The USA: Cultural History
Resources exploring the arts, culture, sports & music.
Portia Maultsby's guide to the history of African-American music. Contains a useful interactive map exploring the historical development of musical traditions.
Alan Lomax was a folklorist who spent a large part of the twentieth century touring the United States & the world recording and interviewing musicians. This site holds vast amounts of his important collections on blues, bluegrass, calypso. A resource for the casual browser and cultural historians.
A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. Also contains links to other resources & lesson plans.
BBC Omnibus documentary from 1978 exploring the world of the renowned cultural commentator and writer.
This short 11-minute film was created by Hitchcock as part of the promotion for his 1960 classic Psycho. A tool for convincing cinema managers to make people queue to watch!
13-part tv documentary charting the rise and fall of silent movies in America from 1980 narrated by James Mason. Each episode packed with interviews and clips.
A vast searchable archive of tv advertisements from the 1950s to the 1980s. Useful for exploring trends in culture & consumption. Indexed by subject and all ads available for download.
From February 17th to March 15th, 1913, New York's 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th streets was home to approximately 1250 paintings, sculptures, and decorative works by over 300 European and American artists. In many ways the exhibition was the affirmation of modernism in America. You can explore that exhibition and consider its impact here.
The University of Virginia's online cultural history of the American movie theater. An exploration of their place in society, culture & architecture.
Photography dating from the 1860s to the 1970s from the archives of Life Magazine. A very useful resource.