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ProQuest History Vault provides primary source materials from University Publications of America (UPA) in a digital format. The database contains 1.2 million pages of digitized archival materials including letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, and diaries.

Its components are:

  • The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Organizational Records and Personal Papers
    The first module consists of personal papers of African Americans and records of civil rights organizations. Among the 36 collections in the first module are:

      • Papers of the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM) explaining the organization’s philosophy of revolutionary black nationalism
      • Mary McLeod Bethune Papers
      • Records of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC), the oldest African American women’s organization in the U.S.
      • Records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the organization led by Martin Luther King, Jr., during the high point of the civil rights struggle.
      • Bayard Rustin Papers
      • Claude A. Barnett Papers

  • The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Federal Government Records
    The second module consists of 37 collections from the records of federal government agencies. These include:

      • Peonage Files of the U.S. Department of Justice, 1901-1945
      • Department of Justice Classified Subject Files on Civil Rights, 1914-1949
      • New Deal Agencies and Black America
      • Records of the Tuskegee Airmen
      • President Truman’s Committee on Civil Rights
      • Records on civil rights from the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter and Bush administrations
      • FBI Files on Martin Luther King, Jr., major civil rights campaigns, the Black Panther Party, and other civil rights organizations
      • Records of the Interstate Commerce Commission and U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Coverage: 1901-2000
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Last modified: 06/23/14