American Studies

Please use Guide Index to navigate to specific resource types and topics.

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American Studies is a broad field that encompasses the scholarship and research of many disciplines. Click on the Subject and Related links on the right for additional Research Guides. The purpose of this Guide is to provide faculty and students in the  American and New England Studies Program with a selective list of electronic and print resources available through the Boston University Libraries and to supplement the Program’s own list of internet Resources.

Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Industries — United States — History
Manuscripts — United States
Material Culture — United States
United States — Civilization

Subject headings for Boston are listed under Books on Boston.

Use Databases to Find Journal Articles and Dissertations

For a complete list of databases, see Databases A-Z.

In addition to the databases recommended below, you can search for articles in our discovery tool, Boston University Libraries Search or BULS.   BULS retrieves only full-text articles.  You can search by keywords or by the title of an article.  For citations to articles available only in print, under Expand my search click on “.  If the library does not have the print journal, a link displays that lets you request a scanned copy of the article which is emailed to you in two or three business days.  Ebsco databases such as America: History and Life and Art Full Text are not searchable via BULS; however, many relevant articles are retrieved because BULS searches JSTOR and Project Muse.  Note also that the websites of many online journals allow you to search both current and archival issues; see, for example, Canadian review of American studies.

Academic oneFile
A collection of peer-reviewed, full-text articles in HTML and PDF format from the world’s leading journals and reference sources, with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other subject; intended primarily for academic researchers. It also contains hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text of the New York Times from 1985, the Times (London) from 1985 and the Financial Times from 1996. Coverage: 1980+   (Gale)

Academic search premier
A multidisciplinary database which provides full-text for scholarly publications, most of them peer-reviewed. Includes topics in the social sciences, humanities, general science, education and most areas of academic study. Abstracts and indexing provided for journals in the collection.  (Ebsco)

Note: BU; Subject index to articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

Note: BU; Indexes articles, books, exhibition catalogs, and theses on modern art, photography, and design from late 19th century to the present.

Note: BU. Multidisciplinary database covering journal articles. Indexes articles (choose General Search) and references cited in articles (choose Cited Ref Search). Useful for authors who want to find out where their articles have been cited. Remember to use the operators.

Applied science & business periodicals retrospective, 1913-1983 (H.W. Wilson)

Applied Science and Technology Source

“focuses on traditional engineering challenges & research, as well as research concerning the business and social implications of new technology…includes the complete files of Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957); and includes all titles indexed in Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective: 1913-1983 (H.W. Wilson).”

Note: 1984–. All aspects of art and art-related topics.

Note: 1929 to 1983. All aspects of art and art-related topics.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
“…a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture since 1934, covering the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation and interior design and decoration.”

Note: BU; Getty Information Institute. Books, journals, dissertations, exhibition catalogs. Western art, all media, late antiquity to the present. Includes and continues RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art), 1975-1989 and RAA (Repertoire d’Art et d’Archeologie), 1973-1989.

Note: BU; 1907-1949. In two volumes. American, Canadian, and British magazines. United States local and state history with emphasis on art, architecture, geography, education, political science. Complements Reader’s Guide and Poole’s Index.

Note: BU; Citations to dissertations accepted for doctoral degrees at accredited North American institutions and more than 200 institutions elsewhere; abstracts are available from 1980 to date. Of the more than 2.3 million dissertations and theses cited in the database, over 925,000 dissertations are available for download. Citations to masters’ theses from 1962 to date; abstracts available from 1988 to date.

For a subject list of Dissertations in Progress in Art History, see the June no. 2 issue of Art Bulletin. BU and the Society of Architectural Historians’ Dissertations Underway.

Note: BU; A multidisciplinary, multilingual database indexing articles in the humanities, social sciences, and economics.

Note: BU; Indexes articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.

