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Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents. Gale's collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward--from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. Collections are chosen for Archives Unbound based on requests from scholars, archivists, and students.
Since its founding in 1920 as the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London-based Chatham House has been a leading center for policy research on international affairs. In 2013, an online searchable database integrating a large extent of Chatham House’s publications and archives was made available for the first time. Gale Cengage released the first module of The Chatham House Online Archive, covering the years 1920–79, in 2013. The second module, covering the years 1980–2010, is slated for release in late spring 2014.
The Making of the Modern World (MOMW) is a very large digital collection of over 60,000 works primarily on economics written in Europe and the United States. It is comprised of two parts: MOMW I (1450-1850), and MOMW II (1851-1914).
British Literary Manuscripts II, Medieval & Renaissance provides access to a collection facsimile images of literary manuscripts from roughly 1120 to 1660.
British Literary Manuscripts I, 1660-1900 provides access to facsimile images of literary manuscripts from the Restoration through the Victorian era.
The collection includes letter and diaries, drafts of poems, plays, novels, essays, journals, and more.
National Geographic Magazine Archive provides access to fully searchable issues of National Geographic.
Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950 provides access to the historical archive of Liberty: A Weekly for Everybody.
Founded in 1924 by Joseph Patterson and Robert McCormick, this illustrated American magazine provided art, stories, articles, and advertisements from the United States during the Depression era and World War II.
Gale Cengage has designed Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) to be an extensive database with multiple content types, covering most regions of the world. The collection is in a rolling release of twelve modules over several years, with the initial four collection modules (called “Archives” by Gale) released in spring 2012.
This digital collection presents the full run of Punch magazine from its start until its initial demise, from 1841-1992. The re-launched version from 1996-2002 is not included.
The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991 provides access to a collection of archived issues from BBC's weekly magazine, The Listener.
This weekly periodical reproduced and reported on BBC broadcasts in radio and television. The archive consists the complete 62 year run of the publication covering new films and books, major literary and musical programs, daily life during World War II, 20th Century poetry, science broadcasting, politics, and more.
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.)
Publishers Weekly Digital Archive provides digital access to issues published from 1872 to 2013. Material is reported to be provided in its original context, including advertisements. It includes approximately 200,000 book reviews, publishing news, book trade statistics, and bestseller lists from 1895 forward.
Church Missionary Society Periodicals provides digital access to two hundred years of serial publications from the British-based Church Missionary Society (CMS) and the South American Missionary Society. The collection consists of two modules.
Module 1: Global Missions and Contemporary Encounters was released in April 2015 and features a wide range of titles from the collection at the Crowther Mission Studies Library in Oxford. It includes the Church Missionary Gleaner, CMS Outlook, CMS Intelligencer, Ruanda Notes (MAM News) and the South Missionary Magazine, encompassing issues from 1804-2009....
Human Rights Documents Online (HRDO) is continuously being updated with both published and unpublished material from 483 non-governmental human rights organizations (NGOs) worldwide. The material produced by NGO covers a wide range of human rights and social justice issues that took place from 1980-2000.
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...
Russian Anarchist Periodicals of the Early 20th Century Online provides access to 19 anarchist newspaper and journal titles from Keiv, Kharkov, and Krasnoyarsk published during the revolutionary era.
Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900 presents materials from the Library Company of Philadelphia’s collection. The resource documents the history of ‘popular’ medicine in America during the nineteenth century, featuring a wide variety of material that was aimed at the general public rather than medical professionals, and which enabled the ordinary person to treat himself and his family at home using an array of inventive methods and fashionable techniques.
The material covers popular trends such as phrenology, herbal medicine and hydrotherapy, and documents the rise of widespread advertising by commercial manufacturers of medical aids. The...
Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment documents the relationships among peoples in North America from 1534 to 1850. The collection focuses on personal accounts and provides perspectives from all of the protagonists, including traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native peoples, and officials, both men and women. This collection provides a wide range of published and unpublished accounts, including narratives, diaries, journals, and letters.
Human Rights Studies Online from Alexander Street Press provides access to primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content type for selected events, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than 30 additional subjects. It includes extensive, comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide in the 20th and early 21st centuries.
Twentieth Century Advice Literature brings together more than 150,000 pages of rare material to provide a reflection on historical American attitudes towards race, citizenship, education, work, sex, gender roles, life cycles, family, and religion.
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