We are celebrating American Business Women’s Day! In the spirit of this holiday, we will be highlighting an item from the Labor History Collections’ exhibit, “For Liberty, Justice, and Equality: Unions Making History in America.”
Starting in the 1930s and 1940s, women entered the workforce en masse due to war time economic demands. Once the war was over and the men returned home, many women wanted to stay in the workforce because it gave them a newfound independence. With more women working, the labor movement had to make sure that their rights as workers were protected, as well as the already established rights centered on male workers.
The photos above are examples of the various jobs that women were employed in during the time war efforts. Still Images, Photographic Prints.
This semester we hosted an Open House for University staff and displayed some of the interesting material found within our collection.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Three of these items came from our literary collection and included an early edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an inscribed copy of Mark Twain’s Sketches, New and Old, and a 1794 edition of A Vindication of the Rights of Women. These early editions provided insights into the times in which they were produced through their format, inscriptions or by the significance of their ownership. Much can be learned by looking at original copies of common works.
If you would like to talk to us about using our collections for your own research or to support your instruction, please let us know. We often work with faculty and look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and your students.
Research queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Instruction support queries to email@example.com
A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Mark Twain’s Sketches, New and Old
Versions of a book from manuscript through various publications
Having trouble finding primary sources? Want to research outside of Special Collections hours? Can’t visit Hornbake Library in person? No problem! This post is all about finding digitized primary sources in Special Collections and University Archives at UMD.
We have lots of digitized material from Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland that is available 24/7! Look through photographs, documents, film, and audio on our Digital Collections site, browse photographs and documents on Flickr, and read books and periodicals on the Internet Archive.
Here’s a list of places to look online for our digitized content:
Expect the Unexpected
Did you know that we have collections right here on campus to help you learn more about black history and literature?
African American Literature
Black Judgement by Nikki Giovanni
The African-American and African pamphlet collection contains literature, poetry and drama produced by and about African-Americans, primarily from the mid-20th century. Represented in this collection are well-known African-American figures such as Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Gwendolyn Brooks and Nikki Giovanni. Browse the finding aid for specific titles or link directly to the relevant inventories:
Authors and Poets collection
Find primary source material related to major literary figures such as John Updike, William Carlos Williams, and Joyce Carol Oates in our Authors and Poets collection. African-Americans, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, and Claude Brown, are also represented in this collection. Examples of materials within this collection include:
- Manuscripts and notes
- Proofs and publications
- Unique printed material; including programs, posters, sheet music and more
- Serials – many including first appearances of literary works
Discover authors and poets
The First Appearances collection consists of over 1,300 periodicals presenting the first public dissemination, of many seminal 20th century literary works. Spanning 1915 to 1977, this collection contains famous pieces such as “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway, “Ulysses” by James Joyce, and “Ship of Fools” by Katherine Anne Porter. Authors well-represented in this collection include Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, Langston Hughes, Flannery O’Connor, Gertrude Stein, Amiri Baraka, and more.
Contact us for information about this collection.
Simply Heavenly by Langston Hughes
Has your class met with a librarian yet?
We are gearing up for a number of classes with students. We offer a variety of instructional opportunities, but our most common request is to provide students with an introduction to primary source research and the special collections available on campus. Use the resources below to refresh your memory or to learn about research with primary sources.
Research with primary sources
Special Collections and University Archives (find materials now)
ArchivesUM (archives and manuscripts on campus)
Digital Collections (digitized special collections materials)
Research using primary sources (tutorial)
Primary Source Analysis
Newspapers to research topics in 1975
Introduction to Using Primary Sources on Campus (presentation slides)
Contact us – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-405-9212
Special Collections and University Archives staff recently completed a website outlining the resources we have to offer all National History Day participants. Many of our resources are available online and accessible everywhere. For those local to Prince George’s County, Maryland, we have a wide variety of resources available on site to the public.
Please explore our new resource and let us know what you think!
National History Day Resources at University of Maryland Libraries