Two historical newspaper collections were recently added to Atkins Library. They can be accessed from the library home page by clicking on the Databases tab. Links have also been added to the History, Latin American Studies and Africana Studies research guides.
The largest online collection of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers published in this region—will provide a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands. This unique resource will prove essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce, New World slavery and U.S. relations with the region as far back as the early 18th century.
Caribbean Newspapers: Series I: Title List
An essential complement to Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922, this second series dramatically expands the number of titles available from this region, including from some countries and cities not represented in the inaugural collection. Latin American Newspapers, Series 2 features important titles from Argentina (Buenos Aires); Belize (Belize City); Bolivia (Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Potosi, Sucre); Brazil (Amazonas, Belem, Rio de Janeiro); Chile (Santiago, Valparaiso); Colombia (Bogotá, Popayán); Costa Rica (San José); Cuba (Havana); Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo); Ecuador (Guayaquil, Machala); El Salvador (Cojutepeque, San Salvador, San Vicente); Guatemala (Antigua, Guatemala, Quetzaltenango); Haiti (Port-au-Prince); Honduras (Comayagua, Juticalpa, Tegucigalpa); México (Matamoros, México City, Monterrey, Morelia, Puebla de Zaragoza, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Veracruz, Toluca de Lerdo); Nicaragua (Granada, León, Managua, Masaya, San Juan del Norte); Panamá (Panamá, Penonomé, Santiago de Veraguas); Paraguay (Asunción); Peru (Lima); and Venezuela (Caracas, Ciudad Bolivar, Cumaná).
Latin American Newspapers, Series II: Notable Titles
Latin American Newspapers, Series II: Title List
HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com! With the new interface comes improved search functionality and display. If you have used Ancestry for genealogical or other historical research, the new HeritageQuest interface should look and feel familiar to you.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.
The content of HeritageQuest has also expanded.
- Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
- Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
- Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting
- Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
- Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view
- Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
- U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions
- All-new research aids
- Interactive census maps
- And more
If you would like to ask questions about the new HeritageQuest, I recommend registering for one of the live half-hour webinars. You can also scroll down the webinars page to “Event Recordings” to watch the webinar at your convenience, or read about these changes on the research guide for HeritageQuest.
UNC Charlotte Atkins Library is one of the funding libraries of the Independent Voices project which is digitizing over 1 million pages from 20th century magazines, journals and newspapers of the alternative press archives of participating libraries.
Independent Voices is a collection that chronicles the transformative decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s through the lens of an independent alternative press. The collection includes serials “produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals and the New Left, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBTs, anarchists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines.”
Through January 2017 Reveal Digital will release seven series on the alternative press. You can already access publications in the Feminist, LGBT, and GI Press series. When completed, the collection will represent the largest digital collection of alternative press titles, with complete runs of over 1,000 titles and 1,000,000 pages.
Browse the target title lists and access the collection through the regular channels: direct link, Databases tab on the library home page, and History Research Guide. Due to a unique funding model established by Reveal Digital, Independent Voices will become an open access collection in January 2019.
Accessible Archives provides online access to primary source materials from 18th and 19th century publications. Collections include nineteenth century African American newspapers, American county histories, American Civil War primary source documents, genealogical materials, and more. It is a wonderful resource for researchers and students of U.S. History.
The Accessible Archives blog highlights these primary source collections among others.
Learn more about the resources available through Accessible Archives:
- African American Newspapers
- Frank Leslie’s Weekly
- Godey’s Lady’s Book
- The Liberator
- The Lily
- National Anti-Slavery Standard
- National Citizen and Ballot Box
- The Pennsylvania Gazette
- The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue
- The Pennsylvania Newspaper Record: Delaware County
- The Revolution
- Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman
- South Carolina Newspapers
- The Virginia Gazette
Atkins Library recently acquired four primary source digital collections from Archives Unbound.
Black Economic Empowerment: The National Negro Business League
Collection of the National Negro Business League, including correspondence and memoranda, itineraries, lists, form letters, reports, press releases, speeches, programs and enrollment forms
In Response to the AIDS Crisis: Records of the National Commission on AIDS, 1983-1994
Briefing books, hearing and meeting transcripts, reports, and press clippings documenting the activities of the National Commission on AIDS (NCAIDS)
Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life
First-person accounts from interned Japanese Americans during World War II
Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia
Diaries, journals and narratives of explorers, emigrants, military men, Native Americans and travelers to Appalachia
Other Archives Unbound collections accessible through Atkins Library:
Atkins Library recently added several digital primary source collections:
City and Business Directories: North Carolina, 1886-1929
The Greensboro Massacre, 1979: Shootout between the American Nazis & the Communist Workers Party
Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America: Archives of the Federal Writers’ Project
Price Control in the Courts: the U.S. Emergency Court of Appeals, 1941 – 1961
Savings & Loan Crisis: Loss of Public Trust and the Federal Bailout, 1989 – 1993
The War Department and Indian Affairs, 1800 – 1824
All collections can be accessed from the History Databases Research Guide.
City and Business Directories: North Carolina, 1886-1929 Digital Archive
City directories are among the most comprehensive sources of historical and personal information available. Their emphasis on ordinary people and the common-place event make them important in the study of American history and culture. In addition, researchers can learn much about day-to-day life through analysis of information on churches, public and private schools, benevolent, literary and other associations, and banks. Finally, most directories include advertising, often illustrating the products being sold. This information lends valuable insight into the city’s lifestyles and illustrates popular trends.
