New Agricultural Newspaper Collection

Readex’s American Business: Agricultural Newspapers is a valuable, but in many ways disappointing collection. When complete, it will contain 238 farm newspapers from the 19th and late 18th centuries, the heyday of rural America. About 20% of the projected 238 titles are forthcoming.1 Over half of the titles currently available are represented by ten or fewer issues;2 almost half of the titles currently available are represented by five or fewer issues;3 and 33% of the titles are represented by a single issue.4 Only 58 of the newspapers have fifty or more issues. Continue reading “New Agricultural Newspaper Collection”

New Resource: Socialism on Film: Wars & Revolutions

Is it enough to worry?
Is it enough to worry?

Newsreels, feature films, and documentaries from 1917 through the Cold War. Films were produced in communist and socialist nations, such as the Soviet Union, Vietnam, China, Korea, Cuba, East Germany, and nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Browse the collection by topical subject, person as subject, place as subject, era as subject, place of production, and more. Includes ample supplementary material, such as case studies, chronologies, and essays. All films have keyword searchable transcripts.

All footage comes from the collections of the British Film Institute.

Wars and Revolutions is the first of three modules to be published in the collection Socialism on Film. Module II (to be released in 2018) will cover Newsreels and Magazines; and Module III (to be released in 2019) will cover Culture and Society.

HPNL Browsings: Handbook of Denominations in the United States

Handbook of Denominations in the United States
Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 13th ed.

Handbook of Denominations in the United States is an excellent source of information on all major religious groups in America, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Baha’i. Within the Christian context, major denominations (such as Episcopal, Lutheran, and Mormon) are treated, as well as the “sub-groups” of these faiths, such as the Missouri Synod Lutherans and the Southern Baptist Convention. Major doctrines, practices, and histories of each denomination are clearly summarized, so as to make this work irreplaceable for a cursory examination of religious issues pertinent to the various faiths, or as a starting point for research into American religion. The handbook is reissued in a new edition every five to ten years or so, and thus its essential information is kept current, while the back volumes (dating back to 1956) provide a fascinating snapshot of American religion over the past half century. Statistical data are included for most denominations (and sub-denominations), making it possible to trace the rise and fall of different American religious groups. Not only is it useful for quickly obtaining reliable, balanced information about the various American religious groups, but it also makes for interesting recreational reading.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS): Daily Reports

Covering the period September 4, 1941 through March 29, 1974, this digital collection is the first of three modules that form Readex’s Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS). The FBIS is a branch of the United States government that has operated variously under the Federal Communications Commission, the War Department, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Continue reading “Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS): Daily Reports”

Newspapers of the New Deal Concentration Camps

With Executive Order 9066, President Franklin Roosevelt created the War Relocation Authority (WRA) and authorized the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans living in designated “military areas” on the west coast. Roosevelt’s concentration camps were constructed and populated with a speed made possible in part by the magnitude of the American administrative state: the president’s New Deal had expanded both the power of the state, and its physical footprint across the nation. With the forced removal, detention, and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans, one of the most repressive actions ever taken by the US government, Roosevelt’s executive branch demonstrated its capacity to project state power on a hitherto unimaginable scale.1 Continue reading “Newspapers of the New Deal Concentration Camps”

New Resource: Race Relations in America, 1943-1970

Race Relations in America, 1943-1970 comprises documents from the Archives of the Race Relations Department of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries. The Race Relations Department of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries was established for the purpose of bringing the expertise of social scientists to bear on the problem of race relations in the United States. Although the entire archive has not been digitized, the collection includes significant holdings of case studies, reports, audio recordings, scrapbooks, statistical data, academic studies, photographs, periodicals, correspondence, government documents, posters, and more. The collection also features extensive editorial apparatus intended to assist the user with exploring and interpreting the documents.

President's Committee on Government Contracts: Poster
President’s Committee on Government Contracts: Poster

The collection is organized into the following themes, each with its own guide:

  • Civil Rights
  • Voting Rights
  • Housing
  • Education and Training
  • Employment and Labor
  • Health, Welfare, and Poverty
  • Police, Community Relations, and Crime
  • Religion
  • Legislation and Legal Cases
  • Organizations, Associations, and Societies
  • The Institute
  • Arts and Culture

New Resource: East India Company, Module 1

Detail from India Office RecordsDocuments from the collection of India Office records, held by the British Library. In addition to the records of the East India Company, this collection includes records of other agencies charged with administering India, especially after the British Crown took over direct administration of India in 1858. (The Company’s charter officially expired in 1874.)

The collection at the British Library is organized into record series based on the agencies from which the records originated, and the digital collection is based on this classification scheme. Due to the large amount of manuscript material in the India Office Records, few of the documents are keyword searchable, so the interface provides many different ways of interacting with the collection, including by record series, by date, by theme, by index terms (where available), and a hierarchical index of government. Some documents are keyword searchable.

Module 1 has just been released, and is now available here at University of Illinois. Module 1 covers “Trade, Governance and Empire, 1600-1947”. This module includes record series IOR/A (East India Company: Charters, Deeds, Statutes and Treaties c1550-c1950); IOR/B (East India Company: Minutes of the Court of Directors and Court of Proprietors 1599-1858); IOR/C (Council of India Minutes and Memoranda 1858-1947); IOR/D (East India Company: Minutes and Memoranda of General Committees 1700-1858), and parts of IOR/Z (indexes to portions of IOR/B and IOR/D).

The collection Also includes data visualizations and contextualizing essays.

Trial: Index Religiosus

Index Religiosus (International Bibliography of Theology, Church History, & Religious Studies) is now on trial through February 20, 2017.

Index Religiosus combines and now supersedes two standard print bibliographies in the fields of religious and medieval studies: the annual bibliography from Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique, and the Elenchus bibliographicus from Ephemerides theologicae Lovanienses. The database indexes journals, books, book chapters, theses, and more, with an emphasis on scholarship in western European languages. The interface provides several innovative search features, such as the ability to limit by geographic-region-as-subject, time-period-as-subject, and academic discipline. The database indexes publications back to 1900 (from the Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique bibliography) and 1924 (from the Elenchus bibliographicus). According to the publisher, 20,000 new records are being added every year.

Please send feedback to: Professor Celestina Savonius-Wroth, cswroth@illinois.edu .

New Website for HPNL

Today the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library introduces its new website. The website is still a work in progress, so please contact us with any feedback or complaints: hpnl@library.illinois.edu .

The website is intended to be a streamlined version of the old–less clutter on the page, and improved compatibility with mobile devices like tablets and cell phones. The website also features greatly improved accessibility for patrons who use assistive technology, and has been designed to achieve the fullest possibility compatibility with ADA requirements.

New HPNL Website
New HPNL Website