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This project is administered by the South Central Regional Library Council with funding from the Institue for Museum and Library Services.
Collections and Sets on Social Justice
A History of Social Welfare
This project includes the digitization of manuscripts, early journals, narratives, reports, letters, photographs, prints, paintings, audio and video clips that document the history of social welfare in the United State...
Mattachine Society of New York. "Homosexuals Are Different . . ." Poster, 1960s. NYPL, Manuscripts and Archives Division, Mattachine Society of New York Records.
Scottsboro Trials Collection
In the 1930s, nine young African-American men were tried for raping two white women in a train freight car in a groundbreaking case that tested the limits of race relations in the United States.
The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom
A Library of Congress primary source set and teachers guide
1969: The Year of Gay Liberation
A primary source rich online exhibit from the New York Public Library.
Fifth Freedom Newspaper
The Fifth Freedom was a periodic free newspaper of the Mattachine Society of the Niagara Frontier, Western New York's most prominent early gay rights organization.
This primary source, multimedia, interactive online exhibit from the New York Public Library explores global Diasporan and African cultures, with a large mass of materials on the United States experience.
Union Labels, 1901-1943.
Collection of union labels distinguishing products made by a particular union.
Postcards of female and male impersonators and cross-dressing in Europe and the United States, 1900-1930
Dating between 1900 and 1931, with one postcard from 1955, the images play with depictions of race, colonialism, desire, and questions related to LGBT history. The collection supports research and teaching for gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, language and literature.
Political Campaign Memorabilia
Political memorabilia are a particularly rich resource for understanding the transformation of American politics across the 19th and 20th centuries, documenting expanding avenues of activism and electioneering, shifting political party platforms, and the culture of nominating conventions. Beyond their immediate goal of promoting political candidates and their parties, these physical objects also served to simplify complex personalities and issues, and generate and maintain emotional bonds between candidates and constituencies. Through their texts, imagery, design and materials, campaign memorabilia offer direct access to lives of everyday people and their concerns.
Bread and Roses Strike of 1912: Two Months in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that Changed Labor History
The Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 exhibit from the Digital Public Library of America is divided into six themed primary source driven collections with exploratory text and multiple pages.
Activism Exhibition - Digital Public Library of America
The links contained here from the DPLA are for guided exhibits on 20th century activism in the US. Most exhibit sections have 4-5 primary source images/documents.
This Land Is Your Land: Parks and Public Spaces
This Land Is Your Land: Parks and Public Spaces is an exhibit of the Digital Public Library of America. Each themed resource collection is linked below by title.