This platform includes several collections pulled from libraries and archives:
The focus of the Federal Government Records module is on the political side of the freedom movement, the role of civil rights organizations in pushing for civil rights legislation, and the interaction between African Americans and the federal government in the 20th century.
Major collections in this module include the FBI Files on Martin Luther King Jr.; Centers of the Southern Struggle, an exceptional collection of FBI Files covering five of the most pivotal arenas of the civil rights struggle of the 1960s: Montgomery, Albany, St. Augustine, Selma, and Memphis; and records from the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, detailing the interaction between civil rights leaders and organizations and the highest levels of the federal government.
A detailed overview of the collection is available from ProQuest.
When searching newspaper database, proximity searching can help you to find relevant results. This allows you to search for a word of phrase within a certain number of nearby words.
For example: "negro church" NEAR10 (burned OR burning)
In other cases, it may be more appropriate to search for specific phrases (use quotation marks), or multiple synonyms with OR, until you know what terms are being used in newspapers.
For example: ("Grandfather's clause" OR "Grandfather clause") AND (Suffrage OR Voting")