This site is an online guide to the Adam Collection; the former library of Miron Grindea (1909-1995), editor of 'The Adam International Review', which is now housed at King's College London. It may be of interest to researchers in modern literature, but also to those pursuing Middle Eastern, European or War Studies, due to the more unusual features of the collection. These include monographs and ephemera on the Middle East and the history of Zionism, as well as a collection of monographs on Romanian art, history and civilisation in French and German. The collection is strong in 20th-century poetry in English and also features literature in other European languages. In addition, users will find poetry from lesser known authors and texts issued in small print runs which may be hard to locate. Many of the books in the collection are signed by the author and were sent to Grindea for review. These include texts signed by T. S. Eliot; Robert Graves; Iris Murdoch; Bertrand Russell; Michael Foot; Raymond Queneau; and Georges Duhamel. The site includes a brief biography of Grindea and a history of 'The Adam International Review', including a select bibliography for further background. A list of the books contained in the collection can be accessed from this site via the King's College online catalogue. There are also links to the site of King's College Archives, where Grindea's papers and the 'Adam' archive are housed, as well as sites relating to similar collections. The site is well presented, informative and user-friendly.
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), based in Worcester, Massachusetts, is a national research library of American history, literature and culture. Founded in 1812, the library contains collections documenting life during the colonial era, the Civil War and Reconstruction.The library holds over 3 million documents, with 10,000 items in the map collection alone, and is the chief repository for early American newspapers. Access to the collections is restricted to scholarly research.The site contains general information about the library, as well as online indexes and details of full-text databases available at AAS. It is possible to search several catalogues and gain access to selected online journals.
This website belongs to the Andrei Sakharov Archives, formerly at Brandeis Unversity, now associated with the Davis Center at Harvard University. The archive was established in July 1993, four years after Sakharov's death. The site contains the description of the materials kept at the Center. It's first of all Andrei Sakharov's collection of personal materials, manuscripts and typed versions of scientific works, his PhD thesis, manuscripts of all political articles, texts of interviews and personal correspondence with Natan Sharansky, Sergei Kovalev, Eduard Kuznetsov and others. Users can access information on Sakharov's correspondents by clicking on their highlighted names. The Archives also include the Elena Bonner collection of manuscripts, correspondence and political statements; the Human rights Collection of materials relating to different international human rights organizations; the Grossman Collection of materials related to the famous Soviet-Jewish author of "The Black Book" Vasilii Grossman; a collection of microfilms that contains a 40-volumes trial case of Sergei Kovalev and a collection of the underground Solidarity publications; and the Peter Reddaway Collection of photos on the human rights movement. On this site users can find archival indexes and information about access to the collections now housed at Harvard University.
ARLIS-LINK is the mailing list of ARLIS/UK & Ireland, the Art Libraries Society. It is open to all those concerned with the librarianship of the visual arts, including architecture and design. It is hosted by JISCmail, the UK national academic mailing list service. Visitors to the list can join or leave the list and view list archives, dating back to October 1999; these archives can be viewed by non-list members.
The Armstrong Browning Library is a research centre devoted to the life and works of Victorian poets, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The Library's website contains information on the collection and its background, as well as online resources. The collection includes paintings and items belonging to Robert Browning (1812-1889) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), as well as images of 56 stained glass windows illustrating Browning's works. Online resources include virtual tours around the library/museum, background information on items in the collection, pages on the Brownings' famous courtship and marriage (1846), as well as their works, images of the couple and their relations. Robert Browning's most famous poems include, 'My Last Duchess', 'Fra Lippo Lippi and 'The Ring and the Book'. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was among the most important female writers of the Victorian period. 'Aurora Leigh' and 'Sonnets from the Portuguese' are among her most famous works. The most significant feature of the site is the web-based 'The Brownings: A Research Guide', which sets out to create and maintain a complete listing of research material available to scholars studying the Brownings. It is fully annotated and includes bibliographic details of over 70,000 items to be found in Browning collections world-wide. These include checklists of letters and a catalogue of the couple's possessions, along with contemporary reviews of their work, secondary source material and supporting documents of various sorts. This is a key finding aid for research into Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and offers a starting point for any scholar in this area. For faster downloading, the site offers the option of an all text version, as well as a graphic sitemap.
Proposed by the Association of Art Historians in the mid-1980's the Artists' Papers Register (APR) is a searchable list of papers and primary resources located in the UK relating to artists, designers and craftspeople. It is a collaborative project between a number of institutions: the Association of Art Historians, Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds University Library, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Archives, National Gallery of Ireland, Full Disclosure, the Getty Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust. The APR is an essential resource for anyone who requires quick and easy access to information about archive material relating to design and art history. The Artists' Papers Register defines the term 'artist' as including painters, sculptors, designers, design groups and studios, craftspeople and design occupations within manufacturing. Nationality and status do not form part of the criteria for inclusion; all artists who have papers in publicly accessible collections in the United Kingdom are listed on the Register. Partly for reasons of scale, and also because of the different type of collection or repository in which they are kept, the papers of architects and photographers are not sought out, though an architect's papers may be noted where they relate to interior or furniture design. The database can be searched by artist name, location, artist type, keyword or biography. A list is provided with record description and dates of each resource. When a list item is selected the location is given with a link to its place in the National Archives' Archon Directory, which provides more information about that particular repository. Prospective papers can be reported to the register on the website.
This is the website of the Association of European Research Libraries or Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche (LIBER), the principal association of the major research libraries of Europe, with membership from more than thirty countries. The information available on the website includes the organization and membership of LIBER and their contact details, an online membership application form, a list of activities, programmes and events, links to other websites of interest, and access to the full-text online LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries. The journal is free for the LIBER members.The website can be viewed in English, German and French.
This is the main page of the Bayerische StaatsBibliothek (Bavarian State Library), noted here as one of the largest German-language libraries. It began as the Wittelsbach court library, founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V; since 1919, it has borne its current name. The library holds over seven million volumes related to all countries and subjects (except technology and applied agricultural science). The library's strengths are in classical literature and East Central Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and East Asia. It has a significant periodical and newspaper collection and important primary source collections of: incunabula; maps; literary remains; autographs; bookplates; portraits; photographs and manuscripts. Also of note here are the library's online catalogues, special subjects and the digital library. The catalogues give details on general holdings, historical materials, incunabula (ca. 1450-1500), and Bavarian and East Asian sources. Special subjects are devoted to the library's specialities in Classical Studies, Bavarica, History, Music and Eastern Europe. But the gem here for online researchers is undoubtedly the Digital Library, a subsite of impressive scope with electronic journals, digital collections, the Web portal 'Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online,' and databases of manuscripts, early printed books, and photographs. These resources will be especially valuable for historians and scholars in German Studies. The site additionally offers the usual institutional information on opening hours, regulations regarding access, document delivery services, sponsors, press releases, exhibitions and recent news.
This is the website for the music library of the Giuseppe Verdi Academy of Music. The library has been established since 1997 and is now part of the SBN-Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (National Library Service). The site offers a free online library catalogue, which is searchable by: author; title; keyword; instrument; publishing company; record label; and performer. The library's holdings include: nineteenth and early twentieth-century music scores; specialised dictionaries; opera librettos; various monographs; CDs and DVDs; and music journals. It also holds thousands of books on musicological history, theory and teaching methods. However, at the time of review, the site warned that not all of the materials had been fully catalogued.
Acquisition of new material is periodically communicated on the site, and users can also propose items for purchase. The section "Virtual Music Library" holds hundreds of music Web resources. Information about the library's history and current activities is offered too, together with assistance for research and study. From this website users can also access the Academy's home page. The site is equally navigable in Italian and English.
This is the home page of the Biblioteca e Museo del Burcardo (Burcardo Library and Museum Collection) in Rome. Since its inception in 1932 the library has acquired a wide range of theatre materials. The site offers free online access to the library's catalogue which is constantly updated and brings together ten catalogues related to the following: books; programmes; promptbooks; letters; the SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Editors); historical archives; photo archive; musical scores; periodicals; Commedia dell'Arte; and acquisitions since January 1997. The library's collection ranges from 16th-century volumes to contemporary publications, films and videos. The collection includes: numerous foreign theatre works; critical essays; texts on the history of the theatre; and reference books.
Among the 16th-century items held in the library, users can find: a Latin translation of Sophocles' tragedies published in Venice in 1543 by Giovanni da Borgofranco; Aristophanes' plays in Greek and in Italian; Plato's plays in Latin printed by Lazzaro Soardi in Venice in 1511; Terence's plays in Latin; and Italian translations of Seneca's works. The collection also features editions of the works by: Ariosto; Ruzante; Machiavelli; Aretino; Calmo; Dolce; Cecchi; and Lasca. In addition, the library holds: numerous works by Goldoni; a large collection of librettos; old periodicals; 18th-century Italian almanacs; 19th-century promptbooks; the library of Carlo Emilio Gadda; as well as SIAE's historic archives. The site is very well maintained and easy to navigate. It provides information on the history of the Bucardo library, as well as on exhibitions, lectures and related events.
This is the website of the Biblioteca italiana delle donne (Italian women's library), Italy's principal library dedicated to works by and on women. The library's catalogue can be searched online. The 30,000 works in the library cover topics including: feminism; work; poetry; politics; sexuality; arts; science; history; religion; and philosophy. Highlights of the collection include holdings of "La donna fascista", the periodical of the Italian Social Republic and numerous first editions by Italian authors such as: Sibilla Aleramo; Grazia Deledda; Ada Negri; Anna Banti; and Neera. The Sofia collection makes available works devoted to the literature of children and young girls, whilst the Rosi Braidotti Fund constitutes works by contemporary feminist philosophers.
A bibliography of the library's publications is given, as is practical information on the library, such as opening times and contact details. The site links to other relevant organisations and online catalogues. The site is available in Italian and English. The library was established in 1982 in Bologna and is a non-profit making cultural organisation. This resource is useful for anyone studying any aspect of women's studies in Italy, including women's literature, poetry, and history.
This is the website for the "Biblioteca Leonardiana" [Leonardo da Vinci library], a library collecting works by and documents on Leonardo da Vinci. The library holds a wide range of materials, such as Leonardo's manuscripts; an incunabulum; drawings; printings and maps. Amongst other holdings are: one thousand books and pamphlets about Leonardo in various different languages; microfilm and microfiche; videotapes; teaching materials; documentaries and current periodicals. The library's special collections preserve a portfolio of letters and documents both of Leonardo's and his family. Users can access the online catalogue from the section "Bibliografia Internazionale Leonardiana-Ricerche". The "Bibliografia Internazionale Leonardiana" includes works by and about Leonardo da Vinci. Compiled on the basis of various specialist bibliographies, it presently comprises in excess of 12,000 records, including monographs, journal articles and reviews, held by different institutions. The website offers links to other related websites. Additionally, the site gives information on: the library's annual seminars "Letture Vinciane"; exhibitions; annual courses on the history of science and techniques; research and other publications. Many of the library's events are organised jointly with the Museo Leonardiano di Vinci, whose Web pages can also be accessed from this site.
This is the website for the Biblioteca nazionale centrale di Firenze (National Central Library of Florence). The site provides free access to the online catalogue of the library. Texts may be searched by: author; title; subject; keyword; collection; country; and language. From the same site users can access the online catalogues of "Manoscritti Galileiani" (Galilean manuscripts), and the SBN-Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (national library service). The page offers information on the library's publications, national and international projects, as well as links to other Italian libraries. Users can also find details of events, lectures, concerts and exhibitions held in the library.
This is the website of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma [National Central Library of Rome]. The Library holds: in excess of 6 million volumes; 8,000 manuscripts; over 45,000 periodicals; thousands of incunabula; sixteenth century publications; maps; and a collection of approximately 10,000 prints and drawings. The Library also covers a comprehensive collection of books and publications from other countries, with a particular emphasis on Italian culture abroad. The website provides access to the Library's holdings via OPAC, a fully searchable online catalogue. Ancillary electronic catalogues listed on the website provide access to other libraries' collections. The section "Biblioteca digitale" aims to provide access to a selection of Italian manuscripts and rare books preserved in the Library. Users can also find helpful information on the Library's services; facilities; projects and events.
This is the website of the Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence, which holds over 4,000 manuscript books, 5,000 loose papers and correspondence, drawings, and an extensive collection of printed books, including over 700 incunabula. The website provides a list of printed catalogues and other access tools relating to the collections. No electronic catalogue is available for searching the library holdings. There is also a list of projects in progress at the library, which includes a watermarks project, digital fascimiles of the library's illuminated manuscripts, and the published catalogue of dated manuscripts developed within the framework of the "Italian Dated Manuscripts" project. A short list of library publications and conference proceedings can also be browsed on the Riccardiana Library's website. There is an Italian and an English version of this website.
