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AboutThe Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960–1974



1. About the Database

The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960–1974 brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary. This collection is the definitive electronic resource for students and scholars researching this important period in history, society, culture, and politics.

Spanning 1960 to 1974, The Sixties is centered on key themes that provide insight into the issues that shaped America and the world and that still resonate in today’s debates: Arts, Music, and Leisure; Civil Rights; Counter-Culture; Environmental Movement; Gay and Lesbian Rights; Law and Government; Mass Media; New Left and Emerging Neo-Conservative Movement; Science and Technology; Student Activism; Vietnam War; and Women’s Movement.

Exciting new content!

We are proud to announce great additions to The Sixties in 2015, with more to come:

  • National Archives in Kew materials: This includes documents on United Kingdom's students' unrest, anti-Vietnam demonstrations, "Swinging London", and international coverage of Chile and of the soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
  • Additional materials from the Student Activism Collection and Gordon Fellman Papers at Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections, Brandeis University.
  • Future releases will include French and Dutch materials drawn from the International Institute of Social History in the Netherlands and Australian content from the University of Queensland, providing additional transnational and comparative views.

    When complete, the collection will contain over 150,000 pages of fully searchable text. These materials are frequently rare and hard to find; they include diaries, letters, and oral and written histories from both newsmakers and ordinary citizens caught up in the times; government documents, hearings, and other official papers; and papers and histories from radical and other organizations and groups; plus songs, photographs, ephemera, and more.

    This plus regular updates of The Sixties collection ensures an ever-expanding wealth of fully searchable resources.

    2. Editorial Policy


    The aim of this collection is to provide a comprehensive historical view of America from the 1960s through Watergate and the end of 1974 from many perspectives, including some international coverage, allowing scholars and students to analyze history and the evolution of society, politics, and culture during those times.

    Alexander Street Press is committed to providing a wealth of primary documents and personal narratives for researching the history and impact of the 1960s. If you have materials to suggest for inclusion—from your personal memorabilia to a more formal archive or collection of primary source and other materials—we encourage you to use our special web form to contact our Editor directly about your ideas. We are also interested in hearing from commercial publishers with material they would like to license to us for inclusion; see How to Contribute Materials or Comments below.

    3. Acknowledgments

    At Alexander Street Press, the following people have been instrumental in the development of the collection:

    • Andrea Eastman-Mullins
    • Dee Banks
    • Dina Mazina
    • Feng Chen
    • George Nursey
    • Isabel Lacerda
    • John West
    • Kimberly Milio
    • Liz Dutton
    • Nazar Sharunenko
    • Nicholas Lebeda
    • Ning Zhu
    • Pat Carlson
    • Paul Dixon
    • Sara Gibney
    • Shana Wagger
    • Milena Gruwell
    • Michael Kangal
    • Mike Wathen
    • Ziep Truong


    4. Editorial Advisors

    Alexander Bloom is Keiter Professor of History at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a Ph.D. from Boston College.

    Professor Bloom’s books include Long Time Gone: Sixties America Then and Now (Oxford University Press, 2001), Takin' it to the Streets: A Sixties Reader (coedited with Wini Breines) (Oxford University Press, 3rd edition forthcoming), and Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals and Their World (Oxford University Press, 1986).

    Professor Bloom’s current research project explores how the Vietnam war has shaped American life -- politically, socially, diplomatically, and culturally – since 1975.

    Rick Burke is Executive Director of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium. He holds an M.L.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

    Doug Rossinow

    Doug Rossinow is Professor of History and Chair, Department of History, at Metropolitan State University. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors in History, and holds a Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University. He was named “Top Young Historian” by History News Network in March 2008.

    Professor Rossinow’s book Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) was nominated for the Merle Curti Prize of the Organization of American Historians, the Ellis Hawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians, and the Bancroft Prize in American History. Other publications include The United States Since 1945: Historical Interpretations (coedited with Rebecca S. Lowen) (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006) and The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christianity, and the New Left in America (Columbia University Press, 1998).

    Professor Rossinow teaches courses on The Vietnam War, The Sixties Experience, Religion and Politics in America, The Age of Reagan and Beyond: The 1980s and 1990s as History, Upheaval: Reform and Radicalism in 20th-century America, and Historical Interpretation.

    5. Subscription and Free Trial Information

    The Sixties is available for one-time purchase of perpetual access, or as an annual subscription. Please contact us at sales@alexanderstreet.com if you wish to begin a subscription or to request a free 30-day trial.

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    7. How to Contribute Materials or Comments

    Our goal is to create a unique archive according to the editorial criteria expressed above. We welcome suggestions from organizations and individuals, especially for materials that are unpublished or of unique interest. Contacting our editor is easy:

    • To let us know about something worth including in The Sixties— anything from personal memorabilia to a more formal archive or collection of letters, manuscripts, and other primary source materials—please use our special web form to contact our Editor. She will get in touch with you to begin the evaluation process.
    • If you are a commercial publisher who would like to discuss licensing materials for inclusion in the database, please email us at sixt@astreetpress.com.

    8. Errata

    Our intention is to have a database without errors. We appreciate suggestions for improvements and notice of factual errors. To report errors or to suggest improvements, please email the Editor at sixt@astreetpress.com. Please include the author, the document, and the page number. Please also include your email address, so that we can let you know the status of your correction.

    9. Copyright

    All materials in the database are protected under U.S. and International Copyright Law. Fair use under the law permits reproduction of single copies for personal research and private use. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of protected items requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

    10. Cataloging Records

    MARC records will be available for this collection.



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