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American History:
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Archives, Libraries, and Museums


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American History:
1920s:

Associations, Organizations, and Institutes


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American History:
1920s:

Audio and Video Resources


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American History:


1920s:

Background


Sometimes you may need some information to get more familiar with your topic. Below are some materials that can provide background on the 1920s. The resources listed at American History: Background may be helpful, also. If you need help finding background information, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.
  • Aberjhani and Sandra L. West. Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance. New York: Facts On File, Inc., c2003.
    HUNT REF-1 PS153 .N5 A24 2003

  • American Cultural History: 1920-1929 (Peggy Whitley, Lone Star College-Kingwood Library)

  • Carlisle, Rodney P. Day by Day: The Twenties. 2 vols. New York: Facts on File, c2008.
    HUNT REF-1 D723 .D43 2008

  • Ciment, James, ed. Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age: From the End of World War I to the Great Crash. 2 vols. : Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, c2008.
    HUNT REF-1 E784 .E53 2007

  • Fatal Flood (PBS)

  • Flapper Fashion: 1920s Fashion History (Pauline Weston Thomas and Guy Thomas)

  • Gregory, Ross. Modern America, 1914 to 1945. New York, NY: Facts on File, c1995.
    HUNT REF-1 E766 .G74 1995

  • Jazz Age Chicago: Urban Leisure from 1893 to 1945 (Scott A. Newman)

  • Jazz Age Culture (Pittsburg State University)

  • Layman, Richard. American Decades. Detroit: Gale Research,
    HUNT REF-1 E169.12 .A419 1994 1920-1929

  • Looking back at the Crash of '29 (Floyd Norris, New York Times on the Web)

  • Monkey Trial (PBS)

  • Olson, James Stuart. Historical Dictionary of the 1920s: from World War I to the New Deal, 1919-1933 . New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.
    HUNT REF-1 E784 .O44 1988

  • Roaring Twenties: A Historical Snapshot of Life in teh Twenties (Robert Scott)

  • The Scopes 'Monkey Trial' - July 10, 1925 - July 25, 1925 (Lyndsey McCabe, American Studies Program, The University of Virginia)

  • Slang of the 1920's (Brass Nickel Touring Chapter, Antique Automobile Club of America)

  • Streissguth, Thomas. The Roaring Twenties: an Eyewitness History. New York: Facts on File, c2001.
    HUNT OVRSZQ E784 .S76 2001

  • Sullivan, Mark. Our Times; the United States, 1900-1925. 6 vols. New York [etc.]: C. Scribner's Sons, 1926-35.
    HUNT REF-1 E741 .S9 VOL. 6 VI. The twenties.

  • Time-Life Books. This Fabulous Century. 7 vols. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books, 1985. HUNT REF-1 E161 .T55 1985
    Vol. 3. 1920-1930

  • Wintz, Cary D. and Paul Finkelman, eds. Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance. 2 vols. New York: Routledge, 2004.
    HUNT REF-1 NX512.3 .A35 E53 2004

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American History:
1920s:

Biographical Resources


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American History:
1920s:

Books


Below are resources specifically for the 1920s. See American History: Books for essential resources on any aspect of American History.
To search for books on the 1920s in library catalogs, it might be best to use these subject headings:
  • nineteen twenties
  • United States--History--1919-1933
  • Depressions--1929
Reference librarians can help you find appropriate terms for your topic.
  • Sabin Americana (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1500-1926
    Search or browse full text works about the North, Central & South America, the Arctic & Antarctica and the West Indies, published not only in the United States but internationally. This resource offers original accounts of exploration, pioneering, settlement, the western movement, military actions, Native Americans, slavery and abolition. It also covers such topics as American women, cities and states, the Civil War, immigration and politics, etc.

If we don't have the books you need you can use EZ Borrow (books get here in about 3-5 days) or interlibrary loan using Illiad (books get here in about 7-10 days).

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American History:
1920s:

Discussion Lists

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American History:
1920s:

Internet Guides


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American History:
1920s:

Journal and Magazine Articles


Below are resources specifically for the 1920s. See American History: Journal and Magazine Articles for essential resources on any aspect of American History.
  • American Periodical Series Online
    1740-1940.
    Search, browse and display the full text of over 1,100 historic American magazines and journals.

  • The Nation Archive (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1865-present.
    Search and display the full text of America’s oldest weekly magazine and one if its premier journals of opinion. The Nation has long been regarded as one of the country’s definitive journalistic voices of writing on politics, culture, books, and the arts, and continues to stand as the independent voice in American journalism.

  • The New Republic Archive (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1914-present
    Search and display the full text of a magazine that has provided in-depth examination of American politics, foreign policy and culture with an uncanny ability in covering issues before reaching the mainstream. The New Republic Archive continues to be the leading journal of opinion and covers topics from a variety of viewpoints.

  • Readers' Guide Retrospective (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1890-1982
If full text links for journal articles are not provided, click on to see retrieval options. This is only for journal article citations, and may not be available in all databases. Otherwise, use Cameo and the Find e-journal list to see if materials available to you. If they aren't, you can use Illiad, the interlibrary loan service, to obtain the material.

If you need help finding journal articles on your topic, ask the reference staff at the Hunt Library reference desk.

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American History:
1920s:

Journals


See the journals listed at American History: Journals. To find journal articles on particular topics use the resources at American History: 1920s: Journal and Magazine Articles or American History: Journal and Magazine Articles. If you need help locating particular journals, please ask at the Hunt reference desk.
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American History:
1920s:

Maps


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American History:
1920s:

Newspapers


See also American History: Newspapers. All newspapers below are full text.

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American History:
1920s:

Pictorial Resources


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American History:
1920s:

Primary Sources


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American History:
1920s:

Statistical Resources


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Sue Collins, Senior Librarian, sc24@andrew.cmu.edu