The Web Site "Biblioteka Kórnicka" is in both Polish and English and provides information about the Kórnik Library close to Pozna?. Part of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the library is situated in a picturesque folly of a castle and has a wonderful collection of Polish early modern documents and manuscripts. The site has the usual details of accessibility and contacts. The holdings are particularly strong in the following areas: Protestant movements in Poland; Polish parliamentarianism; and the Great Emigration. The library is beginning to place documents and transcriptions online, including the diary of the parliament of 1764 and the crucial parliament of 1793. The library also serves lovers of literature well, with first and rare editions by Cyprian Norwid and Adam Mickiewicz among others. For those using the library over a longer period, there are guest rooms available by the castle. The site offers catalogues of the library's holdings, the interfaces are in Polish only.
The web site of the "Biblioteka narodowa (National Library: Poland Warsaw)" is an indispensable resource for those working in Polish or Slavonic Studies. The library is a deposit library, but does not have exhaustive holdings due to war damage and censorship in the Communist period. The site is in both Polish and English. Its online catalogue is invaluable for checking bibliographical details and locating materials. The National Library is based mainly in two locations. The rare books and manuscripts (generally before the nineteenth century) are housed elsewhere in the centre of Warsaw. The site lists: reference and referral services; reference activities; events and exhibitions; services provided; and research activity.
The Web Site "Biblioteka Raczyńskich w Poznaniu (The Raczyńskis' library in Poznań)" provides information on one of the best libraries in Poznań, which has many departments. The library was founded by Count Edward Raczyński and opened in 1829. The site has a searchable online catalogue of its main holdings. The library consists of private collections from authors such as Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz and from Poznań's theatres. There are excellent holdings in cartography and early modern printed sources on Wielkopolska. An extensive collection on the Nobel prize winning author Henryk Sienkiewicz contains over 4,000 volumes and other items connected with the author. Another valuable collection focuses on the work and life of Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. This library is of great use to those working in Polish studies, whether their focus is history or literature.
The web site of the "Biblioteka uniwersytecka w Poznaniu (Poznań university library)" provides information in Polish on the Adam Mickiewicz University Library. The site features details of the library's opening hours, collections, exhibitions, and publications. Of most use perhaps to the user are the online databases, which are arranged in alphabetical order or thematically. The database of "Polska literatura humanistyczna" is also extremely useful. There is also a contents listing of the nineteenth and twentieth century Wielkopolska press. Catalogues are also online and there is access to ejournals. The multimedia section shows a list of the CD-ROMS available in the library, which gives a good idea of digitised resources in Poland. The site contains links to the digital libraries in Poland: the Digital Libraries Federation; regional digital libraries; institutional digital libraries; and virtual libraries of Polish literature. An excellent site for those researching the humanities in Poland.
The Web Site of the "Biblioteka uniwersytecka w Warszawie (Warsaw University Library)" is one of the best resources for those carrying out research in Polish Studies or Slavonic Studies. The site is in English and Polish. BUW, as it is known, has an excellent collection of early modern and later Polish works. Established in 1817, the library took over many prominent collections including those of: King Stanislaw August Poniatowski; Stanisław Kostka Poniatowski; the Jesuit College; the Benedictines of the Holy Cross; and many others. Directed in its time by such luminaries as Samuel Bogumił Linde and Karol Estreicher, the university library has had a chequered fate. The website provides abundant information on the library and its holdings, which number nearly two and a half million positions. There is an online searchable database, details of rare books and manuscripts available on CD-ROM or online, and information about the reprographic service. Access to the e-resources is only available to the staff and students of Warsaw University. BUW was relocated in 1999 to a stunning new building, designed with students in mind.
This is the website for the hugely impressive new Library of Alexandria in Egypt (Bibliotheca Alexandrina). Intended to recapture the spirit of the original library, the most famous such institution in the ancient world, the new library is international in scope and designed to house eight million books, alongside museums, research institutes, exhibition galleries, a planetarium and a conference centre. The library also holds non-printed materials such as audio, audiovisual and electronic resources. At present, the library's principal collections consist of materials in Arabic, English, and French, with smaller holdings of books in other languages. There is a dedicated children's library and another for young people. The library's collection development policy places particular emphasis on materials relating to Alexandria and Egypt, the Mediterranean world, the Arab world and Africa. It is also a United Nations depository library. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina website provides access to the library catalogue as well as explaining the various facilities and initiatives based at the library. It contains illustrated examples of artefacts from its Museum of Antiquities and its current special exhibitions. Sections of the site are dedicated to the planetarium, the science museum, the arts centre, manuscript centre, and showpiece collections. The library is likely to be of interest to scholars worldwide, and particularly those interested in Mediterranean, Arab, and African history, or the history of science.
The website Bibliotheca Zriniana 3D is an online reconstruction of the library of the famous Hungarian Count Miklós Zrínyi (1620-1664). The famed library is being studied as part of a project to establish a history of reading in the Carpathian basin in the early modern period. The project, the result of over two decades of work, includes a database of the works known to have been in the library, their provenance, authors, and other bibliographical details, as well as the ability to see images of the books. Metadata is provided in Hungarian, with search methods conveniently explained in Latin, with Latin titles. Images include those of margin commentaries and book pages of the most important holdings, grouped under the heading Treasures. A concise history of the Library and some details of its owner are included in English, Croatian, and Hungarian. Explanation of the digitalisation processes are provided, in addition to a 3D library reconstruction in VRML. This enables the user to virtually visit the library, pick out books and read them. Overall the site is excellently presented and has made an important contribution to early modern sources material and the history of literacy.
This is the website of the Bibliothèque Mazarine, the first French public library, opened to the public in 1643, previously belonging to Cardinal Mazarin. The Bibliothèque Mazarine is part of the Institute de France in Paris. The library holds over 4,500 manuscripts, over 2,000 incunabula, and a large collection of printed books, many before 1801. The main subjects covered by this library include 16th and 17th century European history, religious history (particularly jansenism), the history of the printed book, and regional and local French history.Access to library holdings is provided via an online catalogue. Medieval manuscripts are searchable through CALMES (the universities' and archives online catalogue), along with illuminated manuscripts accessible through a link to the Liber Floridis database. Users will also find basic information about the scope of the library's holdings, and an outline of its printed catalogues. In all, Bibliothèque Mazarine has produced a valuable, user friendly online resource for researchers, academics and students.
This is the website of the library of Sainte-Geneviève abbey in Paris. The library collections number approximately two million documents covering a large variety of subjects. Among the holdings there are over 4,300 manuscripts, and over 120,000 volumes of rare books, including early printed books. There is also a very significant collection of over 15,000 volumes of reference materials and electronic resources for those interested in the history of the book and textual transmission, covering areas such as: philology; bibliography; codicology; palaeography; printing history; binding; and illustration. The collections can be searched using the Bibliothèque's online catalogue. Simple and advanced searches are possible, and comprehensive online help is provided. In addition to the electronic catalogue, a list of printed catalogues relevant to the library collections is also available. A list of CD-ROMs and other electronic resources to which the library subscribes, as well as a list of relevant web resources are given on the website. Some of these resources are only available to members.
The British Library website offers a range of electronic resources, including online catalogues, details of the library's collections and services, electronic reproductions of important works; and information for those wishing to visit the library. The integrated catalogue allows users to search bibliographic records for over 13 million printed works. The search interface is straightforward to use, and copies of articles or book extracts may be ordered (for a fee) using the document supply service. More specialised catalogues permit searching of other library holdings: maps; manuscripts; and sound recordings, for example. Likely to be of particular interest to academics is British Library Direct, a database of over nine million journal articles from 20,000 publications. Many of these are available for immediate download (although once again, a fee is payable). The website's Collections section provides a thematic guide to some of the library's more interesting material. There are sub-sections for a number of geographical regions (the Americas; Asia, the Pacific and Africa; East European; Modern British; Modern Irish; and West European), and also for: early printed works; manuscripts; maps; music; patents and trademarks; and the sound archive, among others. Each collection's Web page provides details of what is available, and sometimes additional resources such as electronic facsimiles of key items, or accompanying articles. The site's Online Gallery provides a tour through some of the library's most significant holdings, while the Treasures in Full section offers free, high quality digital editions of several important works, including: quarto versions of Shakespeare's plays; Caxton's editions of Chaucer; the Gutenberg Bible; and the Magna Carta.The website also offers a host of useful information for those planning to visit the library, including sections on opening hours, applying for a Reader Pass, and how to order items in advance. A valuable resource for all scholars.
The British Library Inside Service allows users from subscribing institutions to search a database of journal articles, covering all academic disciplines, and order specific articles for delivery. Deliveries can be made by conventional mail, or by fax or email, and can be made in as little as two hours after the order is placed. Over 20,000 research journals and 100,000 conference proceedings are currently included in the database, with more being added. Over 15 million records are in the database at present. Charges for article delivery vary depending on format, timescale, copyright restrictions, and VAT.
The British Library Public Catalogue is an online searchable database of the Library's collection of over 150 million items, covering every aspect of human thought across all ages and in every written language. The online database is not exhaustive as many of the Library's resources still only appear in printed catalogues or indexes. Cataloguing and indexing schemes are not uniform, due to the way in which individual catalogues have developed since the 19th century, which limits some searching possibilities. Consistency of subject classification, for example, is not guaranteed. The online catalogue can, however, be searched in a number of ways and allows the use of Boolean operators (such as AND, OR, NOT). Results are given in brief and in full bibliographic format. Registered customers can order documents online from the site.
The Canterbury Cathedral Library website is part of the official website of Canterbury Cathedral and provides visitor and holdings information. The library currently contains approximately 30,000 books and pamphlets produced prior to 1900 and 20,000 printed after that date. The library, which is reference only, will accept any reader who has a legitimate interest in the collections. The site provides information about accessing the collections and opening hours. Details of catalogues are provided, as well as a link to the University of Kent's Web catalogue where the Cathedral Library's holdings are catalogued. The site also provides: brief descriptions of the main collections held by the library; a history of the library; and details of forthcoming events. This site would be of use to scholars and researchers.
Created by Gerry Blaikie, an architectural illustrator, this website is an illustrated guide to the architecture and history of Scotland's Carnegie Libraries. Accompanied by period photographs and original drawings by Gerry Blaikie, the site features libraries across Scotland, including Baroque-styled Glasgow buildings, designed by the Inverness architect, James Robert Rhind, and examples of the Edwardian Renaissance architectural style in Dumfries and other Scottish locations. Information about the Dunfermline-born American philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who funded the Carnegie libraries in both Scotland and the United States is also available, as are details about the American Carnegie libraries.
This is the website of The Center for Western Studies at Augustana College (South Dakota). In 1862 Minnesota Sioux (Dakota) Indians evicted the original white settlers of the area, who returned with the establishment of Fort Dakota in 1865. Sioux Falls is the site of one of United States' largest livestock markets. The Center for Western Studies preserves and interprets the history and cultures of the Northern Plains of America, which includes south western Minnesota and north western Iowa, but especially South Dakota. It serves as a repository for over 200 archival collections (collection level descriptions available online), and maintains a library of over 35,000 books and bound periodicals on the American West (catalogue details available via an external link). In addition, the Center holds an extensive art and artefact collection (a selection of these are presented online), and sponsors annual events. Details of all this activity is included here. One of the most notable features of this website is the collection level descriptions of the Center's archive of over 100 collections documenting women’s history.
The Web Site of the Library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad Ohel Yosef Yitzchak Lubavitch is part of a larger Web Site on the Chabad Hassidim (Chasidim, Hasidim, Hassids), run from the headquarters of the Jewish movement in New York. The Lubavitchers are a branch of the Hasidic sect of Jews which was founded in the middle of the eighteenth century in Poland. The Chabad - Lubavitch Library collections have been subject to much destruction and some squabbles over ownership, but have now been amalgamated into one collection in one place and is one of the most important resources for researchers, religious scholars as well as the general public, who are able to visit general exhibitions. The site provides information on the exhibitions curated along with some illustrations. However, most useful is the library catalogue, which is in Hebrew and English on works in a variety of languages, including obviously Yiddish. The site describes the Library as "one of the most distinguished Judaic libraries, containing approximately 250,000 books, the majority of which are aged and rare. Around 200,000 of these are printed in the languages of Hebrew and Yiddish, while the remaining 50,000 are in a variety of other languages". The catalogue is arranged in alphabetical order by title and by author and is easy to use. A useful site for students and researchers of Eastern and Central Europe, Jewish Studies, and Religious Studies.
