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University of Portland Clark Library

THTR 363: Beginning Costume Development and Analysis: Class Activity

Group 1

From the Researching Cultures tab:

Look for sources that would help you to understand the African American experience between 1900-1950.

Look at the eBook of Daily Life of African Americans in Primary Documents

  • Look at Volume 2, which covers 1865-2020
  • What do you learn about aspects of African American life in the early 1900s?

Be prepared to show the class some highlights from what you found.

Group 2

Look at the following resource from the Costume/Fashion tab:

From the drop-down list of volumes, look the volume covering "The Ancient World" and scroll through the section about India. 

Also look at the volume covering "The Modern World" for 1900 to 1945. Look for information about the African American experience. 

Be prepared to show the class what you found and how you located it.

Group 3

Look at the following resource from the Costume/Fashion tab:

Look for images that depict the African American experience between 1900-1950

Tips:

  • Use the Advanced Search (or options on the left-sidebar of the result screen) to limit by date
  • Try using different terms for African Americans (including outdated terms) 
  • Can you find images of a specific location, such as Pittsburgh or New York City?

Be prepared to show several images and how you found them

Group 4

From the Images in Books and eBooks tab:

Look for sources that would help you to understand and visualize the African American experience between 1900-1950.

Find at least 2 print books that are available in the library's collection. Go downstairs to find the books on the shelf and bring them back to the classroom.

Be prepared to show the class some highlights from what you found.

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