Amelia Earhart's solo Atlantic flight.
See: The George Palmer Putnam
Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers [online]. W. Lafayette: Purdue
University Libraries, [2002- ]. Available
Listen to the Booknotes interview with
Susan Butler, author of East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia
As Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins becomes the
first female cabinet
Perkins (1880-1965). Draft notes of reply to F. D. Roosevelt on her
nomination to the Cabinet. In Jewels
in Her Crown: Treasures of Columbia University Libraries.
Ella Fitzgerald sings at the Apollo Theatre's
National Public Radio's profile of Ella
Fitzgerald, highlights the
audition for the contest and other key events in her career.
Mary Margaret McBride begins her radio program.
Historian Susan Ware
her new book
"It's One O'clock
and Here is Mary Margaret McBride" [online]. Library of Congress,
February 22, 2005.
Remembering Radio's Mary Margaret McBride [All Things Considered,
National Public Radio, May 14, 2005]
Changing New York: Photographs by Berenice Abbott, 1935-1938 [New York
of Berenice Abbott [National Public Radio] offers a brief
overview of the Changing New York exhibition at National Museum of
Women in the Arts.
The National Council of Negro
Women is founded by Mary McLeod Bethune.
The Social Security Act becomes law.
Pioneers: Frances Perkins [Social Security Administration] includes
digital audio of the NBC Radio Network program America's Town Meeting
the Air. Perkins explains and defends the recently passed Social
Security Act. The site also includes audio clips from Perkins' speech from
1962, "The Roots of Social Security."
Boothe Luce's scene description of her play The Women, ca. 1936
["Words and Deeds in American History," Library of Congress]
Dorothea Lange's photograph, "Migrant Mother."
"Migrant Mother" photographs in the Farm Security Administration
Collection: An Overview [Library of Congress].
Eleanor Roosevelt to Walter White detailing the First Lady's lobbying
efforts for federal action against lynchings, 19 March 1936 [Words and
Deeds in American History, Library of Congress]
World Center for Women's Archives, 1936 [New Jersey Historical
Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God," is
Club of the Air:
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston [Talk of the
Nation, National Public Radio]
Billie Holiday first sings "Strange Fruit," a song about lynching in
South, at a New York Club in 1938.
See: Margolick, David. Billie Holiday-Strange Fruit
[Interview online]. Talking
History, 4 February 2002. Available
Hendry, Donna. Billie
Holiday's Strange Fruit: Using Music to Send a Message [online].
Katherine Dunham choreographs and produces her first full-length
from the Katherine Dunham Collection at the Library of Congress
Strike [The Handbook of Texas Online]
Zora Neale Hurston begins working for the Florida division of the Work
Projects Administration (WPA).
Florida Memory Project offers an overview of this work, supporting
documents and audio files, photos of Hurston, and lesson plans.
Marian Anderson's Lincoln Memorial concert draws an audience of
Listen to Marian
Anderson, National Public Radio's commemoration of the 50th
anniversary of this concert.
Anderson Collection of Photographs, 1898-1992 [University of
Pennsylvania Library] includes more than 20
photographs from this event.
Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
[American Memory, Library of Congress]
Listen to Mary McLeod Bethune's speech, What
Does American Democracy Mean to Me?, part of Say
It Plain: A
Century of Great African American Speeches from American Radio Works.
America in the
Access [online]. [Durham, NC]:
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke
Images of over 7000 advertisements from U.S. and Canadian newspapers and
magazines between 1911 and 1955. "Beauty and hygiene" is one of the five
areas of concentration.
Medicine and Madison
Avenue [online]. Durham, NC: Digital Scriptorium, Rare Book,
Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University, 2002 [cited
28 September 2002]. Available
Images of 600 health-related advertisements that appeared in newspapers
and magazines from the 1910s through the 1950s.
Researchers can examine state and county topics for individual census
years and over time, as well as generate maps of selected data.
Dress Costume Collections allows researchers to search four
collections simultaneously. Enter 1930-1939 to search
for items from the 1930s.
Historical Museum Children's Clothing Collection
[online]. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society, updated 26 June 2001
[cited 10 December 2001]. Available
Tour the collection by decade (then by gender and type of clothing).
Diaries & Letters
The database America: History & Life offers a simple option
for limiting a search for articles and other sources to a specific time
period. If you are searching for articles that cover the 1930s, enter
1930d in the "Time Period" row of the search screen. See Searching
America: History & Life by Time Period for an example using another
American Women's History: A Timeline
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132