The “A.P. Watt Records” website contains a comprehensive list of the University of North Carolina’s library holding for the world’s first literary agency, A.P. Watt and Company, which began operations in London, 1875 and continues to operate today. Users should be aware that this resource only lists what is available at the university library and there are no links or search engines to help students, researchers, or scholars. There are approximately three hundred thousand (300,000) items in the collection and include correspondence, agreements, contracts, and account books that document the sales of various author works to a variety of publishing outlets. Significant authors included in the list are G.K. Chesterton, Winston Churchill, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, P.G. Wodehouse, and W.B. Yeats. As well as a wealth of information on individual authors (ranging from canonical to hack), it is also a pre-eminent resource for scholars of publishing history and/or the industrial position of writers working since the late nineteenth century. The majority of the material dates between 1897 and 1937, but several files extend to 1985. The resource is also available in ASCII format.
The 'Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress' website provides online access to material held by the manuscripts department of the Library of Congress. This collection consists of approximately 20,000 records, which have been microfilmed and indexed. It is the microfilm collection which forms the source of the online collection. The microfilm is being digitally scanned and the resulting images are being made available online. Material in the archive dates from 1833-1916 although the great majority of the material dates from between 1850-1865. Annotated transcriptions are being made available to all the documents in Lincoln's autograph collection. The online exhibition consists of approximately 61,000 images and 10,000 transcriptions. The collection can be browsed or searched by keyword. The site also includes online exhibits relating to The Emancipation Proclamation, The Lincoln Assassination and a photograph gallery. Other features of the site include timelines, information about the collection and a selected bibliography.
This is the home page of the Acadian Museum and Archives in West Pubnico, Nova Scotia. The site has several features which will provide good starting points for the teaching and study of Acadian Canadian History, beginning with one sub-section entitled Digital Archives of the Argyle District Acadians. While its historiographical assumptions are only implicit, this section highlights the tremendous importance and potential usefulness of etymological approaches in the study of Canadian history. To accompany a small historiographical essay on the subject, there are lists on the site -- accompanied by audio files -- of old French words which are still used in the region but are slowly vanishing; words which are spelt differently from spellings in modern dictionaries; words to which Acadians apply unique definitions; and archaic words which are still listed in modern dictionaries. Local religiosity is profiled in an online exhibit of religious artefacts with explanations.
Another subsite provides essays on the history and geography of the Acadians of the region. This section includes: online transcriptions of land grants; accounts of local folklore; and genealogical descriptions of founding Acadian families. In addition to the Digital Archives of the Argyle District Acadians, the site provides an online tour of the Acadian Museum and its gift shop; details on the local historical society; coming events; related links; and other local attractions. But the subsite on the Archives is perhaps the most useful section for researchers. Here, there are detailed lists of archival resources available for some 5000 library books; periodicals; genealogies; land grants; deeds; microfilms; maps; photographs; and church records.
Adam Matthew Publications is a British publisher of "original manuscript collections, rare printed books and other primary source material for the humanities". Publication has until recently been in microfilm form, but much of the material is now also available to scholars online. The service is a commercial one that generally requires purchase and registration. There is, however, some full-text material available for free and without registration at this website (click Guides / Online / then see the free full-text 'Publisher's Note' and 'Introduction' for each collection). There is a full A-Z index to around 500 large scholarly collections of primary source material on microfilm, and a link to the Adam Matthew Digital website for online access. A variety of free printed brochures are offered on certain topics, and these can be requested for postal delivery. Further short brochures (see 'Recent Publications') are available free online as PDF files. The collections seem especially strong in literary manuscripts, travel records, and documents of political importance.
