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US History Sources at Oxford

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An overview of the resources available for US History in the Vere Harmsworth Library, University of Oxford

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US History Sources at Oxford

  1. 1. US History Sources in Oxford Jane Rawson Vere Harmsworth Librarian US Studies Subject Consultant [email_address]
  2. 2. Summary <ul><li>Finding publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books, journals, journal articles, theses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Electronic resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e-books via SOLO/OLIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscription databases via OxLIP+ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-journals via OU e-journals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Primary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Special collections & archives </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vere Harmsworth Library <ul><li>Principal research library for US History at Oxford </li></ul><ul><li>Located in the Rothermere American Institute on South Parks Road </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/vhl </li></ul><ul><li>facebook.com/vereharmsworthlibrary </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter @vhllib </li></ul>
  4. 4. Finding books <ul><li>Library catalogues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SOLO/OLIS ( http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>British Library ( http://catalogue.bl.uk ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>COPAC ( http://www.copac.ac.uk ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WorldCat ( http://www.worldcat.org or via OxLIP+) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bibliographies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>America: History & Life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Historical Review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews in American History </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Finding journals <ul><li>Print & electronic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library catalogues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OU e-journals (via OxLIP+) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Journal articles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliographies (print & online) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Scholar ( http://scholar.google.com ) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Finding dissertations & theses <ul><li>ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (US) </li></ul><ul><li>Index to Theses (UK) </li></ul><ul><li>Theses completed and in progress (UK, http://www.history.ac.uk/history-online/theses ) </li></ul><ul><li>SOLO/OLIS (Oxford) </li></ul><ul><li>ORA (Oxford recent, via SOLO or http://ora.ouls.ox.ac.uk ) </li></ul><ul><li>EThOS (UK, http://ethos.bl.uk ) </li></ul>
  7. 7. America: History & Life <ul><li>Bibliographic database </li></ul><ul><li>History of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present </li></ul><ul><li>Published since 1964 with details of journal articles etc since 1954 </li></ul><ul><li>Indexes over 2,000 journals </li></ul><ul><li>Available via SOLO/OxLIP+ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Electronic resources <ul><li>e-books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SOLO/OxLIP+ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Books ( http://books.google.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Archive ( http://www.archive.org ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>e-journals via OU e-journals/OxLIP+ </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription databases via OxLIP+ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary sources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remote access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign in to SOLO/OxLIP+ using single sign-on </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Sources: books <ul><li>Early American Imprints I: Evans </li></ul><ul><li>Early English Books Online (EEBO) </li></ul><ul><li>Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Books ( http://books.google.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Archive ( http://www.archive.org ) </li></ul><ul><li>Making of Modern Law </li></ul><ul><li>Making of America (U of Michigan, Cornell) </li></ul><ul><li>Microform collections in VHL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Travels in the Old South </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travels in the New South </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travels in the West and Southwest </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Early American Imprints I: Evans <ul><li>Collection of 37,000+ full text early printed American imprints (1639-1800) </li></ul><ul><li>Originally compiled in the American Bibliography by Charles Evans, and the supplement by Roger Bristol </li></ul><ul><li>Very wide-ranging: covers every aspect of life in 17 th & 18 th century America, and all sorts of publications from books & pamphlets to advertisements, chapbooks, hymnals, wills etc </li></ul>
  11. 11. Early English Books Online (EEBO) <ul><li>Contains bibliographical references of Pollard & Redgrave’s Short Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing’s Short Title Catalogue (1641-1700). </li></ul><ul><li>96,000+ images of early printed material </li></ul><ul><li>Includes material printed in the American colonies </li></ul>
  12. 12. Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) <ul><li>Nearly 150,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800 being made available online (still in progress) </li></ul><ul><li>When complete, will allow full-text searching of more than 33 million pages of material – every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the UK, along with thousands of important works from the Americas </li></ul>
