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Conference Review: “The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age”
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Conference Review: “The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age”

This post was written by Zachary Loeb, Ph.D. Student, Department of the History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania Utopian ambitions have a pesky habit of going unrealized. Whether the project unravels, international support crumbles, or the visionary thinker dies – the shining island in the distance seems to remain fixed to the horizon … Continue reading

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Early European Books: Biblotheque Nationale de France

This product is the fifth collection of Early European Books that the Library has purchased.  This is the first collection to include material from the Bibliotheque Nationale; earlier collections have material from the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Wellcome Library and the Kongelige Bibliotek. This collection is distinguished by its wealth … Continue reading

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Selected 20th Century Records of the U.S State Department

The Department is responsible for planning and implementing American foreign policy. The Secretary of State is the President’s chief advisor for foreign affairs.  As such, records of the U.S. State Department are crucial starting points for research in U.S. foreign relations.  Note that many documents, especially after World War II, are classified and only available … Continue reading

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Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1833-1911

The nineteenth century has been described as the “Great Century” of Protestant missions, when the Gospel was sent to more peoples than ever before. The Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America was an active participant in this phenomenal expansion. Missionary activities were important in the political, economic, … Continue reading

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Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990

For most of the twentieth century the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was the principal defender of the rights that citizens can assert against government. Its primary aims have been the defense of the freedoms of speech and press, the separation of church and state, the free exercise of religion, due process of law, equal … Continue reading