Note: BU; Covers nearly all art journals from the 19th century. Indexes entire journal contents–articles, art notes, illustrations, stories, poems, and advertisements. Source of information on popular culture and industry, artists and illustrators, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture and design, exhibitions and sales, decoration, and collecting.

 

Making of America (MOA)

University of Michigan and Cornell University. Databases of full-text 19th-century journals in the browsableandsearchable collection of the University of Michigan (Appleton’s 1869-1881 (2 series); Catholic World 1865-1901; DeBow’s 1846-1869 + 1952 index (3 series); Garden and Forest 1888-1897 (from Library of Congress); Ladies Repository 1841-1876 (3 series); The Old Guard 1864; Overland Monthly 1868-1900 (2 series); Princeton Review 1831-1882 (3 series); Southern Literary Messenger 1835-1864 + 1936 Contributor index; Southern Quarterly Review 1842-1857 (3 series); Vanity Fair 1860-1862) and in the browsable and searchable collection of Cornell University (The American Missionary (1878 – 1901); The American Whig Review (1845 – 1852); The Atlantic Monthly (1857 – 1901); The Bay State Monthly (1884 – 1886); The Century (1881 – 1899); The Continental Monthly (1862 – 1864); The Galaxy (1866 – 1878); Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (1850 – 1899); The International Monthly Magazine (1850 – 1852); The Living Age (1844 – 1900); Manufacturer and Builder (1869 – 1894); The New England Magazine (1886 – 1900); The New-England Magazine (1831 – 1835); New Englander (1843 – 1892); The North American Review (1815 – 1900); The Old Guard (1863 – 1867); Punchinello (1870); Putnam’s Monthly (1853 – 1870); Scientific American (1846 – 1869); Scribner’s Magazine (1887 – 1896); Scribner’s Monthly (1870 – 1881); The United States Democratic Review (1837 – 1859).

Note: BU; Produced by the Modern Language Association of America. It indexes critical materials on modern languages, literature, linguistics and folklore in more than 3,000 journals and series, monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies and dissertations. The materials are in many languages.

 

Poole's index to periodical literature

1802-1907.  Indexes 240 American and British magazines on all topics. London, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia are the main places of publication. Available online via the Internet Archive.

 

 

Archives and Manuscripts

Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases.  Search all the collections or select a collection.

Baker Library Historical Collections

Harvard University Business School Library. In addition to manuscript material, the collection has over 30,000 photographs and engraved images documenting U.S. industrial history. A selection of finding aids is available on the Internet: Business Manuscripts Collection Short Finding Aids: Industry/Subject Index. Some of these selected materials pertain to Boston and New England businesses.

Online Archive for California

University of California, Berkeley. This site permits browsing the inventories, registers, indexes, or guides to archives and manuscript repositories at Berkeley and at other institutions, primarily in California, but including Duke University and the University of Virginia.

Manuscript Reading Room, The Library of Congress

Library of Congress. Provides online access to catalog records of manuscripts in the Library of Congress pertaining to American history and culture. The site provides instruction on how to search the full text of finding aids. There are links to special online exhibits and digitized historical material.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Provides access to historical records of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government in paper and multimedia collections, including film, maps, sound and video recordings, aerial photographs, still pictures, and computer data sets. Access to Archival Databases provides searching and browsing by category. Also available are current government information publications such as the Today’s Federal Register

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)

Library of Congress. Identifies and briefly describes archives and manuscript repositories throughout the United States and provides searching instructions. List [by state] of Participating Repositories: Fiscal Years 1959 to the present

Researcher’s Guide to Archives and Regional History Sources,

ed. John C. Larsen. Provides background information for archival research, identifies basic procedures and tools, and suggests efficient ways of conducting research. Includes chapters on archives, ethics of archival research, general use of archives, reference tools, business records, religious records, public records, nonmanuscript sources, oral histories, cartographic sources, genealogical research, and preservation of archival material. Mugar CD 3021 R47 1988

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

Five SIRIS Catalogs–Library Catalog, Art Inventories Catalog, Archives & Manuscripts Catalog, Research/Bibliographies Catalog, and the Smithsonian Chronology Catalog–are searchable. SIRIS currently is adding multimedia digital formats, e.g., transcripts, photographs, video clips, to selected catalog records.

