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HIstory Associates: innovative private company doing historical research and archives management

May 28th, 2015 by Michael Winter

Founded at the end of the 1970s and innovating ever since, this private firm specializes in doing historical research and publishing its findings,  along with archives creation, organization, and management. They have worked with governmentagencies at all levels, major research libraries, museums,  and many private companies.  Watch History Associates informative, high-production value clip for an overview of the firm and its services.

The Allied Powers and the Holocaust: Upcoming Conference

February 4th, 2015 by Michael Winter

Organized by UCD Davis professor emeritus of Political Science Alexander Groth, and University of Santa Clara Law School professor Tony Tanke, this four-day conference , which will run from March 16 to March 19, 2015, at the Menachem Begin Center in Jerusalem, features presentations by a number of the best-known holocaust scholars.

Primary Sources for the Study of the Occupation of France, 1939-1945

January 16th, 2015 by Michael Winter

H-Net, a humanities research information network, carried recently an announcement of great interest to scholars working on occupied France and the French during World War II:  EGO 39-45 – War and occupation writings (1939-1945)Sponsored by the French government’s national research agency, the first phase of the project is a catalog of first person accounts, memoirs, autobiographical narratives,  notebooks, and private journals kept by a wide variety of persons during the occupation.  Database records include standard bibliographic descriptions along with fields identifying the libraries where items are held, and where available call numbers or indications of shelf-location. Future plans include links to the fulltext versions of the documents, as they are digitized and added to the online collection.

Richard N. Schwab Papers

June 22nd, 2014 by Michael Winter

Richard N. Schwab taught in the history department at UC, Davis. The two linear feet of papers he donated to the Shields Library Department of Special Collections relate specifically to his lifelong work on the French Encyclopedia of Diderot and D’Alembert–or, as it is more formally known, Encyclopedie, ou Dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers, which appeared in fascicles and then eventually as bound volumes between 1751 and 1765. Special Collections also owns an original 17 volume edition of this work, along with the numerous supplementary volumes of engraved illustrations/plates accompanying the text, as well as  other supplementary material issued along with the original text and plates.

Schwab’s contributions to the study of the Encyclopedie and indeed the study of the Enlightenment more generally are much too numerous to mention here, though it should be noted that he produced the English translation of the Preliminary discourse to the Encyclopedia contributed by D’Alembert.  A number of years ago Professor Schwab also began a fruitful collaboration with the University of Chicago and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, and participated in the eventual issue of a digital version of this landmark reference work.

Marx’s major Work in Slides

May 21st, 2014 by Michael Winter

For an innovative approach to the understanding of Marx’s Capital, UC Davis library users should take a look at PolyLuxMarx: A Capital Workbook in Slides,  a recent addition to the collection.  A subset of these slides and other material supporting an understanding of the work of Marx and Engels in the production of their masterwork, can also be viewed and downloaded, in English, German, and Spanish.

National Library of the Netherlands/Koniklijke Bibliotheek

December 11th, 2013 by Michael Winter

The website of the National Library of the Netherlands offers an amazing array of content from and about the Netherlands, the Low Countries, Europe, and the world at large. Website available in both English and Dutch.

Warren Commission Report on Kennedy assassination now available online

November 19th, 2013 by

The Warren Commission Report has just been made available on the Government Printing Office FDsys digital system.

As Americans observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made the official, digital version of the Warren Commission Report available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The commission was created by President Lyndon Johnson and chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate President Kennedy’s assassination. The 900-page report is available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government. The report contains numerous photos, maps and diagrams from the scene in Dallas, TX.  Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library, a Federal depository library, provided a copy of the report for digitization.

GPO produced the Warren Commission Report in 1964. The report is backed up by 26 volumes of hearings conducted by the Commission, which GPO also printed. Altogether, GPO’s work for the Commission resulted in nearly 235,000 copies of the report and nearly 5,600 sets of the hearings. All of these materials were made available to the public through distribution to Federal depository libraries nationwide and sales via GPO’s bookstores.

The post President Kennedy assassination audio tape recordings of conversations between various individuals in Washington, DC and Air Force One pilots and officials on board during the flight from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base are also available on FDsys.

Link to Warren Commission Report (the report is a huge file so will take time to download): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT/pdf/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT.pdf

Link to post assassination audio tape recordings: http://www.gpo.gov/featured/Kennedy.htm

UC Davis Scholars have access to growing collection of rare newspapers and documentary sources via The Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

December 12th, 2012 by David Michalski

UC Davis Scholars have access to growing collection of rare newspapers and documentary sources via The Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

Since 1973, the University Library at UC Davis has extended its collections through its membership with The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.

CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources. Most materials acquired are from outside the United States, and many are from five “emerging” regions of the world: Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America.

Learn more about the Center for Research Libraries and Explore your collections.
http://www.crl.edu/

Here is a list of newly acquired microfilm sets now available for digital delivery through Inter-Library Loan.

CRL members nominated and voted for the following sets in the 2013 program

Bod-ljon par Tibet Daily(1961–66; 1979; 1982; 1984; 1998; 2002; and 2005–06)

* 26 reels;

* Bod-ljon par Tibet Daily is the main Tibetan language newspaper published by the Chinese Communist Party in Tibet. This is a primary source for the study of Tibet over the last 50-60 years.

British Intelligence on the North-West Frontier 1901-1949: India Office Political and Secret Reports on Tribes and Terrorism. British Library and India Office Collections.

* 33 reels

* Part of the IDC series British Intelligence Files, the materials in this collection document British attempts to impose order on the tribal territories. With details of policy initiatives familiar to contemporary observers of the current events, the files describe imperial struggles with jihadist movements and show how local leaders were able to stay out of British hands. The material covers the period from the 1901 creation of the North-West Frontier Province to 1949, by which time the Province had become an administrative region of Pakistan.