  13. 13. Google Books & the Internet Archive <ul><li>Millions of digitised printed books </li></ul><ul><li>Full text access only to out-of-copyright material, but listings and snippets of many more </li></ul><ul><li>Google Books agreement extends coverage to ‘orphan works’ </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford material can be found in Google Books </li></ul><ul><li>http://books.google.com http://www.archive.org </li></ul>
  14. 14. Making of Modern Law <ul><li>Over 21,000 works from the 19 th and early 20 th centuries </li></ul><ul><li>Covers British, Commonwealth and American law </li></ul><ul><li>Legal focus: casebooks, treatises, manuals, as well as monographs </li></ul><ul><li>But wide-ranging in terms of subjects covered: also politics, military, religion, labour, social welfare etc </li></ul>
  15. 15. Making of America <ul><li>University of Michigan: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moagrp/ </li></ul><ul><li>Cornell University (much smaller): http://digital.library.cornell.edu/m/moa/ </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of digitised primary sources (books and journals) </li></ul><ul><li>19 th century US social history </li></ul>
  16. 16. Microform collections <ul><li>Subject guide in VHL or online at http://bit.ly/vhlmicrofilms </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of books, journals, travel literature, diaries, biographies </li></ul><ul><li>Three major collections of printed material: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Travels in the Old South </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travels in the New South </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travels in the West and Southwest (not all on SOLO, see also the online lists at http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/vhllib/lists/ ) </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Sources: Newspapers, magazines, periodicals <ul><li>American Periodicals Series </li></ul><ul><li>19 th Century US Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>ProQuest Historical Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Chronicling America </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic NewsWatch </li></ul><ul><li>Black Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Nexis UK (current) </li></ul><ul><li>Early American Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Print news magazines in VHL and BOD </li></ul><ul><li>BAAS newspaper catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>BL newspaper catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Online digitisation projects </li></ul>
  18. 18. American Periodicals Series <ul><li>Over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900 </li></ul><ul><li>Includes special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children’s and women’s magazines, and many other historically significant periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>Access via SOLO/OxLIP+ </li></ul>
  19. 19. 19 th Century US Newspapers <ul><li>Approximately 1.7 million pages (over 28 million articles) from c.500 newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the US </li></ul><ul><li>Covers entire 19 th century </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on topics such as the American Civil War, African-American culture & history, Western migration, economic development, the Antebellum era and many other subjects </li></ul>
  20. 20. ProQuest Historical Newspapers <ul><li>Full-text access to the archives of major US newspapers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The New York Times, 1851-2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Washington Post, 1877-1994 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Chicago Defender, 1910-1975 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The New York Amsterdam News, 1922-1993 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Pittsburgh Courier, 1911-2002 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New York Times and Washington Post also held on microfilm in the VHL (up to 2005) </li></ul>
  21. 21. Chronicling America <ul><li>Freely available online </li></ul><ul><li>Provided by the Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 </li></ul><ul><li>Includes newspapers from Arizona, California, DC, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington </li></ul><ul><li>http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov </li></ul>
  22. 22. Ethnic NewsWatch <ul><li>Covers US ethnic and minority newspapers and other periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage begins in 1990 </li></ul><ul><li>Bilingual database (English and Spanish) </li></ul><ul><li>Access via SOLO/OxLIP+ </li></ul>
  23. 23. Black Journals <ul><li>Microfilm of 17 titles from the first half of the 20 th century </li></ul><ul><li>VHL Micr. USA 397-415 </li></ul><ul><li>Listed in VHL microform guide ( http://bit.ly/vhlnewspapers ) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Nexis UK <ul><li>Access to thousands of news sources from all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>Current and recent (up to 20 years in some cases) </li></ul><ul><li>Not page images </li></ul><ul><li>Restrict search by source (either individual titles or geographic location) </li></ul>
  25. 25. Early American Newspapers <ul><li>Microfilms in VHL (search SOLO or browse microform list) </li></ul><ul><li>18 th /19 th century (largely c.1760-1860) </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage is particularly good for the original 13 states </li></ul><ul><li>Online list of all newspapers on microfilm at the VHL available at http://bit.ly/vhlnewspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Available online from British Library (for BL members) until September </li></ul>
