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Primary Resources for Historical Research: Archives Unbound

Image from African-America, Communists and National Negro Congress collection

The Georgia State University community has access to 42 primary resource collections on Archives Unbound. The collections available focus primarily on 20th century issues and events especially related to African-American studies, civil rights, social justice and political history but also include radical history, Holocaust studies, labor and economic history, LGBT studies, environmental policy, and cinema studies.

Each collection is rich with documents such as FBI surveillance files, organizational records, personal archives and manuscripts, newspaper articles, transcriptions of wiretaps and more.

A full list of the collections for GSU researchers is available for browsing and searching. Below is a sample of what’s inside Archives Unbound:

  • “We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death:”” Freedom Riders in the South, 1961
  • African America, Communists, and the National Negro Congress, 1933-1947
  • FBI Surveillance of James Forman and SNCC
  • Hollywood, Censorship, and the Motion Picture Production Code, 1927-1968
  • Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s
  • The Savings and Loan Crisis: Loss of Public Trust and the Federal Bailout, 1989-1993
  • The Mafia in Florida and Cuba: FBI Surveillance of Meyer Lansky and Santo Trafficante, Jr.
  • In Response to the AIDS Crisis: Records of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 1983-1994

Two collections in Archives Unbound come from the Southern Labor Archives in the Georgia State University Library Special Collections and Archives:

  • The Union Label and the Needle Trades: Records of the United Garment Workers of America
  • The Quest for Labor Equality in Household Work: National Domestic Workers Union, 1965-1979