I am pleased to share the University Libraries has several new primary source databases thanks to partnership with fellow libraries from the Association of Southern Eastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the publisher Adam Matthew. AM is a UK based publisher. The content is often from British sources but there are also collections from major archival institutions and libraries from all over the world. We did not purchase any of these resources ourselves this year, but we have purchased several collections in the past. These new primary source collections are a significant addition to our research collections. I have listed the short descriptions below in alphabetical order for your review. I hope some of these will be useful. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
All my best,
Primary source database provides a variety of digitized items documenting African American community, race relations and history from several regions of the U.S., including Atlanta, Chicago, St Louis, New York and North Carolina. Sources included are pamphlets, newspapers, correspondence, official records, oral histories, photographs, maps and ephemera. Coverage: 1863 – 1986.
Collection of digitized primary sources depicting the history of the United States of America from the earliest settlers to World War II. It contains over 50,000 digitized primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, including correspondence, diaries, government documents, business records, books, pamphlets, newspapers, broadsides, photographs, artwork, and maps. Coverage: 1493 – 1945. Note: Includes: Module I: Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859; and Module II: Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945.
Apartheid South Africa 1948-1980
Collection of digitized British government files from the Foreign, Colonial, Dominion and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices dating from 1948 to 1980. These documents are held by the National Archives of the United Kingdom. This collection, beginning with the election of the National Party in 1948 and its institutionalization of racial segregation, documents the history of the apartheid era and the international community’s response to it. Coverage: 1948 – 1980.
Spanning three centuries (c1750-1929), this resource makes available rare pamphlets from the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia at Cornell University. Topics addressed range from politics to architecture, from trade to philosophy. It also features secondary resources, including scholarly essays, an interactive chronology, mini guides, and editors’ choices from the collection.
Church Missionary Society Periodicals
Collection encompasses publications from the Church Missionary Society and the South American Missionary Society. Documenting missionary work from the 19th to the 21st century, the database includes news, journals and reports offering an insight into the history of the societies, protestant missions across the world and cultural encounter from the Victorian era to the contemporary age. Note: Includes: Module I: Global Missions and Contemporary Encounters, 1804-2009; and Module II: Medical Journals, Asian Missions and the Historical Record, 1816-1986.
Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961
Digitized collection of Great Britain's Foreign and Colonial Offices' entire Confidential Print series relating to the United States, Canada and the English-speaking Caribbean, with some coverage of Central and South America. These files document the history of North America from a British perspective. Material types include reports, dispatches, profiles of major personalities, political summaries, and economic reports. Coverage: 1824 – 1961.
Collection of digitized primary sources depicting gender in British history, literature, society, and culture. Material types include ephemera, pamphlets, commonplace books, diaries, periodicals, letters, ledgers, manuscript journals, government papers, illustrated writings on anatomy, writings on midwifery, art and fashion publications, receipt books, conduct and advice literature, poetry, novels, ballads, drama, literary manuscripts, and travel writing.
Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship and the Stage
Features the John Larpent Archival Collection from the Huntington Library which includes over 2,500 digital facsimile of almost every play submitted for license in England between 1737 and 1824. The collection also includes two major reference sources, The London Stage, 1660-1800 and A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800.
Collection of unique and rare periodicals representing the wide range of English language print culture in the 18th century. Journals from the United Kingdom and its then-colonies, including United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and India are represented. A wide variety of subjects are addressed in these periodicals. Coverage: 1685 – 1835. Note: Includes: Modules I – V.
Resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences. The materials span across the last five centuries and are accompanied by a host of secondary learning resources including scholarly essays, maps and an interactive chronology.
Everyday Life & Women in America, c.1800-1920
Collection of digitized primary sources that illuminate the daily lives of women in the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Conduct of life manuals and domestic management literature are major highlights of the collection. The collection includes monographs, pamphlets, periodicals, and broadsides. Materials in this collection provide insight into a wide variety of topics, including political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, pastimes, and regional, urban, and rural cultures. Coverage: 1800 – 1920.
Primary sources on the First World War, including published and unpublished personal accounts, visual materials, ephemera, and official documents on the war and the home front. Note: Includes: Module I: Personal Experiences; Module II: Propaganda and Recruitment; and Module III: Visual Perspectives and Narratives.
Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980
Complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980, covering important historical events in modern Chinese history. Coverage: 1919 – 1980.
Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980
Collection of files from the Foreign Office (later the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and Dominions Office focuses on the political and social history of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coverage: 1947 – 1980.
Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981
Resource for primary source documents covering the events in the Middle East during the 1970s. Includes diplomatic correspondence, minutes, reports, political summaries and personality profiles. Note: Includes: Module I: 1971-1974, The 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the Oil Crisis. Coverage: 1971 – 1974.
Collection of primary and secondary resources, including writings, artworks, photographs, and maps for the study of travel. Coverage: 1550 – 1850.
Primary source materials depicting, from a British colonial perspective, the history of South Asia (primarily India) between the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 and the granting of independence to India and Pakistan in 1947. Material types include diaries and journals, official and private papers, letters, sketches, paintings, histories, and literary works.
