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The Churchill Archive
Bloomsbury Publishing launched a digital version of the Winston Churchill archives in October, 2012. The archive is held in the Churchill Archives Centre (CAC) at Churchill College, in Cambridge.
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...
Conscientious Objection during World War 1
Conscientious Objection during World War 1 provides access to 6,888 pages of papers written by Britain's peace campaigners during World War I.
Crime and the 19th Century
Crime and the 19th Century from Gale is expected to release in Fall 2015.
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.
De Gruyter Databases in German Studies
De Gruyter provides access to a select number of databases that focus in German studies and related fields. As of Summer 2021, a total of 18 titles were available on the De Gruyter platform with an area focus in German studies including: encyclopedias, diaries, writings by German authors, and more.
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.
Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment
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.
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...
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”.
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).
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.
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.
India Raj and Empire: Manuscript Collections from the National Library of Scotland
India Raj and Empire is a digital collection of unique manuscript sources from the National Library of Scotland from 1615 through 1947. First-hand accounts from journals and diaries document events including the foundation of the East India Company and the independence of India. Letters and reports from government, military, and business officials provide further insight into this significant historical period for India.
Life under Nazi rule, reports by anti-fascists in occupied Europe, 1933-1945
Life under Nazi rule, reports by anti-fascists in occupied Europe, 1933-1945 provides access to 2 volumes of Anti-fascist publications of the International Transport Worker's Federation, 1933-1945.
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...
Military intelligence files: Land, Sea & Air, 1938-1974
Military intelligence files: Land, Sea & Air, 1938-1974 provides access to 73,344 pages in 12 volumes of military movements and intelligence reports covering Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia, and more.
Military tactics discussed in letters to and from military leaders, 1881-1935
Military tactics discussed in letters to and from military leaders, 1881-1935 provides access to 6,190 pages in 9 volumes.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)
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.
North American Indian Thought and Culture
North American Indian Thought and Culture provides access to autobiographies, biographies, Indian publications, oral histories, personal writings, photographs, drawings, and audio files that were previously unpublished. It includes fifty-four volumes from the 18th and 19th centuries with works by Cadwallader Colden, William Apes, Samuel G. Drake, and Benjamin Drake, as well as autobiographies by Black Hawk, Okah Tubbee, Kah-Ga-Gah-Bowh, and many others. Nations covered in depth, include the Eskimos and Inuit of the Arctic; the sub-Arctic Cree; the Pacific Coastal Salish; the Ojibwa, Cheyenne, and Sioux of the Plains; the Luiseno, Pomo, and Miwok of California; the Apache, Navajo, and...
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