This is the website for Chawton House Library in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Chawton House is located close to the former home of the novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) and holds a unique collection of women's writing from 1600-1830. Chawton House is open to the public for research use and hosts a large number of conferences, exhibitions and events relating to writing by women. Full details of its programme of events and opening times are available on the site. However, the website is a resource in itself, with not only information on the collection and a list of biographies of women writers, but also a collection of on-line novels from rare early editions, taken from original unedited texts. The collection includes works by authors such as Anna Maria Bennett, Susannah Maria Cooper, Sarah Green, Jane Harvey, Harriette Wilson and Elizabeth and Jane Purbeck.The website also provides a list of links to Internet resources relating to this field. Many of the links are connected with Jane Austen studies but there are also links to more general scholarly organizations relating to women's writing or textual editing.
The Chester Beatty Library, situated in the gardens of Dublin Castle, houses notable collections of: Oriental art; Islamic manuscripts; early Biblical texts and other Christian manuscripts; early papyri; and Western prints and printed books. It was European library of the year in 2002. The website describes the library, its opening hours, and its permanent exhibitions. It also hosts an online image gallery of 36 of its Western, Islamic, and Far Eastern artefacts. A What's on section advertises special exhibitions and lectures, and an education section details workshops for schoolchildren. Short bibliographies accompany the sections on the various exhibitions.
COLLAGE (the City of London Library and Art Gallery Electronic) is an online image database created by the City of London and iBase Image Systems. The database currently contains approximately 20,000 images from the Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery in London. The collection is devoted primarily to London topography and London life from the 15th Century to the present day. All parts of London (not just the City) are covered, as are the adjoining counties. Each image is accompanied by a description of the picture and details of, for example, the artist, size of the picture, date, publisher, medium, etc., as appropriate. The database can be searched or browsed by artists, places or people, or by categories such as abstract ideas, history, politics, or the natural world. A series of online exhibitions are also available, as well as sections bringing together some selected highlights of the collections.
COPAC is a service providing free online access to the unified catalogues of major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland, plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and National Library of Wales. It provides a single point of access to details of materials in many locations, covering all arts and humanities subjects. Records represent a range of materials, dating from ca. 1100 AD onwards, in around 300 languages; some include links to the full text. The database can be used either to check the details of bibliographic records or to undertake literature searches. Most COPAC records represent books and periodicals (but not periodical contents). Other materials include videos, printed and recorded music, and electronic materials. There is a sophisticated advanced search function. Records are supplied by the Consortium of Research Libraries (formerly known as the Consortium of University Research Libraries or CURL). COPAC receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
COPAC: Combined Academic and National Research Library Catalogue provides free access to the unified catalogues of members of the Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL), including major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland, plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales. It provides a single point of access to details of materials held in many locations covering all academic disciplines and subjects. The records represent a wide range of materials dating from c.1100AD onwards, in around 300 languages; some include a link to the full-text of the document. Detailed searching is possible with an online Web User Guide provided. FAQs and a Support section covering documentation and training are provided on the home page along with links to each of the participating libraries. COPAC is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and is hosted by Mimas, The University of Manchester.
The Web Site "Cyfrowa kolekcja czasopism polskich (A digital collection of Polish press)" is an excellent site for those in Polish Studies, who require access to rarer Polish press titles. The project has been undertaken by the National Library, Warsaw and the Warsaw University Library. The aim is to digitize and place online all the microfilms of the main Polish academic titles. To begin with there are samples of work already completed, and the site will grow as more titles and materials are added. Some of the available titles are: Merkuriusz Polski (1661); Skamander (1920-1928 and 1935-1939); Przegląd Narodowy (1908-1921); Ateneum Wileńskie (1923-1939); Przegląd Lwowski (1871-1883); and Kuryer dla Wszystkich (1914-1915).
This is the home page of Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, the German National Library and national bibliographic information centre. Established in 1990, the current institution actually unifies three older separate institutions: the Deutsche Bücherei in Leipzig (founded in 1912), the Deutsche Bibliothek (founded in 1947) in Frankfurt am Main and the Deutsches Musikarchiv in Berlin. Guides and rules for use and access may be downloaded from the site. The site also offers links; library products (software and research tools); online tours; and information for professional librarians. Under the News section of the site, further details are provided on the latest news; publications; events; lectures; recent acquisitions; exhibitions; conferences; and press releases.
The site offers a plethora of online search catalogues for all three institutions. Perhaps most notable among these is the German National Biography, a catalogue of all works published within Germany, which are automatically collected by the library in its capacity as a copyright library. It is worth noting that the Deutsche Bücherei began collecting in 1912-1913; it holds some earlier sources, but its focus is on the 19th and 20th centuries. It also holds some Austrian sources from the late Habsburg Empire. The Leipzig Bücherei additionally houses the Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum (book and writing museum), the Sammlung Exil-Literatur 1933-1945 (collection of exile literature) and the Anne-Frank-Shoah-Bibliothek. The Deutsche Bibliothek at Frankfurt am Main is responsible for further collections and the development of the central database. It has a special archive of German exile literature, the Deutsches Exilarchiv 1933-1945. The Deutsches Musikarchiv Berlin is responsible for the processing and bibliographic indexing of printed and recorded music.
A number of subsites elaborate further on the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek's holdings. This site should prove most helpful for interested members of the public, students, teachers and researchers in the fields of German Studies and the History of Germany and Central Europe, as well as scholars working within the full range of Humanities, Social Sciences and the Sciences.
The Dibner Library is the Smithsonian Institution Library for the history of science and technology. It holds a number of special collections of manuscripts and rare books dating from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries. It has grown from Bern Dibner's original collection of works about Leonardo da Vinci to now include over 35,000 rare books covering such fields as engineering, transportation, chemistry, mathematics, physics, electricity, and astronomy, and 2,000 manuscript sources. The website describes the history of the library and its collections, along with access details and its services for scholars and the general public. A section on new acquisitions provides an annual report, and a PDF newsletter gives details on other projects and developments. Lectures and digital editions of primary works are accessible from the site. The library also offers research grants for students and an annotated list of links to other online resources. The library's holdings are included on the international OCLC database and on the Smithsonian Libraries own catalogue, SIRIS. There is a list of further reading for those interested in learning more about the library.
The website Wielkopolska digital library has English as the main language and versions in Polish, German, Czech, French. The digital library is a collaboration between the public and academic libraries of Poznań. This is a wonderful resource for those needing to work on rare or early modern publications in particular, and anyone in Polish Studies. The collection can be searched by author, keyword, type of media, publisher, etc. The collection is divided into cultural, didactic, regional, and musicalia. There are also indices of titles, authors and keywords. The digitesed materials, over 50,000 of them, have permanent URLs and can be downloaded free of charge. Works published are by both Polish and foreign authors and include those by: Henricus Cornelius Agrippa; Maciej Miechowita; Mozart; Torquato Tasso; Zygmunt II August; and Jan Kochanowski. Those interested can open user accounts and thus can obtain access to extended digital library functionality such as e-newsletters. The Wielkopolska digital library is part of the dLibra digital library project which includes all similar projects in other Polish libraries. RSS feeds inform of the last 25 digitised publications and on the next planned ones.
The Digital Clendening site is published by the Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum, part of the University of Kansas Medical Center. The site features eight digitised collections related to the history of medicine in several countries. The collections are an eclectic mix, and include a database of rare text images, taken from medical and natural history books published before 1800, a collection of some 500 portraits of historical medical figures, and images of the history of medicine in the Ralph Major Photographs collection. There are two other fascinating visual collections of Japanese medical prints and Chinese public health posters. The final three collections are of documents, the Samuel Crumbine papers, the Rudolf Virchow manuscripts, and the Florence nightingale letters.
Directory of Special Collections of Research Value in Canadian Libraries is an online resource prepared by the National Library of Canada. The resource is divided into four indexes: a General Subject Index; a Primary Subject Index; a Collections Index; and a Institutions Index. It is worth noting that the collections mentioned here extend far beyond Canadian topics to include History, Politics and Literature of Central Europe; Great Britain; the United States; France; the Italian Renaissance; Germany; Hebrew, rabbinic, Yiddish and Jewish sources; Iceland; Ireland; Jesuits, Mennonites and several other religious groups and traditions; Japan; China; Russia and the Soviet Union; Spain; and the Ukraine. There are also good collections listed here which are related to the History of Science, along with special collections on many famous Western writers, scientists, philosophers, economists, politicians and artists. The site is clear and easy to navigate - one click will provide lists, descriptions and locations of all relevant collections in a given field. There is an excellent subpage of links entitled the Canadian Library gateway. The site is also available in French and has its own search engine.
This is the main Web page of the E. J. Pratt Library, Victoria University at the University of Toronto. The site gives an overview of the library's location, holdings, services and user information. Beyond administrative details, the site offers good subpages of e-Reference tools and e-Resources, unfortunately only internally available. But there are extensive public online bibliographies - probably most helpful for undergraduates - in the fields of: Canadian Literature; English Literature; Film Studies; Latin American Studies; Mystery and Detective fiction; Philosophy; Political Science; Renaissance Studies; Semiotics; Sociology; Theology (in a link to an outside site at Emmanuel College); and Victorian Studies. The library also has a general online catalogue. Special Collections offer a great range of excellent primary resources in many fields in the Humanities. The site also holds many online exhibitions of the library's rare primary sources. A subpage introducing the collections refers to New Acquisitions, with scanned images of new and archival resources, as well as the their recent publications.
This Web page showcases the Special Collections at the E. J. Pratt Library, Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Printed books, manuscripts and papers available in the collections are listed by subject or in alphabetical order. Subjects include: art; Canadiana; literature and literary resources; religious studies; and Reformation and Renaissance studies. Researchers in these fields will want to check this site for collections relevant to topics as varied as the Bloomsbury Group; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Virginia Woolf; Wesleyana; Erasmus; Paris 1968 posters; and Bliss Carman. There is an online reference service provided, which is available for all sorts of research questions but is especially recommended for access to manuscripts. There is also a brief, but interesting list of special collections resources on the Web.
This website lists the early Indian Newspapers available at the British Library. It includes details of missing editions from runs, and the name changes and mergers that the papers underwent. There is also a link to a a searchable catalogue of the British Library's holdings. Images of some of the mastheads of the papers may also be viewed at the site. Details are given for how to access hard-copy and microfilm version of the available papers. No actual content is included on the site. This web page will be useful to scholars needing to consult pre-1900 Indian newspapers as it is more informative than a standard electronic catalogue.
The Web Site "Electronic guide to Polish university and research libraries" has been compiled by Dr Maria Jankowska of the University of Idaho Library, with financial support from the university. A map of Poland is wisely provided for reference and the site is available in both Polish and English. It lists the major libraries and archives with Polish holdings in the United States of America. Some are listed as embedded links to their website, and others link to details about the library and its collections. This information has been compiled by Dr Jankowska through questionnaires adddressed to archivists and librarians. This is an excellent site for all those working in Polish Studies, History, or Slavonic Studies.
This is the main Web page of Emmanuel College Library, one of two libraries at Victoria University at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The other Library, the E. J. Pratt Library, has a broader remit. Emmanuel College is essentially a theological College within a church-related College (Victoria University) at the University of Toronto; it concentrates on the United Church of Canada. Collections reflect this focus on both the United Church of Canada and the World Council of Churches. They include; books; journals; pamphlets; electronic and audio visual materials in Theology and Religion. The Library also possesses resources on: the Bible; the History of Christianity; Worship; Pastoral Studies; Preaching; Christian Education; Church Music; and Christian Ethics. The site claims its documents will aid students in Theology; Religious Studies; Philosophy; and English Literature. The site has its own links page and refers users to relevant special collections on the following individuals and topics in the E. J. Pratt Library: Reuben Butchart; John Webster Grant; Ernest G. Clarke; Peter Jones; James Evans; A.H. Reynar; Erasmus; Wesleyana; and Northrop Frye. New titles recently acquired by the library are listed with full bibliographical information.
