Urbanization and Modernization

Rarely Seen Richmond: Early 20th-century Richmond As Seen Through Vintage Postcards, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, Digital Collections
This special collection of the VCU Library includes a searchable database of postcards from Richmond, Virginia; most dating from 1900 to 1930. These postcards provide a unique glimpse into the social and cultural attitudes of the time and afford viewers a view of Richmond in the early 20th century.
Electrification, University of Virginia
Electric power inexorably transformed the lives of rural Virginians. In addition to an essay on rural electrification in Virginia, this site includes five newspaper articles from 1937-1938 editions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, a timeline, 14 images, and questions for class discussion.
Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull-House and Its Neighborhoods, 1889–1963, University of Illinois at Chicago and Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
This site offers more than 700 items for exploring the settlement house aspect of Progressive era reform—including articles, letters, memoirs, reports, maps, and photographs. Materials are embedded within a clear historical narrative that illuminates the life of Jane Addams and the history and legacy of Chicago’s Hull House. The site covers more than 70 topics on life at Hull House, Progressive reform, immigration, and the effects and consequences of urbanization.