Primary Sources: Records of the Children’s Bureau, 1912-1969

Group of children pictured, with caption: The health of the child is the power of the nation. The Library has recently acquired Records of the Children’s Bureau, 1912-1969, which consists of reports, speeches, correspondence, and research materials from the Children’s Bureau, the first federal agency dedicated entirely to protecting the welfare of children and families. The documents in this collection span the years from its creation in 1912 through 1969 and originate from the administrative files of bureau staff members, including the bureau’s chiefs throughout the years: Julia Lathrop, Grace Abbott, Katharine Lenroot, Martha Eliot, and Katherine Oettinger.


Lampooning Presidents through Words, Images and Scholarship

Zef, Kak, and Degreff. Macron, L'an I: pardon de vous le dire. Paris: Florent Massot, 2018.

As two of the oldest modern democracies, France and the United States share a long tradition of freedom of speech and of the press (and at times governmental censorship). The two societies have found catharsis in the mockery of their highest elected officials through caricatures, cartoons, and critical writings. Here are a few recent library acquisitions, in English and in French, from both sides of the Atlantic in this category of political critique:

Baldwin, Alec and Kurt Andersen. You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year As President Donald J. Trump (a So-Called Parody). New York: Penguin Press, 2017.

Bourhis, Hervé and Rudy Spiessert. Trump de A à Z. Bruxelles: Casterman, 2017.

Burrell, Ginger R. Un[Hood]ed. Morgan Hill, CA: Midnight Moon Press, 2017.

Cole, David, and Melanie W. Stinnett. Rules for Resistance: Advice from Around the Globe for the Age of Trump. New York: The New Press, 2017.

Connolly, William E. Aspirational Fascism: The Struggle for Multifaceted Democracy Under Trumpism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Daniel, Jean-Marc. Macron: La valse folle de Jupiter. Paris: l’Archipel, 2018.

Être postmoderne / Michel Maffesoli; postface de Hélène Strohl: Emmanuel Macron, icône ou fake de la postmodernité? Paris: Les Éditions du Cerf, 2018.

Filoche, Gérard. Macron, ou, la casse sociale. Paris: l’Archipel, 2018.

Merchet, Jean-Dominique. Macron Bonaparte: Essai. Paris: Stock, 2017.Fottorino, Éric and Joep Bertrams. Détrumpez-vous!, Paris: Gallimard, 2017.

Fourquet, Jérôme. Le nouveau clivage: mondialisation, libre-échange, métropolisation, flux migratoires : état des démocraties occidentales. Paris: Les éditions du Cerf, 2018.

Giroux, Henry A. The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism. New York, NY: Routledge, 2018.

Johnston, David C. It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018.

Lee, Bandy X. The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

Merchet, Jean-Dominique. Macron Bonaparte: Essai. Paris: Stock, 2017.

Nanos, Nik. The Age of Voter Rage. London: Eyewear Publishing, 2018.

Taguieff, Pierre-André. Macron: miracle ou mirage? Paris: Éditions de l’Observatoire, 2017.

Toulouse, Anne. Dans la tête de Donald Trump. Paris: Stock, 2016.

Trumpism: The Politics Of Gender in a Post-Propitious America / edited by Laura Finley and Matthew Johnson. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.

Willem. Macron: L’amour fou. Bordeaux: Les Requins marteaux, 2018.

Zef, Kak and Degreff. Macron, L’an I: pardon de vous le dire. Paris: Florent Massot, 2018.

Zef, Kak, and Degreff. Macron, L'an I: pardon de vous le dire. Paris: Florent Massot, 2018.
Zef, Kak, and Degreff. Macron, L’an I: pardon de vous le dire. Paris: Florent Massot, 2018.

Primary Sources: Papers of President Theodore Roosevelt Now Online

portrait of Theodore Roosevelt The Library of Congress has announced that the papers of President Theodore Roosevelt have been digitized and are online at https://www.loc.gov/collections/theodore-roosevelt-papers/. The collection includes over 276,000 documents, many of which were previously reproduced on microfilm. It includes “personal, family, and official correspondence, diaries, book drafts, articles, speeches, and scrapbooks, dating from 1759 to 1993 with the bulk of material from the period between 1878 and 1919.”