Published by the English Department's Early Modern Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara, this website is about the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), which concentrates on collecting together an online archive of 'surviving early ballads printed in English, with priority given to black-letter broadsides of the seventeenth century - the heyday of the printed broadside ballad'. EBBA's first project was to archive over 1,800 ballads in the Samuel Pepys collection, held at the Pepys Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge. These were collected by Pepys in five volumes. Due to their fragility, the Pepys Library has restricted access to the originals. Therefore, the Early Modern Center was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitise the collection from 2006 to 2008. The website provides a searchable image database of the ballads, which can be reproduced in several sizes. There are also facsimile transcriptions, where "facsmile transcription" is defined as 'facsimile reproductions of all the ornament of the ballads (pictures and border woodcuts), but with a conversion of the older (usually black-letter) font into modern roman font. Thus, in looking at a facsimile transcription, the viewer will be able to get a very good impression of what the ballad originally looked like while at the same time be able to read the text with ease.' The songs section includes sound recordings of the ballads, for which software is required. Finally, the background essays cover such areas as 'paper making, the printing process, black-letter print and ballad ornament, popular ballad authors (such as Martin Parker), ballad music, and ballad measure.'
The website of the European and Eurasian Reading Room of the Library of Congress offers information and finding aids for the collections, as well as highlights. These sections highlight the Library's European (excluding Britain, Spain and Portugal) and Russian holdings.The General Information section describes the nature and extent of the archive. Initially based on Thomas Jefferson's personal library, the European collection grew to include the 1866 Smithsonian deposit; the Peter Force library in 1867; the library of Czech linguist Martin Hattala (1904); Russian collector Genadii Yudin's 80,000 volumes (1906); the 1910 acquisition of John Boyd Thacher's library; and the 1930 Vollbehr collection purchase. Ultimately, the site boasts an estimated 3,500,000 volumes for France, Germany and Russia. General collections are also described including microfilm archives, such as: post-Soviet ephemera; old Russian manuscripts of the Pushkinskii Dom; records from the Central Military Archives in Warsaw; records from the War History Archives in Budapest; records from the Military Archives of the Romanian Ministry of National Defense. Some of these lists are provided in Russian. The exhaustive information in the European site is invaluable for the researcher, yet this necessary and undeniable asset can be overwhelming when exploring the broad site structure.
The website of the Federacja bibliotek kościelnych (Federation of Polish church libraries), or FIDES offers an excellent database of the holdings of fifteen or so church collections, including doctoral and masters' theses. The primary language of the site is Polish, but English translations of some material are available. In addition to the library catalogues, the site also offers a digital library, containing over a hundred works (mostly in Polish), and the Thesaurus of Ecclesiastical Scholarship, a glossary of key words in theology, available as a MAK database or as a PDF file. The site also hosts a variety of materials related to the activities of the Federation, including two lectures addressed to FIDES.
The website of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, provides information and resources relating to this independent research library. A major center for scholarly research, the Folger houses the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials (including some of the earliest printed texts of his plays) in addition to a magnificent collection of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts on disciplines including: history and politics; theology and exploration; and law and the arts. The library also holds a collection of: art works; photographs; maps; early music; playbills; theatrical programs and scrapbooks; promptbooks; and films and videos. Access to the physical collection is restricted to academic researchers but the website provides a free online digital image library comprising over 30,000 images from across the Folger's collections. These images can be searched by keyword or bibliographic data, or browsed by year, title or event, among other options. In addition the Library provides: an online catalogue; access information; and updates on news and events in the library. Shakespeare researchers or students would find this a fascinating and useful resource.
This is the Web page of the Gabinetto Vieusseux, one of the oldest and best-known 19th-century scientific-literary cultural institutions of Florence. It was founded as a reading room by Giovan Pietro Vieusseux in 1819. Its aim was to give public access to the most important European journals and to encourage cultural exchange between its Italian and foreign members. Today the Centro Romantico of the Gabinetto is important for students and scholars working on 19th-century literary and cultural relations between Italy and Europe. Its collection of 19th-century travel books on Italy is particularly useful for scholars working on this field.
The Archivio Contemporaneo, on the other hand, offers more than 500,000 documents and over 70,000 volumes on European and Italian: literature; literary criticism; music; theatre; architecture; painting and photography. Various texts on conservation and restoration of library and archive material are also available in the Gabinetto's library. The website offers free online access to the library's catalogue. A list of the wide range of 19th-century Italian and European journals - devoted to both science and literature - held in the Gabinetto can also be found in the section Riviste dell'800 of the website. The site also provides the history of the Gabinetto, updated information on its publications, events, seminars, exhibitions and services.
The digital collections section of the gateway to Cornell University Library provides annotated access to a large range of digital material available (with some exceptions) to the general public. Many of these collections have relevance to subjects in the humanities. In particular, the following should be noted: the A.D. White Collection of Architectural Photographs which document a wide range of nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture of Europe, the Middle East and the Americas; the Claire Holt Collection of digitized slides relating to Indonesian culture; the Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) providing access to an electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth and late twentieth century; CTHEORY Multimedia, a journal of Web-based interactive art grouped around a common conceptual theme (complementing the CTHEORY electronic review of theory); the digitized papers of Ezra Cornell; the Fantastic in Art and Fiction collection containing Graphic material from the Cornell witchcraft collections; Historical Monographs in Mathematics; Icelandic and Faroese Photographs from the nineteenth century; the huge Making of America project; New York State Historical Literature Collection; SagaNet corpus of Icelandic saga literature; Samuel May Anti-Slavery Collection; the Utopia database of images of European Renaissance art; and the Witchcraft collection of 3,000 titles documenting the history of the Inquisition and the persecution of witchcraft. The digital projects section is part of a wider digital initiatives site which also includes extensive gateways to digital exhibitions and projects.
The Glasgow Digital Library acts as a virtual co-library of the majority of public institutions in Glasgow. The long-term goal of the website is to establish a wholly digital resource to facilitate teaching, learning, and research in the city. The site brings together disparate resources such as: the 'Aspect' collection of Scottish Parliamentary Election candidate materials from 1999; images from the Springburn Community Museum (focusing on community life and the rail industry); 'Red Clydeside', a political history of the Scottish Left from 1910-1922; 'The Voyage of the Scotia' detailing the Scottish National Antarctic expedition of 1902-1904; memoirs and portraits of 100 of Glasgow's most illustrious citizens between 1855 and 1885; and the Victorian Times project, looking at Glasgow's social and economic history during a key period in the city's history. There is also a directory of information about Glasgow and an image library of historical photographs of the city arranged by area, street, and subject.This rich collection of resources continues to be developed and some sections are not as yet complete. The project receives funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP), and SCRAN.
'Hemingway Archive' is part of the Historical Resources at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library website. The centrepiece of this archive is the online version of the Ernest Hemingway Collection, which was donated to the Library by Mary Hemingway, in 1968. Available online is a complete catalogue of the collection, comprising the catalogue of manuscripts, outgoing correspondence, incoming correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other materials (for example, an inventory of books from Mary Hemingway's apartment). The archive website also provides a page of Online Resources which features, among others, a collection of electronic publications on Hemingway and the JFK Library collection, as well as links to related holdings in other libraries. Among the listed publications, there are two interesting articles by the curator of the collection Megan F. Desnoyers: ''Ernest Hemingway: A Storyteller's Legacy' (originally published in Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives. 24:4 (1992)); and 'The Journey to the John F. Kennedy Library' (a brief piece detailing how the collection came to be housed in the JFK Library, also published in Prologue, 1992). This resource is commendable primarily to researchers, who may also benefit from the Hemingway Research Room facilities provided by the Library.
The website"Henry Charles Lea Library" provides information on this library at the University of Pennsylvania Library. Henry Charles Lea (1825-1909) was an expert in the medieval and early modern periods and is described on the site as "America's first distinguished historian of the European middle ages". The basis of the collection is Lea's interest in the history of religion, especially the institutional, legal, and ecclesiastical aspects, as well as the Inquisition, magic, Italian city-states, and the history of witchcraft. There are also a great deal of primary sources, since Lea purchased manuscripts and incunabula, in addition to early printed books. The site contains a description of the holdings and the papers of Henry Charles Lea which he bequeathed and those his family also donated. An extensive biography is also included and a description of the series of his papers which comprise: correspondence; historical writings; articles; reviews; political writings; poetry and translations; and juvenilia. An overview of the microfilm collection, which an emphasis on Byzaantine, Levantine and crusades history, is also given on the site. A good site for those seeking primary resources on magic, witchcraft, the Inquisition, Moriscos, and early modern and medieval European history.
The website of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) offers a catalogue of over 250,000 texts, and a substantial collection of digital manuscript images. The physical library (at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota) houses the world's largest collection of manuscript images: the library preserves manuscripts, printed books and art, and undertakes photographic projects worldwide. The collection falls into two parts: Western manuscripts, and Eastern Christian manuscripts. It is particularly strong in art, history, literature, music, philosophy, and theology. Items are in Latin, Greek, and the vernacular languages of Western Europe.
The website offers a wealth of material. The Research section provides information about the collection, and advice on finding items on the site. The Vivarium (the online collection of digitised manuscripts and other images) is equipped with a wide variety of search functions. Additionally, a page describes the 'Arca Artium' collection donated to St John's University in 1995, and another showing excerpts from the Saint John's Bible commissioned to mark the 2000 millennium. The site is aimed at a wide audience, from the research scholar to the general public.
The UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections website provides information about their collections, has online exhibits, and details of their online projects. The site has general information about the history and content of their collections. Details of opening hours and information on using the collection are also available for anyone wishing to consult the collections. As well as providing general information about the library and its collection the website has a number of online exhibitions, including ones on the relief of pain and suffering, bloodletting, and smallpox. The History and Special Collections department of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library are developing a number of digital projects. Details of these projects are available from the site. The site also has a list of medical history websites and details of fellowships and prizes.
This PDF document is provided and published by ARLIS Canada, with support from the Library and Archives of the National Gallery of Canada and offers a series of historical essays about art libraries and art librarianship in Canada. Available in a mixture of both English and French, the resource covers a wide range of subjects, opening with the first 10 years of ARLIS/Canada and a history of the Canadian Art Libraries Section (CARLIS). The coverage extends both to library and librarianship history and to the collections of artists' books, book objects, book illustration and design and more. Institutions represented include the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) Library, the Banff Centre Library, the National Gallery of Canada Archives and Library, Fine Arts Library at the the University of British Columbia, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Alberta College of Art + Design: Luke Lindoe Library amongst others. There is also a selection of biographies of Canadian art librarians.
The Web Site "Hungarian collections at the Library of Congress" is invaluable for those working on the history, literature and culture of both the modern-day and historical territories of Hungary. The collection originates in the original holdings sold by Thomas Jefferson - the "Histoire des revolutions de Hongrie" of 1735 by Domnok Brenner. Along with this gem, there are works from the period of the Hungarian War of Independence (1848-9) and excellent coverage of the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The holdings increased greatly after World War Two, when many private collections were purchased. The holdings contain over 160,000 items, including 2, 700 journals and magazines. Highlights include first editions and rare books by Széchenyi and Eötvös in literature and in the sciences, Szilard and Teller. An impressive collection of over 252 musical manuscripts in the Liszt collection is a excellent source for music lovers, as well as several musical manuscripts by Bartók. The LOC also boasts an interesting collection of rare Hungarica including a 14th century Latin codex and other incunabula. The site also contains details for those planning to use the LOC, such as opening hours, access requirements, and links to related resources on the library website. Users should note that the resource only includes a description of the collection's holdings, rather than providing digitised access to it.
This is the home page for the Huntington Library in California, United States of America. There is a finding aid to locate catalogue records for the art collections, which shows brief information and a small image of each item. The Huntington Library's collections of books and works of art is one of the most important in the world. It has particularly rich holdings in the areas of fifteenth century literature, the history of science and in maritime history. Among the Treasures of the Library on exhibit are the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales', a copy of the Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon's 'Birds of America', and an impressive collection of the early editions of Shakespeare's works. The Huntington Library has an online catalogue which can be searched by author, title, subject or keyword. Details of recent exhibitions are also available. These include exhibitions on the California Gold Rush and the history of women's suffrage.The Huntington also houses a rare microfilm version of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Although images of this are not available online at present, there are a number of links to websites relating to this field of study.
The website of the Institute of Classical Studies Library, Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies provides information about the libraries' opening hours, facilities and collections. The housing of the Hellenic and Roman Societies' libraries in one unit provides significant advantages for researchers and students of Classics, in conjunction with the Institute of Classical Studies, part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study (SAS). Users may search the library catalogues via this website, which also lists recent acquisitions, journals, computing resources, databases and other electronic resources held by the libraries. There is also a blog relating to the library.
