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African American Communities
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.
American Consumer Culture
Provides access to Ernest Dicther's collection of over 2,000 market research reports held at the Hagley Library.
American Indian Histories and Cultures
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.
Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1980
Provides materials from the National Archives of the United Kingdom. It includes official correspondence, diplomatic dispatches, profiles of leading political figures, and minutes of meetings for South Africa during the period 1948-1980.
Church Missionary Society Periodicals
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....
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...
Confidential Print series
Adam Matthew Digital Collections has released four collections in the Confidential Print series. These collections are full-text searchable databases of British Government documents generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices based in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and North America from 1820 to 1970. All items marked “Confidential Print” were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet, and to heads of British missions abroad. These materials range from letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports, and texts of treaties.
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...
The First World War: Personal Experiences
The First World War: Personal Experiences allows researchers to explore the individual accounts, trench literature, and images of war collected from the citizens, soldiers, and military leaders serving on various sides in World War I.
Foreign Office Files for China
This digital collection is stated to include the complete series FO 371 and FCO 21 from the British National Archives, issued during an extremely significant period in modern Chinese history, from the year the Chinese Communist Party took control of the government to the period just after Mao Zedongʼs death in 1976.
Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan
During 2011-2012, Adam Matthew Digital Collections is releasing as digital collections selected contents from the British National Archives documenting three periods in the modern history of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan:Independence, partition and the Nehru Era, 1947-1964 South Asian conflicts and independence for Bangladesh, 1965-1971 Afghanistan and the Cold War, Emergency Rule in India, and resumption of civilian rule in Pakistan, 1972-1980
Global Commodities is a database of miscellaneous historical materials on the trade, flow, marketing, and consumption of commodities worldwide, such as oil, cotton, tobacco, spices, sugar, etc.,from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries, drawn selectively from a number of U.S. and U.K. museum, historical societyand library collections, incuding the British Library, American Antiquarian Society, New York Public Library,
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.
Mass Observation Online is a digital collection of unpublished reports on everyday life and culture in Britain between 1937 and 1972. The collection was digitized from selected portions of the archives of Mass Observation, the organization that originally produced these materials, with some updates.
Mass Observation Project, 1981-2009
For many, thoughts of the 1980s in the UK conjure images of the miners' strikes, Freddie Mercury at Live Aid, and the Royal Wedding, likely accompanied by a soundtrack of enduring pop classics.
But the 1980s is not only a pop culture treasure-trove, it was also a transformative decade socially, politically, and technologically.
The first module of Adam Matthew Digital's newly-published Mass Observation Project: 1981-2009 resource allows historians and social scientists to explore how the events and changes of the 1980s, both large and small, impacted the everyday lives of those living in Britain at the time.
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...
Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900
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...
Research Source (Adam Matthew)
Research Source is a platform that 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).
Research Source: Business, Economics, and Labour History Collection (Adam Matthew)
Research Source provides digital access to collections selected from the microfilm collection of Adam Matthew Publications.
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