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This digital collection focuses on the early history of Las Vegas, Nevada in the beginning of the twentieth century. While it is currently best known as an entertainment destination, early Las Vegas makes a useful case study for those interested in industry, suburbanization, transportation, and ecology. Additionally, photographs from the post-WWII period showcase the growing prevalence of Vegas nightclubs that will be familiar to contemporary visitors.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa hosts a large number of digital collections. Most relate to the history and culture of Hawaii, but several are based on materials from and about Asia. Together, the collections showcase Hawaii’s diverse peoples and cultures and its relationship with other nations and territories throughout the Pacific.
This digital collection features textual and visual materials on the First (Indian) Nations of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Sources include treaties, dictionaries, books, articles, and government publications. The collection is designed to show the impact of the First Nations on the history, culture, and ecology of the region.
The University of Miami provides access to a variety of digitized manuscripts, photographs, and maps drawn from their Cuban Heritage Collections. The collections span a wide range of topics including economics, war, politics, history, literature, theatre, immigration, tourism, sports, religion, and communism.
The Brooklyn Public Library has digitized selections from some of their most popular archival collections. Offering access to historic newspapers, photographs, sheet music, advertisements, playbills, and children’s books, the collections showcase the history of culture of the borough.
From 1907 to 1930, Edward S. Curtis recorded his research and observations related to traditional North American Indian cultures. Comprised of twenty volumes of text and a wealth of images, Curtis’ work is an ambitious effort to document one American’s perspective on Indian life during the early twentieth century.
Claremont Colleges have digitized the personal scrapbooks of the prominent physician and philanthropist, Dr. Walter Lindley (1852-1922). Lindley was an early resident of Los Angeles who contributed to the development of the city through his pioneering medical work and his civic achievements. The scrapbooks include clippings, correspondence, and photographs, and users may browse or search the collection.
The University of Tennessee has provided online access to a “definitive and comprehensive” encyclopedia of the history and culture of Tennessee. As users might expect, this is a secondary source with fairly minimal primary source content; though, articles on selected topics are accompanied by one or more related images. Users will find articles about the Volunteer State on such wide-ranging topics as African-Americans, conservation, medicine, and sports.
From 1888 to 1935, photographer William J. Meuer captured a visual history of campus and community life at the University of Wisconsin. This digital collection showcases thousands of his photographs of university students, faculty, alumni, and campus guests. Included in the collection are depictions of academic, athletic, and social events at the university; images of visits from political dignitaries and other noted celebrities; and photographs of local landscapes and historic sites.