Senior Thesis Projects
HST 461 and
State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Sample Senior Theses:
- Jolie Valentine
Matedne, “Advancing the Community: Women, Schools, and Popular Culture in
the Public Library Movement,” Department of History, Cal Poly Pomona,
2001. Winner of the Anthony Brundage
Senior Thesis Award, 2001-2002. Copyright Jolie Valentine.
A revised version is published as Jolie Valentine, “Our Community, Our
Library: Women, Schools, and Popular Culture in the Public Library
Movement,” Public Library Quarterly 24, no. 4 (2005): 45-79.
- Bryan Musslewhite, “Beet Sugar, Cows, and Bedrooms: The
Transformation of Chino from a Rural Community to a Modern Suburb,”
Department of History, Cal Poly Pomona,
2005. Winner of the Brundage Senior Thesis
Award, 2004-2005. Copyright Bryan Musslewhite.
- Leonardo Covis, “The Radical Next Door: Los Angeles Catholic
Worker during the Cold War,” Department of History, Cal Poly Pomona,
2007. Winner of the Anthony Brundage
Senior Thesis Award, 2006-2007. Copyright Leonardo Covis. A
revised version with the same title is published in Southern California Quarterly 91, no. 1 (2009): 69-111.
Primary Sources in US History
- Public Papers of the Presidents of
the United States at UCSB—the best place to get presidential speeches,
press conferences, and policy statements from George Washington to Barack
- Library of Congress, especially its American Memory project, you can start
with the overall list
of collections and then go into any particular full text collections,
e.g., the Alexander
Graham Bell Family Papers, the Hannah
Arendt Papers, and the Wilbur
and Orville Wright Papers.
- National Security Archives
- Digital National Security Archives
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
- Truman Library
- Eisenhower Library
- Kennedy Library--See especially National Security Action Memos,
Correspondence with Martin Luther King and others, and the Cuban Missile
- Johnson Library--See especially Oral
History Interviews with Clark Clifford, William Colby, Walter Rostow, Dean
Rusk (Vietnam), James Farmer, Thurgood Marshall,
A. Philip Randolf, Roy Wilkins (Civil Rights),
James Webb (Space), Stewart Udall (Environment)
- Ford Library
- Carter Library
- National Archives
- US State Department, especially its Foreign Relations of the United
States (FRUS) with full text covering presidencies of Truman,
Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford, and its huge, searchable Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reading
Room database. An even better
site for FRUS is the FRUS
Project at the Univ. of Wisconsin, which covers the FRUS volumes from
1860 to 1960.
- FBI Freedom of Information Act Reading
Room, e.g., full-text of its files on Albert Einstein.
- General Accounting Office has apparently
put all of its reports and publications online in PDF format.
- California Digital Library and Melvyl
- Online Archives of California, See, e.g.,
Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1963-1974 in the California
Heritage Digital Image Finding Aids; or Finding Aid to El Teatro Ccampesino Archives
Evening Post (1931-present), available through CPP Library’s Academic
Search Premium database
- Time Magazine with access to full
text from1923 to the present.
- Women in Journalism fulltext oral history interviews (e.g. Connie Chung,
Ellen Goodman, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Catherine Shen, Barbara Tanabe).
- Harvard Crimson
(1873-present; do a search, e.g., on George Kistiakowsky, the chemist who
perfected the trigger for the Nagasaki
Primary Sources in Local History
Primary Sources in History of Science and Technology
Primary Resources Available Through Cal Poly Pomona Library
Los Angeles Times (1881-1986), full text articles.
New York Times (1851-2006), full text articles.
- ProQuest Newspapers (mid 1980s-), including recent
NY Times, LA Times, and other newspapers not covered in the historical
databases listed above
magazine (1880-2003) for history of science and technology
- WilsonWeb on magazine arrticles,
especially OmniText (1985-present, fulltext) and Reader’s Guide Retro (ca. 1900-1985,
abstracts, but not fulltext)
Maintained by Zuoyue
Wang, last updated in December 2009