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New Encyclopedia of Social Problems

The Encyclopedia of Social Problems (2008) is now available at the Library.
Over 600 entries offer an interdisciplinary perspective into many social issues. The two volume set covers all of the major theories, approaches, and contemporary issues in social problems and provides insight into how social conditions get defined as social problems, and the ways different people and organizations view and try to solve them.

Here is a link to the Choice Review.


Four Surviving Kamikaze Pilots Talk About Their Experience in “Wings of Defeat”

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: March 26, 2009
  • Filed Under: History

Wings of Defeat (2007), a documentary film by Linda Hoaglund and Risa Morimoto is now available in the Library.

“Ever since the Pacific War, the Kamikaze have been presented as true believers who embraced death without qualm or question. Wings of Defeat succeeds brilliantly in puncturing this myth, placing viewers face to face with elderly Japanese who as young men were prepared to die as Kamikaze.” John W. Dower, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Embracing Defeat, Professor of History, MIT.

The DVD includes an interview with historian John W. Dower as well as a teacher’s guide with essays, interviews, discussion questions and suggested activities.


Picturing Women’s History

Did you know that ARTstor includes the Schlesinger History of Women in America Collection? This digital collection includes over 36,000 imagesĀ  from Harvard University’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, the leading national repository for women’s history. “These images represent the work of both professional and amateur artistic and documentary photographers, including the work of many women photographers as well as men.”

Click here to see a selection of images from the Schlesinger Collection, including pictures of Amelia Earhart, Clara Barton, and Susan B. Anthony. Browse through the images with the help of the arrows at the bottom of the screen. Click on the i-button for detailed information about the images.

To search the complete collection, please go to the Library’s homepage, click on Databases A-Z, select ARTstor and add the keywords schlesinger, harvard to your search terms. Alternatively go to Find and select Browse ARTstor by collection.


Philadelphia’s Public Ledger now available via “America’s Historical Newspapers”

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: March 10, 2009
  • Filed Under: History, Sociology

The Philadelphia Public Ledger (1836-1942), Philadelphia’s first penny paper, was recently added to America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922. Over 5,000 issues of the Public Ledger ranging from 1836 to 1876 are now accessible online. The Library also retains the complete run of the Public Ledger on microfilm.

America’s Historical Newspapers includes more than 60 newspaper titles published in Philadelphia between 1690 and 1922, among them the Philadelphia Inquirer for the years 1860 to 1922 and the Philadelphia Evening Post.

For more information about the Public Ledger, click here to read a short article from the Oxford Companion to American Literature.




Last Modified: March 10, 2009