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Anthropology of Death (ANT369W)

Dr. Liv Nilsson Stutz, Fall 2013

War and Conflict

WWII and Genocide

Yad Vashem Digital Collections
From Isreal's official memorial to victims of the Holocaust. Includes a photo archive of Jewish life before and after the Holocaust, a film database, lists of victims' names and their fates, as well as rescue stories and other documentation.

USC Shoah Foundation, Visual History Archive
An online portal from USC Shoah Foundation that allows users to search through and view nearly 52,000 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides including the Rwandan, Cambodian and Armenian genocides. These testimonies were conducted in 57 countries and in 33 languages.


The American Memory Project, The Library of Congress

  • Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures
    The images in this collection track American sentiment about the war in Europe, week by week, before and after the United States became involved. Events of the war are detailed alongside society news and advertisements touting products of the day, creating a pictorial record of both the war effort and life at home.

  • American Leaders Speak: Recordings from the WWI and the 1920 Election
    The Nation's Forum Collection consists of fifty-nine sound recordings of speeches by American leaders from 1918-1920. The speeches focus on issues and events surrounding the First World War and the subsequent presidential election of 1920. Speakers include: Warren G. Harding, James Cox, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Samuel Gompers, Henry Cabot Lodge, and John J. Pershing. Speeches range from one to five minutes.

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive
The Great War Archive contains over 6,500 items contributed by the general public between March and June 2008. Every item originates from, or relates to, someone's experience of the First World War, either abroad or at home. Contributions were received via a special website and also through a series of open days at libraries and museums throughout the country.

Anthem for Doomed Youth
Writers and Literature of The Great War, 1914-1918. An exhibit commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Armistice, November 11, 1918 from Brigham Young University.

Civil War

The Valley of the Shadow
A digital archive of primary sources that document the lives of people in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the era of the American Civil War. Here you may explore thousands of original documents that allow you to see what life was like during the Civil War for the men and women of Augusta and Franklin.

Death and Medicine

Medical Heritage Library (MHL)
A collection of more than 45,000 titles in the history of medicine digitized from some of the world's leading collections. The MHL includes rare books, journals, pamphlets, and audio visual material covering a variety of topics and spanning the past six centuries.

Images from the History of Medicine
Access to over 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S National Library of Medicine (NLM). The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to 21st century.

Medicine in the Americas
A collection of original works from theNLM collections demonstrating the evolution of American medicine from colonial frontier outposts of the 17th century to research hospitals of the 20th century.

From the University of California San Francisco Library:

History of Vaccines
A public education website from The College of Physicians of Philadelphia documenting the history of vaccination including its role in the improvement of human health, the many challenges, controversies, and related tragic events.

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