The African American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920, is an impressive online archive of over 30,000 pages of digitised primary source material relating to the history of the black community in this U.S. state. Published by the Library of Congress and the Ohio Historical Society the collection spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and covers themes such as slavery, abolition, the underground railroad and African American politics and religion. Available on the site are personal papers, pamphlets, speeches, reports, 15,000 articles from state newspapers, photographs, plantation account books, ex-slave narratives, and correspondence. The collection can be searched by keyword, browsed through the subject index, or browsed by the type of source material. At the time of review the site contained a number of broken links although useful parts of it were still available.
This is the website of AIM25, which is a project intended to provide electronic access to details of archives held by over 100 institutions (higher education, learned societies, charities, art galleries, and cultural institutions) in the greater London area. AIM25 will provide collection level descriptions for the entire archival holdings of the participating institutions. The database can be browsed by institution or repository, or searched. A subject thesaurus, based on an amalgamation of thesauri including UKAT, MeSH and the UNESCO thesaurus, is available, plus a personal, corporate and place names index. A list of participating institutions is provided. The AIM25 website also provides a very simple explanation of the site for visitors new to archives and gives some general project background. A useful list of links is also given. The site is clearly structured and the project will, on completion, provide an extremely valuable resource. Over 7,000 detailed records have now been added to the catalogue. AIM25 initially received funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme RSLP and has since also been funded by teh University of London to update the service.
American literary studies is a guide to the resources in American literature held by Stanford University Libraries and has been compiled by the collection's curator, William McPheron. The first section gives links to computer-based resources (available generally only to subscribers). The second section is a guide to Special Collections held by Stanford. It has five period divisions and two others, covering Popular and Mass Market Culture and Chicano Studies. Within these divisions, there are listings (arranged mainly by author) of the major collections, each one with a brief description of the contents and linking to a more detailed listing. Although there is important earlier material, the real strengths of the collections lie in the twentieth century, and in particular in the post-1945 period. These include major collections relating to Hawthorne, Hemingway and Steinbeck as well as to modern poets such as Denise Levertov, Gregory Corso and Robert Creeley. There are also archives of important literary presses, including North Point Press, and a complete run of Dell Paperbacks.
This is the home page of the Archives of the Anglican diocese of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Diocese has administrative jurisdiction over all Anglican congregations in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Records date from the 1790s to the present and will be of interest to genealogists, researchers of Canadian parish history, and local, cultural and social history. There is an online index of parishes and years for which the Archive holds parish register records. The Archive also holds vestry records with annual reports, attendance records, minutes and related papers; service registers; records of committees and organizations; financial records; property records, including contracts, deeds, architectural plans, building permits, indentures, and petitions for consecration; service bulletins and parish mailings and newsletters; historical books and booklets; news clippings; photographs; guest books and parish lists; special collections; bishops' paper; episcopal office records; synod journals; executive committee records; administration and finance committee records; parish and diocesan services committee records; and diocesan newspapers. Information regarding access and opening hours are provided online. The site has its own search engine.
The online resource 'Anthony Burgess Centre' is hosted on the website for the University of Angers Library, France. The Centre aims to promote the study of Burgess (1917-1993). It houses a large collection of his writings and of books that belonged to him. The catalogues of the collection may be downloaded from the University Library site (link provided). Burgess was a prolific writer and scholar, but is probably best known for 'A Clockwork Orange', which was made into a controversial film by Stanley Kubrick. The website presents information about the Centre and its holdings. Samples of these are available on the website, for instance, there is a piece by Burgess on the short story. A biannual newsletter is published on the site, including its current and previous issues, as is the content of symposia and workshops organised in the years 2001-2010. There are also several photographs of the collection room which contains the author's personal effects. The site is in a mixture of French and English, with the most important sections available in both languages. The Centre is of obvious importance to scholars studying Burgess.
Available in English and French, the Architectural Records at the Archives of Ontario website provides an illustrated introduction to the collection of architectural records held in the Archives of Ontario. The collections cover all types of buildings, from churches to factories, houses to government offices and contain over 190,000 drawings, plans, specifications, photographs and other items relating to architecture, dating from the 1820s to the 1990s. There are two sections to the website: 'A record preserved: Toronto's 20th century architecture in the archives of Ontario', which consists of an online exhibition of some of the city's buildings; and a short introduction to the material held in the archive. The JPEG images can be enlarged, and detailed information is provided about each image that is presented on the website.
