Primary sources transport students outside of their own time and place.  The chance to encounter stories, events, perspectives, and interpretations created by those who participated in or had a front row seat to historical events can be both challenging and exhilarating to students.  Through primary source collections students can apply critical thinking skills to search for evidence and consider the author’s perspective in both the content and context of the documents.

In the past few years, there has been increasing demand across the DePaul community for primary source materials documenting the African-American experience in the United States. Thanks to special funding made available over the summer by the Office of the Provost, the DePaul University Library has acquired access to a number of new digital collections that support teaching, learning, and scholarship about our diverse society, including ‘African-American Communities’ and ‘Race Relations in America’.  These, and other new resources, are described briefly below, and can be found by browsing the A-Z Databases list and selecting Primary Source Collections as the Resource Type.

African American Communities [Adam Matthew Digital]

Focusing on the themes of desegregation, urban renewal and housing problems, civil-rights activities and protests, race relations and community integration, and African-American culture, this collection includes the Chicago Urban League Papers, c.1917-1985 and other materials housed in the archives at the Daley Library at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Other cities represented through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories are Atlanta, St. Louis, New York, and several towns in North Carolina.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive II [ProQuest]

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive II focuses on film and television and includes material from ten long-running and highly influential trade and popular magazines which document all aspects of cinema going, the film industry and the evolution of television and popular culture in the UK and UK between 1905 and 2000, including Variety (1905-2000), Boxoffice (1920-2000), and Broadcast (1960-2000).

Meet the Press [Alexander Street Press]

View thousands of interviews, panels, and debates (over 1,500 hours of footage—the full surviving broadcast run to date) of network television’s longest running program. The collection can be browsed by subjects, timeline, people, places, organizations, and historical events.

Race Relations in America [Adam Matthew Digital]

Sourced from the records of the Race Relations Department of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, housed at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, this resource focuses on the themes of desegregation of schools, industries, and public transport, migration of African Americans from the rural South to urban centers, the role of the Church in the Civil Rights Movement, race riots and other racial tensions, and activities of the Civil Rights Movement. These range from survey material, including interviews and statistics, to educational pamphlets, administrative correspondence, and photographs and speeches from the Annual Race Relations Institutes.

International Document Collections [Readex]

Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996

Immigrations, Migrations and Refugee: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996
The reports begin with the refugee flows during World War II and cover all crises through 1996.

These collections of news reports, transcripts of radio and television broadcasts, and newspaper articles from around the world were chosen by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS)–which became part of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1947–to be disseminated among government officials and decision-makers. The reports were selected for their informational value to keep policy-makers informed of global concerns. When necessary, the reports were translated into English. No U.S. papers or broadcasts are included in this database.

Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958-1994

Gathered and translated from foreign media for the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), this collection covers 1958 to 1994– the final years of the Eisenhower Administration to the early years of the Clinton Administration. The content is sourced from newspapers, journals, and radio and television broadcasts from 19 countries in the Middle East and North Africa as well as other nations with regional political, economic, and security interests. In addition to local and international news, it also includes government-level analysis and commentary.

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