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HIST 156J: Capitalism, Labor & Class Politics in Modern U.S.: Home


This course guide is intended to assist students in their research projects for the course Capitalism, Labor & Class Politics in the Modern United States (HIST 156J), taught by Professor Jennifer Klein during Spring term 2024 at Yale University. The selection of resources included in this guide is not intended to be comprehensive.

Library Contacts

Students in HIST 156J should feel free to contact any of the following librarians as a starting point for research assistance with their projects for this course.

  • Joshua Cochran: Curator for American History and Diplomacy, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library -
  • James Kessenides: Kaplanoff Librarian for American History, Sterling Memorial Library -
  • Bill Landis: Teaching Librarian, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library - 

Yale Library Search Tools

The main search tools for finding books, articles, databases, archival collections, and more at Yale (and beyond) can all be found on the "Find, Request, and Use" page of the library's website. Here are a few quick refreshers, but be sure to visit the page for a full overview:

Yale Library Special Collections

The Yale Library has six different special collections units, all of which hold archival collections in addition to rare and unique books and other published and unpublished materials that can serve as primary sources for your research projects. Special collections materials are described in Orbis/Quicksearch and archival collections more specifically in Archives at Yale. Additionally, the following online guides will assist you in using Yale's special collections and finding primary sources for your research project.

Finding resources beyond Yale