The Archiv Theodor Fontane (Theodor Fontane archive) holds thousands of documents relating to the German author Theodor Fontane (1819-1898), who wrote Effi Briest. This website provides a history of the archive and an overview of its contents. It also comprises an extensive bibliography of recent publications on Fontane. The Potsdam-based archive includes around 18,000 pieces of handwritten material by Fontane, such as letters and diaries, and a large library of works on and by the author. Photographs and video recordings are also held. Details of the archive's publications are provided, along with the contents of all volumes since 1965 of "Fontane Blätter" (Fontane Notes), the archive's twice-yearly journal.
There is also an overview of film and television adaptations of Fontane's literature, as well as a secondary bibliography of works looking at this particular subject. Contact details and opening times of the archive are provided. Some files are in PDF format. This resource is of importance to scholars of Fontane, as a starting point for further research. The secondary bibliography is of particular use, bringing together all major studies on Fontane since 1992.
Archivar: Zeitschrift für Archivwesen is an online electronic journal in the German language which covers all aspects of archives management. Published quarterly, the journal has been in continuous publication since 1947: the website has the full-text of all issues from 1999 onwards. Access is by browsing volumes and issues, or by an annual index: all are available in PDF format, and there is no other search mechanism for access to article contents. In addition to the journal itself, this website includes: information for authors; a calendar of events compiled by the Verband deutscher Archivarinnen und Archivare; and links to further information on archives in North Rhine-Westphalia. The journal is abstracted in LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts).
The Archive Awareness Campaign, run by The National Council on Archives, The National Archives and The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, aims to raise awareness of the rich archival resources of the United Kingdom. Although intended for all, students in higher education are a particular target of this campaign. The Archive Awareness Campaign is run by high profile national organisations but focuses on events at local and regional archival institutions, which this easy to use website helps to publicise. Users can search for open days, exhibitions and online resources in their area, with the option to focus on those suitable for families, adult learners or family historians. Information is provided for each event, including times, dates and any payments involved, with links to the event website and contact details. For archivists who want to be involved in the campaign, there are details of how to register and to download promotional material. The theme of the events for 2007 is 'Freedom and Liberty', which is linked to the two hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade.
The “Archive for New Poetry” website is hosted by the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego, and contains an extensive research collection of resources relating to American poetry and poetics in the period after 1945. The archive aims to represent experimental writing and alternative approaches to writing in English, and focuses on the “New American” poets, the Black Mountain poets, the Objectivist movement, the San Francisco Renaissance, the New York School, and the language writers. Writers represented in the Archive include Paul Blackburn, Jackson Mac Low, Carl Rakosi, Clayton Eshleman, and Lew Welch. The Archive has extensive holdings of published works, broadsides, Little Magazines, manuscripts, correspondence, and sound recordings. A link via the Mandeville Special Collections Library home page leads to detailed descriptions of the contents of this Archive. However, users should now that there are no digitised images or online features to access specific information within each separate collection of the archives.
"Archive groups in the Czech Republic" is the English version of the website, which is also available in Czech, French, and German. It is an online database of archival fonds and their locations within the various archives of the Czech Republic. It is published by the Central State Archive in Prague under the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. The site is quite straightforward and provides instructions as to what can be found in the database, how to search, basic archival terms, finding aids, and data in .XML for downloading (in Czech). The database operates and produces its results in Czech. The database covers the Central State Archives in Prague, seven regional state archives, five town archives, and selected significant archives of cultural institutions and companies. An excellent resource for those carrying out research in the Czech Republic.
