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Historical Abstracts

  • Best Bet
  • Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: EBSCOhost

Scholarship (articles, books, dissertations and book reviews) about world history from 1450 CE - present. Does not include United States or Canadian history.

U.K. Parliamentary Papers: House of Commons Papers, 1801-2005

  • Best Bet
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

The documents and reports used by Parliament from the nineteenth though the twentieth century. Also includes Hansard, which summarizes Parliament’s day to day debates and activities. Contains Bills and Acts (1801-2004) Command Papers (1883-2004), House of Commons Papers (1801-2004) and Hansard (1803-2005).

Ancestry.com

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Census, immigration, military service and other civil records. Focus is on US and UK and on their colonies/territories. U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930. Also includes 1930 Mexico Census.

Colonial State Papers

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Documents from and about government of English Colonies, 1574-1739.

Earl George Macartney Collection

(Archives Unbound)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Gale

A collection of letters , journals and other documents from the diplomatic mission of Earl George Macartney, who was sent to China by George III from 1792-1794. Provides a picture of both China and English diplomacy during the late 18th Century.

Empire Online

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Covering 1492-1969, documents from the UK Archives and many other institutions, including exploration journals and logs, letter books and correspondence, government papers, missionary papers, travel writing, slave papers, memoirs, fiction, folk tales, marketing poster and maps.

English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: British Library

Citations for works printed in England or its dependencies in any language as well as works printed in English anywhere in the world from 1473 to 1800.

FYI: There is no direct linking to what the library owns. You will need to copy and paste publications and search for them in the main search box

First World War Portal

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Documents from Institutions in the UK, Germany, and North America. Includes Diaries and Journals, Films, Leaflets, Memoirs, Notebooks, Official Papers, Pamphlets, Reports, Tribunal Cases, Trench Literature, Posters, Ordinances, Camp Newspapers, Aerial Photographs, Greeting Cards and other Ephemera.

Foreign Office Files for China, 1910-1980

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Covering China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Includes diplomatic dispatches, correspondence, newspaper cuttings, maps, reports of court cases, biographies of leading personalities, summaries of events. In six parts: 1919-1929: Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International; 1930-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis; 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of communist victory; 1949-1956: The Communist revolution; 1957-1966: The Great Leap Forward; 1967-1980: The Cultural Revolution.

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Documents from 1947-1980, covering documents from the British Foreign Office (later the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) including reports, diplomatic dispatches, correspondence, maps , photographs, minutes of meetings, and statistical tables.

Foreign Office Files for Japan, 1919-1952

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Coverage of British Foreign Office files dealing with Japan, 1919-1952. In three parts: Japanese Imperialism and the War in the Pacific, 1931-1945;
Occupation of Japan, 1946-1952; Japan and Great Power Status, 1919-1930. Includes diplomatic dispatches, correspondence, maps, summaries of events.

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Documents, covering documents from the British Foreign Office (later the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) including reports, diplomatic dispatches, economic analyses, correspondence, maps , photographs, minutes of meetings, and statistical tables.

Gender: Identity and Social Change

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Primary sources documenting the changing representations and lived experiences of gender roles and relations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia from the 19th century-present.

Guardian and The Observer, Historical

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Full text of two prominent British newspapers: Guardian coverage 1821-2003. Observer coverage 1791-2003.

HathiTrust Digital Library

  • E-books | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Hathitrust

Digitized books and magazines. Full-text available of out-of-copyright works. To download as a PDF, click Log In button and select your college.

India, Raj and Empire

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Covering 1615 – 1947, from the founding of East India Company to the independence of India and Pakistan, this manuscript collection includes diaries, journals, official and private papers, letters, sketches, paintings, and original Indian histories and literary documents.

John Johnson Collection

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Large collection of printed ephemera -- posters, broadsides, pamphlets and other documents -- from the 18th, 19th and 20th Britain.

Literary Manuscripts Leeds

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Facsimile images of 17th and 18th century poetry manuscripts from the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds. Includes essays, biographies, and a paleography section.

Making of the Modern World

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Gale

Books in many English and in other European languages from the second half of the 15th Century to the Early 20th Century.

Manchester Medieval Sources

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Manchester Medieval Sources

Primary sources from the Manchester Medieval Sources book series; includes first hand accounts, many translated into English, of medieval sources

Mass Observation Online

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organization, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features on everyday life in Britain from 1937-1950s

Medical Services and Warfare

(AM Explorer)
  • E-books | Images | Primary Sources (Archival) | Reference Sources
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

1850-1970. Hospital Reports and register, correspondence, memoirs and diaries, printed books and periodicals, maps, charts and hospital plans, photographs, postcards and illustrations and objects. Conflicts included: Crimean War, the American Civil War, The First World War. Topics include: impact on medicine during peacetime, influenza epidemic, 1918 post-war rehab, Women at War, sanitation, surgery, mental health, personal experience, hospital care, public health, systems and more. Features include interactive data visualization, medical developments, biographies and essays.

Medieval Family Life

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Family letters in their original manuscript form from Medieval England with transcripts and searchable text when printed editions are available. From the manuscript collections from the Paston, Stonor, Cely, Plumpton and Armburgh collections. Also includes family trees, a glossary, a map and a chronology.

Migration to New Worlds

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Documents, mostly from 1800-1924, for the study of immigration from Great Britain, Ireland, continental Europe and Asia to the Americas and Australasia. Documents include books, newspapers, maps, shipping papers, ship plans, correspondence, ephemera, reports, manuscripts, maps, and postcards. Also included are oral histories.

Old Bailey Online

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Old Bailey

Full text of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 - 1913, detailing trials held at London's central criminal court.

Political Extremism and Radicalism

  • Popular Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Gale

Primary Sources (books, pamphlets, newspapers, newsletters, posters) from far-right and far-left groups of the 20th Century in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia.

Service Newspapers of World War Two

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Newspapers published for English and English Colonial Troops for all theaters during – and for a few years after -- World War Two. ncludes newspapers for Canadian, Indian, and South African troops.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery : A Transnational Archive

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Gale

Includes collections on the transatlantic slave trade, the global movement for the abolition of slavery, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S. as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and parts of Europe.

State Papers Online : Early Modern Government in Britain and Europe

(Parts I, II, III, IV, and 18th Century Part I)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Gale

Gathers together 16th-, 17th-, and 18th- century British State Papers and links these historical manuscripts to their fully text-searchable Calendars. Full text of various British and Scottish Calendars (of Papers, Letters, Patent Rolls), Accounts, Acts, Histories, and Registers. It's an ongoing project. many titles are partially complete and others have yet to be added.

Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2016

  • Newspapers & News Sources | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Gale

Full text, including images and ads.
Please note that this is separate publication from “The Times of London.”

Virginia Company Archives

(AM Explorer)
  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Brings together archives of the Ferrar Family, including business records and business and non-business correspondence, as well as Records of the Virginia Company.

Women and Social Movements, Modern Empires since 1820

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press

Includes documents related to the Habsburg Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the British, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and United States Empires, and settler societies in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

Women's Studies International

  • Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: EBSCOhost

Citations and links to full text of scholarly books and articles on gender and women's studies.

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