Senior Thesis Portal
History Courses HST 461 and HST 462
Sample Senior Theses
- Some of the most recent senior theses (including winners of the Brundage Award, given annually for best senior thesis) are now accessible via BroncoScholar at the Cal Poly Pomona Library. Click here for online access!
- Jolie Valentine Matedne, “Advancing the Community: Women, Schools, and Popular Culture in the Public Library Movement,” Department of History, Cal Poly Pomona, 2001. Winner of the Anthony BrundageSenior Thesis Award, 2001-2002. Copyright Jolie Valentine. A revised version is published as Jolie Valentine, “Our Community, Our Library: Women, Schools, and Popular Culture in the Public Library Movement,” Public Library Quarterly 24, no. 4 (2005): 45-79.
- Bryan Musslewhite, “Beet Sugar, Cows, and Bedrooms: The Transformation of Chino from a Rural Community to a Modern Suburb,” Department of History, Cal Poly Pomona, 2005. Winner of the BrundageSenior Thesis Award, 2004-2005. Copyright Bryan Musslewhite.
- Leonardo Covis, “The Radical Next Door: Los Angeles Catholic Worker during the Cold War,” Department of History, Cal Poly Pomona, 2007. Winner of the Anthony Brundage Senior Thesis Award, 2006-2007. Copyright Leonardo Covis. A revised version with the same title is published in Southern California Quarterly 91, no. 1 (2009): 69-111.
Primary Sources in US History
- Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States at UCSB—the best place to get presidential speeches, press conferences, and policy statements from George Washington to Barack Obama.
- Library of Congress, especially its American Memory project, you can start with the overall list of collections and then go into any particular full text collections, e.g., the Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers, theHannah Arendt Papers, and the Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers.
- National Security Archives
- Digital National Security Archives
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
- Truman Library
- Eisenhower Library
- Kennedy Library--See especially National Security Action Memos, JFK Correspondence with Martin Luther King and others, and the Cuban Missile Crisis
- Johnson Library--See especially Oral History Interviews with Clark Clifford, William Colby, Walter Rostow, Dean Rusk (Vietnam), James Farmer, Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolf, Roy Wilkins (Civil Rights), James Webb (Space), Stewart Udall (Environment)
- Ford Library
- Carter Library
- National Archives
- US State Department, especially its Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) with full text covering presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford, and its huge, searchable Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reading Room database. An even better site for FRUS is the FRUS Project at the Univ. of Wisconsin, which covers the FRUS volumes from 1860 to 1960.
- FBI Freedom of Information Act Reading Room, e.g., full-text of its files on Albert Einstein.
- General Accounting Office has apparently put all of its reports and publications online in PDF format.
- California Digital Library and Melvyl
- UCLA Oral History Project (a marvelous compendium of interviews collected by UCLA's Center for Oral History Research)
- Online Archives of California, See, e.g., African Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1963-1974 in the California Heritage Digital Image Finding Aids; or Finding Aid to El Teatro Ccampesino Archives at UCSB
- Saturday Evening Post (1931-present), available through CPP Library’s Academic Search Premium database
- Time Magazine with access to full text from1923 to the present.
- Women in Journalism fulltext oral history interviews (e.g. Connie Chung, Ellen Goodman, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Catherine Shen, Barbara Tanabe).
- Harvard Crimson (1873-present; do a search, e.g., on George Kistiakowsky, the chemist who perfected the trigger for the Nagasaki bomb)
Primary Sources in Local History
- www.newspapers.com (links to websites of newspapers big and small in the US and the world with recent contents)
- Chino Champion Chino and Chino Hills
- Claremont Courier Claremont
- Fontana Herald News Fontana
- Fullerton News Tribune Fullerton
- Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Ontario
- Pasadena Star-News Pasadena
- Redlands Daily Facts Redlands
- San Gabriel Valley Tribune West Covina
- Pomona Public Library, especially its online Digital Collections and its Special Collections
- Cal Poly Pomona Library Special Collections and University Archives
Primary Sources in History of Science and Technology
- AIP History of Physics Center, especially its hundreds of oral history interviews with physicists
- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, including its web edition (covering 1999-present) and web archives hosted at Google (covering 1945-1998)
- Caltech Archives, especially oral history interviews with Caltech faculty members
- Einstein Papers Project
- IEEE History Center, especially its oral history interviews related to computer history
- NASA History: News and Notes
- National Air and Space Museum Oral History Projects
- Niels Bohr Archives
- Science magazine (1880-2003) for history of science and technology
Primary Resources Available Through Cal Poly Pomona Library
- Historical Los Angeles Times (1881-1986), full text articles.
- Historical New York Times (1851-2006), full text articles.
- ProQuest Newspapers (mid 1980s-), including recent NY Times, LA Times, and other newspapers not covered in the historical databases listed above
- JStor, especially Science magazine (1880-2003) for history of science and technology
- WilsonWeb on magazine arrticles, especially OmniText (1985-present, fulltext) and Reader’s Guide Retro (ca. 1900-1985, abstracts, but not fulltext)