This is the main home page of the municipal and provincial archive of Vienna, a different institution from the library of a similar name. To make this point more complicated, the archive also possesses a library, known as the archive library. The archive library has some 100,000 volumes. Regarding the archive proper, the site has a short explanatory section in English, but the wealth of information lies on the German pages. The city archive contains about 35,000 metres of historical material such as files; documents; books; maps; drafts; photographs; and microfilms. There are sources related to the city council; related administrative and judicial institutions; Vienna's provincial diet; and other bodies of lower level representative democracy. There are other records here of public institutions going back to the 14th century. These include documents about hospitals; orphanages; reformatories; nursing homes; and charities. The archive also keeps records of the former Municipal Brewery (1905-1959) and of the Municipal Undertakers´ Establishment (from 1954 onwards). The provincial archive contains records of manorial institutions; district and school administrative bodies from the 19th century onwards; fiscal administration in cadastral surveys; monasteries and convents; state, police, judicial, and religious institutions; political parties; guilds and commercial bodies; and private institutions. There are excellent online inventories posted which go down to the fonds level. Users will find subpages on additional sources such as maps; photographs; manuscripts; stamps and seals; audio-visual collections; biographies; topographical information; and political documentation. The archive also keeps bequests of noted individuals and families. The site has an interesting subpage entitled Historic Town Atlas of Austria. Although scanning quality here is not optimal, users can find some worthwhile historical information here. Navigation is made bothersome by the use of frames with irritating menus which take users completely out of the archival site.
This is the website for the AHRC-funded ARMReN (Archives and Records Management Research Network) project which ran from 2006-2007. ARMReN aimed to connect archive and record management academics with other researchers who use archives and records and record management professionals, in order to enhance research and collaboration within the discipline. ARMReN’s activities are summarised here, including conference programmes and presentations from three research workshops held in 2007, documents relating to the project’s dissemination, and a short, but useful, bibliography and list of web resources related to research in archives and records management.
This website showcases the Archives and Special Collections of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The Archive holds documents related to the official records of the University and Seminary; semi-official sources on the history of the University; and publications, papers, and records which chronicle activities at the University. There are also collections of memorabilia with student scrapbooks ; programmes from openings and dedications of campus; buildings; oral histories; photographs; and slides. In addition, there are collections of papers from a committee devoted to interdisciplinary research and from a research centre for the Management of Advanced Technology. A number of manuscript collections related to figures important to the history of the University are listed in detail, along with their biographical information. Special Collections are larger, with records and documents carefully described for individuals and organisations ranging from William Lyon Mackenzie King and Sir Wilfrid Laurier to the lobby group, the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee. Some collections have online finding aids with high quanity and quality of detail. The site will be of interest to specialists working in the field of Canadian History.
The Web Site Archives Canada is a national project established to promote the usage of a variety of Canadian archival resources. It lists a large number of archives with links to the institutions. This site is a wonderful resource for anyone with an interest in Canadian history, politics, or society. The archival listings can be searched alphabetically, by type or by province or territory. There is also a list of miscellaneous resources of use to the researcher, which include genealogical resources, databases, listservs and archival suppliers. The site is also presented in French and includes a search facility, survey, contributors' section and virtual exhibits. The virtual exhibits section can also be searched by keyword, which leads to a variety of online exhibitions compiled by Canadian institutions. The site is invaluable for those with an interest in Canada, and probably mostly to postgraduates and researchers. The site is easy to navigate and simple to use.
Archives d'Etat de Genève are responsible for maintaining, preserving and providing access to the archives of the republic and canton of Geneva. Their website has a good deal of information related to the services offered to researchers, including a list of publications with links to the full-text available online. Most useful for browsing the site is the thematical index listing the fonds and collections, the exhibitions held at the Archives d'Etat including the published exhibition catalogues, as well as projects under development. Users will also find simple online exhibitions taken from the archive's collections on subjects including: cinema and censorship; Swiss resistance activity in the Second World War; childhood; the drawings of Pierre Reymond; and prized documents from the archive.
