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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: Jul 1, 2020 12:05am

American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990

American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990 provides access to the records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), covering the years from before the ACLU’s official founding in 1920 through the 20th century.

This digital collection contains more than 2 million pages held at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University, and it is available as a two part collection:

American Civil Liberties Union Papers (ACLU) I, 1912-1990 American Civil Liberties Union Papers (ACLU) II, 1912-1990

 

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

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: a transnational archive

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: a transnational archive provides access to four series devoted to the history of slavery in America, slave trade, and anti-slavery movement.

The four series are:

Slavery and Anti-Slavery 1: Debates over Slavery and Abolition Slavery and Anti-Slavery 2: Slave Trade in Atlantic World Slavery and Anti-Slavery 3: Institution of Slavery Slavery and Anti-Slavery 4: Age of Emancipation

 

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

American Fiction, 1774-1920

American Fiction, 1774-1920 provides access to works taken directly from Lyle H. Wright’s American Fiction: A Contribution Towards a Bibliography (San Marino, California, 1965-69); post-1900 works from the Library of Congress Shelf List of American Adult Fiction; and "American Fiction, 1901-1925: A Bibliography" by Geoff Smith from the holdings of the William Charvat Collection of American Fiction at The Ohio State University Libraries.

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

British Literary Manuscripts I, 1660-1900

British Literary Manuscripts I, 1660-1900 provides access to facsimile images of literary manuscripts from the Restoration through the Victorian era.

The collection includes letter and diaries, drafts of poems, plays, novels, essays, journals, and more.

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

British Literary Manuscripts II, Medieval & Renaissance

British Literary Manuscripts II, Medieval & Renaissance provides access to a collection facsimile images of literary manuscripts from roughly 1120 to 1660.

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

The Chatham House Online Archive

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.

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

World Scholar Historical Archive: Latin America

World Scholar Historical Archive: Latin America provides access to 1.3 million pages of primary and secondary sources from Latin America from the 15th century to present day.

It includes:

US State Department records on Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and more Conquistadors: The Struggle for Colonial Power in Latin America, 1492-1825 Newspapers and journals from Latin Ameria and more
Provider: Gale
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 12:05am

Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library

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.

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

Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library, 1475-1900

Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library, 1475-1900 is a full-text searchable digital collection of early printed books in Arabic script.  This collection covers Islamic and Christian literature, law, science, mathematics, astrology, alchemy, medicine, geography, travel, history, chronicles, and literature.  It also includes European translations of Arabic works and Arabic translations of Christian religious works.

The collection will be available in three modules:

Module 1: Islamic literature, Christian literature and Islamic law Module 2: Sciences, History, Geography and Periodicals Module 3: Literature, Grammar, Language, Catalogues and...
Provider: Gale
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 12:05am

Smithsonian Collections Online

Gale is working with the Smithsonian Institution to expand access to archival content on selected materials held at various Smithsonian repositories, including: the Smithsonian Libraries, Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library, and the National Museum of American History's Archives Center and Library.

The collections available through this series are:

Smithsonian 1: World's Fair and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow Smithsonian 2: Trade Literature and Merchandising America, 1820-1923 Smithsonian 3: Evolution of Flight, 1784-1991 Smithsonian: Smithsonian (1970-current) + Air & Space (1996-current) ...
Provider: Gale
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 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: Jul 1, 2020 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: Jul 1, 2020 12:05am

Classic Brazilian Cinema Online

Brazilian cinema gained international acclaim through the Cinema Novo of Glauber Rocha, Nelson Pereira dos Santos and other directors in the 1960s. Yet Brazil produced numerous films throughout its various regions since as early as 1896. Until now, a proper appreciation of early Brazilian cinema has been hampered by the loss of a significant number of the films, as well as a lack of available printed sources pertaining to Brazil’s movie industry. 

The present collection remedies this situation by providing easy online access to more than sixty Brazilian movie magazines, from the earliest ones published in the 1910s to later magazines covering the 1960s and early ‘70s. Many of them survive in only a few or even single copies and have not been available to...

Provider: Brill
Updated: Jun 9, 2020 2:25pm

Classic Mexican Cinema

Classic Mexican Cinema  is a small, specialized digital collection of around 40,000 pages issued as one of the Brill Primary Sources collections. The five periodicals featured are from the Archives of the Filmoteca of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). In addition to periodicals the collection includes the personal scrapbook of filmmaker Fernando de Fuentes, as well as 50 rare lobby cards. 

Provider: Brill
Updated: Jun 8, 2020 1:12pm

Global Press Archive

The Global Press Archive (GPA) is an initiative by East View Information Services in partnership with Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to digitize over 2,000 predominantly foreign-language newspaper titles ranging in coverage from the late 19th century to present times. The GPA reportedly will digitally preserve and make searchable "more than 30 million pages of newspaper content" over several years. 

GPA includes stand-alone titles and databases aggregating multiple titles from a specific region and time period. As of October 2019, GPA includes 20+ newspaper titles and aggregated archives available for purchase through East View.

In...

Provider: East View Information Services
Updated: Jun 5, 2020 1:02pm

Wiley Digital Archives

Wiley Digital Archives is a discovery platform and database that provides access to collections of historical primary resources that have been digitized from societies and archives representing knowledge, learning and scholarship in the sciences. The collections that are available through the resource constitute the study of sciences and medicine through primary resources which include: maps, manuscripts, periodicals, administrative papers, fieldwork, correspondence, books, photographs, illustrations, proceedings, meeting minute books, conference papers, pamphlets, reports, grey literature, and ephemera. 

Wiley has partnered with The New York Academy of Science, the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland...

Provider: Wiley
Updated: Jun 2, 2020 1:59pm

Numérique Premium

Numérique Premium is a new digital books platform including works from 50 French-speaking publishers and societies.  The ebooks are offered for annual subscription or one-off purchase in thematic collections.This e-books database is intended to provide access to secondary works and some compilations of source materials in both “humanities and social sciences.” 

Provider: Numérique Premium
Updated: May 28, 2020 12:40pm

British Online Archives

British Online Archives, distributed by Microform Academic Publishers (MAP), consists of eleven thematic series, each containing individual collections of archival contents. New collections are added to each series as they become available.  Two of the series within this digital archive have also been reviewed separately by CRL: British Records on the Atlantic World, 1700-1900, and Communist Party of Great Britain.

Provider: Microform Academic Publishers
Updated: May 22, 2020 12:05am

Za Vozvrashchenie na Rodinu (За возвращение на Родину)

Digital archive of Za Vozvrashchenie na Rodinu (За возвращение на Родину) containing 401 issues of the Russian language newspaper published in Germany. The collection covers issues dating from 1955 to 1960. The archive is full-image with fully searchable text.

This is a static archive, hosted on East View's Universal Database platform. 

Provider: East View Information Services
Updated: May 6, 2020 5:24pm

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