Author Archives: Chella Vaidyanathan

About Chella Vaidyanathan

Curator of 19th-21st Century Books & Manuscripts and Liaison Librarian for History, Africana Studies & Latin American Studies

Celebrate National African American History Month!

February is the National African American History Month during which we celebrate the contributions of African Americans to American history. Throughout this month, various events such as exhibits, talks, cultural programs, lecture series, book signings by authors, etc. are held … Continue reading

Documenting American Culture: Historical Black Newspapers!

Are you studying the Harlem Renaissance? Or, are you writing a paper on the Civil Rights Movement? Or, on any aspect of our country’s history, for that matter! Check out the historical black newspapers in our collection for great primary sources … Continue reading

Pravda Digital Archive (1912-2009)

Are you writing a paper on the history of the Soviet era? The Pravda Digital Archive database provides access to important primary source material from the beginning of the Russian Revolution through World War II. It also covers the Cold War as … Continue reading

National Native American Heritage Month

November is the National Native American Heritage Month during which we commemorate the cultural legacy and remember the contributions of Native Americans to our country. Throughout this month, various events such as exhibits, talks, cultural programs, lecture series, book signings … Continue reading

The Salem Witch Trials (1692-1693)

Between the years 1692-1693, several people were brought to trial in colonial Massachusetts for their involvement in witchcraft. The mass hysteria began when Elizabeth Parris, the nine year old daughter of Reverend Samuel Parris began to have fits. Her cousin … Continue reading

Copyright and Fair Use Workshop

With Web 2.0 platforms, Facebook, mash-ups and peer-to-peer file sharing, we have witnessed a proliferation in the creation and sharing of information in various formats e.g. audio, video, music, image and writing. These formats have created a problem for libraries and … Continue reading

The Crystal Palace/Great Exhibition of 1851

“As the day of the opening of the Great Exhibition approaches, the interest of the public of this and other countries increases in intensity with regard to it. The fairy-like but substantial structure, itself the greatest and noblest work of … Continue reading

Taj Mahal – A Love Poem in Marble

Shah Jehan You knew, Shah Jehan, life and youth, wealth and glory, they all drift away in the current of time. You strove, therefore, to perpetuate only the sorrow of your heart…Let the splendor of diamond, pearl, and ruby vanish … Continue reading

Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam – Classical Dances of South India

The Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama of India, confers classical status on eight dance forms of India — Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniyattam, Sattriya, Kathakali, and Kathak. Out of these eight, four originated in … Continue reading

Empire Series from the 19th Century UK Periodicals

Are you researching the history of the British Empire? Then, we have some good news for you! Recently, we have added the second part of the 19th Century UK Periodicals to our e-resources collection. Those of you who have had … Continue reading