Archives de la Ville de Genève is an organisation which collects, describes and preserves administrative documents produced by the various services of the genevese municipal government and several city communes. The Archives also hold a series of private collections donated by individuals or institutions, among which the fund of Sécheron company with works in the field of electrical engineering and mechanics. The website provides a brief overview of the organisation and its services in all the major European languages, but most detailed information about the content of the archives is in French. Direct access to detailed and well structured descriptions of all the individual collections is facilitated via browsing an alphabetical list by collection title or using an online keyword searching mechanism. Very useful are also the user online guides to how the collections are organised and described, and the rules for reservation and consultation of documents, including an online form. This site is of interest to anyone interested in the history of Geneva, particularly those researching genealogy, business records, and local history.
This is the home page of the Archives of Montréal. The site notes that it has some 60,000 of its documents already online. These can be searched by means of an excellent online search tool, Guide des archives, which has divided fonds into collections, organised thematically. The main collections are the institutional fonds of the City of Montréal, 1833-2001, and papers of the many smaller municipalities which make up the city. Individual fonds are listed alphabetically in a great range of topics, including taxis; golf courses; aqueducts; the water company; private papers of notable individuals; parks; associations and clubs; the city's port; military regiments; railway companies; libraries; and the designs for the infamous Décarie Autoroute. All fonds are described in detail, with notes on the language, whether English or French, in which their documents were written. Very large fonds have extensive indexes attached to their decription page. Fonds with scanned online files have links in their description page to the actual documents. This would be ideal, except that scanned quality of some documents is very poor. A separate section describes places, people and important events, while listing relevant archival fonds in each case. This section will serve as an excellent tool for research in the Canadian history, as it allows historians to focus quickly on themes such as the fire of 1852; municipal elections; the mayors of the city; and the building of landmarks.
The Archives Hub is a national gateway providing free access to descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges. The subject coverage is broad with relevance to many areas of research. Results of searching or browsing are displayed at collection-level or item-level with a descriptive indexed summary and links to similar records. The actual text and images of the archives described are not held by the Archives Hub, but there are online links to the references and contact details of the repositories where they are held. The site also features information on the Hub and its contributors, news, and links to related projects. The Hub is part of the UK National Archives Network. It is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and is hosted by Mimas, The University of Manchester.
The UK Archives Hub is a national gateway providing free access to descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges. The service covers archives in over 75 academic institutions and is growing rapidly, with approximately 15,000 collection descriptions at present. The wide range of material has relevance to many areas of research and many collection descriptions are available for online for the first time. Initially records are collection level descriptions, however the long-term aim is to include access to multi-level descriptions, full-text and digitised items where appropriate. This resource is freely available. The Archives Hub receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and forms part of the emerging National Archives Network, which covers a broad range of subject areas. This resource is also described by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
This is the home page of the Public Archives of Ontario, Canada. Information is available first on the administration of the Archive. After this, the site gives a good account of its holdings with searchable online databases, excellent document guides and an online catalogue (BIBLiON). Sources include: birth, marriage and death statistics; bills and statutes; divorce files; genealogical information; municipal records; newspapers; reference maps of Ontario; and wills and estate files. Beyond the Ontario government records, there are private sector records; records relating to Aboriginal peoples; architectural records; documentary art; and sound and moving images. There is a visual database with scanned images of photographs. The Archive also has a separate Library and Special Collections department. A What's New subsite offers virtual exhibits and describes the latest services which are being introduced by the Archive. Highlights at the time of review include Children's Art from the Spanish Civil War, based on Archive holdings. This is one of a host of outstanding online exhibitions drawing from holdings which would clearly enhance the study of Canadian and European History. The site also provides many exhibits aimed at the general public, underscoring the Archive's social role in the conservation and display of documents essential to the province's history. A strong emphasis is placed here on the colonial past; colonial and modern experiences of immigration up to the present day; the persistence of ties with mother countries; and the corresponding influence of other societies on Ontario's varied social culture. Researchers should take note especially of the Archive's microfilm interlibrary loan service.