  26. 26. News magazines <ul><li>Many available in VHL or Bodleian bookstack – search SOLO. Often also available online via Nexis UK etc. </li></ul><ul><li>VHL titles include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Nation, 1865- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The New Republic, 1914- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Review, 1955- (incomplete) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Journal, 1977- (incomplete) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US News & World Report, 1948- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ebony, 1958-2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BOD titles include: Time, 1943- (also online from 1923 via http://www.time.com/time/archive/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>LIFE magazine available via Google Books </li></ul>
  27. 27. Elsewhere <ul><li>BAAS newspaper catalogue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listing of US newspaper holdings in UK libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://baas.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_joodb&view=catalog&joobase=4&letter=f&Itemid=20 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BL Newspaper Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>British Library’s newspaper holdings all at Colindale. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search via BL catalogue ( http://catalogue.bl.uk ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia list of online newspaper archives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_online_newspaper_archives#United_States </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Sources: Official papers, government publications, foreign policy etc. <ul><li>Monthly Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>US Congressional Serial Set </li></ul><ul><li>Congressional Record & predecessors </li></ul><ul><li>House & Senate Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Congressional Committee Hearings </li></ul><ul><li>American State Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Colonial State Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Presidential Papers </li></ul><ul><li>American Founding Era Collection </li></ul>
  29. 29. Sources: Official papers, government publications, foreign policy etc. <ul><li>Foreign Relations of the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Declassified Documents Reference System </li></ul><ul><li>Digital National Security Archive </li></ul><ul><li>Confidential Print North America </li></ul><ul><li>HeinOnline </li></ul><ul><li>FDSys </li></ul><ul><li>VHL online guide: </li></ul><ul><li>http://ox.libguides.com/us-govpubs </li></ul>
  30. 30. Monthly Catalog <ul><li>Indexes all US government publications </li></ul><ul><li>Print, 1933-2000, VHL reference section </li></ul><ul><li>Online from July 1976- ( http://catalog.gpo.gov/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Cumulative subject index (1900-1971) in VHL (Ref. Z 1223 .A182 1973) </li></ul>
  31. 31. US Congressional Serial Set <ul><li>Contains reports and documents of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Contains House & Senate Journals until 1952 </li></ul><ul><li>Covers 1817-1994 [via SOLO/OxLIP+] </li></ul><ul><li>Post-1994 freely available online via FDSys ( http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>19 th century print volumes also in VHL Stack. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Congressional Record (and predecessors) <ul><li>Verbatim record of proceedings in Congress </li></ul><ul><li>VHL holdings cover 43 rd -97 th Congresses (1874-1982) in print, then 97 th -101 st Congress (1981-1990) in microform. </li></ul><ul><li>Post 1918 volumes on ground floor, earlier volumes in stack. Microforms at Micr. USA 237 </li></ul><ul><li>Online access via FDSys (1994-), THOMAS ( http://thomas.loc.gov , 1989-) American Memory ( http://memory.loc.gov , 1873-1875) </li></ul><ul><li>Preceded by Annals of Congress (1789-1824), Register of Debates (1824-1837), Congressional Globe (1833-1873), all in print VHL Stack. Some also available online via American Memory or Google Books. </li></ul>
  33. 33. House & Senate Journals <ul><li>Minutes, daily record of business </li></ul><ul><li>Not verbatim record of debates (though earlier volumes may contain excerpts of speeches) </li></ul><ul><li>Contained in Serial Set until 1952 (via OxLIP+). </li></ul><ul><li>VHL also has some print volumes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>House Journal: 1963, 1966, 1968-1979 (xKF 46 .A22) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senate Journal: 1964-1978, 1981 (xKF 45 .A22) </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Congressional Committee Hearings <ul><li>Not to be confused with the reports to Congress in the Serial Set (although some 19 th C hearings included in Serial Set) </li></ul><ul><li>VHL has a substantial collection of mid 20 th century hearings in print – search SOLO (but not all catalogued). </li></ul><ul><li>CIS Index to Committee Hearings (1833-1969) in VHL Reference section (Ref. Z 1223 .Z7 C67 1981) </li></ul><ul><li>Also listed in Monthly Catalog (1976- http://catalog.gpo.gov ) </li></ul><ul><li>Need the SuDoc reference number (begins Y.4) to find the document in the VHL stack (ask staff) </li></ul><ul><li>If not in VHL, try the British Library </li></ul><ul><li>Recent hearings and prints (1995-) available online via FDSys </li></ul>
  35. 35. American State Papers <ul><li>Legislative and executive documents from 1789-1817 </li></ul><ul><li>Arranged in 10 topical classes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign Relations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indian Affairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commerce & Navigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Military Affairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Naval Affairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post Office Department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Lands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Claims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Available via SOLO/OxLIP+ (also in VHL Stack) </li></ul>
