing of the gay community, and the move toward more positive and inclusive portrayals.” Visitors with an interest in gay history, popular culture, consumer culture, and advertising can do their own charting with the materials provided. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES, AUDIO, VIDEO. Website last visited on 2001-11-08.
Freedom of Information Act, Electronic Reading Room Federal Bureau of Investigation. Provides thousands of documents from more than 150 FBI files that have been declassified and made public due to Freedom of Information Act requests. Many documents are barely legible; many have been heavily censored—“to protect national security, personal privacy interests, the identity of confidential sources, and law enforcement techniques.” No contextual information is available concerning individual documents, although file headnotes identify the person or event profiled in short one-sentence to one-paragraph descriptions. Documents, available in PDF format, have been categorized in the following manner: 57 on famous persons; 54 files of “historical interest”; 22 that deal with violent crime; 10 from the gangster era; 9 on espionage; and 5 pertaining to “unusual phenomena” such as UFOs and animal mutilations. Some of the historical case files include thousands of pages of documents. Topics include: the Sacco/Vanzetti case in the 1920s; the 1932 Bonus March; the Black Legion of the 1930s; the Young Communist League, 1939–41; the murder of Leon Trotsky in 1940; the Daily Worker in the late 1940s and 1950s; the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964; SNCC, beginning in 1964; the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 and 1965; a Black Panther Party chapter beginning in 1969; the Watergate break-in of 1972; the white hate group Posse Comitas in 1973; the Weather Underground Organization in the 1970s; the Gay Activists Alliance of the 1970s; and the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986. This site contains valuable material for those studying American political history of the twentieth century, radicalism, and law enforcement. Resources Available: TEXT. Website last visited on 2007-11-23.
Women Working, 1800–1930 Harvard University Library Open Collections Program. See JAH web review by Janice L. Reiff. Reviewed 2007-03-01. This site is offers textual and visual historical resources for teaching, learning, and researching the history of women working in the United States. It currently includes almost 3,500 digitized books, 7,500 manuscript pages, and 1,200 photographs. Holdings include letters, diaries, scrapbooks, magazines, catalogs, photographs, books, and pamphlets (both non-fiction and fiction). Visitors may browse through the “New Additions” area, look through materials by topic (such as home labor, arts, or business), search catalog keywords, or perform a full text search. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2008-10-08.
The Pill PBS: American Experience. Designed as a companion to the PBS film, this site documents the development of the birth control pill and its effect on women’s health. The site offers a synopsis of the film (approximately 1,000 words) and about a dozen primary sources, including letters between birth control pill researchers. The site also includes a timeline that documents references to birth control as far back in history as Biblical Genesis. A “Gallery” showcases approximately 15 birth control pill package designs. “People and Events” introduces visitors to the researchers (including Margaret Sanger) who dedicated years to the project, as well as milestones in the pill’s development. “Special Features” uses a Flash presentation to demonstrate how the pill works to prevent pregnancy, explores the many shifts in sexual attitudes that have been attributed to the pill, and asks viewers to participate in an online poll. A “Teacher’s Guide” features lesson plans in geography, civics, history, and society, and presents challenging exercises for students. For example, one exercise asks students to survey the effect geography had on sexual attitudes by comparing laws about contraception from state to state in 1960. Although the site is not a comprehensive archive, the primary sources and multimedia exhibits make it valuable, especially for research into birth control and women’s issues.
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Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO. Website last visited on 2004-06-10.
Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution Jewish Women’s Archive. See JAH web review by Lila Corwin Berman. Reviewed 2006-12-01. This exhibit explores the contributions of Jewish women in Feminism’s “Second Wave” during which Jewish women helped work “to transform American society and Jewish life in America.” It offers a collection of images, a timeline, and six thematic essays. The interactive timeline using the exhibit images allows the visitor to follow the role of Jewish women in the resurgence of the feminist movement from the 1960s through the end of the 20th century. The thematic essays—“Foremothers,” “From Silence to Voice,” “Setting the Feminist Agenda,” “The Personal is Political,” “Feminism is Judaism,” and “Confronting Power”—combine images, audio clips, and statements from prominent Jewish feminists, as well as short biographies of the feminists. The visitor can search the entire collection of more than 90 objects and stories from Jewish feminists used in the essays or browse the collection by person, format, topic, or date. A useful resource for researching Jewish women or the history of the feminist movement. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES, AUDIO. Website last visited on 2005-10-27.
Documents from the Women’s Liberation Movement The Digital Scriptorium, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University. A collection of more than 50 documents—including journal and newspaper articles, speeches, papers, manifestoes, essays, press releases, a minute book, organization statements, songs, and poems—concerning the women’s liberation movement, with a focus on U.S. activity in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Organized into eight subject headings—General and Theoretical; Medical and Reproductive Rights; Music; Organizations and Activism; Sexuality and Lesbian Feminism; Socialist Feminism; Women of Color; and Women’s Work and Roles—and searchable by keyword. Includes five related links. Selected primarily by Duke University professor Anne Valk, with assistance from Rosalyn Baxandall (SUNY, Old Westbury) and Linda Gordon (University of Wisconsin, Madison). Useful for those studying women’s history and late 20th-century radical movements. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2001-07-17.
Center for Working-Class Studies Center for Working-Class Studies, Youngstown State University. Introduces an organization begun in 1996 that “creates social spaces for civic and academic conversations on working-class life and culture and its intersections with other identities and serves as a clearinghouse for information on working-class culture, issues, and pedagogy.” The site presents information about the Center, its outreach programs and electronic discussion network; a 1,000-word essay defining working-class studies and commenting on recent trends; six course syllabi; online student exhibitions for a course on “Working in Youngstown,” which deals with the history and representations of work in “Steeltown, U.S.A.” and throughout the U.S.; 88 abstracts of papers presented at the 1999 conference on “Class, Identity, and Nation”; 84 partially annotated links to related resources, including 24 for museums on working-class and labor history; and a bibliography organized into 24 thematic categories such as “Working-Class Fiction,” “Class as Culture,” “Class Perception in the U.S.,” and “Class and Sexuality.” A useful site for introducing students to discussions of class and labor issues in American history. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2007-10-22.
American Radicalism Collection Special Collections and Digital Sources Center, Michigan State University Libraries. This site contains images of 129 pamphlets, documents, and newsletters produced by or relevant to radical movements, as well as an index of more than 17,000 offline items relating to American radicalism on the left and right. Groups and issues represented by one to 30 documents are: the American Indian Movement; Asian Americans; birth control; the Black Panthers; the Hollywood Ten; the IWW; the Ku Klux Klan; the Rosenberg case; Sacco and Vanzetti; the Scottsboro Boys; Students for a Democratic Society; and Wounded Knee. This is a small, but useful site for research on radicalism, political movements, and rhetoric. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2007-11-13.
New American Studies Web Georgetown University, American Studies Association. This site, sponsored by Georgetown University and maintained by the American Studies Association, is a topical database of more than 2000 web-based resources in American studies. The site is part of an international networking and curriculum project that provides information on pedagogical, scholarly, and institutional resources for the international American Studies community; gives information on experimental projects of curriculum revision in key American Studies courses and among individual faculty members who are integrating electronic media into their teaching; and offers workbooks, videotapes, and workshops that help teachers and students make optimal use of technology in teaching and writing. The “Curriculum” section provides nine syllabi for graduate courses, more than 60 undergraduate syllabi, and 53 detailed course plans that include syllabi, instructors’ notes, exercises, assignments, projects, and electronic resources. These resources are divided into 13 categories such as history, popular culture, literary and text studies, gender, sexuality and the body, visual culture, and music. The site also offers links and information on teaching with technology and integrating multimedia into the classroom, sources for workshops, videotapes, and other faculty development resources, access to two reports on the impact of new technology on the classroom, and links to ten organizations, communities, and professional resources like the American Studies Association and special interest groups, such as women and education. This site is a valuable resource for college-level teachers who want to cultivate innovative ways to teach and learn. Resources Available: TEXT. Website last visited on 2008-10-09.
