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VoxGov, first launched for subscription access in January 2014, is a unique “discovery platform” which aggregates a broad range of official and ephemeral information resources issued by individual representatives and organizations from all branches of the U.S. Federal Government, and links that content to publicly accessible government documentation.
As of 2019, VoxGov has accessed content from over 14,000 government website locations in continuous daily indexing, and that they cache web content including “information that is no longer retrievable.” They assert that many governmental press releases, as well as social media posts, have “never before been aggregated, much less collected in real-time.”
Arcadian Library Online presents ca. 400 items ("more than 90,000 pages") of content sourced from the privately-owned Arcadian Library, whose collection of ca. 10,000 items focus on the Levant and "the shared cultural heritage of Europe and the Arab World" (publisher's site). The collection includes books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other primary sources in a range of languages including Latin, English, Arabic, French and other European languages.
OpenEdition is an academic publishing portal for electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences with four platforms presenting publications and current information:Revues.org OpenEdition Books Calenda Hypotheses
The OpenEdition publishing initiative focuses on providing open access content. They characterize the funding model as “hybrid”, where library subscriptions derive value added services in addition to directly funding publishing efforts.
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”.
U.S. Declassified Documents Online provides online access to over 500,000 pages of previously classified government documents. Covering major international events from the Cold War to the Vietnam War and beyond, this source enables users to locate key information for studies in international relations, American studies, United States foreign and domestic policy studies, journalism and more.
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: a transnational archive provides access to four series devoted to the history of slavery in America, slave trade, and anti-slavery movement.
The four series are:Slavery and Anti-Slavery 1: Debates over Slavery and Abolition Slavery and Anti-Slavery 2: Slave Trade in Atlantic World Slavery and Anti-Slavery 3: Institution of Slavery Slavery and Anti-Slavery 4: Age of Emancipation
Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920 is a digital archive that provides access to: trial transcripts documents related to the development of forensic techniques, detective agency records, prisoner photographs, newspaper reports, true crime literature, police force records, prison postcards, Penny Dreadfuls, dime novels, detective fiction and mysteries, manuscript collections from well-known figures (police, criminals, detectives), and crime related broadsides and prints.
China and the Modern World is a series of digital collections of monographs, manuscripts, periodicals, correspondences, and more. This collection covers the period of 1800s to 1980s.
The collections includes:China and the Modern World: Missionary, Sinology, and Literary Periodicals China and the Modern World: Records of the Maritime Customs Service and China 1854-1949
Women's Issues and Identities, Part of the Women's Studies Program provides access to a collection of manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and more material tracing the path of women's issues from past to present.
The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902-2013 provides access to over 300,000 reviews, letters, poems, and articles on literature and the arts.
State Papers Online is a comprehensive collection of primary source British documents. Four modules covering 1509 to 1714, the period of the Tudor and Stuart monarchies, have already been completed; a new collection for the 18th century (covering 1714 to 1782) will be released in three modules, beginning in summer 2013. This wealth of digitized documents includes manuscript correspondence, reports, Parliamentary drafts, and depositions on domestic and foreign affairs.
The latest part is: State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782: Part II: State Papers Foreign - Low Countries and Germany
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.
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.
The Associated Press Collections Online (AP Online) consists of an extensive collection of archival files and internal communications from various bureaus of the Associated Press (AP), in six parts, anticipated to total around 2.7 million pages.
Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity is a three part collection which will provide access to documents (government and non-government), grassroots newsletters and journals, periodicals, literature, diaries, personal papers, and ephemeral material related to the LGBTQ movement in North America and beyond.Part I (LGBTQ History and Culture, 1946-2000s) will provide access to approximately 2 million pages of newsletters, personal papers, government documents, and more, represent the Gay Rights Movements between 1946-200s. (Expected publication March 2016) Part II (Human Sexuality) will focus on 18th century to late 19th century erotic literature, diaries of key figures, and have a broader focus on sexuality. (Expected...
Research Source provides digital access to collections selected from the microfilm collection of Adam Matthew Publications. Collection modules will be organized by region or theme and will be released over a three-year period (2018-2020).
The World Wars: firepower and fascism at home and abroad 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:Asia at war, World War 2 as described by USPG Missionaries, 1914-1946 British officers' diaries from World War 1, 1914-1919 The British Union of Fascists: newspapers and secret files, 1933-1951 Conscientious Objection during the First World War Hitler's...
The trade in people: The slave trade in Africa and the West Indies 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:American slave trade records and other papers of the Tarleton family, 1678-1838 Antigua, slavery and emancipation in the records of a sugar plantation, 1689-1907 Scottish trade with Africa and the West Indies in the early 18th century, 1694-1709 Slave trade...
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...
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