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VoxGov

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.

VoxGov's 46.4M documents come from over 8500 sources and are located across 600,000 + unique website locations. The provider facilitates continuous daily indexing, and cache web content including “information that is no longer retrievable.” VoxGov assert that many governmental press releases, as well as social media posts, have “never before been aggregated...

Provider: voxgov
Updated: Oct 11, 2019 2:44pm

IMF eLibrary

IMF publications and data are now fully available online through the IMF eLibrary. The content is divided into three collections: Books and Analytical Papers, Periodicals, and Statistics. Statistical data is fully searchable in one database compiled from data going back to the 1940s. Altogether IMF reports that the eLibrary covers more than 13000 titles and five databases.

Provider: International Monetary Fund
Updated: Oct 1, 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

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

Indigenous Peoples: North America

The publisher has assembled an extensive grouping of archival materials related to Indians of North America, dating primarily up through the early twentieth century, with some material extending through the 1980s.

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

State Papers Online

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

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

Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790‐1920

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.

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

The Making of the Modern World

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).

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

Archives Unbound

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.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Jun 18, 2018 10:50am

World Bank e-Library

Online access to over 5,500 titles published by the World Bank since the 1990s, plus new titles as they become available.

Provider: World Bank
Updated: Jan 1, 2018 12:05am

The World Wars: firepower and fascism at home and abroad

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...
Provider: Microform Academic Publishers
Updated: Jan 1, 2018 12:05am

The trade in people: The slave trade in Africa and the West Indies

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...
Provider: Microform Academic Publishers
Updated: Jan 1, 2018 12:05am

Colonial America

Colonial America is a five-module resource expected to incorporate all 1,450 files form the CO 5 class at The National Archives, UK.  CO 5 contains the original correspondence between the Board of Trade and Secretaries of State and the English, later British, colonies in North America and the Caribbean from 1606-1822.

This is a five-module resource, with Module 1: Frontier Life, Early Expansion and Rivalries expected to be released in September 2015.

Module 1: Frontier Life, Early Expansion and Rivalries Module 2: Towards Revolution: Disputes and Origins of the Conflict Module 3: The...

Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Nov 1, 2017 12:05am

FDsys

FDsys is an open access repository of U.S. federal government agency and legislative branch publications. According to a 2006 GPO presentation, FDsys "will be a world class system for managing official Government content. The system will verify and track versions, assure authenticity, preserve content, and provide permanent public access." The system was largely developed by Harris Corporation under a contract let by the GPO in 2006. In 2016 the GPO announced that  "govinfo", a new system in beta, will eventually replace the FDsys website.   
Provider: Government Publishing Office
Updated: Oct 18, 2017 9:39am

Slavery: supporters and abolitionists, 1675-1865

Slavery: supporters and abolitionists, 1675-1865 provides access to 28,202 pages on the anti-slavery and pro-slavery movement in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Provider: Microform Academic Publishers
Updated: Oct 4, 2017 12:39pm

Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996

Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996 provides access to the digitized collection of translated news broadcasts and publications published around the world during the period of 1946-1966 on apartheid in South Africa.  It includes the reaction and analysis written by both the people who experienced apartheid in South Africa and those around the world who watched, reacted to, and analyzed it.

Content for this collection is primarily sourced from the Foreign...

Provider: Readex
Updated: Sep 20, 2017 2:55pm

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

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

Human Rights Studies Online

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.

Provider: Alexander Street Press
Updated: Aug 24, 2016 10:12am

Migration to New Worlds

Migration to New Worlds provides access to documents related to emigration to the United States, Canada and Australasia during the ‘century of immigration’ from 1800 to 1924.  Documents from the eighteenth century and some later material are also included.

This resource provides access to manuscript correspondence, diaries and travel journals, providing first-person accounts of the experiences of emigrants from various countries. It features material on English, Scandinavian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Polish and Scottish migrant experiences, along with some documents covering Chinese and Japanese migration to the United States. Primary source documents...

Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Jun 16, 2016 12:00am

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