Jo Freeman.com Jo Freeman. A collection of articles and photographs by Jo Freeman, feminist activist, analyst, reporter, and political consultant from the 1960s to the present-day. Offers more than 70 articles—most of which have been published previously—arranged in 13 categories. These include the feminist movement; women’s political history; women, law, and public policy; and social protest in the 1960s. Freeman, who worked on the Senator Alan Cranston 's campaign staff during his 1984 run for president, also offers her diary that reveals day-to-day details of campaign life. Freeman’s recent writings for Senior Women Web offer her perspectives on current issues. Also includes more than 40 photographs taken by Freeman at the Democratic conventions of 1964 and 1968, the 1966 “March against Fear,” led by James Meredith, Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 presidential campaign, and flags displayed at Brooklyn locations in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks. A 2,300-word biographical essay by historian Jennifer Scanlon provides a cogent summary of Freeman’s public life and thought. The site is word-searchable and provides 30 links to politically-oriented sites. Of interest to those studying U.S. women’s history and political activism since the 1960s. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2002-03-08.
AIDS at 20 New York Times. Provides more than 350 selected New York Times articles from 1981 to 2001 on the AIDS epidemic. Also includes 9 articles specifically related to the course of the epidemic’s devastation in Africa. Provides 9 videos, 6 multimedia presentations, 5 fact sheets, and 4 in-depth reports on such subjects as available H.I.V. medications, AIDS in New York City, H.I.V. and teens, women and AIDS, the Federal response to the crisis, and a history of AIDS. A valuable collection of informative materials. Resources Available: TEXT, VIDEO. Website last visited on 2007-10-27.
Clash of Cultures in the 1910s and 1920s Matthew Davis and Pamela Pennock, Ohio State University. Offers an interpretive essay of more than 10,000 words on the culture wars of an earlier day, with approximately 34 documents and 75 images—photographs, cartoons, posters, flyers, and maps—to help students appreciate historical contexts and make connections between otherwise unrelated phenomena. Organized into four categories: Prohibition, Anti-Immigration and the KKK, The New Woman, and The Scopes Trial. The “Prohibition” section includes an exhibition of photographs, political cartoons and documents from the Ohio Dry Campaign of 1918. “The New Woman” contains sections on image and lifestyle, sexuality, opposition, the African-American New Woman, and work, education, and reform. Provides links to 28 related sites and bibliographies of 42 titles, and promises that “teaching tips” screens are under construction. This site, prepared by two Ph.D. history students, will be a useful way for teachers to introduce students to approaches that historians have taken in studying 20th-century American cultural history. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2007-11-22.
Museum of Musical Instruments (MoMI) Hank Risan and Bianca Soros. The title of this site is somewhat misleading, as the history and artistry of the guitar and guitarists is the primary focus for the eight collections of images and 15 exhibitions—some produced in conjunction with other cultural institutions—that the site’s creators, a collector and music scholar, offer. “Dangerous Curves: Art of the Guitar,” an online version of a recent Boston Museum of Fine Arts exhibition, presents more than 20 photographs of guitars from the Baroque era to modern times, including a number of celebrity instruments. This exhibition provides up to 200-word annotations on each image and a 4,000-word essay. “Bound for Glory: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie,” a complement to the traveling Smithsonian Institution show, offers a 3,100-word narrative of the folksinger’s life and songwriting career, with 23 audio files of songs and interviews, 32 photographs, four pieces of sheet music, and six reviews and articles on the original exhibition. “The Private Life of Mark Twain” displays photos of the author’s 1834 Martin guitar, an edited version of Twain’s poem “Genius,” a 350-word article, an audio file of a song about Twain performed by the Kingston Trio, and a nine-minute National Public Record audio segment on Twain’s guitar. Other exhibition topics include music in films, Elvis Presley, Django Reinhardt, music during World War II, and “the guitar as a potent sex symbol.” The eight collections of images present historic guitars from the ragtime era to 1930s singing cowboy movies. The site also includes approximately 70 previously published articles on related topics. Valuable for those studying music history and American popular culture of the 20th century. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES, AUDIO. Website last visited on 2002-06-21.