 Winterthur Library: Guide to the Joseph Downs Collection and the Winterthur Archives

 

Bibliographies

American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography,

3 vols, ed. Jack Salzman. Provides brief descriptions and author, title, subject access to over 6,000 books published in the United States between 1900 and 1983. Arranged by broad disciplines–anthropology and folklore, art and architecture, etc. Vol. 3 provides Author, Title, and Subject Indexes.

______,1984-1988. Adds 3,500 books to the original bibliography. Includes a section on media.

Storage Z 1361 C6 A436 1986 and 1990

Handbook of American Popular Culture,

3 vols, 2nd ed rev and enl, ed. M. Thomas Inge. Vol. 1: Advertising–Graffiti, Vol. 2: Illustration–Pornography, Vol. 3: Propaganda–Women. Articles include a chronological survey; a discussion of reference works; an extensive bibliography; history and critical study; a list of relevant journals; and a discussion of research centers and collections of primary and secondary materials.
Mugar Reference XE 169.1 H2643 1989

Reader’s Guide to American History,

ed. Peter J. Parish. Describes and assesses recently published books on 600 alphabetically arranged topics on social, political, and economic history. In addition to a General Index of events, individuals, and topics mentioned within the entries, there is a Thematic List and a Booklist Index. Excluded are literary, art, architecture, science, and medical history. Mugar Reference XE 178 R43 1997

Sources for American Studies,

eds. Jefferson B. Kellogg and Robert H. Walker, 1983. Bibliographical essays on aspects of American culture, e.g., “The History of American Journalism”, “Architectural History in the United States”, providing titles and locations of primary and secondary sources. Mugar Reference XE 175 S58 37 1983

Trade Catalogues at Winterthur: A Guide to the Literature of Merchandising, 1750 to 1980,

compiled by E. Richard McKinstry. Bibliography of the commercial catalogues collection of the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. Also serves as a guide to the catalogues on microfiche (Mugar Micro Mfiche). Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.
Mugar Current Periodicals Reference Z 7164 M18 H43 1984

Biographical Sources

American Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of Published American Diaries and Journals,

by Laura Arksey, Nancy Pries, and Marion Reed. Vol. 1: Diaries Written from 1492-1844; Vol. 2: Diaries Written from 1845-1980. 5,000 items arranged chronologically. Name, Subject, and Geographic Indexes. Mugar Reference XZ 5305 U5 A74 1983

American National Biography, BU

includes artists and architects. Also, theme collections. ed. John Garraty and Mark Carnes, under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. Succeeds (but does not wholly supplant) the Dictionary of American Biography published between 1928 and 1958 (Mugar E 176 D56). Includes persons who died prior to 1996. Format of the signed essays is chronological. They include information on the person’s career and private life and end with a paragraph putting the person’s life in historical perspective as seen from the 20th century. Appended to each essay is a non-comprehensive bibliography consisting of primary sources, published biographies, articles and monographs, and obituaries.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index.

BU A comprehensive index to nearly 12 million biographical sketches in more than 2,700 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering both contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

Gale Biography in Context.

BU This database contains full-text biographical entries from a number of reference works published by Gale and St, James Press: Contemporary Artists (5th ed, 2001), Contemporary Designers (3rd ed, 1999), Contemporary Photographers (3rd ed, 1996), Contemporary Women Artists (1999), International Dictionary of Art and Artists (1990), St. James Guide to Black Artists (1997), St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2000). Please note that these later editions may have deleted some artists; please check this guide or the library catalog for earlier editions in print.

Personal Name Index to The New York Times Index, 1851-1974, 1975-1996 Supplement.

