For Michelle

March 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hi Michelle!

So I dont know too much about your topic but I pretty much used this website to give me an gerneal overview on your topic. ( It seemed to give good info. Anyway I found a scientific journal that thought would be helpful. I narrowed my search in oskicat to journals.

Women’s childbirth preferences and practices on the United States by Amy Chasteen Mille (the link is below)

some interesting books that I cam across were:

Childbirth in America: anthropological perspectives by Karen Michaelson

I’m not sure how useful it will be because its anthropological perspectives but here is a little summary provided by google books “A comprehensive and critical examination of the experience of childbirth in America today, from pregnancy to early postpartum. This book covers many controversial issues in the context of diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds, which have arisen as a result of the new technologies and ideologies surrounding pregnancy and birth. Most useful as a text for courses in childbirth education, anthropology of women’s health, and anthropology of medicine.”

Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America by Richard W. Wertz

there is a book review that touches aupon the reasons for the changing of birthing practices and even how men were encouraging medical attention as opposed to midwifery. It should be an interesting read. the book revew is found at and then you just click on the pdf

google books claims: “This lively history of childbirth begins with colonial days, when childbirth was a social event, and moves on to the gradual medicalization of childbirth in America as doctors forced midwives out of business and to the home-birth movement of the 1980’s. Widely praised when it was first published in 1977, the book has now been expanded to bring the story up to date. In a new chapter and epilogue, Richard and Dorothy Wertz discuss the recent focus on delivering perfect babies, with its emphasis on technology, prenatal testing, and Caesarean sections. They argue that there are many viable alternatives-including out-of-hospital births-in the search for the best birthing system.”

So i think this would probably be helpful since I remembering you speaking about focusing on western birthing practices and the reasons for its changes.

I hope this was helpful and I wish you the best of luck on your topic! hope you had a good break!

– Mayra


Michael Pascoe: Resources for Mayra

March 31, 2013 § 1 Comment

Hi Mayra,

I’ll admit that I don’t know much about your topic, but your choice of medieval women seems like a really interesting one, and there is quite a bit of material at your disposal. From browsing through your posts, I’m not sure whether you’ve picked out a particular aspect pertaining to medieval women that you’d like to explore, but you did mention Joan of Arc as a figure you’d like to research more about. I checked all over JSTOR for articles on Joan the person, but had trouble finding a worthy one, so I stuck with OskiCat.

Find #1: Letters of Medieval Women (Anne Crawford)

This seems like it would be a valuable resource for you since it consists of a collection of primary source letters. Through analyzing the correspondence of women during the medieval period, you can gather great insight into their social customs and happenings, and understand how women felt about their condition. I’m sure these letters would be instructive for your research, and you can never have enough primary sources at your disposal!


Find #2: Considering Medieval Women and Gender (Susan Mosher Stuard)

This book looks like a pretty good secondary source on particular conditions of women in medieval times. It deals mostly with the themes of marriage and slavery as they apply to medieval women. The book also touches upon the consumption patterns of women in the time period. I’m not sure if that’s up your alley in terms of research interests, but it could help to give you context. I’m sure there’s more to find within the book about overall conditions. 


Find #3: Joan of Arc: the Warrior Saint (Stephen W. Richey)

This suggestion is based on your identification of Joan of Arc as someone you’d like to learn more about. While I’m not sure Joan of Arc’s experiences were at all indicative of the average medieval women, she sure proved to be a powerful figure worthy of further study. This book explores Joan’s stunning military exploits, her dynamic personality, and the context within which she was able to enjoy such success. I think Richey’s book would be a great starting point if you want to focus your research on Joan of Arc.


I hope this is all helpful! You seem like you have a great project ahead of you!


Resource for Nick from Gunnpreet:

March 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here are the resources I found:
Resource From OskiCat:

Title Los Siete [motion picture] / Newsreel.
Imprint San Francisco, Calif. : California Newreel, 1969.

Permanent link for this record:
Location Call No. Status
Pacific Film Archive

Description 1 reel of 1 (30 min.) : opt sd., b&w ; 16 mm. print.
Summary This film is about the oppression of the Third World community in the Mission district of San Francisco, specifically seven Latino youths who were recruiting street kids into a college Brown Studies Program. Accused of killing a plainclothesman, they became victims of a press and police campaign to “clean-up” the Mission. Their defense became the foundation of a revolutionary community organization called Los Siete.
Subject Siete de la Raza Trial, San Francisco, Calif., 1970.

Hispanic American students — California — San Francisco.

Mission District (San Francisco, Calif.)

Genre/Form Documentaries and factual works

Added Author California Newsreel (Firm)

Newsreel (Firm)

Resource From Online Archive of California:

1. Garcia (Rupert and Sammi Madison Garcia) Collection Bulk, 1967-1987
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara::Special Collections
Description: This collection contains materials assembled by Rupert Garcia and document his passion for civil rights and activist art. Garcia was a student at San Francisco State where some of the earliest protests against racism in higher education institutions took place. … Read More
2 search terms found:
…transportation system in the Mission District in San Francisco. At the center of…
…community in defense of ” Los Siete de la Raza,” seven San Francisco Mission…

Michelle Min: Resource for Christina

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hi there,

So this week I am digging some stuff up for Christina..