Trial: Rafu Shimpo Digital Archive

Rafu Shimpo
Rafu Shimpo is the longest running Japanese American newspaper in the United States. The paper began in 1903 supporting the small but growing Japanese community in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, California. By the 1940s it was the most widely circulated paper in the region and included a weekly English section for second generation Japanese Americans. The paper was forced to cease publication and its publisher was imprisoned by the government during World War II.

The Library’s trial of Rafu Shimpo Digital Archive ends November 3, 2018. Please send your comments about this resource to Toshie Marra – tmarra@berkeley.edu.


Primary Sources: American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971

A newly acquired ProQuest History Vault module, American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971, includes collections from the U.S. National Archives, the Chicago History Museum, and selected first-hand accounts on Indian Wars and westward migration. While a significant amount of 19th century material is included, this resource also provides access to records from the first half of the 20th century.  For more detail about each of the collections listed below, see the ProQuest guide.

  • American Indians and the U.S. Army: Department of Columbia, 1876-April 1878
  • American Indians and the U.S. Army: Department of New Mexico, 1853-1866
  • American Indians and the U.S. Army: Department of Oregon, 1858-1860
  • American Indians and the U.S. Army: Department of the Northwest, 1862-1865
  • American Indians and the U.S. Army: Records of the Yellowstone Expedition, and U.S. Army District of Yellowstone and Yellowstone Command, 1872-1881
  • American West: Overland Journeys, 1841-1880
  • Apache Campaign of 1886: Records of the U.S. Army Continental Commands, Department of Arizona
  • Chicago History Museum Collections on American Indians and the American West
  • Indian Removal to the West, 1832-1840: Files of the Office of the Commissary General of Subsistence
  • Indian Wars of the West and Frontier Army Life, 1862-1898: Official Histories and Personal Narratives
  • Lake Mohonk Conference of Friends of the Indian
  • Letters Received by the Attorney General, 1809-1870: Western Law and Order
  • Letters Received by the Attorney General, 1871-1884: Western Law and Order
  • Major Council Meetings of American Indian Tribes, Part 1, Section 1: Navajo, Five Civilized Tribes, Pueblo, Cheyenne and Arapaho, and Ute, 1914-1956
  • Major Council Meetings of American Indian Tribes, Part 1, Section 2: Chippewa, Klamath, and Sioux (Standing Rock, Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Cheyenne River), 1911-1956
  • Major Council Meetings of American Indian Tribes, Part 2, Section 1: Navajo, Five Civilized Tribes, Ute, Pueblo, and Cheyenne and Arapaho, 1957-1971
  • Major Council Meetings of American Indian Tribes, Part 2, Section 2: Sioux (Standing Rock, Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Cheyenne River), Chippewa, and Klamath, 1957-1971
  • Native Americans and the New Deal: The Office Files of John Collier, 1933-1945
  • Native Americans Reference Collection: Documents Collected by the Office of Indian Affairs, Part 1: 1840-1900
  • Native Americans Reference Collection: Documents Collected by the Office of Indian Affairs, Part 2: 1901-1948
  • Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Central Classified Files, 1907-1939, Series A: Indian Delegations to Washington
  • Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Central Classified Files, 1907-1939, Series B: Indian Customs and Social Relations
  • Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Central Classified Files, 1907-1939, Series C: Indian Health and Medical Affairs, Part 1: Reports on Medical and Nursing Activities
  • Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Central Classified Files, 1907-1939, Series C: Indian Health and Medical Affairs, Part 2: Diseases
  • Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Central Classified Files, 1907-1939, Series D: Education, Part 1: General Organization, Regulations, and Types of Schools
  • Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Central Classified Files, 1907-1939, Series D: Education, Part 2: Correspondence and Reports on Reservation Day and Boarding Schools, Section A: Albuquerque through Pima
  • Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Central Classified Files, 1907-1939, Series D: Education, Part 2: Correspondence and Reports on Reservation Day and Boarding Schools, Section B: Pine Ridge through Zuni
  • Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Law and Order Section: Alcohol and Peyote Use by American Indians, 1908-1933
  • Records of the Indian Division, Office of the Secretary of the Interior: Special Files, 1848-1907
  • Records of the U.S. Army Continental Commands: Department of the West, 1853-1861
  • Records of the U.S. Army Continental Commands: Division of West Mississippi, 1864-1865
  • Reports of the Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes
  • Survey of Conditions of the Indians in the United States
  • Survey of Indian Reservations
  • U.S. Army in the Era of Indian Removal: Case Files of Military Courts and Commissions
  • U.S. Army in the Era of Indian Removal: Papers of Quartermaster General Thomas S. Jesup, 1818-1852

