Michelle: Exploring the Bancroft

February 28, 2013 § 1 Comment

The Bancroft is an amazing archive. The field trip on Monday made me truly proud of UC Berkeley’s collections.

But, as I found out this week, it’s not the best source for american medical history.

I searched every combination of child birth, birthing practices, twilight sleep, obstetrics, etc.. but I don’t think it’s in “western Americana”. Fortunately, I wasn’t expecting good results so it wasn’t a huge letdown. I think the nature of the Bancroft, its collections and goals just do not align with my topic very well. It’s not a classical view of history, like the documents/primary sources we were shown the other day.

The closest result was the Guide to the Graupner Family Papers, 1886-1962. It’s a record of Arther Graupner’s family records (reports, notes). He was an individual who served as a lawyer in the SF area. His wife Annabel Elize Graupner was involved in charitable organizations, one among them being the “Association for Study and Prevention of Infant Mortality”. I can see a potential there for finding evidence of why Annabel thought this was a charity worth supporting and from there, discerning the state of maternity care in that era.

Will hope for better luck in microfilm!

Michelle Min (SY)

PS sorry for late post last week. I was somehow still thinking that the journals deadline is on Sunday night.


Bancroft – Lexie Ryan

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

My success in Bancroft library was severely limited by my topic, the Olympic Games during the Cold War. Initially I had a difficult time searching for sources, as my go-to keywords – “Cold War Olympi*” turned up absolutely nothing. I then tried “Olympi*” and was overwhelmed by information on Seattle. I ended up finding a few things of interest on the 1984 Los Angeles games, and a compilation of articles written for the Los Angeles Times on expected outcomes for the games interested me most. I wanted to find out more about the Soviet boycott, but after skimming through a few articles, it dawned on me that the authors wrote far enough in advance that the boycott had not yet been revealed. I find it hard to believe that these reporters who traveled all over the world interviewing athletes and observing competitions did not realize the USSR would boycott, but perhaps that is simply historical hindsight. Although this book was indeed interesting, it was not what I was looking for. 

Digital Resources – Ariana

February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

After a week of deliberating with myself and my teacher I still do not have a set topic. I was originally hesitant to submit this because I know that my topic will change in the next 10 hours since I highly doubt my teacher will accept this topic. I wanna gear this class toward the research I will be doing in that class. So you might be seeing another journal from me about a completely different topic soon! I would really like to look at the bracero program and after playing around with the keywords I found this cool set of pages on Jstor that had a PDF of select passages that have to do with the bracero program (it skips everything else that isn’t related, which I find very cool). The publication “Population Research and Policy Review” is not entirely dedicated to the Bracero Program so I like that it limits itself to my search by only showing the keyword related pages. It mentions the statistics of the group of people that joined this program and it even mentions people who were illegally part of the program. I found Jstor helpful because it has not been giving me any “abstract” papers, but actually allowing me to get to see the text. This is a link to what I found: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40229907?seq=1&Search=yes&searchText=bracero&list=hide&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dbracero%26Search%3DSearch%26gw%3Djtx%26prq%3Drape%26hp%3D25%26acc%3Don%26aori%3Da%26wc%3Don%26fc%3Doff&prevSearch=&item=4&ttl=2033&returnArticleService=showFullText&resultsServiceName=null

Research Article : The Parents’ Music Resource Center, from information to censorship

February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

In his research article, Claude Chastagner, a French Counter Culture Historian and writer focuses on the fundamental mission objective change in the Parents Music Resource Center organization. The PMRC’s sought to censor music in the United States through legislation by holding congressional hearings and pressuring congress to expose “explicit musicians” and artists deemed to be immoral and vulgar to the mainstream American public. Tapping into those American values of religiosity and self-entitled moral obligation of the PMRC, he compares and points the parallels to France’s similar group with the same objectives called the Front National of 1988.

