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HIST 441: The Cold War in Europe: Digital Libraries and Primary Source Documents

This research guide is intended to aid students in completion of the course assignments pertaining to the field of 20th century European history, through the lens of the Cold War.

Spotlight: Europeana

Digital Libraries and Resources

Spotlight: Senator Burnet R. Maybank Papers

Burnet R. Maybank was a mid-twentieth century politician and served as governor of South Carolina as well as a United States Senator.

Legislative files, correspondence, printed material, voting records, and personal papers of Burnet Rhett Maybank (1899-1954), United States Senator from 1941 to 1954. Materials primarily relate to Maybank's professional life as a United States Senator and include his legislative working files and constituent correspondence. The collection also includes a small amount of personal papers concerning Maybank and his family including personal correspondence, financial material, photographs, property and real estate records, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks, and estate settlements. Major topics include World War II, civil rights legislation, the Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC), the Korean War, the Cold War, labor, price control, the Charleston Navy Yard, the Santee Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project, and the Savannah River Site atomic plant.

What is a Finding Aid?

  • A tool that facilitates discovery of information within a collection of records. 
  • A description of records that gives the repository physical and intellectual control over the materials and that assists users to gain access to and understand the materials.
  • A finding aid is often a single document that places the materials in context by consolidating information about the collection, such as acquisition and processing; provenance, including administrative history or biographical note; scope of the collection, including size, subjects, media; organization and arrangement; and an inventory of the series and the folders.

Finding aids includes a wide range of formats, including card indexes, calendars, guides, inventories, shelf and container lists, and registers.