Names of persons in New York Times articles. Each name entry provides cumulated citations to years and pages of the New York Times Index.
Storage Z 5301 F28 1976 and Mugar Reference for Supplements. Or, search online, Historical Newspapers of the New York Times 1851-2010.

 

Book reviews

The Seventies

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Citations to book reviews in full text and many print sources may be found using  BU Libraries Search on the library website.  Type the full title of the book.  Reviews will be listed in the results following the book’s entry result which is usually first in the results list. For citations to book reviews available only in print, under Expand my search click on “.”

Book Reviews also may be located by searching any of the databases listed above under “Database Indexes to Journal Articles.”  The Advanced Search interface of most of these databases let you limit your search to “Book Review.”

 

Book Review Digest, 1906–.

Citations to and excerpts of reviews of current juvenile and adult fiction and nonfiction in the English language. The reviews are obtained from selected periodicals in the humanities, social sciences, and general science published in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. Generally no more than three or four reviews are excerpted, though a more complete list of review citations is included. The Digest has a subject-title index, which is cumulated annually and in five year cumulations. Book Review Digest is mostly useful for identifying reviews of popular fiction and nonfiction rather than scholarly works. Mugar Reference XZ 1219 F06

Book Review Index, 1965–.

The most current general index to reviews of recent books appearing in over 500 publications from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. BRI includes citations for reviews of any type of book, periodical, or reference work which is at least 50 pages long (poetry, children’s and song books are exceptions to the 50 page rule.) The Index has two parts: the main section includes citations arranged alphabetically by the name of the book author; the second part is a title index. Mugar Reference XZ 1035 A1 F65

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974.

Author and title access to about 500,000 reviews in over 150 scholarly journals in the humanities.
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Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1886-1974.

Author and title access to over 1,000,000 reviews in 459 journals in history, political science, and sociology. Mugar Reference X AI 3 C654 1979

Directories of Web Sites

American Studies Association.

The Association site offers online access to resources on careers, internships, publications, and the following:

Boston University American & New England Studies Program: Resources

 

Voice of the Shuttle: American Studies

Alan Liu, English Department, University of California, Santa Barbara. A multidisciplinary site providing links to sites grouped by broad disciplines from anthropology to women’s studies.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

eds. Mary Kupiac Cayton, Peter W. Williams. v. 1. Historical periods, Early America, 1771-1838, 1838-1877, 1878-1912, 1913-1940 — v. 2. Historical periods, 1941-1959, 1960-1980, 1981-2000, peoples, places, God & nature, political order — v. 3. Economic order, social order, knowledge, the arts, methods, index. Mugar Reference XE 169.1 E624 2001

American Chronicle: Six Decades in American Life, 1920-1980,

by Lois Gordon. A year-by-year snapshot of American culture including facts and figures, deaths, quotes, ads, radio/television, openings, top box-office stars, popular music, theater, classical music, art, dance, books, science and technology, sports, fashion, and a kaleidoscope of events including new words and uses and first product appearances. Mugar Reference XE 169.1 G665 1987

Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

“This abridged and updated edition of the acclaimed Oxford Companion to African American Literature presents more than 400 biographies of authors, critics, literary characters, and historical figures, and 150 plot summaries of major works.”

Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature,

“For nearly half a century, James D. Hart’s Oxford Companion to American Literature has offered a matchless guided tour through American literary culture, both past and present. This concise version contains brief biographies of important authors, plot summaries of individual works, descriptions of important literary movements, and a wealth of information on other aspects of American literary life and history from the Colonial period to the modern era. It devotes approximately 325 of the biographical entries to contemporary writers, such as William Kennedy, Grace Paley, and Raymond Carver.”

