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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Community Water Fluoridation: One of CDC’s “10 Great Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century”

Categories: Health/Medical,History,Laws/Regulations

Celebrates the benefits of fluoridation of community water systems in reducing the incidence of tooth decay on the 70th anniversary of the first implementation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Also explains the reasons behind the first revision in fluoride recommendations since 1962.  From the Surgeon General in Public Health Reports


Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-Eighth Congress

Categories: Births/Deaths,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History,Presidency

Also known as Assassination of Abraham Lincoln … Appendix to Diplomatic Correspondence of 1865.  Features documents of condolence and sympathy from various countries on the occasion of the death of the president.  A unique volume in the Foreign Relations series.  From the State Department


Governor McAuliffe Announces Preservation of 65 Acres of Civil War Battlefield

Categories: History,Virginia Issues

Announces the action by Civil War Trust and Anheuser-Busch to preserve site of 1862 Battle of Williamsburg where some 70,000 Union and Confederate troops fought in the beginning of the Peninsula Campaign.  From the Office of the Governor


The CIA and Signals Intelligence

Categories: Communism,History,Russia,Spying/Intelligence

A collection of 43 documents which cover efforts of the Central Intelligence Agency to engage in signals intelligence operations, sometimes in competition with other U.S. intelligence agencies such as the National Security Agency, during the Cold War period of history.  From the National Security Archive


Federal Grants to State and Local Governments: A Historical Perspective on Contemporary Issues

Categories: Congress,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,History

Federal grants account for about one-third of total state funding and more than half of state funding for health care and public assistance.  This report provides a historical synopsis of the evolving nature of the federal grants-in-aid system with a focus on the role that Congress has played in the system’s scope and nature.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Neutrality in Afghanistan’s Foreign Policy

Categories: Afghanistan,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,History

The withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan makes the country an area of competition for influence from neighboring countries.  This report examines the history of Afghanistan’s neutrality as a first step toward diplomatic solutions for conflict in the country.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Quarterly Release of Newly Digitized Foreign Relations Volumes

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History

Announces the first in a planned series of quarterly releases of digitized volumes of the Foreign Relations of the U.S. diplomatic series.  The first release covers events that occurred between 1948 and 1951 and were originally published as print volumes in the period 1973-1998.  From the State Department in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center.


NATO Archives Disclosed Documents Related to the Events in Poland 1987-1991

Categories: Communism,East Europe,History,NATO,Russia

Press release on the disclosure of documents held by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on pivotal events in Poland leading to the end of the so-called Cold War and Soviet Communist domination of Eastern Europe.  Includes links to list of documents and download of zipped file.  From NATO


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