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Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movements Digital Collection Now Available on JSTOR

October 3rd, 2023

The new Reveal Digital collection Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movements is now freely accessible on the JSTOR platform. This is the first of a four-part collection, which focuses on unearthing and digitizing the histories of civil rights activism by the everyday citizens of Black, Latine, Indigenous, and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities. More titles will be added on a continuing basis, with the complete series available by the end of 2025. 

Covering primarily the 1950s and 1960s, the first part provides access to documents focusing on how ordinary citizens in Black communities viewed, participated in, and lived through this historical era. The collection comprises 774 items and includes a range of different document types, such as unofficial letters, correspondence, demonstration plan outlines, transportation logs and plans, meeting minutes, programs from worship services, and photographs. 

The collection can be accessed through Purdue Libraries’ A–Z database and is partly funded by the Big Ten Academic Alliance

About Reveal Digital:
Reveal Digital develops open access primary source collections from under-represented 20th-century voices of dissent, crowdfunded by libraries.