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Atla Historical Monographs Collection

Atla Historical Monographs Collection (11 Series) provides history and religious studies researchers with over 10 million pages and 29,000 documents focused on religious thought and practice. Eleven thematic series provide researchers with specialized content spanning from the 13th century through 1922.  The eleven series include:

Biblical Research Perspectives, 1516-1922 Catholic Engagements with the Modern World, 1487-1918 Christian Preaching, Worship, and Piety, 1559-1919 Global Religious Traditions, 1760-1922 Global Theological Perspectives, 1322-1922 Islam in the Modern World, 1804-1918 Jewish Studies Perspectives, 1800-1918 Missions and Missionaries Around the World,...
Provider: EBSCO Information Services
Updated: Apr 5, 2020 5:55pm

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African American Historical Serials

The African American Historical Serials Collection is an archive of periodicals that document the history of African American religious life and culture between 1829 and 1922. It includes newspapers and magazines, plus reports and annuals from African American religious organizations, including churches and social service agencies.

Title list (from publisher's site): Excel | HTML

Provider: EBSCO Information Services
Updated: Apr 5, 2020 5:55pm

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Global Financial Data Series

In the Global Financial Data Series, the publisher (GFD) provides deep historical data on a wide variety of securities, price indices, exports, imports and more from around the world.  This resource is unique in that it is the only resource, at this point, that provides easy access to many historical time series.

Provider: Global Financial Data
Updated: Jan 1, 2020 12:05am

Religions of America

Religions of America provides access to more than 660,000 pages of manuscripts, pamphlets, newsletters, ephemera, and visuals that follow the development of religion in North America. 

Provider: Gale
Updated: Jan 1, 2020 12:05am

Archives of Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II

Archives of Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II provides access to approximately 700,000 pages of unpublished manuscript records that document the causes, effects, and responses to refugee crises across the world immediately before, during, and shortly after World War II. Government records, refugee agency files, and correspondence reveal the hidden history of those uprooted within and across national borders as well as the relief, resettlement, and repatriation efforts that followed. This archive can be searched by nationality and ethnicity, country fled, and settlement and resettlement destinations.       

Provider: Gale
Updated: Jan 1, 2020 12:05am

U. S. Declassified Documents Online

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.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Jan 1, 2020 12:05am

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: Dec 14, 2019 12:05am

Fire Insurance Maps online (FIMo)

Fire Insurance Maps online (FIMo) is an online subscription service that provides access to a collection of historical fire insurance maps.

Maps in their collection include publications by Sanborn, Perris, Hexamer, Whipple, Baist, Bromley, Hopkins and others. 

In 2014, The Library of Congress granted HIG access to scan over 500,000 maps to add to their online collection.

Provider: Historical Information Gatherers (HIG)
Updated: Dec 12, 2019 3:30pm

Electronic Enlightenment

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”.

Provider: Oxford University Press
Updated: Nov 19, 2019 12:05am

China and the Modern World: Diplomacy and Political Secrets

China and the Modern World: Diplomacy and Political Secrets provides access to records from the Political and Secret Department, the Burma Office (created as a separate entity in 1937) and the Military Department.  This collection includes: intelligence and diplomatic mission reports, correspondence, official diaries, memoranda, pamphlets, gazetteers and maps

Provider: Gale
Updated: Oct 25, 2019 11:43am

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

Caribbean Studies in Video: The Banyan Archive

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.

Provider: Alexander Street Press
Updated: May 30, 2019 4:30pm

British Online Archives: World War II

British Online Archives: World War II 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: Apr 29, 2019 11:23am

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.

Provider: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 3:56pm

Arcadian Library Online

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.

Provider: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Updated: Jan 14, 2019 11:45am

Portico

Portico is a service of the not-for-profit  organization ITHAKA. Portico preserves digital publications such as e-journal articles, e-books, and digitized historical collections. Portico maintains that content in a "dark," or offline archive, to be made accessible to eligible libraries if and when the content becomes unavailable from its publisher. The purpose of Portico is to protect library and publisher investment in e-content by ensuring the long-term accessibility of that content to their communities.

Provider: Portico
Updated: Sep 7, 2018 10:01am

Anthropology Commons

Anthropology Commons is a repository of open primary sources for the study of anthropology and the history of the field. Content is indexed and cross-searchable with other Alexander Street content including Anthropology Online.

Provider: Alexander Street Press
Updated: Jul 10, 2018 12:25pm

Research Source (Adam Matthew)

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).

Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Apr 28, 2018 8:33pm

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

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