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Encyclopedias

One very easy way to start your research is to look in online encyclopedias that will provide an overview of basic information on a topic. For instance, eLibrary, an online database paid for by the Library, contains several encyclpedias and almanacs in its Referece section.

 

Books

There are books which you can browse which will be extremely helpful to you in learning about the cultural, social, and historical context of a particular time or period. 

20th Century Day by Day: 100 years of News Headlines and front pages of newspapers from 1900 through 1999. This should be your first stop to find out what else was going on for your time period. Ref.
D 422
C53
1999
This Fabulous Century
7 volumes
One volume per decade beginning with 1900-1950. Overview of the popular culture of the period. Mostly images. Ref.
E 161
T55
 
American Century: Art & Culture 1900-1950 Based on a Whitney exhibition, this is an in-depth overview of art of the period. N 6512
H355
1999
American Decades
4 volumes
One volume per decade beginning with 1950s. Organized with chapters on world events, education, politics, lifestyles, media, the arts, etc. Ref.
E 169.12
A419
 
Fashions of a Decade
8 volumes
Just fashion. We have the '20s through the '90s. Ref.
GT 596
C837
 

Hulton Getty Picture Collection
6 volumes

 

One volume per decade. All pictures with captions. We have the '20s through the '70s. D 426
Y362
1998

Websites of Interest

American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century The purpose of these pages is to present a series of web guides on the decades of the twentieth century. The pages are prepared by the Reference Librarians. Period pictures used.
 
Year by Year 1900-2001

This site describes historic events of the twentieth century by year and by decade.