In general, this article is very helpful to my research for the following reason: Chastagner places a greater focus on the early mission objective stages of the PMRC’s and its gradual transition from serving as a center of information and recommendations for American families parental discretion into an organization that sought de factor censorship of popular music. This is a good article to shape my understanding of the PMRC’s. This led me to believe that after many years of trying to organize and serve as a leading voice against explicit content (as outlined in the Filthy Fifteen memo), Heavy Metal artists became primary targets of the PMRC because by 1985 MTV’s Music Video coverage heavily focused on Metal segments that catapulted Metal artists to the limelight. Among historians of Heavy Metal, it is agreed that the 80’s was the decade for Metal in all ranges of its Genre spectrum (Death Metal – Black Metal – Heavy Metal – Thrash Metal). Some of the most blasphemous Album title names were conceived by Metal artists and the 80’s was its primetime, prompting the PMRC to narrow their focus and target Metal while still pushing congressional leadership and shaping public opinion to eventually censor “popular” music in a defacto fashion as mentioned by the author of my article. There are lot of assumptions that I have made in relation to this underlying religious backbone of the PMRC that the author confirms beautifully, he goes further by pointing out that the organization had a long standing reputation of receiving financial support from outside religious groups, mainly from Judeo-Christian denominations. He asks if they are hypocrites for laying to the public when the truth was there? which led me to question if we can perceive the PMRC as an incognito religious lobbying group in Washington in a Trojan Horse at the Capital posing as concerned parents. There are many underlying religious sentiments in the PMRC and since it is not heavily focused is the authors work, i seek to draw more parallels in the research between the religious undertone of the PMRC and the often perceived atheist Devil Worshipping Metal community.

To say the least, I had a lot of fun reading this article! This was a great exercise, many questions came to my mind and excitement engulfed my emotions in writing about this topic as a “professional,” it is a topic that will contribute to my deepest passion for Music and History.

To access this article, follow the link: http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/17/61/47/PDF/PMRC_PM_.pdf


Gunnpreet Khangura Online Database Research

February 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

 This week I went online and found a book that was suggested to me by Christy. I looked through chapter two of the book and I was reading about how the families were affected by the war. In other words how the marriages of people were affected while the war was going on is kind of interesting. I then searched online using new keywords and found an interesting article on OskiCat. It was an article about marriage trends and how it affected all kinds of people and families. I think I might do my research on the effect of the war on marriages and family in the United States during the 1950s. The source of the article is Population & Development Review; Jun1985, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p193-245, 53p. So I am narrowing my topic down, hopefully while reading through the book and doing more research, I might be able to narrow it down more.

American Isolationism and Antiwar Sentiment pre1939

February 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

I found a great article in America: History and Life, called; Climax of Isolationism, Countdown to World War. The article discusses the sinking of US gunboat USS Panay in China’s Yangtze River by Japanese aircraft during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The article gives focus to the way in which the attack violated the US’ official policy of isolationism and neutrality at the time andhow it served as a precursor to US entry into World War II.

I found through reading this article, which is a secondary source, that the sinking of the US gunboat by Japanese forces tested the national will of the US at a time when isolationist sentiment at home was strong and tensions abroad high.
Interestingly, rather than provoke retaliation, as was the case in Pearl Harbour, the attack actually strengthened the isolationist and anti-war sentiment in America, as can be seen in the 1937 version of the Ludlow Amendment, which stated that “Congress’ authority to declare war would not become effective until confirmed by a majority of votes cast in a national referendum”. The bill was eventually defeated by 21 votes, by I am keen to find out what the national mood was concerning the bill, and how much popular support it had, as it seemed to be growing in momentum and popularity before it was eventually defeated.

Gabriel: Database Research

February 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello Cheka Agents,

I found a new database called Digital National Security archieve.Document about Henry Kissinger and Israeli officials discuss prospects for U.S.-Soviet talks on Egypt-Israeli border issues from Kissinger on May 13, 1969. Its part of the Kissinger Transcripts. Russia talks about how they lost the war of supplying their states. Kissinger talks about these talks will prevent these parties from fighting each other.
This will be very beneficial to me by helping me understand the situation at that moment in American Foreign Policy.


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