The Archives of Scientific Philosophy website describes the holdings of important collections at the University of Pittsburgh. These collections act as archival resources for investigating the history of scientific philosophy, that is, philosophy that has been influenced by scientific thinking and practices. The archives themselves include the publications, notes, lectures, and correspondence of such influential figures as Rudolf Carnap, Hans Reichenbach, Frank Plumpton Ramsey, Paul Hertz, Herbert Feigl, and Rose Rand. In addition to these collections of physical documents, there are microfiches of some of Ludwig Wittgenstein's papers, and a 300-reel microfilm archive for the History of Quantum Physics. The website also has a page on some of the archive's smaller collections relevant to this topic, and a page of practical information for scholars needing to locate and access particular documents.
The website of the Archives of Yugoslavia is in both English and Serbian. It provides the usual details on the opening hours, location and collections of the archives. The holdings are divided into materials from the period of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the period of socialist Yugoslavia, and over 50 personal archives. Among the personal collections held are those of eminent political, cultural and public figures. The archives also house a library aimed at serving researchers. The site contains some interesting exhibitions and a basic list of links. Of particular interest in the light of the events of the late twentieth century is the section on international cooperation. The review published by the archives, "Arhiv", launched in 2001, is posted on the site with tables of contents. A good site for those planning to carry out research on former Yugoslavia or current countries associated with it.
Archives Wales is the successor to Archives Network Wales, funded by the National Library of Wales and the other bodies. It offers an online catalogue with access to over 7,000 collections of historical records in the holdings of 21 archives in Wales. The physical archives are open to the public. Archives Wales is maintained by Archives and Records Council Wales. NB. Documents cannot be viewed online -it operates as an index to sources rather than as a source itself.
This is the home page of Archives Canada, the Canadian Archival Information Network (CAIN). Established in 2001, CAIN was an initiative and creation of the Canadian Council of Archives. CAIN is a searchable network of information about Canadian archives, with descriptions of archival documents found in repositories across the country. It is possible to search archival holdings across Canada and search results bring up complete descriptive files of relevant collections, along with contact information for their repositories. The site also provides access to provincial and territorial archival networks, which can be accessed by clicking on a map of the country. Users can click to outside links with digitized photographs, maps, documents and online historical exhibits. In this section there is a site of the day to highlight different exhibitions and give site visitors an idea of the resources available. The site is easy to navigate and should prove to be an invaluable starting point for researchers in Canadian History, as well as genealogists, students and members of the general public.
The Albani archive project makes available online digital reproductions of some archival fonds originating from the private archive of Pope Clement XI (1700-1721), born Giovanni Francesco Albani (1649-1721). The Archive consists of documents dating from the XVI to the XVIII centuries. A dedicated database can be searched or browsed online. At the time of this review the digital archive is estimate to hold 4.000 documents, totaling in the region of 20.000 images. The entire collection has never been fully classified and only a summarised and incomplete inventory was made in 1939. The online archive contains documents of various typologies, such as: correspondence, memorials, petitions and administrative papers. Present too is a biography of Giovanni Francesco Albani and a short history of the private library of the Albani Family of Urbino.
This website makes available the catalogue for the Archivio audiovisivo del movimento operaio e democratico (Audiovisual archive of the democratic workers' movement), which is a Rome-based foundation aiming to build a collective memory of the Italian social movement and its protagonists. The archive holds cinema and television footage, tape recordings, photographs, and books, mostly on historical-social themes. Material covers the 1945 to 2000 period, and the main emphasis is on Italian events, although some international events are considered. Users can search the catalogue to find individual records, which list details relating to the resource's title, year of production, and names of collaborators. Each record includes a short abstract outlining the resource's content. The archive is viewable by appointment at the Foundation's offices in Rome or Milan.