This primary source is essential to understanding the modern history of Islam in Pakistan and India and valuable for research on British diplomacy and the history of attempts to deal with terrorism in the colonies.

Foreign Office Files for Post-War Europe, Series Two: The Treaty of Rome and European Integration, 1957-1960

* 73 reels
* Series two of the Foreign Office Files for Post-War Europe comes in three parts and contains files from the Public Record Office Class FO 371. This set documents how the European Economic Community grew and rebuilt Europe after World War II.

Newspapers from Nazi Germany (1929–45)

* 65 reels

* Titles of newspapers:
o Völkischer Beobachter (Berlin, Germany: Norddeutsche Ausg.).
CRL will purchase: 1929–June 1940; Sept.–Dec.1940; March 1941; 1942–March 1944; 1945.
o Deutsche allgemeine Zeitung (Berlin, Germany)
CRL will purchase: Apr. 13,1929–Sept. 1929; Apr. 26–28, 1932; Mar. 10–June 17, 1933; Nov. 3–9, 1939; March 10–12, 1945.
o Der Angriff (Berlin, Germany)
CRL will purchase: May–Aug. 1932; 1934–April 24, 1945.

Knickerbocker Press Newspaper

* 190 reels
* The Knickerbocker Press Newspaper is a regional newspaper from eastern upstate New York. This area has a long history as a hub for transportation (first steamboat line, the Erie Canal, a railway hub, and the first municipal airport in the United States) thus making it ideal for commerce and industry. It also became a center of political power. At one point, this newspaper carried the most advertisements for the Albany, N.Y. area and was important to industries wishing to reach “able-to-buy” markets. The newspaper advertised itself as a quality newspaper that served “society” readers.

Papers of Emma Hart Willard, 1787-1870

* 25 reels
* This set includes personal papers and correspondence to and from the 19th-century women’s educator Emma Hart Willard.

Papers of the War Refugee Board

* 59 reels
* Established by executive order no. 9417, the War Refugee Board (WRB) aided victims of Nazi oppression. This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, indexes, and related papers pertaining to the WRB policies, programs and operations in 1944 and 1945.

Qing dai Xinjiang dang an xuan ji (清代新疆档案选辑)

* 91 volumes
* These volumes present Chinese language archival materials from the First Historical Archive of China, which houses archival materials of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing governments (1644–1911). This collection is the first comprehensive published collection of archival materials regarding Xinjiang or Chinese Central Asia during the Qing period. The topics it covers are wide ranging, including but not limited to politics, social development, economic development, trade, agrarian development, labor relations, culture and religion, activities of local Islamic saints, etc. of Xinjiang.

The Rafu shimpo microfilm

* This is a continuing purchase that will be acquired in three parts:
o First part purchased, 132 reels (July 1914–49)
o Second part purchased, 143 reels (1950–79)
o Third part purchased, 129 reels (1980–2009)

* The Rafu shimpo is a Japanese-American newspaper from Los Angeles and was published both in English and Japanese. This purchase will replace fragile CRL hard copy holdings and extend CRL’s microfilm holdings. Some comments from voters revealed how important this set was for the “burgeoning field of Asian American history/studies,” as it documents the “Japanese immigrant experience in the US.”

Satirische Zeitschriften (Satirical Periodicals)

* 1355 fiche
* The editors of these German illustrated satirical periodicals defied threats and censorship to lampoon the local, national, and international situations of the time. They covered historical events that occurred from the time of Metternich through Wilhelm II to Hitler.

Sexualerleben und Körperkultur (Sexual Experience and Body Culture: Deutschsprachige Publikationen, 1880-1932.) Suppl. 1 2007

* 580 microfiches
* Sexualerleben und Körperkultur is a German language publication that was published between 1880 and 1932. This supplemental set provides a glimpse into the German culture and their views on sexual experience and modernity.

Si Fa Gong Bao (司法公报)

* 88 volumes
* This publication covers the entire run of legislative bulletin at the national level throughout the Republican Minguo period, 1912–48.

Cuban Missile Crisis Documents

October 26th, 2012 by

On October 26, 1962, 50 years ago today, the United States was in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis  following the discovery earlier in the month of Soviet nuclear missiles  in Cuba.    During the crisis the United States raised the readiness level of SAC forces to DEFCON 2.   For the only confirmed time in U.S. history, the B-52 bombers were dispersed to various locations and made ready to take off, fully equipped, on 15 minutes’ notice.

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a major cold war era confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union that threatened to become a nuclear conflict.

Research this event in the Digital National Security Archive collections.  The Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) collects  and digitizes declassified U.S. government documents.  The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 collection includes documents from the State Department, the National Security Council, and U.S. embassies abroad, the President and his advisors.   The UC Davis Libraries have access to DNSA.

Digital National Security Archive

Cuban Missile Crisis (direct link to collection) – search collection by keyword, date, name, organization, participants)

Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited (direct link to collection) – Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited:  An International Collection of Documents, From the Bay of Pigs to the Brink of Nuclear War

Below is an excerpt of a top secret internal paper from Oct 26, 1962 detailing options available to the United States.  Click on image to go directly to the archive.

More New Licensed Resources:

October 10th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

New subscription databases for the academic year also include:

March of Time
“From 1935-1967, Time Inc. offered Americans views of significant historical events in their newsreel series The March of Time. Several hundred of these newsreels can be searched and viewed as streaming videos. Transcripts of these commercial, documentary, instructional and public service videos accompany the films. In support of research and teaching, the resource enables users to create, edit, and share playlists or film clips.”

Vogue Archive
“The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. Search by advertisement, article, editor, and more or browse each issue by date.”