First Find: Map of lands of the University Homestead Association
This is a map from San Francisco/Portola from 1867. (so 5 years after the Homestead Act was passed by Congress). It is the Bancroft Case C, and the reason why I mention this item is that the description was not enough for me to tell how it is even related to the Homestead Act. It’s mounted on cloth and from a book publisher in San Francisco named Mansell. It’s usefulness in your research could be to see how the city of San Francisco was divvied up by blocks and lots, and look up the individuals who owned land following the act – what kind of person owned Homestead land in SF after the Gold Rush?
Call No. G4364.S5:2P62 1867 .M3 

Second Find: Reopening the Frontier: Homesteading in the Modern West
This book, published in 2009, is useful for understanding the effects and lingering impact of the Homestead Act today. What has become of it/the legislation? This book covers the repeal of the Homestead Act. Beginning with WWII vets who tried to benefit from the Act to 21st Century homesteaders who experienced “nightmare”, Reopening the Frontier is a good resource for seeing a more whole picture of the Homestead Act instead of focusing on the 19th century/its conception.
Call No. F596 .C2395 2009  Bancroft in prep for storage 

Third Find: Go West, Young Man!
Who is Horace Greeley? Despite hearing this name in the past, I’ve never felt compelled to look up this American figure. He was a liberal Republican reformer (strange combination of words today), and supported reforms like vegetarianism..! He ran for president in 1872 but died before the electoral votes were counted. He didn’t win, either.
Anyways, he promoted the homestead laws as agrarian reform and this book is an account of his reform actions. I think this book would be useful to see the perspective of a congressman who passionately advocated for the passage of the Homestead Act!
Call No. E415.9.G8 C851 1995


Resources for Cyn from Pedro

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hey Cyn, after reading over your journals I became especially curious as to your aims of showing how gender norms were altered by its popularity. I primarily used Jstor for my research and found some interesting articles that I feel could be used to provide a deeper context and perspective to what exactly burlesque meant during its historical tenure.

The first article I found was The Petite Commande of 1664: Burlesque in the Gardens of Versailles. Okay, so maybe this isn’t the exact same burlesque that you’re researching but I think it is interesting that an art movement could have in challenging preexisting norms – in this case the canons of ancient and Italian art.

Another article I found was “Girls and Gags” : Sexual Display and Humor in Reginald Marsh’s Burlesque Images. This piece analyzes the sexualized female form and the comedic elements of the 1930s and 40s burlesque show.  Kathleen Spies, through an examination of Marsh’s burlesque images and their sources that this link argues that was vital to contemporary understandings of commercialized leisure and female sexuality.

Finally to add some additional context to your I’ve found The Obscene Seen: Spectacle and Transgression in Postwar Burlesque Films which studies what burlesque films were saying to their audiences about gender and sexuality from 1945-1960. I think this piece might serve as a particularly useful resource because films could add a new dimension to your work as well as primary sources and possible directors that you might want to look into.

Good luck and good studies,



Resource For: Stefano Flavoni

March 27, 2013 § Leave a comment


Hi Stefano. I have to say that your topic is very unique, and I really enjoyed the presentation about Shostakovich that you gave at Bancroft. I don’t know much about classical music, but I appreciate its beauty and complexity, and have gone to a number of symphonies. The Soviet Union during the Cold War is also a very fascinating subject, especially when considering the kinds of censorship that was taking place.

I’m guessing that the best information about Shostakovich is probably in Europe, perhaps Russia or Germany. Keeping on this continent, I looked through the Eastman School of Music’s Library, located in New York. This is supposedly one of the best music schools in the country (is this true)? To my surprise, the school held a conference on Shostakovich in 2006. It was a week-long event, with speakers and performers from all over the world coming together to discuss Shostakovich’s life and music. I think this conference’s archive could be a valuable resource for you. Maybe for the content, but perhaps more as a tool for discovering other scholars and professionals who specialize in Shostakovich’s work. This, my friend, is a geek fest of everything Shostakovich.

Going through the list of speakers, you could locate some of these people and call or email them. I’m sure they could help you locate rare or hard-to-find information, or point you in other directions. Through my own research, I’ve discovered that other people in your field of specialization are your best resources. Below is a link the Eastman School of Music’s conference on Shostakovich. Check it out, and best of luck!


Sources for Cassandra From Malia

March 27, 2013 § 1 Comment

Hi Cassandra!

I spent a lot of time going through articles on JStor looking for something having to do with World War Two and Hungarian/German societal functioning apart from the War and the terrible things occurring within their borders, whether or not they knew about them.

The first piece I found interesting was an article about the trials following the war:

René Wolf

Journal of Contemporary History 
Vol. 41, No. 4 (Oct., 2006), pp. 741-755

Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
The second source I found is a general history of Hungary during both World Wars, covering not only military history but social and political as well.
Author Ormos, Mária.
Uniform Title Magyarország a két világháború korában (1914-1945). English
Title Hungary in the age of the two World Wars, 1914-1945 / Mária Ormos ; translated by Brian McLean.
Imprint Boulder, Colo. : Social Science Monographs ; Highland Lakes, N.J. : Atlantic Research and Publications ; New York : Distributed by Columbia University Press, 2007.
 Permanent link for this record:
Location Call No. Status
 Main (Gardner) Stacks  DB955 .O7613 2007  DUE 06-08-13


Also, this source is just about World War Two!

Author Bethlen, István, gróf, 1874-1946.
Title Hungarian politics during World War Two : treatise and indictment / István Bethlen ; edited by Ilona Bolze = A magyar politika a második világháborúban : politikai tanulmány vagy vádirat / Bethlen István ; közzéteszi Bolza Ilona.
Imprint München : Trofenik, 1985.
 Permanent link for this record:
Location NRLF (UCB)
Call No. DB903.5 .S75 v.27
Library Has In NRLF


Location Call No. Status
 NRLF (UCB)  DB903.5 .S75  v.27  AVAILABLE


Hopefully these sources can provide some information, though it is difficult to find a source that focuses on the things going on outside of the war during this time period… perfect for a research project?

Best of luck!


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