The International Children's Digital Library is an online collection of several hundred children's books in 15 languages from several centuries of publishing. It is an invaluable resource for researchers of children's literature, as a great number of the few surviving items published between 1500 and 1900 can only be found in rare books collections around the world. Behind this website is an ongoing 5-year joint research project undertaken by University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and the Internet Archive. Its aim is to build a 10,000-strong multilingual collection of freely accessible digital books, presented in a format that preserves all original features, for children between the ages of three and 13, and to develop software solutions that would facilitate and encourage the reading of ebooks by children. The library is searchable by: keyword; author; title; category; and location, and includes both a basic version (designed to be accessed via a modem and requiring no additional software) and an enhanced one (aimed at broadband users), which offers a host of extra features such as extra book formats, visual searches, book previews, etc. providing that the machine used to access it supports Java and the Adobe ebook fomat.
This is the website for the Istituto Sturzo, which was founded in 1951 in Rome and named after Luigi Sturzo (1871-1959) the creator of the Partito Popolare Italiano (Italian Popular Party) in 1919, and one of the architects of the first Christian democratic movement. The Institute promotes research and studies in the fields of history, sociology, politics and economics. Together with other Italian institutions it also promotes research, conservation and valorisation of the cultural heritage of Italy. The site offers complete information on the Institute's historical and sociological activity, as well as its library and archive collection. Users will also find a short biography of Sturzo.
The Institute holds a vast collection of documents preserved in the Historical Archive and the Library. The Archivio Storico preserves documents related to Sturzo's activity as a politician and writer, from 1876 to 1959. It also holds collections of documents related to other Italian politicians and sociologists such as: Alcide De Gasperi; Ivo Coccia; Francesco Luigi Ferrari; Giovanni Gronchi; Filippo Meda; Sergio Paronetto; Flaminio Piccoli; Giulio Rodin; Mario Scelba; Dino Secco Suardo; Giuseppe Spataro; and Vittorino Veronese. The library specializes in social sciences and modern and contemporary history, with particular emphasis on local history, history of Italian political parties and political and social thought. Users can search its free online catalogue through SBN-Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (National Library Service).
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) Library at Columbia Point, Boston, Massachusetts was opened on October 20, 1979. The library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, a United States Government agency. The Library's website makes available an extensive range of resources. The indexes to the Library's holdings include details of historical materials, audiovisual archives, presidential recordings, and meeting tapes. Online finding aids are divided into guides to the papers of J. F. Kennedy and his White House staff and guides to the papers of other individuals. A substantial section of the website contains the text of selected speeches by Kennedy from 1960-1963. Many of the texts have linked audio files. The Library is also making available the transcripts of press conferences. A small selection of White House photographs are also available.Further sections of the site are dedicated to the Ernest Hemingway Collection housed by the Library; Integrating Ole Miss: a civil rights milestone detailing the right of James Meredith, an African American, to register at the all-white University of Mississippi; and the World On the Brink: John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis which provides a daily account of the thirteen days crisis supported by commentary, bibliography, transcripts and images. The Library has also published online a report by Tom W. Smith, The Impact of the Cuban Missile Crisis on American Public Opinion.
The National Library of Sweden (Kungliga Biblioteket) website contains information about the Swedish copyright deposit library and its collections and provides access to its online catalogue and digitised collection. The library collects all printed material published in Sweden and also holds a large collection of international research literature, mainly in the humanities. The library's digitised collection provides public access to a selection of internationally significant items from the library's holdings in electronic format. These include: a digital presentation of Ferdinand von Gudenus's 1740 engraving, Panorama of Constantinople; the Rålamb Costume Book, a 17th-century volume portraying Turkish folk types and occupations in one hundred and twenty-one miniatures; and an electronic facsimile of Erik Dahlberg's Suecia antiqua et hodiernia, a 17th-century literary, scientific and cultural study of Sweden, illustrated with three hundred and fifty-three images and engravings. There is also material on the library's earlier manuscript holdings, for example the early 13th-century Bohemian 'Devil's Bible'. Other online presentations include: a gallery of poster art, with a series of posters by the graphic designer Wilhelm Kåge; trade literature 1900-1920; and a collection of digitised Swedish newspapers (username and password required for access to this). The texts available are mostly in Swedish, though the larger digital presentations such as the Suecia antiqua are also described and annotated in English. Stig Wärmling's collection of marbled papers, and an online exhibition of Swedish bookbinding are available as part of the library's material on bookbinding crafts. Various parts of the site are available in French, German, Russian, Finnish and Spanish as well as English. Visitors to the site can contact a university reference librarian through the Librarian on Duty chat and email service which is available also outside opening hours.
The website of Lambeth Palace Library provides information about the principal library and record office for the history of the Church of England, which is also one of England's oldest public libraries. The site offers an overview of the library's holdings, plus information about facilities and services, and how to go about accessing the collections. Online access is provided to the library's printed book catalogue (listing over 130,000 works held by the library), the catalogue of archives and manuscripts, and the Church Plans Online database, which offers digitised images of over 13,000 plans. Details of the Church of England Record Centre are also given. A valuable site for those interested in the history of this branch of the church.
The Library of the London School of Economics is one of the world's largest Social Science libraries. This site provides information and online access to some of its famous pamphlet collection. The pamphlet collection contains over 90,000 items dating from the nineteenth century to the present day, including large number of items published by pressure groups, think tanks and political organisations. Topics covered include: British history; politics; economic history; social policy; the Poor Law and the Origins of the Welfare state; the origins and development of the National Health Service (NHS); housing; labour and the trade unions; employment; and transport. The Web page includes information on how to locate the pamphlets using the LSE Library catalogue. It also provides free access to digitised images of several hundred of them. The online versions cover social policy (including the history of the NHS and welfare state) and transport (with a special focus on the railways). They are made available in PDF Format. Links to the full-text are embedded in the descriptions of the collection.
This vast site, home page of the Library of Congress of the United States, reflects the nature of that institution. Established in 1800, it is the oldest American federal cultural institution, and the largest library in the world. It has, as the site states, "more than 126 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves". The collections include millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts. Such impressive collections can only be touched on in an overview of the main site. Its special focuses include: business; children's literature; law; local history and genealogy; newspapers and current periodicals; science and technology; African and Middle Eastern studies; Asian Studies; European Studies; Hispanic Studies; geography and maps; manuscripts; microforms; motion pictures and television; performing arts; prints and photographs; rare book and special collections; and recorded sound collections. There is also information posted on the location and use of the Library's main reading room. Other subsites include the American Folklife Center and a huge online American historical collection entitled American Memory. Another subsite, Thomas, constructed in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson's ideas, is a portal for American legislative information on the Internet and has online historical primary source documents. There are a number of online exhibitions, and a historical magazine subsite entitled the Loc.Gov Wise Guide. In a different vein, the Federal Research Division has its own site here, which offers specialized fee-based research for government agencies, self-proclaimed as "customized research and analytical services" on everything from drug trafficking to terrorism. The site also covers various aspects of administration of the library: its finances; services; facilities; and security provisions. It has various search engines; a FAQ section; mission statement; online history of the library itself; lists of library publications; upcoming events announcements; extensive links sites; and a plethora of online teaching, archival, cataloguing and research tools. As such, the site is generally useful, interesting and accessible for the enormous audience it serves.
The website of the Library of the University of Amsterdam offers access to the library's holdings and includes several online publications and digital exhibitions. The library, founded in 1578, from confiscated Roman Catholic institutions' collections, consists of the collective libraries of the university, including the medical and dental libraries. Some sections of the website are only available to registered users of the library. There is a useful overview of the collections and special holdings include: early printed books and modern special editions; manuscripts, letters and archives; maps, atlases and globes; and the history of the book. Two special collections of great renown are the church history collections on Dutch Protestantism and the Radical Reformation and the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana - a world-renowned collection of Hebraica and Judaica. Among the exhibitions featured online are: Malta, temples, and tombs, 5200-750 BC; an exhibition on Frederik Ruysch; typography in the Netherlands 1473-1673; and experimental Arabic type designs. The site is rich in all areas and is interesting in itself almost as an online museum. The site is of interest to those researching, studying or teaching the history or culture of the Netherlands.
The Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology holds a significant history of Science collection, some of which is available online. Based in Kansas, Missouri, the library has amassed rare books from the fifteenth century onwards. They have also acquired long runs of scientific and technical society journals dating from the seventeenth century. The site includes the Library's electronic catalogue as well as a document ordering service and a reference service. The online exhibitions are all interesting and quite extensive, introducing visitors to particular subject areas in some detail. They are well illustrated with drawings and pictures taken from the books upon which they are based. The site explains the legal restrictions on reproducing these images. Exhibitions include 'Centuries of Civil Engineering', which looks at significant historical examples of canals, bridges, viaducts, lighthouses, monuments, and water supply infrastructure. The second exhibition is called 'Voyages : Scientific Circumnavigations 1679-1859)'. There is an exhibition of early printed material on dinosaur discovery, called 'Paper Dinosaurs 1824-1969'. Another section, 'Out of this World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas', looks at the history of celestial atlases from the fifteenth to nineteenth century. Finally, there is the exhibition 'The Face of the Moon: Galileo to Apollo'. These are all interesting presentations in their own right. This site should appeal to students of the history of science.
This is the gateway to Libraries in London. From here there are links to public, academic or specialist collections, which allow some form of public access. There is also a link to the British Library. There is access to online catalogues and it is possible to browse collections through a tag cloud that includes significant collections in public, specialist and academic libraries. There is a search facility for over 50 online databases that London public libraries subscribe to, many of which library members can use online from work or home. It is possible to search by borough or by titles or to browse collections by subject. The site also has a recommended reading section, a listings calendar, and a FAQs section.
The website 'Hungarian Electronic Library' (Magyar Elektronikus Könyvtár, MEK) hosts a large number of texts of all kinds in the Hungarian language, including translations, arranged into five main categories: natural sciences; technology; social sciences; culture, arts and literature; and reference. It also contains several special exhibitions, links to texts on other sites, a bulletin board, software tools, and 3D renderings of models of the MEK. There is an online searchable catalogue, or texts may be browsed by subject. The special exhibitions include sites on important authors such as Franz Kafka; Attila József; Ányos Jedlik; Endre Vészi; Alexander Lenard; and János Arany. There are also sites devoted to Hungarian Nobel Prize Winners, historical documents of Hungarian natural sciences, and Hungarian libraries. Some of these exhibitions are available in English and German as well as Hungarian. Software tools include fonts, viewers, and archivers/decompressors, for Windows, DOS, and Linux. There are also some open source resources. Recently audio books in MP3 format started to be made available. The library should prove an excellent resource for students studying the Hungarian language, or interested in the arts and humanities in Hungary. New additions can be viewed in RSS format.
This is the website of the Manuscript Centre, a research and cultural centre established in 1994 as a part of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt. It aims at collecting and preserving old and rare manuscripts which deal with history of science, and Arabic and Islamic civilisation. The site contains information about conferences with access to papers in Arabic and English covering topics such as manuscripts in British, Turkish, and Iranian libraries, and history of science. There is also a list of publications in either hard copies or a digital format, and these can be ordered from the Centre. The site can be viewed in Arabic, English and French. This site is of benefit to anyone who is interested in Arabic and Islamic studies.
The Manx National Heritage Library holds a wealth of material to assist researchers including sources for information on internment on the Isle of Man during the First World War and World War II. Manx National Heritage Library Bibliographies and Information sheets are available for download in printable format (PDF) from this website. The bibliographies include: internment during the First and Second World Wars; Archibald Knox; military history; Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott; folklore; cholera and nineteenth century health issues; Manx coastal erosion; and the Isle of Man in the 17th Century. The public information sheets include sources for family and local historians, as well as maps of the Isle of Man.
This is the website of the Médiathèque du Grand Troyes, one of the richest medieval manuscript libraries in France after Bibliothèque Nationale. The library preserves over 1,700 manuscripts on parchment, dating from the 7th to the 15th century. Most manuscripts come from the library of L'Abbaye de Clairvaux, from the library of the Champagne family, and from other private collections. There is also a large collection of incunabula containing over 700 early printed books.The site provides access to a searchable online catalogue and to a searchable database of images of manuscript illuminations from the library holdings. An entire section of the website is dedicated to introducing the subject to the general public and school children in particular, and offers information on available courses taught by staff, an online course on the making of a medieval manuscript, teaching tools, and a series of online exhibitions by pupils. There are also links to online exhibitions held in connection with the library, and to library publications.
This is the web page dedicated to the medieval and renaissance manuscripts collection of the Lilly Library at Indiana University. It provides an overview of the manuscript and illuminated manuscript holdings, including the main highlights of the collection (including bibles, books of hours, and versions of texts by Boccaccio, Seneca and Saint Augustine). There is a link to exhibition catalogues, including catalogues of manuscript-related exhibitions, published by and available for purchase from the library. Users will also find links to various online resources, subject guides, and finding aids facilitating access to the Lilly Library's manuscript collections.