Twentieth-Century Girls: Coming of Age in the Twentieth Century, Stories from Minnesota and Beyond Minnesota State University. See JAH web review by Miriam Forman-Brunell. Reviewed 2007-09-01. This website explores “girls’ history” with 40 oral history interviews conducted by women’s studies students at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Each interviewee was asked extensively about her girlhood. Questions focused on adolescence and growing up as well as the social, cultural, and physical implications of girlhood and personal experiences. Topics include family, race, sexuality, education, and women’s issues. The archive includes brief biographies, video clips, and transcripts of interviews (arranged thematically), photographs, and reflections of the interview process. Most of the women interviewed were born and raised in Minnesota, although a few came from other states with a smaller number immigrating from other countries. The site is not searchable, and the video clips are not high quality. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO. Website last visited on 2007-09-01.
Frontera Collection of Mexican American Music Arhoolie Founcation, UCLA Chicano Research Studies Center, UCLA Music Library & Digital Library Program, Los Tigres Del Norte Foundation. This collection of commercially produced Mexican American vernacular music is the largest of its kind, with more than 100,000 recordings. The music, originally published between 1905 and the 1990s, is primarily in Spanish. This website presents digitized versions of roughly 30,000 recordings. The music ranges widely in style and includes lyric songs, canciones, boleros, rancheras, sones, instrumental music, and the first recordings of norte and conjunto music, as well as politically motivated speeches and comedy skits. A browseable list of subjects shows that love (unrequited love, adultery, regrets), war (Korean War, Mexican Revolution, World War I and II), and praise (of country, guitar, mother) are common themes in the collection. Unfortunately, the songs are available to the public only in fifty-second sound clips. However, users interested in gaining full access to a select group of songs for research are encouraged to contact the website’s administrators. Resources Available: AUDIO. Website last visited on 2007-11-10.
Jefferson’s Blood PBS Online and WGBH/Frontline. An adjunct site to a PBS “Frontline” program exploring the claim that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one and maybe all of the children of his slave, Sally Hemmings. This view is supported by DNA testing and believed valid by a consensus of historians and experts. The site presents ten essays ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 words in length by prominent historians and other scholars—including Joseph Ellis, Annette Gordon-Reed, Philip D. Morgan, Jack Rakove, and Gordon Woods—on the controversy, its historical background and significance, interracial sex in the antebellum Chesapeake region, Jefferson’s legacy, and America’s mixed-race heritage. The site also provides accounts by four Monticello slaves and the chief overseer; four video segments, from seven to nine minutes each; transcripts of interviews with Ellis, Gordon-Reed, Dr. Eugene Foster, who designed and carried out the testing, and Lucia Cinder Stanton, from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation; and links to a clearinghouse for information that argues against the claim. Resources Available: TEXT, AUDIO, VIDEO. Website last visited on 2008-10-08.
