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Grapes of Wrath Artifacts: Library Sources

For Mrs. Thomas's 12 grade students: Become an authority on a topic that reflects life in America during the 1930s.

Upper School Library

Many of the book resources for this assignment have already been pulled. Check the bookcase by the library doors for a selection of works relevant to the project. Materials MAY NOT be check out, as there are three classes working on this subject. When searching for supplemental materials, use a keyword search, and browse to the right and left of the book in question to find more materials. The Huntsville Public Library uses the same cataloging system. If you need a book on Route 66, for example, you will find it here under 978.33; you will find similar books at HPL under the same call number.

University of Alabama Huntsville uses the Library of Congress cataloging system. While you may not check books out of their library, the library is open for your use. If you go there, be mindful of the fact that you are a visitor in an academic library. Be quiet, be respectful, ask questions if you need help. Here is a link to their catalog:


Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Kasmai would be happy to help you find materials at any of these libraries.

Web Sources

America's Historical Newspapers: The perfect site for finding primary source documents on your subject. You can search by era, by keyword, by region, or by topic.

History Study Center: A collection of primary and secondary sources. The site has an entire Study Unit on the Great Depression with links to scholarly articles, web pages, images, motion pictures, biographies, and much more. The user name is randolph; password is raiders

The American Memories Collection from The Library of Congress: This amazing collection of primary and secondary sources is packed with materials relevant to your research. Here you will find musical scores, photos of singers, audio clips of recordings; photographs of migrants, laws related to the Dust Bowl diaspora, images of farms under seige by nature; pamphlets from the WPA, documents regarding food distribution, letters from family members, and so much more. This is a treasure trove of information and documentation.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum: Use this site to find documents and official policy statements from the Hoover Administration. There is also rich documentation on Hoover's earlier public life. Mr. Hoover was the first United States Food Administrator, and he served as Secretary of Commerce under Harding and Coolidge.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Museum and Library: Use this resource to find information about our only three-term president and his policies regarding the Great Depression.

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