From the main page, users can access the Lilly Library's main page, from which it is possible to read about special online exhibitions (one of which covers seventeenth century medical texts), search dedicated databases, and browse manuscript descriptions. The resource also had a subject guide to its manuscript collections that can be reached through the Manuscript Collection Database.
Durham University Library's Middle East Documentation Unit (MEDU) website provides access to information and details of the Unit's holdings. MEDU houses an extensive collection of publications, documents and reports on and about the Middle East, published both in the Middle East and elsewhere. MEDU was founded in 1970 and provides important research material for those interested in the region's security, politics, economics, social developments and international relations. Material includes statistical yearbooks, specialised statistical publications, and annual reports of central banks and government ministries. Advice is given on tracing documents in the collection using Durham University Library OPAC. The website will be of interest to researchers on the Middle East as the collection's contents are unique in Britain by type of material, range of subject coverage and range of country coverage.
This is the website of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (formerly known as Resource), which was launched in April 2000, replacing the Museums and Galleries Commission and the Library and Information Commission. The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) is a strategic agency which aims to provide guidance, leadership and advocacy across all and for each of the sectors represented. The Council's website contains a full copy of its corporate plan and details of its vision. There are sections on: Improving a library service; 'Leading Museums', MLA's action plan; 'Renaissance', MLA's programme to transform regional museums; and 'Digital Participation' (opening up free online access in public libraries). There is also information about the work done regionally, information about MLA's role, and a news section.
Maintained by the Council of Culture of Munich, Monacensia is a library and archive devoted to the modern literature and history of this German city. Monacensia possesses the estates of more than 170 artists associated with Munich, including: writers of the early 20th century; writers in exile; contemporary writers; foreign authors who have lived in Munich; visual artists; actors; and comedians. Monacensia's holdings embrace transcripts; manuscripts; letters; diaries; biographical documents; pictures; CD-ROMs; CDs; records; and videotapes. Brief information on these collections is complemented by historical and contemporary details on the city itself. Documents are not yet available online, but a link through the Munich City Library's site allows users to conduct searches on Monacensia's holdings. There are subpages with visitors' information. There are also pages on Monacensia's current cultural events, exhibitions, and publications. Navigation is not that straightforward, but the site nonetheless provides an useful overview of this institution for researchers and academics in the fields of Modern German Literature and History.
The Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum website contains useful information about the institution and its collections. The collections section (online exhibitions) includes short text and several pictures on drawings and prints; medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; rare printed books; literary and historical manuscripts; music manuscripts; ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets; paintings and art objects. Most of the artistic objects are from ecclesiastical contexts of the European Middle Age and Renaissance. Among the works described are a Latin Bible printed by Johann Gutenberg (Biblia Latina); miniatures form the Old Testament with Latin and Persian inscriptions (Saul Slaying Nahash and the Ammonites and Samuel Anoints Saul and Sacrifices to the Lord); the autograph manuscript by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of symphony K.385; paintings by Peter Paul Rubens; an autograph manuscript by Henry David Thoreau; and Mesopotamian seals and cuneiform tablets. The online exhibitions have been nominated in the competition for Best On-line Exhibition or Activity Site in 'Museums and the Web 2004 : Best of the Web'. This website contains sections useful to almost all arts and humanities and is a resource for use by the general public or students. The Morgan Museum and Library was re-built in 2006; the newly enlarged building was designed by architect Renzo Piano.
The website of The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading belongs to this museum, which fulfils several different functions: it is a university department; a centre for research and information; it acts as a national resource centre; and also functions as a museum. The centre aims to cater for a variety of users and provides resources geared towards schools, the general public, undergraduates and researchers. The museum has developed an online database of relevant resources. This database includes details of their library holdings, photograph collection, object collection, archives and their bibliography of British and Irish rural history. Online exhibitions are presented. It is possible to search the catalogue by title and name search, keyword search, subject search and classmark search. Searches can be restricted to certain parts of the collection and to specific date ranges. Online help in using the catalogue is available. The database provides access to host of information. The website provides details on various parts of the Centre: there is information on the library and its collections; details are provided about the photographic service (for which a charge is made); details of their archives are given and there is information on visiting the museum. A list of relevant links is also provided. The museum also receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The Web Site "Muzeum, biblioteka, fundacja książąt czartoryskich (Museum, library, and foundation of the Czartoryski princes)" is in Polish. It provides details about one of the best Polish collections of art and literature, located in Cracow, Poland. The Czartoryskis were one of the leading aristocratic families in Poland, and their collections reflect this. The museum is home to the works of Pieter Bruegel the elder, Hans Bol, and most famously, Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine. The site provides information about the opening hours, location and access to the museum and library, which have some of the best Polish collections of early modern art and literature. This is a useful site for those carrying out research in Polish Studies.
The site of the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu is the gateway to one of the most important art collections in Romania. The museum was established in the last will of Samuel von Brukenthal, governor of Transylvania (1721-1803). The paintings, prints, and decorative art items can be viewed as JPEG images, searchable in a simple catalogue or as links from the respective pages of the site. From the holdings of the Brukenthal Library, a breviary from the early sixteenth century has a digitised version; two other medieval illustrated manuscripts can be viewed partially in small jpeg images. This website also includes the home pages of the Museum of History and the Museum of Natural History in Sibiu, although the holdings and collections of these institutions are only given short descriptions. The Romanian version of the site contains electronic versions of books relevant to or published by the Museum.
The website of the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT) provides information about the Centre and its activities. Based at the University of Sheffield, the Centre is the only university-based institution in England devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore. It offers undergraduate modules, an MA in Folklore and Cultural Tradition and supports PhD research on various topics. Subjects that fall within the Centre's remit include: cultural tradition; folklore; dialects; custom and belief; traditional dance, drama, and music; and traditional arts. NATCECT's activities include a Traditional Drama Research Group (TDRG). Details of conferences, publications, and the Traditional Heritage Museum are provided, and there is also a link to the NATCECT reference library page of the University of Sheffield Library website, plus a summary listing of NATCECT archive collections, which include over 1,000 research projects, 2,800 audiotapes, and 230 videotapes. Two samples from the Survey of Sheffield Usage are available in MP3 format, via the archive section.
The National Library of Medicine: History of Medicine Division website provides access to a variety of resources relating to medical history. The website presents a wealth of resources and information on a wide range of medical history topics. Perhaps of greatest benefit will be the 'Historical Collections' section of the website, which presents a number of sub-themes (including 'books and journals', 'archives and manuscripts' and 'digital collections'). The information presented here is excellent laid out and will prove to be of significant interest to those interested in the history of medicine.
The National Library of Scotland Guide to Manuscript Collections contains over 850 inventories of the Library's manuscript and archival collections. The collections are listed alphabetically (by title of each collection - sometimes this is the first letter of the depositor's surname). The larger accessions have more detailed finding aids available as PDF documents. As well as browsing in this way, the Guide can be searched by keywords. (Collections of only a single item or only a few items do not appear to be included in this finding aid). A text-only version of this service is available by following the links to the text-only version of the home page of the National Library of Scotland website. The resource is simple to navigate for the researcher, listing series clearly.
The website of the National Sporting Library and Fine Art Museum of Virginia is a useful resource for researchers in literature, history or bibliography, interested in the role of horses and field sports in cultural development. There is an online catalogue and digitised portions of some of the collections are available for viewing also. Highlights of the collection are featured, with descriptions of the content and a selection of images from each one, as well as details of the book's physical location in the National Sporting Library. The library itself houses over 13,000 books, periodicals, photographs, films and manuscripts, which are described in detail on the website. The Library offers a reference service which may be accessed online, though it is stressed that this does not cover extensive research. The online catalogue may be searched by general headings, including sports such as hunting or flat-racing, or by the names of authors or subjects. The site is straight-forward to use and easy to navigate.
The website of the National Taiwan University offers textual information on library facilities, resources and collections, and provides an online catalogue through which users can search within the library's holdings. The main page is divided into links leading to the library's: electronic resources and databases (although these require library authorisation); special collections; library catalogues; library services; and special projects run by the library. The library has established a special database on women and gender studies, runs a digital project on museums and has a digital archive programme. The site also includes textual accounts of special collections, which include: Chinese thread-stitched binding books; a Japanese rare book collection; a Taiwanese studies collection covering the Japanese colonial period; a pre-1900 collection; and a collection of manuscripts from alumni of the university, with dedicated links about the authors available in Chinese. Further information on all the special collections is provided (in Chinese). The main site also acts as a gateway to other national and academic libraries through a concise links page. The online catalogue is quick to load and easy to use, with a small number of search options. Search results for Chinese language materials appear in Chinese (complicated) characters, and in occasional pinyin romanisation. Users can also search the Union Catalogue and other national and international academic libraries using the search function, including libraries in Hong Kong, Japan and America. However, users without Chinese language skills may need assistance in translating the more in-depth information about the collections provided by the site.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Lincoln Plaza, New York. It houses an extensive collection of circulating, reference and archival material relating to the performing arts. Its website provides details about the library's collections. The research collections comprise the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, the Music Division, the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound and the Billy Rose Theatre Collection. The circulating (lending) collections cover music and orchestra; drama, dance, film and arts administration; and include recorded sound and videotape collections. An overview of the scope and contents of each collection is provided. Materials in the circulating collections can be searched via the NYPL online catalogue; online archival finding aids for many research collections are also available and there is a separate online catalogue of the dance collection. Additional resources and information on the site include details of past, present and forthcoming exhibitions, as well as links to online exhibitions and presentations; general information about the library and its use; an online tour and introduction (requires RealPlayer); and a series of guides to select Internet resources.
This is the website of the National Library of Wales (Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru). It is a gateway to the books, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, photographs and other materials held in the Library's collections. There is information about the Library for visitors and researchers. This includes well-structured information about the collections and services, as well online catalogues and calendars of these collections. The website is well designed with clear navigation that remains similar wherever in the site you are. The site is available in Welsh and English. The Library's Digital Mirror includes: archives (such as the St Asaph Notitiae - a survey of the population of that diocese during the 1680s; and an autobiography of William Owen, smuggler, who was hanged for murder 1747); manuscripts, such as The Black Book of Carmarthen; Cyfraith Hywel Dda - a Latin version of the native Welsh law (known as 'Latin A'); the history Hengwrt Chaucer, one of the most important texts of the work of Geoffrey Chaucer; as well as maps, photographs, sound and video, and pictures (which includes framed works of art by J. M. W. Turner and Thomas Rowlandson). There is also an archive of online versions of past and current exhibitions that include: work and play; Tower colliery; Lloyd George; architecture of Wales; and Thomas Pennant. Education packages are available for teachers, as well as resources focussing on the needs of family and local historians and other special groups.
This is the website for the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound (Norsk Lydinstitutt Stavanger), which manages a collection of over "100,000 LP records, 40,000 78 rpm records, 10,000 audio reel tapes, 5,000 video and music cassettes, 5,000 books on music, record catalogues and periodicals, as well as extensive equipment for playing and copying of recordings". As such, it is one of the largest collections in Europe. Based on a number of collections, which were donated to the city of Stavanger, by Arne Dørumsgaard, John Sanders, the Fartein Valen Society, Boris Semeonoff, Rolf Davidson, Odd-Jan Jonassen, amongst other donors, the Institute aims to be a centre of musical research, with an emphasis on the gramaphone repertoire of the 20th century. The website includes a history of the Institute, and of the collections. An online catalogue can be searched or browsed, and, although it is the intention to make parts of the collection available online, a few sound files are available to listen to now (for which QuickTime is required).
The Perthshire Libraries' Local Studies website forms part of Perth and Kinross Council's Web service, providing information about the resources held at, and the services provided by, their local record office. The site gives details of what types of published resources are available, which include the usual array of books and pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, maps, photographs, and prints. The contents of several special collections are also listed, which are likely to be of interest to scholars beyond the usual scope of local history. These include: a number of theological works; manuscripts of Scottish music dating from the seventeenth century; and a sound archive of conversations with rural Perthshire workers. The site also provides details of opening hours and prices for various services including remote searches. The site itself does not contain any primary research materials.
The Web Site "The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada" has versions in Polish, English and French. It provides information on the Polish activities of the institute and the Polish Library in Montreal and McGill University. Created in 1943, the institute has become a focal point for the Polish community in Montreal and its environs. The site provides information on the objectives and historical background of the institute, the Canadian Foundation for Polish Studies, a wonderful virtual gallery of Polish prints (1918-1939), links to Poland on the Internet, and the Polish Academic Information Center. Of great use to historians and researchers is the information on archival sources for the study of Polish Canadians. A good site for those carrying out research on the history of Polonia, Canada, and Polish Studies.