Encyclopedia of American Industries, BU

2 vols, 4th ed online, 2005. ed. Scott Heil and Terrance Peck. Covers 461 manufacturing industries and 544 service and other non- manufacturing industries in the United States. Each essay includes a section on background and development relating “the industry’s genesis and historical development, including major technological advances, scandals, pioneering companies, major products, important legislation, and other factors that shaped the industry.”1st, 2nd, 3d editions in print. Pardee HC 102 E53 1994, 1998, 2001

Encyclopedia of American Studies,

4 vols, ed. George Kurian. Alphabetical arrangement from “Abolitionism” to “Youth Culture.” Short bibliographies of works mainly published in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s follow the entries. Limited number of biographical entries. Many entries include an illustration. Mugar Reference XE 169 E 625 2001

Encyclopedia of Consumer Brands,

3 vols, ed. Janice Jorgensen. History of popular brands including information on advertising with some facsimile ad illustrations. Covers consumable products, personal products, and durable goods. Pardee Reference HF 5415.3 E527 1994

Encyclopedia of Interior Design,

2 vols, ed. Joanna Banham. Entries on individual architects, critics, designers, makers, and patrons; and on topics, such as room types, decoration, and items of furniture. Lengthy articles survey individual countries, periods, and styles. Bibliographies for further reading are appended to entries. Mugar Reference XNK 1165 E48 1997

Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Campaigns.

Covers marketing; advertising, marketing and public relations; business management. Historical (20th century) and current.

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century,

4 vols, ed. Stanley Kutler. Organized according to main categories: American People; Politics; Global America; Science, Technology, and Medicine, Economy; and Culture divided into subcategories, e.g., Consumption, Marketing, etc.
Mugar Reference XE 740.7 E53 1996

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, 2002.

Material culture in America : understanding everyday life,

eds Helen Sheumaker and Shirley Teresa Wajda.
Mugar: Reference X GN560.U6 M37 2008

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History
edited by Joan Shelley Rubin and Scott E. Casper, 2013.

Oxford Reference Online

Online access to encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries in many broad subject areas.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture,

5 vols, ed. Tom Prendergast. Over 2,700 essays on all aspect of popular culture in the United States in the twentieth century. Entries are arranged alphabetically by topic from A&R Men/Women to ZZ Top with short bibliographies. Illustrated. There are three indexes: Time-Frame (in decades), Category, and General.  Also included in Gale Biography in Context.
Mugar Reference XE 169.1 S764 2000

Evaluating and Citing Web Sites

Magazines and Newspapers

For historical and current Boston (MA) newspapers, see Boston and Its Neighborhoods: Newspapers and Media.

Accessible Archives primary source material from 18th & 19th century periodicals.

For a list of the collections in the Accessible Archives database click here.

American periodicals

“American Periodicals Series Online (APS Online) includes digitized images of the pages of the American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century.” Includes: 89 journals published between 1740 and 1800; General interest magazines, children’s publications, and more than 20 journals for women from the first 60 years of the 19th century; 118 periodicals published during the Civil War (1861-1865) and Reconstruction (1865-1877); and titles from the 1880s through 1900. Coverage: 1740-1940.

 

Access to Series 1-3 available through BPL (Boston Public Library) with BPL card number (Massachusetts State Residents can sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard for remote access). Note: Series 2 and 3 contain additional titles and issues rather than a new range of years.  Series 2-3 cover 1758-1922.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, Library of Congress. “Search America’s historic newspapers pages from – or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.”  Its two main sections are All Digitized Newspapers and US Newspaper Directory 1690-present.  Some  Topics of the times.  Illustrated Newspaper Supplements provides images of front pages on flickr.

Harper’s weekly, 1857-1912.

History of American Magazines, 1741-1930

(online) BU 5 vols, by Frank Luther Mott, 1938-1968. A comprehenisve history of the general development of American magazines and separate sketches of individual magazines. Many of the magazines are available at Mugar Memorial Library in the microfilm set, American Periodicals, 1741-1900, described above. Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906 and 19th Century Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature provide subject access to many, but not all, of these magazines. Also in print: Mugar PN 4877 F382.

