This is not a comprehensive guide to our primary sources on the 1930s, but it identifies some pockets of material and links to keyword searches that may be of interest for your MC112 course in Spring 2017.
♦ Also explore this resource guide on popular music (describes material from 1880s to 1950s).
We have several souvenir books and guide books for the 1939 New York World's Fair.
We have extensive material on racist & nationalist organizations in the Radicalism collection, covering the 1930s as well as other periods.
The bulk of this material is cataloged as part of the "Arsenal Collection." (It was given this name to enable quick keyword searching.)
If you're looking for everything by a particular author or organization, do a keyword search for that name without the phrase "arsenal collection." That way you'll retrieve all relevant material whether or not it has the Arsenal Collection tag.
Mainstream popular culture in the 1930s was full of stereotyped depictions of ethnic and racial groups, ranging from ridiculous to seriously offensive. Our sheet music collection and "Little Cookbooks" food advertising collection are two of the best places to look for examples.
The Foreign Languages Publishing House in Moscow produced PR materials about the Soviet Union for Western audiences.
We have about two dozen of its pamphlets, many prepared for the 1939 New York World's Fair.
In 1960 we acquired about 10 boxes of material from the Communist Party of the USA, ranging from the 1920s up to 1960.
Many of the items are copies of brochures and pamphlets produced for the public, to explain the Communist position on public events and economic conditions. There are also materials from related leftist organizations and internal documents from the central CPUSA to local chapters.
The CPUSA Collection is stored offsite. Please check the guide to the collection to find out which boxes you need. Then request the boxes through our online request system. Allow three days for retrieval and delivery to the Main Library.