This is the website of the Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej (Polish Music Information Centre). The Centre was developed in 2001 from the Library of the Polish Composers' Union - Polish Contemporary Music Documentation Centre in Warsaw and collects and makes available books, periodicals and other publications dealing with Polish contemporary music. It "boasts Poland’s largest collection of scores by contemporary Polish composers. It also holds an extensive collection of Polish contemporary music recordings, both on records published on professional labels and in the form of radio recordings as well as our own recordings of concerts organised by Polish Composers’ Union.The centre has Poland’s greatest computer database of Polish contemporary composers and their works, the bulk of which is now available on the Internet". The site itself provides a wealth of information on Polish composers, performers, musicologists, promoters, orchestras, choirs, ensembles and details of conferences, competitions and concerts. Also included are links to other relevant institutions, schools, libraries, publishers and newspapers. The library's catalogue is available to search online. There is an English version of the site (click on the flag) but not all the items are translated.
This is the website of Puke Ariki, a museum, library and heritage visitor centre for Taranaki. The site provides information about this 'knowledge centre' that houses a full public library, museum and visitor information centre, and provides digital access to some of the resources on New Zealand history available there. The site also contains comprehensive information about the centre itself and its facilities, resources and exhibitions. The main focus of the online content is the Taranaki Stories that provide biographies and oral histories of important historical individuals. These are divided into a variety of topics, including leading women, immigration, farming and conflict. There are also a few online exhibitions, immigration passenger lists and historical photographs.
The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University website covers numerous archive catalogues and collections. It provides contact information, accessibility terms and details of the collections' holdings. This site is of interest to those in the humanities focusing on North American studies, politics, marketing or history. The collections include the following centres: John W. Hartman Center Sales, Advertising and Marketing History; John Hope Franklin Collection of African and African-American Documentation; Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture; and The Digital Scriptorium. There is an online catalogue, which is supported by finding aids and detailed guides. There are also many public exhibition rooms where the general public can view some of the library's most interesting holdings. The library also offers grants for researchers wishing to use the collections.
The RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) National Library Service (formerly the National Library for the Blind (UK)) Web page provides details of an electronic library service for visually impaired readers who want books in accessible formats. The site includes: information about the various formats that are available; book lists and a library catalogue; details of the Talking Book Service and online reference services; and discussion forums. Online versions of the RNIB magazine Read On are also available, as Word or PDF files. The website is designed to be accessible to people with sight problems.
The website "Romanian collections at the Library of Congress" has been compiled to provide an overview of the holdings and is of particular use to post-graduates and researchers working on the present-day and historical territory of Romania and Moldova. The site suggests that the holdings are probably the largest outside Romania and Moldova, with nearly 75,000 volumes. The emphasis is clearly on the post-war period but there are titles dating back to the seventeenth century and rare books from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as well. Of importance to historians of Romania and East Europe, are the eighteenth century works by Prince Dimitrie Cantemir, including the first history of the Ottoman Empire. Journals, conference proceedings as well as regional and local press are also well-represented. The collections are also rich in the areas of law, military archives, folk culture, the Romanian diaspora in the USA, and social sciences. The site gives a good overview of the collections and is useful for anyone planning a research trip to the Library of Congress.
The site is an official website of the National Library of Russia, the country's oldest library built in St. Petersburg in 1795. It consists of 5 sections: informaton about the library; services; NLR collections; NLR online; projects and partners. The information about the library focuses on the library's history. The most significant part of this website is the section containing the NLR resources, primarily its electronic catalogue of post-1989 materials, which includes Russian language publications (1989-), Ukrainian and Belarusian materials (1998-) and abstracts of dissertations (1989-). There is also a separate electronic catalogue for literature in European languages (1994-), foreign periodicals (1995-), Russian language books (1725-1998) and others. The site includes illustrated catalogues of exhibitions held at the library and the description of different web projects, such as the Russian-American project on creating an electronic library on exploration of Western Siberia and Far East. The electronic collection "St. Petersburg in Post Cards (1900-1941)" includes 900 post cards from I.P. Churakov's collection. The English version of the site consists of the introduction, information on partners and publicity and the English language description of the NLR online resources which provides links to the actual catalogues.
"Russian collections at the Library of Congress" is an excellent online guide to the vast holdings of the LOC on Russia and the former Soviet Union. The collections consist of over 700,000 volumes in Russian and a similar number of volumes in other languages about Russia and the former Soviet Union. It is particularly strong in emigre literature, Soviet-era posters, and 1980s film. Bolstered by the Yudin Collection (over 100,000 volumes from Russia's largest private library), the holdings also boast Fedorov's 'Apostol' of 1564 and the Ostrog Bible of 1580. Music, law, science, technology, cartography, and prints are all well-represented. The site provides links to other sections of the LOC website as well as external links. A useful site for postgraduates, researchers and academics working on Russia or the former Soviet Union.
SALSER (Serials catalogue for Scottish academic and research libraries) is a union catalogue of serials holdings in all 13 Scottish universities, the municipal research libraries of Edinburgh and Glasgow, numerous smaller Scottish research libraries and the National Library of Scotland. Through SALSER users can not only discover which serials are held where, they can also connect to the participating libraries' On-line Public Access Catalogues (OPACs) for more detailed holdings information. SALSER also provides a library directory giving useful information about addresses, phone numbers, opening hours and lending services. Accessed through the Web. Freely available. Description supplied by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
This site is devoted to the collections related to exile at branches of the German national library, notably the Deutsches Exilarchiv in Frankfurt am Main and related literature collections at the Deutsche Bücherei in Leipzig. Exile in this case refers to a relatively new field of scholarly enquiry into the culture, literature and history of people, especially Jews, who fled Germany, Austria and other parts of Europe leading up to and during World War II. The site primarily gives information on archival holdings (files, private papers and special collections, letters and manuscripts). These holdings will be of particular interest for historians, as they include the records of exile organisations such as the American Guild for German Cultural Freedom; the Emergency Rescue Committee of New York; old BBC broadcasts; deutschsprachiger Autoren im Ausland, London (1953 - 1990) (German-speaking authors abroad, London); Deutscher PEN-Club im Exil (1933 - 1940) (the German PEN club in exile); Club 1943, London; and Schutzverband Deutscher Schriftsteller in der Schweiz (Association for the protection of German writers in Switzerland). Private papers are listed alphabetically according to authors' names, and feature a great range of professionals: writers; artists; scientists; academics; doctors; jurists; journalists; and linguists. Private collections on more famous exiles include: Albert Einstein; Heinrich Mann; Thomas Mann; Franz Werfel; Arnold Zweig; and Stefan Zweig. The printed collection also holds newspapers, books and other materials. Exilpresse Digital is a good subsite on exile newspapers. Of connected interest here are subpages on the Anne-Frank-Shoah-Bibliothek and the Börsenvereinsbibliothek for Frankfurt am Main nach 1945 (the Library on the stock exchange group at Frankfurt after 1945). The site gives further information on access to collections, contact details, exhibitions and related publications.
The website SOAS Library : Archives and Manuscripts provides an overview and practical information about this section of the School of Oriental and African Studies' Library (SOAS). The extensive holdings of one of the foremost institutions in its field, include materials relating to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. A particular strength of the collection is the documentation of individual missionaries. There are also the papers of such luminaries as Robert Wellesley Cole, Andrew Hake, William Sewell, and A.J. Arkell. SOAS has a large collection of documents on Chinese Maritime Customs, and former members of the China Consular Service. Language and literature are also well-represented with a combination of the papers of authors, scholars and critics. There is also a regional guide to the archives and manuscripts, an oral archive collection and a guide to photographic sources. Some of the latter resources are displayed in an image gallery. Opening hours, access conditions and reprographic details and prices are available on the site, as well as directions to the library.
This is the website for the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet studies, a unique educational centre which promotes knowledge of the history, culture, language and literature in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Its library, established in 1924, is a collection of more than 35,000 books, journals and pamphlets, covering Russia and the former Soviet Union. The materials held by the library are in Russian and English, mainly from Soviet publishers. The library collection covers the following subjects: art and architecture; music, theatre and cinema; literature, history and politics; and education, science and Russian language learning. The library boasts a good coverage of the Soviet period (1917-1991) and also includes some rare materials from the 1920s-1940s, as well as a number of personal collections. Apart from that the SCRRS library has a unique photo library. Established in 1943, it contains around 60,000 colour and black and white photos, slides and realia covering all aspects of cultural life in Russia and the former Soviet Union from pre-revolutionary times to the present days. Among others it includes two important collections: the Huntley Carter Collection (a superb resource on Soviet architecture and theatre), and the Cicely Osmond Collection (images on Soviet education in the 1920s-1930s). The library collection is very useful for academic researchers of all levels, as well as for general public. Books can be borrowed by the Society members in person and by post.
SCRSS is a unique educational centre, based in London. It promotes knowledge of the culture, language and history of Russia and the former Soviet Union. It is a registered charity. SCRSS caters for students, teachers, researchers and designers, plus any other individuals who have an interest in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Facilities include a library and information service, publications and events details, and a photographic collection. Russian language courses are offered. Phone or email for more information.
The Society of Genealogists' library in London holds copies and indexes to parish registers, and calendars of these are presented here on their website. This is essentially an electronic version of the lists published in print in 1995, although some were revised in 1999-2000 and further revisions are planned, county by county as the print editions are reissued. Recent additions to the Society's holdings can be found in the Genealogists' Magazine. The Society staff can make limited searches in these volumes, and some are available for loan - details are provided about these transactions and also the format of the Society's holdings whether in print or microform. The lists are browsable by counties (the names are those in use before the 1974 reorganisation of local government) for England, Scotland and Wales. There are also holdings for the Channel Islands, the Isle Of Man, Ireland, and from overseas.For anyone experienced in using these sorts of indexes there will be nothing new here - a typical entry looks like "ABEREDW CMB Ext 1687-1722 C 1740-1900 Illegitimate 1822-46 M 1741-1971 B 1740-1901 ". Brief but explanatory notes provide guidance regarding abbreviations, banns, parish names, religious denominations, Boyd's Marriage Index, and distinctions between Bishops transcripts and the registers themselves.
The website 'Sounds Familiar? Accents and Dialects of the UK' is one of the British Library online learning resources. It is dedicated to the study of British accents and vocabularies, from a contemporary and historical perspective. Users can investigate recent trends in pronunciation, such as 'upspeak' or 'T-glottaling', or discover how the English of British Asians is influenced by their bilingual status. The resource includes a selection of over seventy audio recordings and more than 600 short audio clips from the British Library Sound Archive. Some of the materials were recorded in the 1950s and others almost half a century later, between 1998 and1999. The resource consists of five main sections: Regional Voices; Changing Voices; Your Voices; Case Studies; and Activities. The first two of these sections focus, respectively, on the regional and historical variations of English. 'Case Studies' looks into three specific English varieties: Received Pronunciation, Geordie Dialect, and the language of ethnic minorities in the UK. Suggested 'Activities' encourage users to investigate the use of English in their own communities, and 'Your Voices' provides them with an opportunity to publish their results on the site. With its interactive character and comprehensive set of audio data and their interpretations, this site is commendable to general audience interested in the subject, as well as students and researchers of linguistics, particularly phonetics and sociolinguistics.
The website "South Slavic collections at the Library of Congress" provides an overview of these holdings of the library. It is extremely useful for postgraduates, researchers and academics working on the territories of: the former Yugoslavia; Croatia; Slovenia; Bosnia-Hercegovina; Serbia; Montenegro; Macedonia; Bulgaria; and the Austro-Hungarian empire. This site is particularly useful for directing users to other areas of the LOC holdings in which they might find useful materials. The excellent rare books section contains the Plochev collection of the first Bulgarian books published, the oldest Croatian book 'Missale Glagoliticum' from 1483, and the first Serbian book 'Octoechos' from 1494. The site also provides links to external sites that may be of interest to users, grouped by country.
St Bride Library was opened in 1895. It was both a technical library and printing school; the school eventually moved and is now the London College of Communication (LCC). The collections cover printing and related subjects, which include paper and binding, graphic design and typography, typefaces and calligraphy, illustration and printmaking, publishing and book-selling, as well as the social and economic aspects of the printing, book, newspaper and magazine trades. The website includes details of its opening times and events. It provides a brief history of the library and information about its general collections, special collections, recent acquisitions and links to other sites. There is a section for Friends of St Bride Library.
