Collins Memorial Library

American Decades Primary Sources

American Decades 1990-1999 logo This full-text database offers full or excerpted primary sources representing seminal issues, themes, movements, and events for each decade of the 20th century. Examples include oral histories, lyrics to popular songs, photographs, speeches, advertisements, play and movie scripts, personal letters, laws, legal decisions, newspaper articles, cartoons, recipes, fashion, and more. For example, a student exploring the experience of women at the start of the twentieth century can retrieve a 1909 magazine article warning of the "danger of over-stimulus" for girls who engage in athletics, and a student investigating the Cold War can access the full transcript of the 1959 "Kitchen Debate" between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev. The use of primary sources engages students and provides a stimulating learning experience -- consider directing your students to this unique new resource!