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Archives, Libraries, and Museums

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American History:
1950s:

Associations, Organizations, and Institutes


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American History:
1950s:

Audio and Video Resources


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American History:
1950s:

Background


Sometimes you may need some information to get more familiar with your topic. Below are some materials that can provide background on the 1950s 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.
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American History:
1950s:

Biographical Resources


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American History:
1950s:

Books


Below are resources specifically for 1950s. See American History: Books for essential resources on any aspect of American History. To search for books on the 1950s in library catalogs, it might be best to use these subject headings:
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:
1950s:

Discussion Lists


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American History:
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Internet Guides


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American History:
1950s:

Journal and Magazine Articles


Below are resources specifically for the 1950s. See American History: Journal and Magazine Articles for essential resources on any aspect of American History.
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:
1950s:

Journals


See also the journals listed at American History: Journals. If you need journal articles on a particular topic, use the resources at American History: 1950s: Journal and Magazine Articles.
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American History:
1950s:

Maps


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American History:
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Newspapers


See the resources at American History: Newspapers.
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American History:
1950s:

Pictorial Resources


See also American History: Pictorial Resources.
  • Changing Times: Los Angeles in Photographs: 1920-1990s (UCLA Library)

  • Dantzic, Jerry. Jerry Dantzic's New York: The Fifties in Focus. Zurich: Edition Stemmle; Oxon: AGD, 2002.
    HUNT OVRSZQ F128.52 .D36 2002

  • Levitown: Documents of an Ideal American Suburb (Peter Bacon Hales, Art History Department, University of Illinois at Chicago)

  • Photos of Herbert and Lou Hoover (Research Collections, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum)

  • Time-Life Books. This Fabulous Century. 7 vols. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books, 1985. HUNT REF-1 E161 .T55 1985
    Vol. 6. 1950-1960

  • U.S. News and World Report Magazine Photograph Collection (Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)
    Almost 1.2 million original 35mm and 2 1/4 inch negatives (primarily black & white) and 45,000 contact sheets donated by the U.S. News & World Report, Inc. The collection is primarily photographs taken by staff of the U.S. News & World Report Magazine between 1952 and 1986; images purchased by the magazine for one-time use were not donated to the Library. The collection depicts local, national, and international news topics, with particular emphasis on Washington, D.C., and the United States.

  • You Tube
    You Tube contains too many videos relating to the 1950s to list here. Some search words to use: 1950s, jfk, kruschev, or search a particular year like 1952.
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American History:
1950s:

Primary Sources


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  • AmDocs: 1950 (George Laughead)

  • Cold War Files: Interpreting History Through Documents (Cold War International History Project)

  • 1950s (AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of Amearican History (George Laughead)

  • North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1800-1950
    Includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, so providing a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950. Composed of contemporaneous letters and diaries, oral histories, interviews, and other personal narratives

  • Time-Life Books. This Fabulous Century. 7 vols. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books, 1985. HUNT REF-1 E161 .T55 1985
    Vol. 6 1950-1960

  • Virtual Archive 2.0 (Cold War International History Project)
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American History:
1950s:

Statistical Resources


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