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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Archives, Libraries, and Museums

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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Associations, Organizations, and Institutes


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  • Center for New Deal Studies
    "features resources and activities that deepen our understanding of the lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and of the social, economic, political, and cultural history of the New Deal era in American history."

  • Franklin and Eleanor Franklin Institute
    "to inform new generations of the ideals and achievements of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and to inspire the application of their spirit of optimism and innovation to the solution of current problems." Newsletter, biographies, speeches, photographs, etc.

  • World War II Studies Association
    Promotes and coordinates "research in all aspects of the World War II period and to disseminate information about conferences, archives, books, and other matters relating to the war."
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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Audio and Video Resources

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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Background


Sometimes you may need some information to get more familiar with your topic. Below are some materials that can provide background on the 1930s and 1940s periods. 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.
  • America in the Thirties (American Studies, University of Virginia)

  • American Cultural History: 1930-1939 (Kingwood College Library)

  • Breadline: 1929-1939 (PBS)

  • Ciment, James. Encyclopedia of the Great Depression and the New Deal. 2 vols. Armonk, N.Y.: Sharpe Reference, 2001.
    HUNT REF-1 E806 .C543 2001
    Example

  • Dear, Ian, ed. The Oxford Companion to World War II. (Carnegie Mellon users only) New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

  • Great Depression (Cary Nelson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

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

  • Hoover Dam (PBS)
    Timeline, maps, people and events, etc.

  • Langer, Howard, ed. World War II: an Encyclopedia of Quotations. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.
    HUNT REF-1 D744 .W67 1999

  • Layman, Richard, ed. American Decades Detroit: Gale Research, c1994-c1995.
    HUNT REF-1 E169.12 .A419 1994 1930-1939
    Example
    HUNT REF-1 E169.12 .A419 1994 1940-1949

  • Lewis, Thomas T. The Forties in America. 3 vols. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, c2011.
    HUNT REF-1 E169.12 .F676 2011

  • Olson, James S., ed. Historical Dictionary of the New Deal: From Inauguration to Preparation for War. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1985.
    HUNT REF-1 E806 .H58 1985
    Example

  • Olson, James S., ed. 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

  • Riding the Rails (PBS)
    Timeline, maps, "Tales from the Rails," etc.

  • Sandler, Stanley, ed. World War II in the Pacific: an Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Pub., 2001.
    HUNT REF-1 D767 .W68 2001

  • Surviving the Dust Bowl (PBS)
    Maps, timeline, people and events, etc.

  • Zabecki, David T., ed. World War II in Europe: an Encyclopedia. 2 vols. New York: Garland Pub., 1999.
    HUNT REF-1 D740 .W67 1999
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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Biographical Resources


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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Books


See American History: Books for essential resources on any aspect of American History. To search for books on the 1930s and 1940s in library catalogs, it might be best to use these subject headings:
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • New Deal, 1933-1939 or
  • Depressions--1929
  • United States--History--1933-1945
Reference librarians can help you find appropriate terms for your topic.

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:
1930s and 1940s:

Discussion Lists


For additional lists, see American History: Discussion Lists.
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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Internet Guides


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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Journal and Magazine Articles


Below are resources more specifically suited for the 1930s and 1940s. See American History: Journal and Magazine Articles for essential resources that cover all periods 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, 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:
1930s and 1940s:

Journals


See also the journals listed at American History: Journals. To find journal articles on particular topics use the resources at American History: 1930s and 1940s: 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:
1930s and 1940s:

Maps


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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Newspapers


See also American History: Newspapers. All newspapers below are full text. For additional Pittsburgh resources, see Pittsburgh History: Newspapers.
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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Pictorial Resources


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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Primary Sources

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American History:
1930s and 1940s:

Statistical Resources


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See also Labor and Economic History


July 2011 -- http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/sc24/History/1930s1940s.html
Sue Collins, Senior Librarian, sc24@andrew.cmu.edu