Making of America (MOA)

University of Michigan and Cornell University. Databases of full-text 19th-century journals in the browsableandsearchable collection of the University of Michigan (Appleton’s 1869-1881 (2 series); Catholic World 1865-1901; DeBow’s 1846-1869 + 1952 index (3 series); Garden and Forest 1888-1897 (from Library of Congress); Ladies Repository 1841-1876 (3 series); The Old Guard 1864; Overland Monthly 1868-1900 (2 series); Princeton Review 1831-1882 (3 series); Southern Literary Messenger 1835-1864 + 1936 Contributor index; Southern Quarterly Review 1842-1857 (3 series); Vanity Fair 1860-1862) and in the browsable and searchable collection of Cornell University (The American Missionary (1878 – 1901); The American Whig Review (1845 – 1852); The Atlantic Monthly (1857 – 1901); The Bay State Monthly (1884 – 1886); The Century (1881 – 1899); The Continental Monthly (1862 – 1864); The Galaxy (1866 – 1878); Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (1850 – 1899); The International Monthly Magazine (1850 – 1852); The Living Age (1844 – 1900); Manufacturer and Builder (1869 – 1894); The New England Magazine (1886 – 1900); The New-England Magazine (1831 – 1835); New Englander (1843 – 1892); The North American Review (1815 – 1900); The Old Guard (1863 – 1867); Punchinello (1870); Putnam’s Monthly (1853 – 1870); Scientific American (1846 – 1869); Scribner’s Magazine (1887 – 1896); Scribner’s Monthly (1870 – 1881); The United States Democratic Review (1837 – 1859).

Magazine of Art, online 1878-1904. Additional scattered years available in print and online.  Check BuLibraries.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals.  American Memory, Library of Congress. Search and browse 22 magazines.

Pennsylvania Civil War Newspapers (Penn State)

ProQuest historical newspapers. Chicago Defender (1910-1975)

Times (London) 1785-1985.

Times of London 1985-current.

 

 

Maps

Dent Atlas of American History,

3rd ed rev, ed Martin Gilman. Chiefly maps. Mugar Reference XG 1201 S1 G53 1993

Omni Gazetteer of the United States of America,

11 vols, ed. Frank R. Abate. “Providing Name, Location, and Identification of Nearly 1,500,000 Populated Places, Structures, Facilities, Locales, Historic Places, and Geographic Features in the Fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories”. Arranged by region: New England, Northeastern States, Southeast, South Central, Southwestern, Great Lakes, Plains, Mountain, and Pacific States. Includes an alphabetical National Index and a U.S. Data Sourcebook providing a United States Geological Survey Topographic Map Names [54,000] Index; an Index of Feature Types and Generic Names; National Register of Historic Places; State & County Federal Information Processing Standards; American Indian Reservations; U.S. Airports; FAA National List of 60,000 Elevated Landmarks and Structures– Obstructions to Air Navigation. Mugar Reference XE 154 O45 1991

Historical Maps of the United States

The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin. Maps are organized into six groups: Early Inhabitants, Exploration and Settlement, U.S. Territorial Growth, The U.S. in 1906, Maps of National Historic Sites, and Historical Maps of U.S. Cities. The maps in the first three groups are from the U.S. National Atlas, 1970 and those in the fourth group are from the U.S. Geological Survey 1906. This site also provides links to Historical Maps at Other Web Sites, including a section on the Americas, and to Map-Related Web Sites, including geography, gazetteers, NASA, railroads, US Census.

Mapping America’s Past: A Historical Atlas,

by Mark C. Carnes, John A. Garraty, and Patrick Williams, 1996. Covers social and cultural history as well as political and military history. Subjects include such themes as “Myth of the Mound Builders–Complete Structures erected by Native Americans,” “Utopian Communities–Sexuality and Architecture,” “Energy versus the Environment–the Great Dilemma.” Provides statistical information. Mugar Reference XG 1201 S1 C3 1996

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps [microform] Massachusetts [1867-1950] , 1983.