The Greensboro Massacre, 1979: Shootout between the American Nazis & the Communist Workers Party
This collection of FBI, local and state police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, shed new light on the motivations of the Communist organizers, the shootings, subsequent investigations, and efforts to heal the Greensboro community.
Source: Archives Unbound
Atkins Library recently acquired four primary source digital collections from Archives Unbound that are relevant to the study of Latin American political history.
Colección Revolución, 1910 – 1921
This collection was formed by members of the Historical Research Commission of the Mexican Revolution, under the direction of Isidro Fabela in 1958, in preparation for publication of the Historical Documents of the Mexican Revolution. This publication reproduces documents from various files, under guard of the General Archive of the Nation.
Foreign Relations between Latin America and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944
This collection consists of materials pertaining to political relations of states, including diplomatic and consular representation and bilateral treaties, conventions and agreements for the following countries/regions: Argentine Republic, Bolivia, Brazil, Central America, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and the West Indian Republics.
Foreign Relations between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944
During the 1930s, U.S. relations with Latin America and the Caribbean Growing war clouds in Europe and Asia predicated the need for securing resources and allies in the Western Hemisphere. Giving up unpopular military intervention, the U.S. shifted to other methods to maintain its influence in Latin America: Pan-Americanism, support for strong local leaders, the training of national guards, economic and cultural penetration, Export-Import Bank loans, financial supervision, and political persuasion.
Revolution in Mexico, the 1917 Constitution, and Its Aftermath: Records of the U.S. State Department
Documents provide insight into the political and military activities surrounding the Mexican Revolution. This collection comprises U.S. State Department documents related to the Mexican Revolution, which began in 1910 and continued sporadically until the new Constitution was adopted in 1917 through to, and including, the election of Calles. This collection includes accounts of major military and political events.
Other Archives Unbound collections accessible through Atkins Library include:
Evangelism in Africa: correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1835-1910
Liberation movement in Africa and African America
“We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death:” Freedom Riders in the South
If you’ve visited the Atkins Library recently you may have walked past the display cases in the atrium without realizing their contents. Inside are letters, books, photos and other items which illustrate the progress of African Americans since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
“Chains & Champions” was created to celebrate both Black History month and the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation on January 1st, and it will remain up through March. Items on display are from the library’s Special Collections, and help tell the story of the sacrifices, struggles and strength of African Americans before freedom was granted, and significant accomplishments since that time.
|Figure 1. Child-size shackles from Sumter, SC||Figure 2. Examples of books and writings|
|Figure 3. Items from the Civil Rights era||Figure 4. African American “Firsts” from NC|
“The Atkins library is proud to share a glimpse into the history of African Americans through a display of original documents and items from the library’s Special Collections” said Denelle Eads, Special Collections Research & Outreach Librarian. “It is part of our state’s history and Atkins Library is very fortunate to have items like this which tell the story of our past.”
“Chains & Champions” includes original documents such as bills of sale and receipts of slave purchases, information about the slave trade, and documents describing how slaves were informed of their freedom. On loan from the South Carolina State Museum are child slave shackles excavated from Sumter Country. The displays also include written work by African American authors such as Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass and Lunsford Lane, which represent how some slaves were taught to read and write by their owners.
The progression of African Americans is next represented through the Civil Rights era, with a focus on people and events in Charlotte and the state. Here, items show the struggles for equality during the Jim Crow era, with examples of letters for and against the integration of public facilities, organizations, and a segregated cemetery. Original handwritten notes from the landmark school desegregation case Swann v. Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education are included in this display case.
Finally, “Chains to Champions” looks at African Americans who have made significant contributions to American society by becoming “firsts.” Featured in this section are Frederick Douglas Alexander (first African American to become a member of the Charlotte City Council), Reginald Hawkins (first African American to run for governor of North Carolina), Harvey Gantt (first African American mayor of Charlotte), and Barack Obama (first African American president).
“When patrons view this exhibit, we hope they’ll want to learn more about the rare and unique items that have been preserved for the public to see and use,” said Eads. “We have a treasure chest of history just waiting to be opened, and we invite everyone to visit Special Collections to discover our wealth of historical items.”
The Atkins Library Special Collections is located on the tenth floor and include many original historical documents of Charlotte and the Carolinas region. For more information, please call 704.687.1170.
This offer only applies to faculty and librarians.
In honor of Black History Month, Alexander Street Press is offering free access for the month of February to Black Studies in Video, the newest collection in our award-winning black studies portfolio.
Black Studies in Video weaves together seminal documentaries, powerful interviews, and previously unavailable archival footage surveying the black experience.
It will grow to include 500 hours of film covering African American history, politics, art and culture, family structure, gender relationships, and social and economic issues.
Through a partnership with California Newsreel, the US’s oldest nonprofit social issue documentary film center, Black Studies in Video offers exclusive access to the SNCC Legacy Video Collection, a series of more than 50 hours of recordings from the 50th anniversary conference of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
Black Studies in Video also contains documentaries on leading artists, writers, musicians, playwrights, and performers, such as Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Huey P. Newton, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Eldridge Cleaver, August Wilson, Bobby Seale, Ethel Waters, and Amiri Baraka.
Regardless of when in February you register, you can search, browse, and explore the full collection for 30 days.