The UAH Salmon Library Special Collections Welcomes the Addition of the Windell Strickland Science Fiction Collection

Last Thursday (May 7), the UAH Salmon Library’s Archives and Special Collections launched a new collection: The Windell Strickland Science Fiction Collection. The Windell SF Collection contains over 2500 paperback books from all throughout the 20th century science fiction genre and represents not only a significant boost to the amount of science fiction that we have at the Salmon Library, but looks at effectively an entire medium of books – the mass-market paperback – that the Salmon Library has not tended to carry.

In something of a plot twist, you *will* be able to check out these books, though through a different method than our standard system. There are books down in the Special Collection display in a special reading nook. You can take a couple of them and sign them out for up to a month. Right now we are trying out the honor system. The entire collection is over 2500 titles, so the few on immediate display are only a small portion. There is a finding guide you can use to request other titles while the archives is open (just ask an archivist). Even if you don’t want to borrow any books, it can be informative to see the genre as represented through several of its key decades.

There are a few titles that are marked as “in reserve” that, due to their age or other reasons, are not being added to the section that can be requested.

The Windell Strickland Collection was donated by his niece, Lisa Strickland, the Assistant to the Vice President, Finance and Administration, at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Windell Strickland was born in Dayton, TN in 1939, and went on to spend 25 years working as an engineer for the TVA. He started collection science fiction in the 1940s. He died on April 22, 2014, in Tuscumbia, AL.

History Vault database trial until Aug. 29

From now until Aug. 29, the UAHuntsville Salmon Library (and other NAAL members) will have trial access to the ProQuest database History Vault. Please contact the Reference Desk for login information at 256-824-6529 or

ProQuest is introducing more than 23 million pages of primary source material from its University Publications of America (UPA) Collection in a digital format. ProQuest History Vault unlocks the wealth of archival materials with a single search. Researchers will be able to access letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and much more from a single interface.

Modules currently available include:
The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Federal Government Records (691,000 pages; 37 collections)

The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Part 1 (617,000 pages; 36 collections)

Search results are bibliographic metadata records with embedded links to a searchable PDF of the document. Browse options include event timelines and detailed descriptions of archival collections from which the materials are drawn. Jump right to the most significant folders in the collection, or run a search on a person, event, or controlled vocabulary subject term that catches your eye.

For more information, please view the ProQuest History Vault brochure here.

Trial to Digital National Security Archive

Now until Aug. 12, 2011, we have access to the Digital National Security Archive at the below link:

ProQuest, in partnership with The National Security Archive produce the Digital National Security Archive, the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. Over 80,000 of the most important, declassified documents – totaling more than 500,000 pages -are included in the database. Many are published now for the first time.

The National Security Archive is a non-profit research institute and library, located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which provides unprecedented public access to declassified government documents obtained through extensive use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

DNSA currently contains thirty-six collections:

Afghanistan: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1973-1990
The Berlin Crisis, 1958-1962
China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960-1998
Colombia and the United States: Political Violence, Narcotics, and Human Rights, 1948-2010
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: An International Collection of Documents, From the Bay of Pigs to the Brink of Nuclear War
Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Operations, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States, 1954-1999
El Salvador: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1984
El Salvador: War, Peace, and Human Rights, 1980-1994
Iran: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1980
The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal
Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, U.S. Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980-1994
Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, 1960-1976
Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, Part II, 1977-1992
The Kissinger Telephone Conversations: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
The Kissinger Transcripts: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
The National Security Agency: Organization and Operations, 1945-2009
Nicaragua: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1978-1990
Peru: Human Rights, Drugs and Democracy, 1980-2000
The Philippines: U.S. Policy during the Marcos Years, 1965-1986
Presidential Directives on National Security from Harry Truman to William Clinton (Part I)
Presidential Directives on National Security from Harry Truman to George W. Bush (Part II)
South Africa: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1962-1989
The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947-1991
Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968-2002
The United States and the Two Koreas from Nixon to Clinton (1969-2000)
U.S. Espionage and Intelligence, 1947-1996
U.S. Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis, and Covert Action
The U.S. Intelligence Community after 9/11
The U.S. Intelligence Community, 1947-1989
U.S. Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction: From World War II to Iraq
U.S. Military Uses of Space, 1945-1991
U.S. Nuclear History: Nuclear Arms and Politics in the Missile Age, 1955-1968
U.S. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy, 1945-1991
U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part I: 1954-1968
U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part II: 1969-1975

DNSA’s newest collection is U.S. Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis, and Covert Action. Each collection contains a diverse range of policy documents including presidential directives, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and other secret material. Contextual and reference supplements are provided for each collection, including general introductory material, a chronology, glossary and bibliography. Content is carefully selected by top scholars in the field.

Documents have been indexed to permit item and page-level searching across more than 20 combinable fields. In its totality, DNSA offers the most powerful research and teaching tool available in the area of U.S. foreign policy, intelligence and security issues during the pivotal period of twentieth-century history.

DNSA also contains the CIA Family Jewels Indexed. Among the most controversial documents ever compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency, the “Family Jewels” represents the CIA’s own view, in 1973, of those domestic activities it had engaged in up to that time that were outside its charter, hence illegal. Totaling 703 pages and consisting of summary reports and supporting documents sent from CIA directorates and divisions to the agency’s chief, the “Family Jewels” contains chilling references to CIA contacts with the Mafia, denials of involvement in assassinations, materials on CIA interrogations, surveillance of journalists and the antiwar movement in the U.S., penetrations of other federal agencies, a break-in at the Chilean embassy, cooperation with local law enforcement authorities, support for White House political activities, responses to the leak of the Pentagon Papers, and much more.

Questions or Feedback? Please ask us at or give us a call at 256-824-6529.

Archives Spotlight: Goldsmith Collection

Although the original Goldsmith Collection is housed in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., the UAHuntsville Salmon Library has copies of the papers. They were given by Margaret Anne Goldsmith in the hopes that students could use them to gain an understanding of conditions in Germany during World War II. The letters and papers are from her grandfather and father Lawrence Goldsmith Sr. and Jr. You can find the collection in our Archives, located on the lower level of the Salmon Library. You can visit the Archives Monday-Friday from 9-4 p.m. You may contact our archivist, Anne Coleman, with any questions about the collection at 256-824-6523 or

Congratulations to Alyson Buck on her paper, “In Your Holy Hands: One Woman’s Effort to Free Her Family From Nazi Oppression,” which was the 2011 winner of the John Rison Jones award for Southern History awarded by the Huntsville Madison County Historical Society. Alyson used the Goldsmith Collection here at the Salmon Library extensively in her research.