Primary Sources: Records Relating to the Slave Trade at the Liverpool Record Office

This British Online Archives collection includes private merchants’ papers preserved at the Liverpool Record Office relating to the transatlantic slave trade. During the eighteenth century when these documents were compiled, Liverpool was the leading slave trade port in the world. “The material includes correspondence with ship captains and Caribbean agents about the acquisition of Africans and their sales; statistics on the Liverpool slave trade; sales accounts of the lots of Africans disembarked in the Americas, often with the names of purchasers and prices; information on dealings with diverse African groups along the coast of West Africa; and details of payments for slave sales. The account books of ships’ voyages includ material on the outfitting of vessels and the cargoes of goods exported to Africa.”

 The vast majority of these documents are handwritten and have not been transcribed. The metadata describing the documents can be searched, but not the documents themselves. Only individual pages can be downloaded and/or printed.


Primary Sources: Broadsides & Ephemera Collection from Duke University

Duke University’s Broadsides and Ephemera Collection “contains broadsides, pamphlets, form letters, posters, newspapers, tickets, and other short printed items dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century (with the majority dating from the nineteenth century). Truly an interdisciplinary collection, the Broadsides and Ephemera Collection includes materials related to political campaigns, politics, theater, dance, popular entertainments, immigration and emigration, advertising, travel, expositions, military recruitment and campaigns, as well as issues related to race, class, gender, and religion.”

 The majority of the collection (over 4,000 items) is material published in the United States; the international collection includes about 1,400 pieces published primarily in Europe.


Primary Sources: ProQuest History Vault: Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975

Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975 contains documents generated and collected by the media, the military, the CIA, the U.S. State Department, the National Security Council, Presidents, and selected Cabinet members. The resource is focused on the Vietnam War, but the collections in the module address all of the most important foreign policy issues facing the United States between 1960 and 1975.

The documents can be browsed and searched (Advanced Search is recommended). ProQuest’s brochure includes a list of all the collections.


Primary Sources: American Popular Entertainment

The American Popular Entertainment collection from the University of Illinois contains digital facsimiles of historic newspapers and trade journals published for the entertainment industry in the US between 1853 and 1929. These works include trade perspectives, features, and travel information on vaudeville, music performance, burlesque, and other popular forms of entertainment of the period.

The collection currently includes:

New York Clipper 7 May 1853 – 12 July 1924 (3605 issues)
Player 8 December 1911 – 21 November 1913 (102 issues)
Vaudeville News 16 April 1920 – 8 June 1929 (286 issues)


Primary Sources: Law and Society Since the Civil War

One last resource recently required through by the Law Library is ProQuest History Vault: Law and Society Since the Civil War

This module consists of 11 collections from the Harvard Law School Library. These are the papers of Albert Levitt, Felix Frankfurter, Livingston Hall, Louis D. Brandeis, Richard H. Field, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Roscoe Pound, the Sacco-Vanzetti Case, Sheldon Glueck, William H. Hastie, and Zechariah Chafee. Taken together, Frankfurter’s and Brandeis’s papers provide a behind-the-scenes view of the Supreme Court between 1919 and 1961. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Papers include Holmes’s correspondence from 1861 through 1935. Holmes was a prolific and brilliant correspondent and his letters have been acknowledged as an extraordinary record of a wide-ranging and imaginative intellect. The Sacco-Vanzetti case papers offer researchers an inside view of the legal strategy in this controversial case.