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HIST 2020: Survey of US History, 1877-Present: 1900-1919

Topical Digital Collections

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire (Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley) 

African American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition (Library of Congress) The Paris Exposition of 1900 included a display devoted to the history and "present conditions" of African Americans. W.E.B. Du Bois and special agent Thomas J. Calloway played key roles in the creation of the exhibit. 

Influenza Encyclopedia

The National Child Labor Committee Collection Lewis Hine (1874-1940) documented working and living conditions of children in the United States between 1908 and 1924. The NCLC photos are useful for the study of labor, reform movements, children, working class families, education, public health, urban and rural housing conditions, and industrial and agricultural sites.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries 

Remembering the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire (Cornell University)

Women and Social Movements in the United States More than 100 "document projects" organize primary sources around specific questions, such as "How Did Texas Women Win Partial Suffrage in a One-Party Southern State in 1918?"

Wright Brothers Negatives (Library of Congress) This collection includes 200 images from 1900 to 1911 document their successes and failures in testing their new flying machines.

Historical Newspapers

Chronicling America (Library of Congress) View content from historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers - searches the following historical newspapers: Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Defender, New Amsterdam News, New York Times, Norfolk Journal and Guide, and the Washington Post. Users can limit a search to a specific date or  date range under "Search Options." 


Sanborn Map detail

Fire Insurance Maps: Knoxville (University of Tennessee - Knoxville) includes "Sanborn" maps in full color from 1884, 1890, 1903, and 1917.

Digital Sanborn Maps: Tennessee - Detailed black and white maps of over 100 Tennessee towns and cities, 19th and 20th centuries.

Fire Insurance Maps (Library of Congress) offers pre-1923 full color maps of towns and cities in more than 25 states (but not Tennessee), as well as a guide for interpreting the maps.

Documentaries / Historic Film