The Emancipation Proclamation — the executive order which abolished slavery in the Confederacy — went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, the news was kept from enslaved African Americans living in Texas until June of 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with 2,000 federal troops.
During much of the 20th century there was no greater bearer of mass market culture in the United States than the popular magazine, which was designed for a general audience across geographical regions and was not limited by the form or function of newspapers, books, or specialty publications. These magazines are essential resources for studying social, cultural and political trends and thoughts.
Contains books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century. The collection illuminates the lives of lesbians, gays, transgender, and bisexual individuals and the community with content including selections from The National Archives in Kew
Oral histories provide direct access to the lived experiences of individuals through their verbal accounts of events and relationships that shaped their lives. These narratives preserve those memories so that later generations can learn through the individuals' unedited personal accounts.
Sex & Sexuality is a collection of primary source materials which explore changing attitudes towards human sexuality, gender identities and sexual behaviors throughout the twentieth century. This unique collaboration with the Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections presents correspondence, research papers and records spanning the tenures of the first three Institute directors; Dr Alfred C. Kinsey (1947-1956), Dr Paul H.
The Libraries have added two African American newspapers to our collection on the Proquest Black Newspapers platform. The Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005) is the oldest and largest black newspaper in the western United States and the largest African-American owned newspaper in the U.S.
Throughout most of the 20th century, the FBI produced a uniquely important record of the concerns, biases and public and surreptitious activities of the federal government’s principal law enforcement agency. This collection focuses on the FBI’s vigorous investigations of Communist groups, Communist-front groups, and other radical organizations in the United States.
Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) worked to ensure that women had the knowledge and the right to practice birth control. From the publication of the Woman Rebel in 1914 through her leadership of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in the 1950s, Sanger dedicated herself to making birth control safe, available, legal, and respectable.
Food and Drink in History is a collection of primary source materials which illustrate the deep links between food and identity, politics and power, gender, race and socio-economic status, as well as charting key issues around agriculture, nutrition and food production.
Today we launch a series of blog posts to celebrate the Penn Libraries’ Diversity in the Stacks initiative. Diversity in the Stacks aims to build library collections that represent and reflect the University’s diverse population. Our inaugural post highlights holdings related to Afrofuturism.