American Memory contains digitized materials from the Library of Congress covering 1400s to present.
This database is an interesting resource for those doing research or simply learning more about various aspects of American History.
The browsing options make it easy to search by topic, time period, or place. If you’re looking for one media in particular, you can search based on collections containing maps, photos, sheet music, sound recordings, and more.
- Advertising–Check out By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA.
- Culture/Folklife– Listen to recordings from “Now what a time” (mp3): Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals.
- Environment–View an 1858 map of the Grand Canyon.
- Immigration– Read “California as I Saw It”: First-Person Narratives of California’s Early Years.
- Performing Arts–Listen to Hispano Music (mp3) & Culture from the Northern Rio including music and poetry in Spanish and translated into English.
- Native American History–Take a look at the Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian: Photographic Images.
- Sports and Recreation–Flip through Baseball Cards from 1887-1914.
- Architecture, Landscape—Study drawings and photos of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House.
You can find the American Memory database though the USF library homepage- http://www.usfca.edu/library/ On the right side of the page click on the Databases icon, then choose the Databases A-Z link. From that list you will find American Memory.
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