Key Concepts & Key Words
Text: The Bread Givers by Anzi Yezierska
The American Dream: what is it to be an American? to become an American? assimilation, acculturation, citizenship, immigration, education, factories or faculty work, new world, traditions, financial independence, self-sufficiency, labor, work, working class, urban.
Time Period: late 1890s; early 20th centaury or twentieth century; the Progressive Era; World War II; the Great Depression
Finding Print Books
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Online reference books in Credo Reference
Academic Search Premier (ASP): an EbscoHost generalist database; easiest starting place for all academic research. >>TIP: choose "Databases" above search box and add the 2 databases below so you can search all 3 at once (ASP, Literary & American Hist...)
Literary Reference Center: an EbscoHost database focusing on literature.
America History & Life: an EbscoHost database focusing on American History.
JSTOR: Includes journal content, primary sources, images, and more across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
TUTORIAL: Using primary resources (1:21)
Primary Sources on Turn of Citizenship & Working Women
Annual Report of the Inspector of Factories and Workshops of the State of New Jersey (1883-1904) (New Jersey State Library)
Reports include the names of factories visited; type of manufacture; number of men, women and children employed; number of children dismissed for being underage; accidents investigated.
Aspiration, Acculturation, and Impact: Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 (Harvard University)
Ellis Island Photographs from the Collection of William Williams, Commissioner of Immigration, 1902-1913 (New York Public Library)
Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 (Library of Congress) View films and exhibits.
Lewis Wikes Hine: Documentary Photographs, 1905-1938 (New York Public Library)
Depictions of social conditions, labor, and immigrants in New York
Library of Congress
Search holdings by using key words like “women workers” or “immigrants New York.”
New York City Tenement Museum
Click on History and examine both “Research” and “Collections” pages.
Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire (Cornell University)
Site includes original text documents; interviews with survivors and witnesses; and photographs & illustrations.
Virtual Oral/Aural History Archives (California State University at Long Beach)
Follow the links to “Women’s History” and “Women’s Lives, Women’s Work 1900-1960.”
Women Working, 1800-1930 (Harvard University)
Includes publications, diaries, institutional records, magazines, manuscripts, photographs, and trade catalogs.
Womens Bureau, US Bureau of Labor
UM Archives on the Great Depression
UM Resources on Great Depression:
Conduct an advanced search in the library catalog. One option is to search the subject term “New Deal, 1933-1939” and restrict the dates to after 1928 and before 1943. This search will uncover primary source publications from the Great Depression era in the Main Stacks, Government Documents, Microfilm, and Special Collections.
The Archives & Special Collections holds the following related collections:
Memories of Mississippi Essay Collection. To coincide with a 1990s exhibit, the University Museums solicited this collection of essays by Mississippians on their memories of the Great Depression. Finding aid available in Special Collections (1 box).
**Pat Harrison Collection. A Mississippi Democrat, Pat Harrison served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919 and in the U.S. Senate from 1919 to 1941. He was chairman of the Committee on Finance and worked closely with President Roosevelt to pass New Deal legislation. Finding aid available online at http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00222/ (51 boxes).
**Farm Security Administration Collection. During the Great Depression, the Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document poverty in American rural communities. This collection contains images shot across Mississippi from 1935 to 1945. Finding aid available online at http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM01717/ (2 boxes).
**Patrons should provide notice at least two business days prior to prospective visits so that staff may transfer requested boxes from the Library Annex (an off-site facility) to the Special Collection Reading Room. Please contact Special Collections at (662) 915-7408 to specify requested material.
Selection of Online Resources for the Great Depression
“New Deal Network” (Federal and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute)
“The Great Depression: Collection Connections” (Library of Congress)
“Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection 1940-1941” (Library of Congress)
“By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA 1936-1943” (Library of Congress)
“America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945” (Library of Congress)
Studs Terkel: Recordings from Hard Times
Print copy of book Hard Times in UM Libraries: call number
Other Print books:
Down & out in the Great Depression: letters from the "forgotten man" edited by Robert S. McElvaine
Over 100 titles from the library catalog
UM Archives Resources on World War II:
The Archives & Special Collections has created a War Subject Guide which describes World War II related primary source publications and manuscript collections: http://apollo.lib.olemiss.edu/guides/archives_subject_guide/wars
Conduct an advanced search in the library catalog. One option is to search the keyword “World War II” and restrict items to dates after 1938 and before 1946. Or, conduct a subject search on “World War, 1939-1945” and restrict items to dates after 1938 and before 1946. These searches will uncover primary source publications from the World War II era in the Main Stacks, Government Documents, Microfilm, and Special Collections.
Selection of Online Resources on World War II:
“Military Resources: World War II” (National Archives)
“A Guide to World War II Materials” (Library of Congress)
“Documents and Photographs Related to Japanese Relocation during World War II” (National Archives)
“After the Day of Infamy: ‘Man on the Street’ Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor” (Library of Congress)
"Rosie Pictures: Select Images Relating to American Women Workers during World War II (Library of Congress)
“Pictures of African Americans during World War II” (National Archives)
“Pictures of World War II” (National Archives)
“Historic Government Publications from World War II” (Southern Methodist University)
“World War II Poster Collection” (Northwestern University)
“World War II Press Clippings” (University of Iowa Libraries)
World War II Propaganda Collection (Western Michigan University)
“World War II Films” (Ball State University)
“World War II Newsmaps" (University of North Texas)
“World War II: Documents” (Yale Law School)
"World War II" (Rutgers Oral History Archive)
Also try this Google search for more World War II Oral Histories
Gender and American history since 1890 edited by Barbara Melosh
The life and times of Rosie the Riveter: the story of three million working women during World War II by Miriam Frank, Marilyn Ziebarth, and Connie Field
Rosie the Riveter revisited: women, the war, and social change by Sherna Berger Gluck
"The good war" : an oral history of World War Two by Studs Terkel
Studs Terkel: Recordings from "The Good War"