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Envisioning the Bomb at Home

radioactive FALLOUT can reach your FARM

Explore the Atomic Age and the Cold War at CONELRAD, a website devoted to presenting artifacts of American popular culture.  Why call it CONELRAD?  From their website: 

CONELRAD was the first national Emergency Broadcasting System outlet that was started under President Harry Truman during the early Cold War. CONELRAD was an acronym for CONtrol of Electronic RADiation. The theory behind the original CONELRAD was that if radio stations shifted their broadcast signals between 640 and 1240 it would be more difficult for Soviet bombers to target America's cities. This service was replaced by the less preposterous Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) in 1963. Of course, today we have the Emergency Alert System which emits that odd tone that sounds like a broken fax machine.  [Click here for more information.]



Welcome to the Cold War at UNO

Welcome to this research guide devoted to the United States and the Cold War.  We (Dr. Danielle Battisti, UNO Department of History and Prof. James Shaw, UNO Criss Library) designed it to support students in Dr. Battisti’s graduate seminar in Spring 2013.

The Government Documents page provides links to records in the Criss Library catalog that describe U.S. documents pertinent to the Cold War; for example, hearings of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Un-American Activities.  The Government Documents page also links to catalog records describing declassified documents, chiefly gleaned from the Central Intelligence Agency, which were released in microfilm collections.

The Library Databases page provides links to Criss Library databases that index articles published in hundreds of journals, magazines, and newspapers.  In many cases the articles will be available online, but access to some articles will require visiting the library to find them in the Periodicals, Microfilm, or Microfiche collections.

The Internet Resources page provides links to several websites that provide access to primary sources.  It also links to gateways which serve as directories to higher quality resources.  We discovered that these sites churn a lot, with links breaking due to lack of maintenance and even entire sites vanishing.  Even so, the sites described here should prove helpful for many topics.

The several Readings pages contain the text of a bibliography compiled by Dr. Walter LaFeber, a prominent historian of U.S. foreign policy.  The titles of books available at Criss Library are linked to the library catalog so you can quickly find location and call number information.  The titles of several journal articles are linked so that you can jump to a library database to retrieve a PDF copy.  About 45 of the books (among over 800 noted) are not available.  We will look into acquiring copies for the library, but you may submit Interlibrary Loan requests to borrow any book we do not have.

If you would like a very quick overview of the range of resources available in Criss Library, click these links to subject searches in the library catalog:

Cold War

World Politics, 1945-1989


The Cold War World


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