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17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection contains the collection of newspapers from John Nichols (1745-1826). This collection over 150,000 pages of printed text gathered from the newspapers that span over 100 years of history.
Through a partnership with the Bodleian Library, Gale has digitally scanned each page of this collection.
The 60 Minutes: 1997-2014 collection from Alexander Street Press provides access to the CBS News archives from this period. This online collection provides 350 hours of high-definition videos from 17 years of broadcasts, and includes 175 hours of bonus segments from the CBS News program Sunday Morning.
African American Communities provides access to primary source materials documenting race relations across social, political, cultural and religious perspectives in the United States from 1863-1986. This collection focuses on Atlanta, Chicago, St Louis, Brooklyn, and towns and cities in North Carolina, and provides multiple views of the African American community through personal diaries and scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories.
This digital collection from Readex provides access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers published by and/or for African Americans from the mid-1800s to the late 1990s. Based on James P. Danky’s African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography, this collection, completed in 2011, documents cultural events and activities of interest to African-American communities of the period.
The Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (AKL) - Internationale Künstlerdatenbank - Online Artists of the World Online is a lexicon project started in 1969, currently offered through De Gruyter Online. It assembles data about artists from the standard art history works Thieme-Becker (published in 37 volumes from 1907 to 1950) and Vollmer (6 volumes, 1953–62), the Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon, and the Lexikon der Künstlerinnen. The AKL Online is updated on a continuing basis.
American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1, offers images of approximately 15,000 broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900 and 15,000 pieces of ephemera printed between 1749 and 1900. The content was digitized from originals in the collections of the American Antiquarian Society.
The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries contains more than 400 sources of diaries, letters, and memoirs, to provide access to thousands of views on almost every aspect of the war. Collection includes 200 letters written by Amos Wood, his wife Clara, and their three-year-old son, Freddie, illustrating what life was like for a Massachusetts family separated by the war.
American Indian Histories and Cultures, scheduled for release in fall 2013, will present material from the Newberry Library’s Edward E. Ayer Collection, an extensive archival collection on American Indian history. The content ranges from early contacts with European settlers through the expanded occupation of the American west, up through the Indian political movements of the mid-20th century. The collection covers a wide geographic area with a primary focus on North America and Mexico. This digital resource will complement The American West, an earlier digital collection from Adam Matthew compiled from the Newberry Library’s Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana.
American Pamphlets, Series 1, offers a collection of pamphlets ancipated ultimately to total more than 25,000 short works printed in every region of the United States between 1820 and 1922. Launched in 2013 with completion expected in 2016, this collection joins American Broadsides and Ephemera to form Readex's America's Historical Imprints platform.
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.
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.
BBC Monitoring provides 24-hour reporting on developments in the world media, and also on political and economic events that have an impact upon a variety of topics.BBC Monitoring’s full range of reporting is available via BBC Monitoring Library, a fully-searchable digital database, offering open source intelligence from more than 3,000 radio, television, press, internet and news agency sources in over 150 countries.The archives date back to 2006.
Gale is digitizing portions of the Oliveira Lima Library collection of historic Brazilian and Portuguese materials. Now housed at Catholic University of America, the collection is wide ranging, covering various colonial areas while emphasizing the Portuguese-speaking world.
British Newspapers IV, 1780-1950 provides access to national, regional, and local newspapers published in Britain between the late 18th to mid-20th centuries, reflecting the social, political, and cultural events of the times. This group of titles extends the previous digital collections Gale created from the British Library collections.
British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries includes over 100,000 pages of material assembled from numerous bibliographies and from newly conducted research. Alongside the published material are 4,000 facsimile pages of previously unpublished manuscripts. British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries spans more than 400 years of personal writings, bringing together the voices of women from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
Cairn aggregates scholarly journal content for social science and humanities journals published in France and Belgium. Most of the content dates back only to 2001. As of late 2014, over 400 journals and 4,000 ebook titles (more than 300,000 full-text articles and book chapters) were included. Content is updated continually, averaging five new journal issues per day.
Since 2010, Cairn also offers e-book packages from major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers.
Caribbean Studies in Video: The Banyan Archive provides access to more than 1,100 hours of both edited programs and unedited footage from Banyan Productions in Trinidad & Tobago.
Founded in 1974, Banyan Productions provided entertainment programs in the Caribbean. It featured a mixture of documentaries, drama and music entertainment, and social commentary for, about, and by the Caribbean people.
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.
Retrospective issues of The Christian Science Monitor are available through the ProQuest Historical Newspapers database platform, dating from the Monitor’s inception in 1908 through 1996.
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....
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