  36. 36. Colonial State Papers <ul><li>Thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies. </li></ul><ul><li>Covers 1574-1739. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes papers presented to the Privy Council and Board of Trade between 1574-1757. </li></ul><ul><li>Available via SOLO/OxLIP+ </li></ul>
  37. 37. Other Early State Papers <ul><li>Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwjc.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Freely available via footnote.com http://www.footnote.com/title_63/continental_congress_papers/ </li></ul></ul>
  38. 38. Other Early State Papers <ul><li>Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1619-1776 [VHL Stack] </li></ul><ul><li>Journals of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts, 1715-1779 [VHL J 84 .M4] </li></ul><ul><li>Journals of the House of Representatives (South Carolina), 1776-1794 [VHL xJ 87 .S6 1960-] </li></ul><ul><li>Journals of the House of Representatives of the Commonweath of Pennsylvania, 1776-1781 [Available via Early American Imprints (OxLIP+)] </li></ul>
  39. 39. Presidential Papers <ul><li>Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, 1929- [VHL J 80 .A283; online via HeinOnline] </li></ul><ul><li>US Presidential Library [via HeinOnline (OxLIP+)] </li></ul><ul><li>Published/collected papers of various presidents (search SOLO; some early papers also in American Founding Era Collection via OxLIP+) </li></ul><ul><li>American Presidency Project ( http ://www.presidency.ucsb.edu ) </li></ul><ul><li>Many digitisation projects online (Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington, Madison) </li></ul><ul><li>Presidential Libraries for private papers ( http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/ ) </li></ul>
  40. 40. American Founding Era Collection <ul><li>Digital versions of papers of major figures from the early republic: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Papers of James Madison </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Papers of Thomas Jefferson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adams Papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Papers of George Washington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dolley Madison letters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Papers of Alexander Hamilton [pending] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Via SOLO/OxLIP+ </li></ul>
  41. 41. Foreign Relations of the United States <ul><li>Presents the official documentary historical record of major US foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. NB, edited! </li></ul><ul><li>Documents come from Presidential Libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, CIA among others. </li></ul><ul><li>Volumes are arranged geographically/thematically </li></ul><ul><li>Currently publishing volumes for Nixon-Ford Administrations. </li></ul><ul><li>Available: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HeinOnline (1861-) [via OxLIP+] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Wisconsin (1861-1960) http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/FRUS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Department (1945-) http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Print in VHL (JX 233 .A3) </li></ul></ul>
  42. 42. Declassified Documents Reference System <ul><li>Over 75,000 declassified documents covering 1945- </li></ul><ul><li>Includes memos, cables, correspondence, field reports, situation reports, extensive background studies, minutes of meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Excludes GPO publications, treaties and agreements, statistics, and legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Via SOLO/OxLIP+ </li></ul>
  43. 43. Digital National Security Archive <ul><li>Over 60,000 declassified documents </li></ul><ul><li>Obtained under FOIA requests by the National Security Archive at George Washington University </li></ul><ul><li>Arranged into topical collections </li></ul><ul><li>Available via OxLIP+ </li></ul>
  44. 44. Confidential Print North America <ul><li>Selection of Colonial Office and Foreign Office papers from the National Archives in Kew. </li></ul><ul><li>Covers 1824-1961. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes reports, dispatches, weekly summaries </li></ul><ul><li>Covers US, Canada, Caribbean. Also some coverage of South America. </li></ul><ul><li>Available via OxLIP+ </li></ul>
  45. 45. 19 th C Diplomatic Despatches and Instructions <ul><li>Microfilms of despatches from US Consuls in Latin America/South America and China </li></ul><ul><li>Microfilms of Diplomatic Instructions of the Department of State, 1801-1906 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See microfilm guide ( http://bit.ly/vhlmicrofilms ) for full list of countries covered </li></ul></ul>
  46. 46. HeinOnline <ul><li>Vast legal database, available via OxLIP+ </li></ul><ul><li>Collections relevant to US legal history/governent: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Register Library, 1936- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign Relations of the United States, 1861- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treaties and Agreements Library, 1950- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>United States Code, 1925- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US Federal Legislative History Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US Presidential Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US Statutes at Large, 1789-2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US Supreme Court Library </li></ul></ul>
  47. 47. FDSys (Federal Digital System) <ul><li>Government Printing Office online system </li></ul><ul><li>Provides access to full text of most government publications from the mid-1990s- </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ </li></ul>
