WWI & America – Veterans Panel discussion

We are pleased to announce that the Library has received a grant to participate in programming in support of WWI and America, a two-year initiative coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917. The project is sponsored by Library of America with generous financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The purpose of WWI and America is to provide scholar-moderated opportunities for those who served in more recent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to bring their experiences to bear on historical events and texts and to illuminate for a wide audience the lasting legacies of World War I, and the similarities and differences between past and present.

The first of these opportunities takes place Thursday, September 28 at 6:30pm in the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education, room 101. (Building 11 on this map.) Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and engage in a facilitated discussion with a panel of veterans. The selected themes for Thursday’s event are “Why Fight?,” “Race and WWI,” and “America on the World Stage.” Selected readings for each theme are available on the event website. The grant also includes a copy of World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, a collection of writings and speeches by soldiers, nurses, activists, and others who experienced the War. This resource is available in the Clayton State Library at the Circulation & Reserves Desk on the lower level and online. Discussion event attendees are encouraged to read the themed selections prior to the event.

“We are pleased to receive this grant from Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide programming around these historical sources. We hope participants will be inspired to further explore the impact of war on America throughout history, the present, and into the future,” said Gordon Baker, Dean of Libraries.

All WWI & America programming offered by the Clayton State Library is free and open to the public. Veterans and non-veterans alike are welcome to attend. Faculty are encouraged to offer credit for attendance or related special assignments. The library will feature resources to supplement student research into the topics covered during the events.

For more information about these events and to stay up to date with future WWI & America programming, please visit http://clayton.libguides.com/wwiamerica or contact Erin Nagel at (678) 466-4330 or ErinNagel@clayton.edu.

This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit http://wwiamerica.org.

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September Featured Resource: World News Digest

World News Digest is an archival record of domestic and international news since November 1940. It covers major political, social, and economic events, including elections, wars and conflicts, and government and civics information. Maps and charts are included, as are graphs, historic photographs, and story indexes by decade, country, and topic.

Features:

  • Timely, hot-button events of the week, linking to a wide range of editorially curated content about each event
  • Ahead in Time and Back in Time links follow a chronological chain of coverage on numerous events, people, countries, and topics
  • Special Feature puts an important contemporary subject into historical context and organizes links to relevant material
  • Key background information: primary source documents, profiles of newsmakers, countries, and issues
  • Carefully curated videos and news graphics embedded into coverage of today’s latest developments
  • Searchable news feed, updated hourly
  • Statistics: health & vital statistics; consumer information; nations of the world; U.S. facts & history; U.S. cities, states & population; sports; personalities, arts & media
  • Newspaper editorials and editorial cartoons with discussion questions

July Featured Resource: Revolutionary War Archives

Revolutionary War Archives contains foundational records for the new nation including Papers of the Continental Congress, the official records of the original colonies and the early United States, Constitutional Convention records, and other historical documents between 1775–1783 representing and revealing the process of the Constitution’s creation.

The collection includes:

  • Constitution Convention Records
  • Foreign Letters of the Continental Congress
  • Revolutionary War Rolls
  • Service Records
  • Prize Cases & Pensions

June Featured Resource: Arts of the United States

Arts of the United States contains images of works important to the study of the history of art in the United States. The pieces, dating from the 17th century through the 20th, include architecture, decorative arts, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, and stage and costume design as well as Native American art and artifacts. Browse popular collections from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Henry Francis du pont Winterthur Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Museum of Modern Art (NY), Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

July Featured Resource: Revolutionary War Archives

Revolutionary War Archives contains foundational records for the new nation including Papers of the Continental Congress, the official records of the original colonies and the early United States, Constitutional Convention records, and other historical documents representing and revealing the process of the Constitution’s creation.

The collection includes:

  • Constitution Convention Records
  • Foreign Letters of the Continental Congress
  • Revolutionary War Rolls
  • Service Records
  • Prize Cases & Pensions

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February Featured LibGuide: African American Studies

African American Studies is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to the scholarly study of the history, literature, culture, religion, and politics of African-Americans. The field is not limited in its scope to the continental United States, but includes the entire African Diaspora which encompasses African people descended from Africans dispersed, displaced, and scattered by enslavement, genocide, war, migration, and conflict. The African American Studies guide includes books, articles, electronic resources, and multimedia plus a focus on slavery & slave trade resources.

