Keeping Up with the Kardashians in American Newspaper Archives: Their Earliest Years

Among the individually available titles in American Newspaper Archives is the California Courier—an English-language Armenian weekly newspaper published in California since 1958. In addition to offering insight into decades of the Armenian American experience on the West Coast, its newly digitized pages include several items about the young Kardashian family—including Kourtney, Kim and Khloé—printed long before reality TV brought them widespread attention.

For more information about the California Courier and other American Newspaper Archives, please contact readexmarketing[at]readex[dot]com.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians in American Newspaper Archives: Their Earliest Years

And the Winners of the 2011 GODORT Silent Auction Are...

Congratulations to Peggy Lewis, Miami University, and Joan Parker, University of Delaware, winners of the 2011 GODORT Silent Auction for the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship. Peggy had the winning bid for the seven-day stay in Chester, Vermont, and Joan won the four-day stay in Naples, Florida. Enjoy the getaways! Over $1,400 was raised to support the Rozkuszka Scholarship, which since 1994 has provided financial assistance to an individual currently working with government documents in a library and completing a master’s degree in library science. GODORT and Readex would like to thank all the 2011 participants for their support of this worthy cause. Readex would also like to thank Stephen M. Hayes, GODORT Development Committee Chair and University of Notre Dame Entrepreneurial Spirit Endowed Business Librarian & Director, Thomas Mahaffey, Jr. Business Information Center, Hesburgh Libraries. Steve’s outstanding efforts to support the GODORT Silent Auction are critical to this annual event’s continued success.

And the Winners of the 2011 GODORT Silent Auction Are...

"She Wields a Mighty Dashing Pen": Journalist Jane Cunningham Croly

Jane Cunningham Croly (Source: The Bohemian Brigade Website)

If Jane Cunningham Croly, the influential 19th-century journalist, were to speak at a public event today, possibly at a place similar to The Ebell Club—as was described in a recent New York Times article—and were she to reflect on the virtues that drove her writing, she would tell us that it is important for a writer to be both unique and practical.

As one of the first syndicated fashion writers in the United States, “Jennie June”—as Croly was known to her readers—blasted the bizarre styles of Paris and instead focused on American designs that were feasible for women. She described long skirts that swept the streets as “difficult.” Hoop skirts? Preposterous. That said, Croly savored the options women had in designs and fabrics, and wrote extensively about the beautiful styles of the day.

She specified what men wanted:

From America's Historical Newspapers

Croly also knew what men did not want.

Women's Suffrage: The Frontier Background

"Spirit of the Frontier" by John Gast (1872)

Since the late 1800s, historians have debated the importance of the frontier on the development of American institutions and culture. For some, the Western frontier was the source of American innovation and individualism. For others, the Western frontier is a symbol of American ethno-centrism and imperialism. Perhaps, it is neither, but rather, both. While the story of the American frontier is one of rugged individualism, it is also a story of oppression.

But there is another aspect that may help reconcile these conflicting views of the frontier in American life. Since the earliest colonial days, the frontier played a significant role in the development of American democracy. As American settlement moved west, not only did democratic institutions follow, they evolved. As Western states sought to increase representation to compete against Eastern states, state voting laws expanded to allow greater participation in the electorate. To avoid losing population, Eastern states expanded their voting laws as well. Over time, historic restrictions on the right to vote, such as property qualifications and gender, gave way to a growing egalitarianism that would come to characterize American democracy by the twentieth century.

Women's Suffrage: The Frontier Background

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