Jewish Life in America, c.1654-1954
Covers the history of Jewish communities in America from the arrival of the first Jewish people in the 17th century right through to the mid-20th century. Coverage: 1654 – 1954.
Leisure, Travel and Mass Culture: The History of Mass Tourism
Provides digital access to documents relating to the evolution of British and American working class tourism from c.1850 to 1980. It includes access to guidebooks and brochures, periodicals, travel agency correspondence, photographs, personal travel journals posters, and ephemeral items. Coverage: 1850 – 1980.
Literary Manuscripts: The Berg Collection
Victorian Manuscripts from the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of The New York Public Library. Includes unpublished poems, working notebooks, holograph manuscripts and drawings.
Literary Manuscripts: The Leeds Collection
Digitized manuscripts from the Brotherton Library Collection at the University of Leeds. The collection’s primary focus is poetry, but the manuscripts also include songs, riddles, recipes, musical scores, plays, miscellanies, commonplace books, political works, and religious texts.
London Low Life: Street Culture, Social Reform and the Victorian Underworld
Full-text searchable resource, containing color digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London. In addition to the digital documents, the collection contains a wealth of secondary resources, including a chronology, interactive maps, essays, online galleries and links to other useful websites.
Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963
Cabinet conclusions (minutes) and memoranda of Harold Macmillan’s government, plus selected minutes and memoranda of policy committees. The resource casts new light on Britain's relationship with the EEC, Anglo-American ties, the Cold War, decolonization, and issues of public and political morality. Coverage: 1957 – 1963.
Digitized archive of the organization Mass-Observation, a United Kingdom social research organization founded in 1937 to document the actions of ordinary Britons in everyday life. The organization carried out this anthropological research from 1937 through the mid-1950s.
Medieval Family Life: The Paston, Cely, Plumpton, Stonor and Armburgh Papers
Contains full-color images of the original medieval manuscripts that comprise the Paston, Cely, Plumpton, Stonor, and Armburgh family letter collections, along with full-text searchable transcripts from printed editions. It also includes family trees, chronology, a map, and a glossary.
Collection of digitized primary source manuscripts describing real and fictitious travel in the Middle Ages, with accompanying secondary sources. The main geographic focus is the Holy Land, India, and China. Material types include manuscripts, printed books, illustrations, and maps. A variety of languages are represented, but the majority of documents are in English, French, and Latin.
Meiji Japan: The Edward Sylvester Morse Collection from the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum
Personal and professional papers of Edward Sylvester Morse, one of the first Americans to live in Japan. Provides insight into the culture and society of Japan before it was transformed by Western modernization. Included are diaries, scrapbooks, correspondence, research files, drawings, manuscripts, publications and teaching materials.
Collection explores the movement of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia. The majority of the collection comprises of manuscript correspondence, diaries, travel journals, and letters providing eye-witness accounts and experiences of emigrants across the World. Note: Includes: Module I: The Century of Immigration, 1800 – 1924.
Complete digitized files of the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office regarding Richard Nixon’s presidency. The collection provides, from a British perspective, an overview of the Nixon presidency, its international impact, and the Watergate scandal. The original files are in the National Archives of the United Kingdom. Coverage: 1969 – 1974.
Provides digital access to manuscripts written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the 16th and 17th centuries, sourced from archives and libraries across the United Kingdom and the US. Coverage: 1500 – 1700.
Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900
Collection showcases the development of 'popular' medicine in America during the 19th century, through an extensive range of material that was aimed at the general public rather than medical professionals. It contains printed sources, including rare books, pamphlets, trade cards, and visually-rich advertising ephemera. Coverage: 1800 – 1900.
Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library
Showcases rare and unique prompt books from the world-famous Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books tell the story of Shakespeare’s plays as they were performed in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States and internationally, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.
Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice
Designed as a portal for slavery and abolition studies, this resource provides access to documents and collections covering 1490-2007, from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. Close attention is given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social-justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today. Coverage: 1940 – 2007.
Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History
Collection of digitized manuscripts, diaries, travel journals, correspondence, photographs, postcards, and ephemera created by American women travelers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Their narratives offer firsthand accounts of major historical events and their perceptions women’s lives and cultures around the world.
Collection of digitized primary sources depicting popular entertainment in Britain, the United States, and Europe in the long 19th century. Coverage includes spiritualism, sensation and magic; circuses, sideshows and freaks; and music halls; theater and popular entertainment. Note: Includes: Module I: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic; Module II: Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks; Module III: Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment; and Module IV: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema
Women in the National Archives
Consists of a finding aid to women's studies resources in the National Archives of the United Kingdom and original documents covering the campaign for women's suffrage in Britain and the granting of women's suffrage in colonial territories.
George D. Oberle III, Ph.D. MLS
Director, Center for Mason Legacies
Assistant Term Professor Department of History and Art History
Fenwick Library rm. 4002
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-993-4175 (I am not onsite so please email)
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