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Resource Guide:
Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
Late nineteenth century, 1865-1900E660-738
Twentieth centuryE740-837.7
Labor disputes. Strikes and lockoutsHD5306-5474
Trade unions. Labor unions.HD6350-6940.7
Alcoholism. Intemperance. Temperance reformHV5001-5720.5
Railroads. Rapid transit systemsHE1001-5600
Railroad engineering and operationTF1-1620
Telecommunication industry. TelegraphHE7601-8700.9

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • American Federation of Labor
  • Tammany Hall
  • Immigration stations–Ellis Island (N.J. and N.Y.)–1900-1910.
  • Suffrage–United States–History
  • Social gospel
  • Ragtime music
  • Prohibition–United States
  • Addams, Jane, 1860-1935–Correspondence
  • Income tax–Law and legislation–United States
  • Pure Food and Drug Act, 1906
  • Eugenics–Social aspects–United States
  • Populist Party (U.S.)
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
  • Homestead Strike, Homestead, Pa., 1892
  • Muckraking–1900-1910
  • Yellow journalism–1900-1910
  • Paul, Alice, 1885-1977
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Company–Fire, 1911
  • Vaudeville United States

Sample Materials at Von Canon Library

Title Call Number
The social philosophy of Jane AddamsHV 28 .A35 H37 2009
Militant citizenship : rhetorical strategies of the National Woman’s Party, 1913-1920JK 1896 .S82 2011
Treacherous texts : U.S. suffrage literature, 1846-1946JK 1896 .T74 2010
The response to prostitution in the progressive eraHQ 144 .C66
America’s Gilded Age : personalities in an era of extravagance and change, 1850-1890E 168 .R93 1989
The progressive era and race : reaction and reform, 1900-1917E 185.6 .S68 2005
The first tycoon : the epic life of Cornelius VanderbiltCT 275 .V23 S85 2009
A century of eugenics in America : from the Indiana experiment to the human genome eraHQ 755.5 .U5 C46 2010
We are all Americans, pure and simple : Theodore Roosevelt and the myth of AmericanismE 757 .D67 2007
A nation by design : immigration policy in the fashioning of AmericaHV 6483 .Z65 2006
Next to godliness: confronting dirt and despair in Progressive Era New York CityTD 819 .N6 B87
The Gilded Age press, 1865-1900e-Book
Domesticating drink women, men, and alcohol in America, 1870-1940e-Book
Populism : the humane preference in America, 1890-1900E 661 .C56
American Catholic lay groups and transatlantic social reform in the progressive erae-Book
Growing up in Boston’s Gilded Age : the journal of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1872-1874F 73.5 .B53 1990
Muckraking and objectivity : journalism’s colliding traditionsPN 4888 .E8 M57 1990
Rags and ragtime : a musical historyML 3560 .J37 1989

Research Databases

Relevant Journals and Magazines

  • Journal of the Gilded Age and Progessive Era
  • Progressive Populist
  • American History
  • Journal of American History
  • Journal of American Ethnic History
  • Journalism History
  • Economic History Review
  • Eugenics Quarterly

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal or periodical, search our Journals.

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