48 microfilm reels. Micro Mfilm HG 9778 M37 S45

For Boston, see

  • Reel 4: Boston, 1867, v.l: Downtown; 1885, v.1 Downtown – South End/Sections 1-25C; 1887, v.2 Back Bay – South End/Sections 29-59; 1888, v.3 Roxbury – Jamaica Plain – West Roxbury, parts of Brighton & Brookline/Sections 62-100; 1888, v.4 South Boston-Dorchester – Mattapan/Sections 106-141.
  • Reel 5: Boston, 1895, v.1 Downtown – Chinatown/Sections 1-58; 1897, v.2 Back Bay – South End – North Dorchester/Sections 1-83; 1897, v. 3 Roxbury – Mission Hill – Jamaica Plain (West Roxbury)/Sections 1-112; 1899, v.4 South Boston – North Dorchester/Sections 1-104; 1900, v.5 Charlestown – East Boston/Sections 1-111.
  • Harvard University Digital Resources:1. [City proper]. 1885 — 2. [Back Bay and South End]. 1887 – 3. Roxbury, West Roxbury, and parts of Brighton and Brookline. 1888 — 4. [South Boston and parts of Dorchester]. 1888 — 5. [East Boston and Charlestown]. 1888 — 6. [Cambridge and parts of Somerville]. 1888. Digitized from original books; in color. No restrictions on access copy.
  • Microfilm of Sanborn Map Company maps held in the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress. These maps show the location of commercial, industrial, and residential buildings. For a list of maps for other cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, see Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress: Plans of North American Cities and Towns Produced by the Sanborn Map Company (Storage Z 6026.I7 U54 1981) or online, Union List of Sanborn and Other Fire Insurance Maps (UC Berkeley)

For a description and history of the collection, see Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, extracted from Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress. (UC Berkeley Library)

Overviews

American Studies Association.

Describes American Studies as a college major leading to a number of career paths.

American Memory: Historical Collections in the National Digital Library

Library of Congress. An ongoing project digitizing photos and prints, documents, motion pictures, and sound recordings in the collections of the Library of Congress. The Map Collections: 1597-1988 home page is organized in seven categories: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Discovery and Exploration, Immigration and Settlement, Military Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation and Communication. These digitized maps, generally in the public domain, are only a small portion of the 4.5 million items in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. Of special interest is the Panoramic Maps Collection (1847-1920). American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920 is a collection of 2,800 lantern slides representing the work of Harvard faculty, such as Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., Bremer W. Pond, and James Sturgis Pray.

The Cambridge companions complete collection.

The online collection contains essays taken from Cambridge companions to literature and classics, and Philosophy, religion and culture. Full text of each volume is presented in PDF format.

Material Culture Studies in America,

ed. Thomas J. Schlereth. Essays by individual authors on topics such as American vernacular architecture, American decorative arts and household furnishings, and social history scholarship.
Mugar E 161 M355 1996

New Introduction to American Studies,

ed. by Howard Temperley and Christopher Bigsby. Sixteen essays on topics such as the human and natural environment, industry and technology, America and war, popular culture, America at the millennium.
Mugar E 175.8 .N355 2006

Selected Web Sites

Ad*Access and Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920

J. Walter Thompson Company Competitive Advertisements Collection, John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History. Ad*Access “… presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955…in five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.” The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 contains over 9,000 images organized into eleven categories such as “Advertising Ephemera Collection,” “Broadsides Collection,” etc.

Ads

(Greenwashing Index). EnviroMedia Social Marketing and University of Oregon.

Advertisements

(Finding Images on the Web)

Advertising Resources

University of Iowa, Department of Communication Studies. List of links to contemporary and historical sites.

