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Declassified Documents Reference System

Declassified Documents Reference System is a digital collection of U.S. government documents.  It includes original documents from the the White House and a variety of U.S. government agencies, such as: the CIA, FBI, Defense Department, Justice Department, National Security Council, State Department, and Commerce Department and International Trade Administration.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Sep 24, 2015 1:23pm

Digital National Security Archive (DNSA)

Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) provides access to declassified U.S. government documents from 1945-2013.  The resource now includes 48 collections consisting of approximately 120,000 indexed documents focusing on national security topics, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. Intelligence after 9/11, and the Vietnam War.

The collection contains policy documents including presidential directives, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and other secret material. 

 

Provider: ProQuest
Updated: Jan 1, 2017 12:05am

Digital Scholar Lab

Gale's Digital Scholar Lab is a cloud-based research tool "that enables students and researchers to apply natural-language processing tools and raw text data (OCR) from Gale Primary Sources collections in a single research platform." This resource is a tool that can be used for data mining and digital scholarship.

The Digital Scholar Lab is currently in testing with universities and is scheduled for full release in early 2018.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 12:05am

Diversity and Dissent: Civil Society in 20th Century America

Diversity and Dissent: Civil Society in 20th Century America is a thematically-driven digitization initiative by Reveal Digital to digitize diverse material along the themes of civil society: items from non-governmental/non-commercial organizations that supported gender and race equality, workers rights, and other issues that challenged social norms in 20th Century America.

The "Civil Society Investment Fund" is a new funding model proposed by Reveal to create a sustainable funding base for projects. Libraries committing to multi-year investments will have a say in nominating and prioritizing projects that fit the thematic focus of the fund. Examples of projects that might be considered under this fund include: Highlander Folk School Records, Hall...

Provider: Reveal Digital
Updated: Mar 3, 2017 2:37pm

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Early English Books Online

Early English Books Online (EEBO) provides online access to 22.5 million pages from more than 125,000 books from 1473 to 1700. EEBO is being further enhanced through the JISC-funded Text Creation Project*, that is re-keying 20% of the titles in the collection to make them fully searchable for the first time. *The EEBO-TCP project is an international scholarly collaboration and partnership between Oxford University, the University of Michigan, JISC, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and ProQuest.

Provider: ProQuest
Updated: Oct 26, 2017 10:05am

Early State Records

Early State Records, contains a compilation of the microfilm collection Records of the States of the United States of America that was created in the 1940's.

Included in the original project were: constitutions, the debates of constitutional conventions; statutes and early versions of compiled laws; journals and debates of the legislative bodies of the thirteen original states; administrative, executive, and court records; local, county, and city records; broadsides; records of the Native American nations; and newspapers covering British Colonial America and post-Revolutionary development.   The entire collection totals roughly 2,500,000 pages or images (approximately 1900 reels including at least one supplement.)

Provider: Law Library Microform Consortium
Updated: Jun 2, 2019 12:05am

East India Company

East India Company is a digital collection of the official records of the East India Company (1595-1858) and the India Office (1858-1947) held at the British Library. Adam Matthew is digitizing the IOR archive over the next five years in conjunction with the British Library, . 

This collection will include the charters and minute books of the East India Company and the minute books of the post-1858 governing agency, the Council of India. 

The  modules are as follows:

Module I: Trade, Governance and Empire, 1600-1947 Modules II and III: Factory Records for South Asia, South-East Asia, China, Japan and the...
Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Jun 25, 2019 10:41am

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Consisting of significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, Eighteenth Century Collections Online bears witness to what many scholars consider the three most significant events in world history — The American Revolution, The French Revolution and The Industrial Revolution.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Oct 23, 2019 11:16am

Eighteenth Century Parliamentary Papers

As part of the JISC Digitisation Programme, this resource provides online access to over 1,400 volumes and 0.5 million pages of documents from core 18th century official Parliamentary publications that include Parliamentary Papers, Bills, registers and Journals going back to 1688. Institutions which have renewed their subscription to the 19th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers will not need to renew their subscriptions to the 18th or 20th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

Provider: ProQuest
Updated: Oct 6, 2015 2:52pm

Electronic Enlightenment

Developed by University of Oxford faculty and staff under auspices of the Bodleian Libraries and first released in 2008, Electronic Enlightenment is a comprehensive collection of letters and other correspondence with scholarly annotations providing a unique viewpoint of the early modern time period and its residents. Covering Europe, the Americas, and portions of Asia from the 17th through the 19th centuries, the EE project is, in its own words, “reconnecting the first global social network”.

