Top of the Charts
What were the most played songs, the best-selling books, the most-watched TV programs—the cultural productions that became galvanizing events each year? Whether Billboard 100 hits or college and urban radio favorites, top box-office grossing movies, or most watched television programs allows us to come to understand the cultural pulse. Information such as economic markets, social welfare, and the consumer price index, suggest measures such as access to a tank of gas, a loaf of bread, a 2-bedroom apartment, and a college education.
- Sports and Leisure
- Economic Markets and Price Index
- Employment and Social Welfare
- Billboard includes TV ratings, radio station ratings, top music lists, and more. (“In this Issue” contents often on page 4).
- TV Ratings by year
- TV ratings
The complete directory to prime time network TV shows, 1946-present, by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh. New York : Ballantine Books, 1979, 848 p.
- Billboard: Select Year and Week, “In this Issue” section (typically on page 4) provides the Music charts.
- Billboard The Hot 100. See other lists under Charts
- Airheads Radio Survey Archive (ARSA). Search by state, place or station to see radio playlists
- Broadcasting Yearbook: 1935-2010
--Includes TV and Radio directories; “Black programming on U S stations” (Section D)
--At the beginning of each volume there is a table of contents (often untitled) and a detailed index; sometimes one, sometimes the other is first.
- URBAN RADIO. To find urban radio stations: See HOLLIS Record, Black list; the concise reference guide to publications and broadcasting media of Black America, Africa and the Caribbean. New York, Panther House, 1970,--for names of broadcasting stations on p. 37 of the book/ # 65 of the HathiTrust display.
Books & Best Sellers
Consider thinking about what art being produced, sold, viewed, and exhibited in the 1970s. Using broad catalogues of the history of contemporary art is a quick way to get into the topic. In addition, you may look at art journals, magazines, auction house catalogues to consider trending arts, artist, exhibits happening, etc.
Art Forum Art Guide The Art Forum art guide provides listings of galleries and shows by city.
The Art Dealers Association of America The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) is a non-profit membership organization of the nation's leading galleries in the fine arts. ADAA has 180 member galleries in more than 25 U.S. cities. This link leads directly to a listing of ADAA contemporary art galleries.
ARTbibliographies Modern ARTbibliographies Modern provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on modern and contemporary art. Use Find It @ Harvard links to locate full text.
Art Full Text Art Full Text includes full-text articles, abstracts, and indexed images from art and architecture periodicals and a range of other materials. Has a large amount of full text material easily available. For other items, use Find It @ Harvard.
Oxford Art Online Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference resources.
Artforum (NY) offers articles, advertisements, and news of the art world
ARTnews, 1970-1975- . New York : Artnews Associates.--Offers news of the art world
Economic Markets and Price Index
FRASER. Historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents.
FRED A database of historical U.S. financial and economic time series, including interest rates, commercial banking and monetary data. Includes GeoFRED, a data-mapping tool which displays color-coded employment data on the state, MSA, and county levels.
Inflation Calculator: https://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm
State and Local Personal Income Personal income data for 1948-present; annual estimates for the United States, regions, and all states by major source; total and per capita personal income; total and per capita disposable personal income; earnings, wage and salary disbursements, full- and part-time employment, and wage and salary employment by two-digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) industry. (best to use the search bar to look for material before 1980)
Employement and Social Welware
State and Local Personal Income Personal income data for 1948-present; annual estimates for the United States, regions, and all states by major source; total and per capita personal income; total and per capita disposable personal income; earnings, wage and salary disbursements, full- and part-time employment, and wage and salary employment by two-digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) industry.
Census Bureau Recent and historical census counts (from the Census of Population and Housing), as well as data from the Economic Census, the Census of Governments, the Census of Agriculture and foreign and domestic trade data. Census data was also used to construct the Opportunity Atlas a comprehensive census tract-level atlas of children’s outcomes in adulthood using anonymized data covering nearly the entire U.S. population.
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Download data on county wages, income, unemployment, pay & benefits (best to use the search bar to look for material before 1980)