Arcade (New York Art Resources Consortium)

Archive of Early American Images

John Carter Brown Library, Brown University. Primary sources from 1492 to ca. 1825. “The vast majority of these images come from relatively obscure books printed in Europe in the early modern period [prior to 1825] that have in them material related to the Americas. Many of these pictures have never before been reproduced in any form.”

Arts & Crafts Society

Arts & Crafts Society, Ann Arbor, MI. This site provides links to information about the Arts & Crafts Movement (1890-1929). Especially useful for researchers is the Archives section, “a searchable bibliography of Arts & Crafts related resources including sources (both original & contemporary), annotations and images.” Categories include Companies, Exhibitions, History, Images, People, Places, Publications, and Societies. The Companies database covers Ceramics; Furniture; Glass; Home Plans, Kits, and Parts; Metalwork; Periodicals; and Textiles.

Note: See the American Studies Handout with collection recommendations and searching tips.

ARTstor’s American Studies Handout with collection recommendations and searching tips.

Boston (Mass.) and Its Neighborhoods

Donald Altschiller and Ruth Thomas, Boston University Libraries. Comprehensive site including demographics, images, libraries, maps, current and historical newspapers, and other information.

Cumulus Image Database.

Art History Department, Boston University. BU

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin at Madison. Documents, images, and resources such as associations and museums. Not limited to Wisconsin.

Federal Trade Commission “Green Guides”
Historical Maps of the United States

The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin. Maps are organized into six groups: Early Inhabitants, Exploration and Settlement, U.S. Territorial Growth, The U.S. in 1906, Maps of National Historic Sites, and Historical Maps of U.S. Cities. The maps in the first three groups are from the U.S. National Atlas, 1970 and those in the fourth group are from the U.S. Geological Survey 1906. This site also provides links to Historical Maps at Other Web Sites, including a section on the Americas, and to Map-Related Web Sites, including geography, gazetteers, NASA, railroads, US Census.

How to Find Trade Catalogs in the Library of Congress.

Excellent resource for researching American industry through the years.

  • Introduction
  • Bibliographies and Guides
  • Histories of American Manufactures
  • Guide to American Manufactures
  • Collections of Pamphlets
  • Catalogs for Specific Trades: Furniture
  • Catalogs for Specific Trades: Glassware
  • Catalogs for Specific Trades: Pottery
  • Catalogs for Specific Trades: Silver
  • Other Sources: Microforms
  • Other Sources: Computer Catalog
  • Other Sources: Trade Catalogs At Other Institutions
  • Subject Headings
Index of American Design

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Consists of “approximately 18,000 watercolor renderings of American decorative arts objects from the colonial period through the nineteenth century”. Among the object types are costume, furniture, metalwork, pottery, textiles, and woodcarving.

Making of America (MOA)

University of Michigan and Cornell University. “Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection contains approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.”

National Heritage Museum

Changing exhibitions on American history and culture. Lexington, MA.

Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives

Galleries are “A New Century,” “The Great War and the New Era,” “The Great Depression and the New Deal,” “A World in Flames,” “Postwar America,” and “Century’s End.”

Twentieth Century North American Drama

This Alexander Street Press database “contains 1,530 plays by 223 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.”  See also Asian American Drama and Black drama, second edition African, African American, and Diaspora 1850 to present.

Visual Information Access

VIA “is a union catalog of visual resources at Harvard and Radcliffe. It includes information about slides, photographs, objects and artifacts in the university’s libraries, museums and archives. To date only portions of each repository’s holdings are described in the online catalog.” VIA indexes and provides digitized images of trade cards from Baker Library’s Historical Collection. There also are some digitized images from other collections.

William Morris Home Page

William Morris Society and the Robinson Center for Graphic Arts and Communication Design of the City University of New York. Comprehensive site on Morris and links to related sites included the Arts and Crafts Movement in America.

Winterthur Collections