Sublime Anxiety: The Gothic Family and the Outsider Natalie Regensburg, University of Virginia. An exhibit of approximately 80 images—mostly book covers, title pages, and illustrations—and explanatory annotations that present a history of the Gothic novel from the 18th century to the present. Organized into 12 sections, the site begins with then-popular titles that Jane Austen mentioned in her 1818 satirical novel Northanger Abbey, and covers such topics as “the outsider as anti-hero,” "women and the gothic," the Shelleys, the Brontes, imperialism, vampire tales, and the detective novel. Also presents recent vestiges of the Gothic craze in works of Anne Rice and Edward Gorey. Much of the material derives from UVA’s Sadleir-Black Collection of Gothic Books. The site includes an introductory essay by exhibit curator Natalie Regensburg of 1,500 words. Valuable for those studying popular culture of the Victorian age and earlier, and the lasting influence of the Gothic genre in later eras. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2008-10-08.
Unoffical Calvin Klein Ad Archive David Toccafondi. A collection of more than 300 reproductions of advertisements from 1980 to the present, produced to sell Calvin Klein products, such as jeans, underwear, swimwear, and fragrances. Organized according to featured model or product. Most ads are annotated with name and date of magazine where they appeared; some list name of photographer. Includes a number of controversial series, such as the company’s “child porn” ads from 1995, “heroin chic” ads of 1996—both photographed by Richard Avedon. Also provides 24 pages from a 116-page Vanity Fairinsert sold only in Southern California and New York City of photographs by Bruce Weber, many of which are distinguished by their “openness of the sexuality and homoeroticism.” Ironically, site creator David Toccafondi, an information technology support specialist, despises advertisers: “I think advertisers are the bane of modern human existence . . . . They do nothing but promote materialism, consumerism, superficiality, and greed.” A site of value for those studying advertising and fashion photography in the late 20th century. Resources Available: IMAGES. Website last visited on 2001-08-24.
Time Magazine Archives TIME. TIME: The Weekly News-Magazine began life on March 3, 1923, co-founded by Henry R. Luce and his classmate at Hotchkiss School and Yale, Briton Hadden, both out of college only three years. While cub newspapermen, they had developed the notion of a weekly newsmagazine designed, in the words of later managing editor Henry Grunwald, “to organize the week’s news and to interpret it in a systematic, orderly and relatively concise fashion,” so that it could be read cover-to-cover in less than an hour. Luce, who took over as sole editor after Hadden died in 1929, dictated that “Everything in TIME should be either titillating or epic or supercurtly factual.” While the editorial policy has been described by one of magazine’s early editors as “disinterested,” historian Alan Brinkley notes that with regard to the issues about which Luce cared most deeply, “his magazines could be startlingly biased, even polemical.” Brinkley adds, however, that with regard to most other issues, “Luce was relatively open-minded, deferential to his editors, receptive to many conflicting views, eager to attract the talents of gifted writers whatever their ideologies.” The website includes all articles from nearly 4,500 issues of TIME. With the exception of TIME covers, illustrations from the magazine are not included in the archival site. In addition to keyword searching that can be refined according to date, the site provides “collections” organized according to a wide range of topics, with selected covers and text excerpts linked to full articles. Resources Available: TEXT, IMAGES. Website last visited on 2009-08-04.
Linking to Our Past: Documenting the African American Experience in Virginia Virginia Historical Society. See JAH web review by David Hicks. Reviewed 2009-09-01. This website features a series of collections relating to African American history in Virginia from roughly 1850 to the present. Collections are focused around the following themes: identity, freedom, education, community, resistance, justice, and triumph. Each theme includes a variety of guiding questions to help teachers encourage their students to question the sources—though these questions are not always clearly linked to the collection Activities. Primary sources include letters, a broadside, paintings, photographs, a lithograph, a teacher’s register, and a speech. These materials are targeted to Virginia teachers and the state Standards of Learning. Each collection includes an introduction to the chosen source, a “Historical Context” section, an archival context that examines the source’s origin, the primary source itself, a typescript for handwritten sources, and an “Activities” section to guide teaching of the source. The site offers valuable resources for teaching about the African American experience in Virginia, and provides a concise analysis of each of the twelve selected sources. Resources Available: AUDIO, VIDEO. Website last visited on 2009-09-21.
Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915–1930 Shane White, Stephen Garton, Graham White, and Stephen Robertson at the University of Sydney, Australia. See JAH web review by Todd Presner. Reviewed 2010-12-01. This interactive digital map uses the Google Maps API to provide users with a dynamic way to interact with geospacial and temporal historical data. Users can turn on and off a wide variety of data layers, including events, people, and places. Within each of these categories users can search by keyword, and filter the results by characteristics such as date, occupation, gender, race, location, conviction, and birthplace. The project focuses on the lives of “ordinary African New Yorkers,” and pulls much of its data from legal records, which provides an entry into not only activities that one might typically consider “criminal,” such as gambling, violence, and confidence schemes, but also cultural aspects of streetlife such as music and family life. This website will be valuable to researchers and students looking for a creative and revealing way to navigate complex, intersecting historical data to explore topics such as urban life and culture, family life, public and private spaces, and crime, among many others. Resources Available: TEXT. Website last visited on 2010-02-24.
Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship Martha’s Vineyard Museum. See JAH web review by Julie Winch. Reviewed 2013-06-01. In 1868, Laura Jernegan, six-year-old daughter of a whaling captain, put to sea with her parents and younger brother. This website, created by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, explores her family’s four-year whaling expedition, focusing on Laura’s own diary.
Two narratives ground the exhibit: “The Story of Whaling” and “Laura’s Story.” Each narrative is divided up into three sections—“Before the Voyage,” "The Voyage“ and ”After the Voyage“—and consists of 14—15 individual ”chapters,“ each a short essay of approximately 300—1600 words. ”The Story of Whaling“ describes the rise and fall of the whaling industry and the nature of a whaling voyage, including preparation and hiring crew.
”Laura’s Story" narrates the voyage of the Roman, the ship on which Laura and her family set sail. The voyage included a stay in Hawaii, mutiny, and the Roman's sinking in the Arctic (everyone survived). “Laura’s Story” also looks at the lives of Laura and her family before and after the voyage, as young children and as adults. Each essay include links to images, descriptions, and other sections of the website that clarify and enrich the text.
For Laura’s own description of her time at sea, “Explore Laura’s Journal” lets visitors browse her 43-page journal. Written in a child’s bold handwriting, the journal is short and easy to read, and can be viewed in the original scans, as a text transcript, or with a magic lens feature that translates the writing into print as the mouse runs over a page.
Further background information supports the two narratives and Laura’s journal, including:
“About Whales,” a mini-exhibit answering basic questions about six whale species;
an interactive timeline reaching from 1774 to 1955, including both general world history events and whaling events;
“Explore the Ship,” a diagram of a whaling ship that visitors can click for information on crew positions and parts of the ship; and
a “Map of Whaling.”
This interactive world map lets visitors display features from six sets of information, turning each set on or off and overlaying them. The sets include the four routes of the Roman's journey, three typical whaling routes, posts and sites important to whaling, 1878 whaling grounds for four species, major ocean currents, and whale migration patterns for three species.
Finally, visitors can view zoomable photographs of 175 different whaling-related objects in “Artifacts,” read the descriptions of 15 crew positions in “Meet the Crew,” and browse 16 pieces of logbook art, 36 photos, and 53 whaling-related images in the “Picture Gallery.” An A-to-Z glossary offers definitions for 180 historical and whaling terms. Visitors can also explore the biographies of five people, including all of the members of the Jernegan family and, in “More About,” can read 10 more 1,000–3,000-word essays on subjects like race and whaling, women and whaling, and 19th-century children’s literature.
In the “For Teachers” section, educators can download two units on whaling: a four-lesson unit for grades 1–3, or a six-lesson unit for 4–5. “For Further Study” features a bibliography of 75 books for children and adults and eight annotated links.
A thorough website centered around a very unique primary source—use it to invite young children into history through the voice of a peer! Resources Available: AUDIO, VIDEO. Website last visited on 2011-03-07.