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Library adds two new online databases


3:55 p.m., June 22, 2011--Two new databases -- History Vault and 19th Century U. S. Newspapers -- are now available online at the University of Delaware Library website. The databases are licensed for use by UD faculty, students and staff, and they can be accessed from the Library's databases page.  

History Vault

The first two modules of History Vault, a new online database from ProQuest, are now available.  These modules, Black Freedom Struggle, offer all levels of researchers the opportunity to study the most well-known and also unheralded events of the Black freedom struggle in the 20th century from the perspectives of the men, women and sometimes even children who waged one of the most inspiring social movements in American history.

From the founding of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs in the last decade of the 19th century to the riots that followed the verdict in the Rodney King police brutality case in the last decade of the 20th century, these modules provide researchers with documentation on subjects like the Great Migration, the East St. Louis Riot of 1917, the activities of members of the Federal Council on Negro Affairs during the New Deal, the March on Washington Movement during World War II, the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1963 March on Washington and the protests in Selma, Ala., that inspired the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Included in the first module are such materials as peonage files of the U.S. Department of Justice, 1901-1945, Department of Justice classified aubject files on civil rights, 1914-1949, New Deal agencies and Black America, records of the Tuskegee airmen, President Truman’s Committee on Civil Rights, records from the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations detailing the interaction between civil rights leaders and organizations and the highest levels of the federal government, FBI files on Martin Luther King Jr., Centers of the Southern Struggle, an exceptional  collection of FBI files, records of the Interstate Commerce Commission on discrimination in transportation, FBI files on organizations such as the Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam, Civil Rights during the Bush administration, focusing on his veto of the Civil Rights Act of 1990 and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

The second module consists of personal papers of African Americans and records of civil rights organizations, including papers of the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), the Mary McLeod Bethune Papers, records of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC), records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the organization led by Martin Luther King Jr., the Bayard Rustin papers and the Claude A. Barnett papers.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers

Covering the period 1800-1900, 19th Century U. S. Newspapers features publications from the political party newspapers at the beginning of the 19th century to the mammoth dailies that shaped the nation at the century’s end. Every aspect of society and every region of the nation is found in the archive -- rural and urban, large cities and small towns, coast to coast and beyond. Major newspapers stand alongside those published by African Americans, Native Americans, women’s rights groups, labor groups, the Confederacy and other select groups. Also included are illustrated papers that bring the 19th century to life through the drawings of many of its celebrated artists. The collection covers 500 titles, totaling almost 2 million easily searchable pages.

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