The New York Public Library Digital Collection consists of 708,498 collections from the New York Public Library. Every day, the website adds new photographs, manuscripts, prints, videos, and maps. This archive includes a wide array of topics and time periods for a researcher to select. The site also includes a “search bar” for researchers to find particular subtopics or mediums required. Thus, the website is easy to use and makes research effortless. Once a collection is found, the archive allows the researcher to organize the results in order of “title,” “date created,” or “time digitalized.” A fascinating collection is titled “George Arents’ Collection.” Within, there is a subcollection titled “Children’s Of All Nations.” The subcollection consists of pictures illustrating the average individual in each nation. A single image will include information like: the type of research, genre, division, publisher, timeline, identifiers, and notes. Each picture also provides an official citation.
For this assignment I chose to center my focus on poliomyelitis in the U.S. I actually really enjoyed this archive because I liked having a newspaper as a primary source, as it includes both images and text. I found the archive to be fairly easy to navigate, and, having a specific topic in mind, all I really had to do was search “polio” and several newspapers with the word “polio” in it would come up. There’s also an option for an advanced search which allows you to narrow down your search further, which is especially useful if you don’t have a specific topic in mind. Many of the newspaper sources I found and used from this archive were pieces written by doctors, usually focusing on the nature of polio and precautions to take. All of the newspapers also provided all of the proper citation information like author, date, short description, page numbers, and more. Overall, I thought that it was a very solid archive, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for primary sources that involve newspaper articles.
I found some pictures and documents showing the veterans that claimed for the rights and freedom. There are several links: movement history, photo album, reports & letters, articles & speeches. The website followed the timeline from 1951-1968, showing each year events. It told us about what, when, where and why the movements happened. The photos showed people holding big posters walking on the street in different places in the United States. Tha advantage for the clear timeline show us how the movements going on, and also how media posted the movements. The site provided the site search as well. It directed to google search. For the search tips, we could use key words, phrases, a event, states and dates to start the search. When I searched for the term “freedom rides”, there are many results came out, and all of them came out from this website I have searched.
I looked up both the George Washington Unversity National Security Archive and Wilson Center Digital Archive to find things about Tiananmen Square,1989 and they both provide some information and documents related to this particular part of history in a non-Chinese perspective. The GW National Security Archive organizes in a chronological order and divides documents into five parts including Students demonstration in 1985-1986, On the brick, The crackdown, The aftermath and Ten years after Tiananmen. Wilson Center Digital Archive classified the documents by using exact dates and provides specific details such as source, original archives and publishers, which helps me to find more information related. Since the topic of Tiananmen Square 1989 is too specific, neither of two archives provides abundant primary sources for me to look up. So it is a trouble for me if I would like to stick with the topic of Tiananmen Square 1989.
In this archive on Archive-It.org, images of the Egyptian Revolution are displayed. Images of destroyed tanks, cars, mobs of protestors, and much more are archived here. This archive is actually pretty poorly organized: each link takes you to a new website with many images, but, some of these sites are full articles that one must search through to find images. However, once one does actually find the quality links, they are very interesting and captivating pictures. In terms of information regarding each image, there is plenty. As previously mentioned, most of these links come with either an article describing the images or substantial descriptions of the images and the context that these images were taken in. I have always been interested in the Arab spring and I think analyzing images from one of these countries’ revolutions, especially such a contentious one such as Egypt, would be a very impactful project for me.
I found the topic of cigarette advertising, whether good or bad, very interesting when we first started doing research and wanted to see if I could find another archive that had information on this topic. I found an archive called ‘The Real Cost’. The archive deals only with anti-smoking images. It is organized into three different categories: tobacco basics, effects and taking control. The archive has little to no information on a given image which is definitely a drawback, but they do give you the sources from which they got the image from, so if you click those you would be led to more information. In comparing this archive with the archive I originally researched, ‘Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising’, I found this article much less helpful. The Stanford archive showed both the positive and negative advertisement having to do with tobacco, so you got to see both “sides” to the argument, which would help in terms of writing a research paper. ‘The Real Cost’ archive is worth keeping and using in terms of research, but it isn’t the most helpful of archives on the given topic.