Provider: Oxford University Press
Updated: Nov 19, 2019 12:05am

Engineering Case Studies Online

Engineering Case Studies Online focuses on engineering failures and employs the case study method for learning from the past. Materials included in cases can range from documentaries, accident reports, company reports, photographs and interviews. There are 58 cases that include significant supporting materials. Other cases are currently included with minimal information. The case studies product was released in February 2014, and is expected to be completed in late 2014.

Alexander Street Press is a new name to many engineering librarians and engineering faculty. The focus of their previous products are in humanities, social science, and health care fields. This new product, released in...

Provider: Alexander Street Press
Updated: Dec 20, 2014 12:00am

Electronic Records Archives (ERA) System

The Electronic Records Archives (ERA) is NARA's digital repository system for federal agency records management. ERA provides workflow support for transactions that occur between NARA and its agency customers to process and preserve electronic records. Agency records management staff use ERA to draft new record retention schedules for records, submit those schedules for approval by NARA, request the transfer of records in any format to NARA for accessioning or pre-accessioning, and submit electronic records for storage in the ERA electronic records repository. The repository is a digital archive that complies with all laws and regulations that apply to Federal, Presidential, and Congressional records. ERA also makes certain unstructured...

Provider: National Archives and Records Administration
Updated: Mar 20, 2017 1:24pm

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First World War: Different Perspectives

First World War: Different Perspectives is a thematic series contained as a sub-set within the digitized archival content known as British Online Archives (BOA), distributed by Microform Academic Publishers (MAP). 

Provider: Microform Academic Publishers
Updated: Jun 20, 2017 10:42am

The First World War: Personal Experiences

The First World War: Personal Experiences allows researchers to explore the individual accounts, trench literature, and images of war collected from the citizens, soldiers, and military leaders serving on various sides in World War I.

Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Feb 21, 2014 5:02pm

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan

During 2011-2012, Adam Matthew Digital Collections is releasing as digital collections selected contents from the British National Archives documenting three periods in the modern history of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan:

Independence, partition and the Nehru Era, 1947-1964 South Asian conflicts and independence for Bangladesh, 1965-1971 Afghanistan and the Cold War, Emergency Rule in India, and resumption of civilian rule in Pakistan, 1972-1980
Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Sep 12, 2013 3:22pm

Freedom of Information Archive

A web-based digital archive and accompanying analytical tools, developed by the HistoryLab Project at the Department of History, Columbia University,of declassified records and documents obtained from the U.S. and other national governments through freedom of information act requests and other means.

Provider: Columbia University
Updated: Mar 4, 2016 1:31pm

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Global Commodities

Global Commodities is a database of miscellaneous historical materials on the trade, flow, marketing, and consumption of commodities worldwide, such as oil, cotton, tobacco, spices, sugar, etc.,from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries, drawn selectively from a number of U.S. and U.K. museum, historical societyand library collections, incuding the British Library, American Antiquarian Society, New York Public Library, 

Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Mar 19, 2016 7:35pm

Global Financial Data Seriesoffer expires in 25 days

In the Global Financial Data Series, the publisher (GFD) provides deep historical data on a wide variety of securities, price indices, exports, imports and more from around the world.  This resource is unique in that it is the only resource, at this point, that provides easy access to many historical time series.

Provider: Global Financial Data
Updated: Oct 12, 2018 1:01pm

Governing Africa: British records from African countries under colonial rule

Governing Africa: British records from African countries under colonial rule is a thematic series contained as a sub-set within the digitized archival content known as British Online Archives (BOA), distributed by Microform Academic Publishers (MAP).  This series includes the following collections:

Colonial Africa in official statistics, 1821-1953Colonial Law in Africa, 1808-1919Gambia under colonial rule, in Government...

Provider: Microform Academic Publishers
Updated: Oct 3, 2017 12:20pm

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Hitler's Army, Nazi Germany at war and the Nuremburg trials, 1925-1956

Hitler's Army, Nazi Germany at war and the Nuremburg trials, 1925-1956 provides access to 18 volumes of David Irving's private research collection.

Provider: Microform Academic Publishers
Updated: Oct 4, 2017 2:25pm

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