  48. 48. Sources: Censuses, Statistics, Data <ul><li>Print census volumes (early censuses in Serial Set) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.census.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Census Browser (University of Virginia) http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/histcensus/ </li></ul><ul><li>Footnote.com Census project [requires subscription for full information] </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Statistics of the United States [via OxLIP+, also print in VHL reference section] </li></ul><ul><li>Online eg. Gallup Presidential Job Approval Center ( http://www.gallup.com/poll/124922/Presidential-Approval-Center.aspx ) (see VHL’s delicious page for more) </li></ul><ul><li>Opinion polls: iPoll [via OxLIP+], Gallup [print in VHL] </li></ul>
  49. 49. Sources: Papers, Archives, Special Collections <ul><li>VHL microforms </li></ul><ul><li>Rhodes House Library </li></ul><ul><li>Bodleian Library </li></ul><ul><li>Elections Archive (VHL) </li></ul><ul><li>Finding aids </li></ul>
  50. 50. VHL microforms <ul><li>Subject guide and title listing available either in the library or online at: http://bit.ly/vhlmicrofilms </li></ul><ul><li>As well as newspapers, papers of individuals and organisations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals: Adams Family, James Buchanan, Salmon P. Chase, William H. Seward, Thaddeus Stevens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisations: NAACP, CORE, Nixon White House, Republican Party, American Colonization Society, American Home Missionary Society, Freedman’s Aid Society </li></ul></ul>
  51. 51. Rhodes House Library Archives <ul><li>United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Founded in 1701 as a result of an enquiry into the state of the Church of England in the American Colonies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sent priests and schoolteachers; remit also included evangelisation of slaves and Native Americans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Papers of the (British) Anti-Slavery Society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection covers 1701-1965 and includes correspondence, minutes, sermons, reports, financial records, maps, photographs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/rhodes </li></ul>
  52. 52. Bodleian Library Special Collections <ul><li>Includes papers of three British Ambassadors to the US: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sir John Crampton, 1848-1853 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sir James Bryce, 1907-1913 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roger Mellor Makins, 1 st Baron Sherfield, 1953-1956 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/library/specialcollections for more information </li></ul>
  53. 53. US Elections Campaigns Archive <ul><li>Large archive of election campaigns ephemera donated to the VHL/RAI. </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly late 20 th century, but some older items </li></ul><ul><li>Contains buttons, bumper stickers, leaflets, ballot papers and other campaign materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Material from all levels of elections, local, state, congressional, presidential. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently being catalogued. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Finding aids <ul><li>UK: ArchivesHub ( http://archiveshub.ac.uk/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>US: National Archives and Records Administration ( http://www.archives.gov ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes more than 124,000 digital images through the Archival Research Catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NIDS (National Inventory of Document Sources) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Index: VHL Ref. Z 6621 .U58 N37 (microfiche) </li></ul></ul>
  55. 55. Sources: audio-visual <ul><li>Lyndon B. Johnson: Recordings of Telephone Conversations and Meetings, May 1968-January 1969 [43 CDs + transcripts; ask VHL staff] </li></ul><ul><li>Presidential Recordings Program (Miller Center for Public Affairs) http://www.whitehousetapes.net </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Archives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presidential Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Elsewhere on the web (see VHL’s delicious page) </li></ul>
  56. 56. Sources: biographical <ul><li>American National Biography (via SOLO/OxLIP+) </li></ul><ul><li>World Biographical Archive (via SOLO/OxLIP+) </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s Who (VHL and online via Nexis UK) </li></ul><ul><li>Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- ( http://bioguide.congress.gov ) </li></ul>
  57. 57. Sources: other electronic (via OxLIP+) <ul><li>Early Encounters in North America </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts from 1,482 authors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 100,000 pages of personal narratives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers 1840- </li></ul></ul><ul><li>North American Women’s Letters and Diaries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>150,000 pages of published letters and diaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers Colonial times to 1950 </li></ul></ul>
  58. 58. Sources: on the web <ul><li>VHL’s delicious page ( http://delicious.com/vhllib ) </li></ul><ul><li>State digital libraries & historical associations </li></ul><ul><li>Hathi Trust ( http://www.hathitrust.org/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Other digitization projects </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Memory ( http://memory.loc.gov ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>THOMAS ( http://thomas.loc.gov ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Footnote.com [subscription for full access] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List of collections at: http://www.footnote.com/documents/ </li></ul></ul>
  59. 59. For more help! <ul><li>Online Guide to US History Sources ( http://ox.libguides.com/ushistory ) </li></ul><ul><li>US Studies Resources Blog ( http://vhlresources.blogspot.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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