The Leatherby Libraries is pleased to announce the addition of three new primary source collections through our newest database History Vault.

  • Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century
  • Japanese American Incarceration
  • CIA Cold War Research Reports and Records on Communism in China and Eastern Europe

This database includes manuscript and archival collections digitized in partnership with various archival institutions.

  • Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Parts 1 and 2
    • Part 1 of this collection includes the records of major civil rights organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. It also includes the personal papers of leaders and observers of the 20th century Black freedom struggles, such as civil rights and labor leader A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the March on Washington, Bayard Rustin, and pioneering education Mary McLeod Bethune. It also covers aspects of African American life in the 20th century through Claude A. Barnett’s Associated Negro Press records.
    • Part 2 includes the records of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Africa-related papers of Claude Barnett, and the Robert F. Williams Papers. SNCC, formed by student activists in 1960 after the explosion of the sit-in movement, was one of the three most important civil rights organizations of the 1960s. CORE, formed in 1941, organized the pioneering Journey of Reconciliation in the 1940s and the Freedom Rides in the early 1960s. Rounding out this module are the papers of Chicago Congressman Arthur W. Mitchell, the Chicago chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, and records on the Mississippi Freedom Summer.


  • Japanese American Incarceration: Records of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946
    • The Records of the War Relocation Authority documents the day-to-day running of the 10 relocation camps from 1942-1946. The collection is organized by the relocation center. Records include reports and correspondence on issues such as security, education, health, vocational training, agriculture, food, family welfare, public relations, and military recruitment.


  • CIA Cold War Research Reports and Records on Communism in China and Eastern Europe (1917-1976)

    • This module consists of two series of records:
      • 1) The CIA Research Reports from 1946-1976: The CIA Research Reports began in 1946 with reports of the CIA’s predecessor, the Central Intelligence Group, and reproduces over 1,500 reports on eight areas: the Middle East; Soviet Union; Vietnam, and Southeast Asia; China; Japan, Korea, and the Security of Asia; Europe; Africa; and Latin America.
      • 2) The Raymond E. Murphy Collection on Communism from 1917-1958: The Murphy Collection provides information on war recovery efforts, international aid, and Communist movements in Eastern Europe and China.

For any questions about this resource, please contact the Chair of Resources & Scholarly Communications, Kristin Laughtin-Dunker, at

Source of descriptions provided by ProQuest History Vault™.