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ProQuest Releases Digital NAACP Content Ahead of Schedule
The work of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and ProQuest to create broad, digital access to the archives of the venerable civil rights organization is progressing far ahead of schedule. ProQuest released the second in a series of six NAACP modules for libraries and researchers 4 months earlier than anticipated. ProQuest History Vault’s The NAACP’s Major Campaigns: Education, Voting Housing, Employment, Armed Forces provides electronic access to records documenting the organization’s tireless fight for civil rights from 1916-1965. Earlier this year, files from the group’s Board of Directors and Annual Conferences, as well as text of major speeches and national staff records, were made available electronically.
The NAACP archives are part of the rapidly expanding ProQuest History Vault, which chronicles the American experience. Additional History Vault modules already online and available to researchers include the following:
- The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, comprising documents ranging from the founding of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs at the close of the 19th century to the riots that followed the verdict in the Rodney King brutality case in the 1990s
- Slavery and the Law, which includes petitions on the subject of race and slavery to state legislatures and Southern county courts—some of the most revealing documentation in existence on the functioning of the slave system
- Vietnam War and Foreign Policy, 1960-1975, covering U.S. involvement in the region from the early days of the Kennedy administration to the final resolution at the Paris Peace Talks and the evacuation of U.S. troops in 1973
Documents in History Vault are available for remote study and are supported by rich, intuitive search technology. Original archival arrangement schemes are preserved and PDFs of the original sources replicate the user experience of browsing through archive boxes, providing an unparalleled research experience for students and faculty who would otherwise be unable to access materials held at geographically dispersed archives.
Paula J. Hane
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