Curated Collections of Primary Sources

Curated Collections of Primary Sources

The IU East Campus Library subscribes to a variety of the Adam Matthew (AM) digital archives, ranging in topics from gender studies, history, and literature, to politics, advertising, and world culture. “Like” us on the IU East Campus Library Facebook page for weekly features of unique resources available via our A-Z Index, such as these highlights.

View works by some of Europe’s earliest film pioneers and innovators, such as Alice Guy- Blaché, the first female filmmaker while glimpsing into the lives of late Victorians and Edwardians captured on film through the Victorians on Film database. During Europe’s Edwardian era, the United States experienced the Gilded Age, and the Gilded Age was just that, Gilded. NOT Golden. From afar, all appeared golden with fancy balls, jewels and mansions, urban industrialization, and rising gross national products. But under the surface were very real problems such as unsafe tenement housing, political corruption, environmental destruction, and non-regulation of basic goods. The Gilded Age and Progressive Era contains collections from McKim, Mead & White architectural firm (designers of the Brooklyn Museum), political cartoon collections of Thomas Nast and Joseph Keppler, documents from Standard Oil, and more.

Did you know that the world’s first Ferris Wheel was invented for the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893? H. Clyde and G. Valisi even wrote a song called the “Ferris Wheel Waltz” to commemorate the moment. View archives from around the world relating to the World Fairs, from the Crystal Palace ‘Great Exhibition’ of 1851 to the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893, and the Milan EXPO in 2015 in the World’s Fairs database. Nicknamed ‘The General’ for her habit of leading Women’s Rights marches wearing a military-style uniform (including an officer’s cap and epaulets) and riding on a horse, Flora Drummond was an organizer for the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). Learn more about Flora, her work with the WSPU, and her imprisonment on nine different occasions in the Women in the National Archives database.

Discover the working methods of Romantic writers Joanna Baillie, Felicia Hemans, Dorothy Wordsworth, and more in the Romanticism: Life, Literature & Landscape database. Romanticism: Life, Literature & Landscape has verse manuscripts, printed manuscripts, prose manuscripts, printed verse, correspondence, diaries, travel journals, autograph albums, guidebooks, fine art, and maps. Looking for, games, ephemera, and artwork from the 19th and early 20th century? The Children’s Literature and Culture database reveals the socio-cultural history of the times and examines how new concepts were introduced to young readers to encourage an engagement with the imagination.

Find important archives on the study of Social History in the Modern Era in the Mass Observation Online database. The MOO has original manuscripts and transcripts, print publications, photographs, and interactive features that document the everyday life of ordinary people in Britain from 1937 through the early 70’s. On September 8, 1974, President Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon for any “crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office.” The Nixon Years, 1969-1974 database covers topics such as social conditions, domestic reforms, trade and culture as well as US policy decisions by the FCO and the British embassy in Washington; White House staff appointments, UN discussions, and more.

Gain insight into the dynamic yet turbulent decades of the Interwar era, as well as examine the growing media industry that both shaped and reflected society by exploring content in Interwar Culture, 1917-1930. This database covers various aspects of culture, entertainment, fashion, home and family life, world current affairs, class, and social and welfare issues from Britain, the U.S., France, and Australia.

Other Adam Matthew collections include African American Communities, China: Trade, Politics, and Culture 1793-1980, Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980, Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954, Poverty, Philanthropy & Social Conditions in Victorian Britain and more.

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