Open Access Week allows us to set aside a week to explore, consider, and critique the scholarly community’s progress in making scholarly information equitably accessible on a global scale.
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20th Century Ethnic Newspapers
Writing about the Black Press, Dr. Kim Gallon (GSAS, 2009 and former Africana Studies librarian at Penn Libraries) writes that it countered the mainstream press "by exposing truths that 'objective' reporting overlooked....Continue reading
Diversity in the Stacks: Cookbooks from the Middle East and Beyond
Sample the cookbooks featuring food of the Middle East that you can find at the Penn Libraries.
Everyday Life in Victorian England
Three databases recently purchased by the Libraries provide access to scans of rare material that throw light on everyday life in Victorian England.
Southern Life, Slavery and the Civil War
In the seminal Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made, Eugene Genovese writes "The reception accorded by white America to black people brought here in chains and raised in slavery and under racist oppression has, first and foremost, provided a record of one of history's greatest crimes." Even within this brutal system, however, black people found opportunities for creativity, solidarity, love and resistance....Continue reading
Workers' Rights: Socialism to the AFL-CIO
From the radical Knights of Labor to the increasingly mainstream AFL-CIO, organizations and movements striving to secure the rights and dignity of workers made enormous strides from the 19th to the mid-20th century. Laws and regulations protecting the rights of workers in the United States The Libraries have purchased a number of collections that cover the epic struggle for Workers' Rights during the first half of the 20th century. This period saw the end of child labor, creation of a right...Continue reading
Investigating and Remembering Japanese-American Internment
On Wednesday, August 12, the University Task Force on Support to Asian and Asian-American Students and Scholars — in collaboration with several University partners — is screening and sponsoring a panel discussion of the documentary 9066 to 9/11: The Past, Present and Future of Anti-Asian Bias in America.
Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Juneteenth
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.
Ebony, Esquire and U.S. Mass Media Magazines
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.
LGBT Thought and Culture
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