The website of the Ryan Memorial Library at St Charles Borromeo Seminary provides information on the library of the official seminary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The library holds over 134,000 volumes, and is rich in resources in theology and religious studies, with particular strengths in the areas of: philosophy; patristics; systematic and moral theology; and scripture. The catalogue can be searched online. The library also houses a number of special collections, including rare books; Catholic devotional literature; liturgical books; catechisms; holy cards; and almost 1500 video recordings. The online listing of the last may be a useful resource for those wishing to discover what audiovisual resources are available in this area.
This is the website for St. Deiniol's Library, which is a residential library in Hawarden, North Wales, founded in 1889 by William Ewart Gladstone, the Victorian politician and statesman. It was based on his personal library, which illustrates "the wide range of interests of a true Victorian polymath". The focus of the library's collection is theology, history, philosophy, classics, art, literature and Victorian studies, as well as manuscripts including Gladstone's own correspondence. The library is housed in an "imposing building" funded by a public appeal following Gladstone's death in 1898. This building houses the library and residential accomodation. The website includes a link to the library's catalogue, more detailed information about its history, buildings and activities, including scholarships. Of further interest to scholars is information about GladCat, St Deiniol's AHRC-funded project which aimed to "identify and catalogue the books personally owned by William Ewart Gladstone".
The website 'UCL library services: Huguenot library' is a resource of value to both postgraduates and researchers interested in the study of the Huguenot communities. The University College London collections were formed from the libraries of the French Hospital, the Huguenot Society, and from institutions such as the Westminster French Protestant School, Friendly Societies, and family papers. The collections boast two copies of the 1535 edition of: Calvin's Bible; La France Protestant by the Haag brothers; French Protestant Exiles by D.C.A. Agnew; and a complete set of the Bulletin of the French Protestant Société in Paris. The site provides details of access to the collections, opening hours, and catalogues. There is useful information on resources for those researching the communities in North America, Australasia, Germany, and the UK. A selection of links to other organisations and websites should also prove of interest to researchers.
This is the website of Unione Femminile Nazionale (National women's union), an association based in Milan that aims to promote and raise awareness of women's issues. Details of the Union's various archives, library, and activities are made available. There are descriptions of new additions to the library and of each of the Union's archives. These include the archive of Donna Woman Femme, which holds administrative documents of the important women's journal. The Matilde Bassani Finzi Foundation comprises of leaflets, diaries, and writings of the Jewish partisan. The Luisa Peroni Mattioli Foundation's archive presents documents relating to the administrative activities of Italy's first female magistrate. Other archives are also available at the Union for consultation by appointment. The Union's own archive contains important documents on Italian and international suffragism and women's history. The Union published a journal between 1901 and 1905 and this site includes a link to online facsimiles of each edition. A brief history of the Union is included, as are links to other associations dealing with women's issues. The Union was established in 1899. This resource would be of use as a starting point for further research into Italian feminism, women's studies, or the individual female figures featured.
The website of the University of Hong Kong libraries allows users to search the university's online library catalogues, provides practical information on access and research facilities, and gives details of special collections. From the main page, users can access Dragon, the Hong Kong University Library catalogue. It is also possible to search other Hong Kong academic online library catalogues through the same search engine. Users can also perform separate searches for academic journal articles in the website's useful Article Finder facility. The Collection Development section of the website includes 'Subject Blogs', which list the library's main acquisitions under subject headings (for example, arts, architecture and social sciences) and provides news on the expansion of the library collection. The library's special collections include a Qing dynasty (1644-1911) version of the first medical jurisprudence book in the world ('The Washing Away of Wrongs', written in the thirteenth century) and the second and third editions of the journals of Rev. Gutzlaff, the first Lutheran minister to work in China in the early nineteenth century. The website appears to be intended as a companion resource for Hong Kong-based users. However, descriptions on individual pages are clear and precise, the Dragon online catalogue is fast and straightforward to use, and the website as a whole acts as a gateway to other online library resources of interest to Chinese studies' scholars in Hong Kong, the United States and the United Kingdom. Users can also download editions of Focus, the library newsletter, which contains news of developments in the library and reports on special events.
The website for the University of Houston Libararies provides access to databases of articles, books, journals, dissertation abstracts and archival material. It is of use to students and researchers. The site includes a digital exhibition section, featuring reproductions from the early modern period of Sebastian Brant's Stultifera Navis (Ship of Fools), including the wonderful collection of images by Haintz-Nar-Maister and Albrecht Dürer. Other digital projects include, Historic Texas Postcards, The Cruiser Houston and University of Houston Through Time. The website features a section on Research Help, which provides advice on how to locate and evaluate information on the Internet. There are also excellent subject guides with further links to relevant Internet sources or bibliographical information.The database of articles can be searched by subject, alphabetically, or by format. Some of the sources of information require a subscription. The section on archival material is divided into subjects, featuring: Architecture; American History; History of Houston; History of Texas; Literature; Performing Arts; University archives; Women's archives; and a miscellaneous section.
This web page lists the special collections held by the University of Huddersfield library. Each collection is described, and linked documents contain a wide variety of other information, varying from simple lists of items held in the collection, to searchable databases of the material. Key collections include: the extensive social and economic history library of statistician G.H. Wood; historical books on diet and nutrition donated by nutritionist John Yudkin; collections of Yorkshire parish histories, records, maps and theses; the Wesley Historical Society (Yorkshire Branch)’s nationally important collection of 12,000 printed items and manuscripts relating to the region’s Methodist history; a collection of twentieth century socialist and labour history. Other collections are mainly in the areas of architecture, social, health and education history, and radical and left-wing literature.
This is the website of the Founders' Library at the University of Wales, Lampeter. The catalogue of printed books is accessible online, and access to the resources themselves is for students and staff of the University who hold a current library users card. Instructions are provided for those outside the University who are engaged in serious study who wish to consult the collections. There is space on the website to display online exhibitions, and there is a link to 'Pamphlet and Polemic' a University of Wales, Lampeter project funded by the RSLP (the Research Support Libraries Programme). The Founders' Library contains about 25,000 printed books and pamphlets from 1470 to 1850 together with some medieval manuscripts, scrolls, and post-medieval manuscripts. The collection was given by its early benefactors between 1827 and 1850, principally Thomas Burgess, Thomas Phillips and Thomas Bowdler.
This site created by the library of the Unversity of Texas, contains online maps of Russia and the former Soviet republics. Unless otherwise stated, all the maps were produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Users can get to the relevant map by clicking on the letter in the alphabet, which will take them straight to the required part of the site. The maps included in the site are political, historical, topographic, reference, and others, - some in PDF format. There are also maps focusing on the ethnic divisions in the country, such as "Soviet Union - Muslim peoples" (1979), "Soviet Union - Muslim population" (1979), and "Soviet Union - comparative socialist nationalities by republic" (1989). Users can also find maps on different industries (coal and major minerals, petroleum, electric power, etc.). Apart from that the site includes world city and country maps.
This Dutch-language web page introduces the Spinoza House Association and the houses in their possession. These consist of a cottage in Rijnsburg, in which the rationalist philosopher Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677) lived and worked from 1661 to 1663, and the house in which he died, located in the Hague. The Rijnsburg house has been converted into a public museum, with Spinoza's library recreated and other period adornments. The property in The Hague hosts the Association's library, consisting mostly of nineteenth and twentieth century works about Spinoza. These may be consulted by appointment. The website also provides a bibliography of the Association's publications, news and information on events of interest to Spinoza scholars, and links to selected other Spinoza sites on the Web.
This website is the homepage for the Wallace Collection's library catalogue.The website states that the Library's collection 'reflects the Museum's collection. Its strengths are: Old Master Paintings, French Painting from the 17th century to the mid-nineteenth century, French Decorative Arts 17th and 18th centuries, Sèvres Porcelain, French 18th century sculpture, Bronzes (Renaissance, Baroque, French 18th century), Arms and Armour, Majolica, Portrait Miniatures, Mediaeval and Renaissance Decorative Arts, History of Collecting.' The catalogue can be accessed by an A-Z title search, keyword search or author/title search. A list of recent acquisitions is provided, as is a periodicals list. Items acquired after 2000 are in the catalogue and work is being done to add earlier acquisitions into the online catalogue. The library is for reference only and by appointment. Contact details are provided.
The homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine is one of the largest medical history libraries in the world. As the leading national resource in the history of medicine this website is accessed by international academics, historians, students and the general public. The site provides a comprehensive guide to the library's collection of books, journals, manuscripts, pictures, archives and films. Though somewhat confusing to navigate, packed as it is with information, the online catalogue itself is simple to use with searches made by keyword, author, title or subject. Although none of the holdings are available to download there is information on a photocopying and inter-library loan service. Online access to a collection of over 130,000 digitised images from the Wellcome Trust's Medical Photographic Library are available for searching. The site is regularly updated and includes recent news and details of developments on the website and in the Library itself.
The Western Australian Cultural Heritage Portal is a website that provides integrated online access to the cultural heritage collections of Western Australian libraries, archives, museums and galleries. It allows users to conduct simultaneous searches across the catalogues and databases of a range of Western Australian cultural heritage institutions, and is an excellent starting-point for finding material relating to the history and culture of Western Australia. Simple and advanced searches may be made, and results may be saved and sorted according to user needs. The Portal is operated by the University of Western Australia library on behalf on its partners.
This is the home page of the Vienna city and provincial library, Wienbibliothek im Rathaus. The site has a series of catalogue search engines, which allows users to search for and reserve books, newspapers, journals and other sources. The library has a collection of printed literature going back to the 16th century. Special collections of documents, music-related sources, posters, and private libraries which were absorbed wholesale into this institution are described on their own individual subpages under the general heading Sammlungen (Collections). Users should check these pages carefully as they contain file-level inventories and a wealth of detail on holdings, especially in relation to Vienna's famed fin-de-siècle period. There is an outstanding list of links to library catalogues in Austria which should be very helpful for researchers who are working in Austrian history and cultural studies. There are also a number of international links, notably for Switzerland and other parts of Europe. Information on opening hours and access is posted, as is news on the latest library projects, exhibitions and publications. The richness of the library's resources as far as Austrian history and culture are concerned is further evident in announcements of book week exhibitions; events; lectures; tours and excursions; themed workshops; and cooperative school projects. Navigation on the site is both counter-intuitive and difficult, due to the cumbersome use of frames.
This is the website of the Women's Library, part of London Metropolitan University, and which houses the most comprehensive collection of women's history in the UK, making it useful for researchers across a range of disciplines. It "exists to document and explore women's lives in Britain" and its collections of books, pamphlets, archival materials, and more cover "issues from health, sexuality and popular culture to politics, history and human rights". The Women's Library website contains general information about the library and its collections. Catalogues of the Library's printed collection, and of the archive and museum collections can be searched online. Separate lists of biographical press cuttings and zines are also available. Additionally, the site offers to answer queries about individual collections at the library. Also provided are details of exhibitions, education resources and recent news and events. The site is user-friendly and simple to navigate. The Women's Library receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
The website "Working Class Movement Library" introduces this librarys, which is based in Salford, and is a repository for a large collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets, and archive material relating to the labour movement in Britain, and a few other countries, from the late eighteenth century onwards. On the site users can find information on visiting the library, as well as access on online OPAC library catalogue to search the libraries holdings. The website also provides a large range of guidance articles to various collections, including the archives of the GMB, the Journeymen Brushmakers, the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers, and the Thomas Paine collection. This section also contains biographies of notable individuals like Ewan MacColl and James Connolly. "Our collection" provides an overview of the holdings by categories: working lives; trade unions; protests, politics and campaigning for change; creativity and culture; activitsts; international; and family history. The activists section contains biographies of notable individuals like Ewan MacColl and James Connolly. This is a valuable resource for those interested in labour and working class history in Britain and elsewhere.
Founded in 1993, Österreichische Exilbibliothek is a section of the Literaturhaus in Vienna, Austria. This library is devoted to the arts, humanities and culture of those people, particularly Jews, who left Germany to live in Austria leading up to the Second World War, and who subsequently fled Austria just before and during the war. The site opens with a retrospective essay. Exhibitions, meetings, lectures and related events and publications on the topic of Exile Studies are also listed on the main page. Contact information is provided to enquire further on the library's holdings. The subject covers a broad range of human issues, from the persistence of German or Austrian cultural identity in the exiles' foreign destinations such as Latin America or New York, to children's literature, to the nature of culture in exile and its transformation as it reverberates down subsequent generations in new places. The site should serve interested members of the public, along with researchers who are investigating this central dislocation in the History and Cultural Studies of Austria and Central Europe.