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June Featured Resource: Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound collections provide unique support to learning through the use of primary sources. Discover the background of the ideas and debates that have defined our regional, national, and global society. These specialized historical document collections offer a glimpse into rare, authoritative material in a cross-searchable, digital format.

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Clayton State researchers can search the collections independently or simultaneously using the Archives Unbound platform.

  1. Confederate Newspapers: A Collection from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama – a mixture of issues and papers from 1861-1865
  2. Correspondence from German Concentration Camps and Prisons – consists of items originating from prisoners held in German concentration camps, internment and transit camps, Gestapo prisons, and POW camps, during and just prior to World War II
  3. Industrial Mobilization in Britain and the Ministry of Munitions, 1915-1918 – covers the unprecedented industrial mobilization of an entire economy to fight the war of 1914-1918
  4. Military Leaders of World War I: Official and Private Papers of Generaloberst Hans von Seeckt – consist of letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, maps, reports and other papers of Generaloberst Hans von Seeckt a prominent German military strategist of World War I
  5. Reporting on the Coal Industry: The Coal Trade Bulletin, 1901-1918 – traces the expansion of the coal industry in the early twentieth century and brings to life the trials and tribulations of a burgeoning industry
  6. The Savings and Loan Crisis: Loss of Public Trust and the Federal Bailout, 1989-1993 – consists of correspondence, memoranda, studies, analyses, testimony, talking points and news clippings from the White House and various staff offices and agencies detailing the origins of the S&L crisis and outlined solutions to the growing crisis in the late 1980s and early 1990s
  7. Tiananmen Square and U.S.-China relations, 1989-1993 – offers unique primary source documents relating to the demonstrations and their aftermath: public mail, memoranda, reports, cables, meeting notes, news clippings and much more

New Resource: Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound collections provide unique support to learning through the use of primary sources. Discover the background of the ideas and debates that have defined our regional, national, and global society. These specialized historical document collections offer a glimpse into rare, authoritative material in a cross-searchable, digital format. archivesunbound

Your Clayton State Library has recently purchased the following 7 collections which can be searched independently or simultaneously using the Archives Unbound platform.

  1. Confederate Newspapers: A Collection from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama – a mixture of issues and papers from 1861-1865
  2. Correspondence from German Concentration Camps and Prisons – consists of items originating from prisoners held in German concentration camps, internment and transit camps, Gestapo prisons, and POW camps, during and just prior to World War II
  3. Industrial Mobilization in Britain and the Ministry of Munitions, 1915-1918 – covers the unprecedented industrial mobilization of an entire economy to fight the war of 1914-1918
  4. Military Leaders of World War I: Official and Private Papers of Generaloberst Hans von Seeckt – consist of letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, maps, reports and other papers of Generaloberst Hans von Seeckt a prominent German military strategist of World War I
  5. Reporting on the Coal Industry: The Coal Trade Bulletin, 1901-1918 – traces the expansion of the coal industry in the early twentieth century and brings to life the trials and tribulations of a burgeoning industry
  6. The Savings and Loan Crisis: Loss of Public Trust and the Federal Bailout, 1989-1993 – consists of correspondence, memoranda, studies, analyses, testimony, talking points and news clippings from the White House and various staff offices and agencies detailing the origins of the S&L crisis and outlined solutions to the growing crisis in the late 1980s and early 1990s
  7. Tiananmen Square and U.S.-China relations, 1989-1993 – offers unique primary source documents relating to the demonstrations and their aftermath: public mail, memoranda, reports, cables, meeting notes, news clippings and much more

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February Featured LibGuide: American History to 1877

The American History to 1877 guide introduces students to U.S. history resources covering the Colonial Period through Reconstruction. Researchers will find suggestions for historical documents and other primary sources. In addition, recommendations for books, journals, and multimedia resources are offered. Each time period provides suggestions for historical figures; forts, battles & landmarks; topics; Presidential terms; and web resources.
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September Featured Resource: Dictionary of Literary Biography

Dictionary of Literary Biography offers biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Trace the development of an author’s canon and the evolution of his/her reputation.

To broaden or narrow your search:

Keyword – searches the entire collection for a match within the author’s name, work titles and section headers
Full Text – searches the entire collection for a match within the entire text of the article including keyword fields
Named Author – searches the entire collection for entries about a specific author and his/her works

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