Additionally, the site presents the Foundation's newsletter, in PDF, which publicises its activities and includes topical short articles and information. Also available for consultation are indices of the Foundation's publication Annali, which gives further information on the archive. New additions to the catalogue are outlined and users can purchase video cassettes of selected material for private use. The Foundation was established in 1979 and is supported by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities. This site is a useful starting point for research into many aspects of Italian social history.
This Web resource allows users to search the records of the Archivio cattedrale di Modena (Cathedral Archive of Modena), containing thousands of documents dating from the seventh century. There is an online search facility to locate material in the archive; users also can browse records by category. Amongst other topics dealt with by the documents are: trials; religious material; parish issues; miniatures; and medals. Many relate to Modena. Facsimiles of numerous documents are available, in particular covering the development of iconography and decoration. These facsimiles can be saved or printed. The site includes a brief history of the cathedral and archive, as well as contact details and opening hours. The archive in Modena is viewable by appointment and is presently the responsibility of Monsignor Guido Vigarani. Users can join a mailing list to receive news of the archive. This resource is of particular value to those interested in aspects of religion and religious history, but especially relating to Modena.
This website makes available the catalogue of the Milan-based Archivio di Etnografia e Storia Sociale (Archive of Ethnography and Social History). The Archive preserves documents and images relating to social change, oral literature and history, with particular reference to Lombardy. Users can search or browse the archive's catalogue which comprises thousands of records. Amongst the holdings are audio recordings and over 10,000 images on themes such as: culture; work; the countryside; and changes in society. There are also presentations available on the site, including a look at the topic of narrative song in Italy. Users can view details and texts of a selection of songs and listen to them online. A bibliography of the archive's publications is also included. A site map facilitates navigation and a glossary is provided for clarification. This resource is a valuable starting point to the study of the history and society of Lombardy, providing access to a wealth of oral testimony.
This is the website of the Archivio di Stato di Roma [State Archive of Rome], which makes available online facsimiles and photographs of some of the Archive's extensive collection, as part of its Imago project. The site also includes an index of the Archive's collections dating back to 1871. Some of the Archive's documents include: Italian periodicals from the eighteenth to the twentieth century; Roman judicial archives up to the unification of Italy; publications originating from the Holy See and several archives of Roman noble families such as: Lante, Santacroce, and Cartari Febei. The Imago project presents photographs of maps, manuscripts, and parchments, from Roman to modern times. It also includes an alphabetical register of Roman notaries. Users must register to access documents, though that is free. There is an extensive guide to the Archive available in PDF. Details about the Archive's history and latest activities are provided. Relevant new publications are also listed. This resource would benefit scholars of Ancient Rome and indeed anyone interested in Italian history and culture, particularly with respect to Rome and Lazio, as a source of primary materials and as a starting point for further research.
This is the website of the Archivio diocesano di Udine [Udine Diocesan Archive], established in 1740. The archive holds thousands of documents and manuscripts relating to Italian history and, in particular, the Friuli region. The repository contains lay and religious documents, private and institutional material, including legal proceedings. This website presents descriptions of the various archival fonds, detailing their history and scope individually. The two main fonds, Archivio del Capitolo di Udine [Archive of the Chapter of Udine] and Archivio della Curia Arcivescovile Udinese [Archive of the Archiepiscopal Curia of Udine] are subdivided into separate sections, described in detail. A short history of the institution is outlined. Users can consult the archive by appointment and opening times are presented on the site, as is a bibliography of secondary literature published on the archive's contents. At the time of review it was not possible to search the archives online. This resource is of use as a starting point to further investigation of material held and as an overview and guide to the Archive's contents.
