Collection Spotlight: Disability in the Modern World
Contributed by Giovanna Colosi, Librarian for the School of Education, Subject Instruction Lead
At Syracuse University Libraries we have several hundred databases at your disposal. If you are looking to do research in disability studies, we have a database that must not be missed. Disability in the Modern World features both primary and secondary sources, including videos, diaries, brochures, advertisements and more. It also has the archive of the publication The Disability Rag and its successor The Ragged Edge. You can browse by title, discipline, general subject, archival collection, place, people, organization and publisher.
At completion, Disability in the Modern World will include 150,000 pages of primary sources, supporting materials, and archives, along with 125 hours of video. The content is crucial for teaching and research—not only in the growing disciplines of disability history and disability studies, but also in history, media, arts, political science, education, law and other areas where the contributions of the disability community are typically overlooked. So, even if your discipline is not in disability studies this database can be useful in other majors and areas.
These key areas include:
- Independence, education, and accessibility
- Advocacy and rights
- Legislation and politics
- The media
- Arts, sports, and culture
- Race, class, sexuality, and gender
- War, industry, and technology
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