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Earl Gregg Swem Library

LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History

Categories: History,Sex Issues

Describes the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative of the National Park Service, provides a broad social history of LGBTQ in America, and discusses the archival and architectural preservation of LGBTQ history.  From the National Park Service


One Hundred Years of Current Employment Statistics: Busting CES Myths

Categories: History,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Discusses some of the most common misunderstandings about the Current Employment Statistics survey.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

Categories: African Americans,History,Housing/Homelessness,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

Interactive mapping scene which allows user to select an American city and view maps deriving from the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, a Depression era federal government program which provided information to financial institutions about investment risks and served to ghettoize African Americans and other minorities.  A joint project of librarians at the University of Maryland, University of Richmond, and Virginia Tech.


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVI, Southern Africa

Categories: Africa,Congress,Cuba,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History

Documents the efforts of the Carter Administration to counter Cuban influence in southern Africa, especially Angola, while dealing with Congressional prohibitions against U.S. covert actions in the region.  Also focuses on the challenge of the apartheid regime in South Africa.  From the State Department

Constitution of the United States

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,History,Laws/Regulations

In anticipation of Constitution Day, September 17th, this site offers downloads of high resolution images of the Constitution.  Also offers a readable transcript, a look at the Constitutional Convention and ratification process, and more.  From the National Archives and Records Administration


George S. Patton Papers: Diaries, 1910 to 1945

Categories: Defense/Military,History

A collection of the digitized diaries of General Patton covering his involvement in the Mexican Expedition, World War I, and World War II.  From the Library of Congress


Investigation into the Conditions and Circumstances Resulting in the Tragic Death of Dag Hammarskjold and of the Members of the Party Accompanying Him

Categories: Africa,History,United Nations

Presents additional information in the ongoing attempt to establish the facts behind the death of the UN Secretary General in a plane crash in Africa in September 1961.  The follow-up note to a 2015 report of an Independent Panel of Experts calls upon certain Member States to release more information from their archives.  From the United Nations General Assembly


Quarterly Release of Newly Digitized Foreign Relations Volumes

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History

Announces the release of twenty more newly digitized volumes covering diplomatic matters that took place between 1936 and 1939.  From the State Department


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