This website makes available an online the catalogue of the Archivio storico del Comune di Firenze [Historic archive of Florence]. The archive holds all documents produced and received by the local Florentine administration between 1781 and 1960, as well as hosting those of other institutions, such as schools, hospitals and charities. A facsimile electronic reproduction of the original founding deed of the archive, dated 1781, is available. The website gives a descriptive overview of each of the individual archival fonds, with a more in-depth history of some. The archives contain religious and scholastic documents and many relating to the Fascist period. The archive of the National Deaf-Mute Institute (1882-1991) is also held. Users can search the archives by keyword and view records online. A guide to understanding the records is included. Themed information aimed at various groups such as specialists and children is presented, with facsimiles of documents and explanations of certain areas of Florentine history. Details about how to access the archive in Florence is provided, along with information on activities and events and links to relevant Web resources. This site would be useful to those interested in the history and culture of Florence and its surrounding areas as a way of locating material for further research. Additionally, the archive contains interesting material on Fascism and religious matters.
The website 'Archiwa Panstwowe' (State Archives), was created by the Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Panstwowych (NDAP) 'National Headquarters of the State Archives' and provides an excellent guide and overview of the Polish State Archives as well as access to the three main online Polish archival databases, IZA, SEZAM, and PRADZIAD. This site is of interest to anyone carrying out archival or genealogical research on Poland, Belarus, Lithuania or Ukraine. The site acts as a gateway to the websites of individual local state archives, which, for the most part, do not have an English version. The site is in Polish and English, however the translation is not excellent, and not all of the material on the Polish version is to be found on the English pages. Access to the online databases enables the swift location of records. The site is easy to navigate and includes details of new publications of the NDAP, a history of the archives, and their organisational structure. There is an excellent index of the archives complete with contact details and access policies. A link to the offical journal of the Polish State Archives called ARCHEION lists the contents of the journal which is published once or twice a year.
The website of the "Archiwum akt nowych" (Central Archives of Modern Records) provides information on the section of the Polish state archives in Warsaw that holds records pertaining to the 20th century. The site gives the opening hours, location, accessibility, and prices of reprographic and enquiry services. This site is essential for historians and political scientists carrying out research in Poland during the 20th century. The holdings contain a miscellanea of interesting archives including those of: Ignacy Jan Paderewski; the Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa); the PZPR Central Committee; and the German occupying forces. A list of the records is posted on the site with a good overview of each fund. The holdings include: ecclesiastical; administrative; industrial; fiscal; social; personal; and political records. This archive is also a good research resource for Holocaust studies. The collections of the archives can be searched via the centralised SEZAM database. Online publications so far include the holdings on Polish-Mexican relations between 1921-1945 and an exhibition of photographs with bullet-scarred buldings in Warsaw entitled "The wounded capital". The site also features the activities of the "Commission for the Women's history in the war of independence" (WWII).
The Web Site Archiwum archidiecezjalne w Gnieźnie (Archdiocesan archive in Gniezno) is supposedly in Polish, German, and English, but at the time of cataloguing and reviewing there was no access to the English or German versions. Gniezno was a former capital of Poland and is the formal seat of the Roman Catholic primate. The archives are computerised and pleasant to work in. The site contains information about the accessibility of the collections, opening hours of the archive and the collections. There is a comprehensive history of the archives on the site and of the library. The latter holds a particularly good collection, enriched by additions from local and Wielkopolska (Greater Poland) monasteries and convents. The online catalogue of the library and the archive is available online, the interface is in Polish only. The presentation of the site is very pleasant but more information and even digitised files from the holdings of the archives could have been posted online.
The webite "Archiwum archidiecezjalne w Katowicach" (Katowice archdiocesan archive) is in Polish and provides the basic information on opening hours, accessibility, and the collections. The site requires the use of frames and is divided into the following sections: a history of the archive; the collections; regulations; publications; and genealogical and property searches. The holdings contain a good selection of local, personal, thematic, and special collections of records. In particular there are special holdings pertaining to Bishop Adamski, Bishop Bieniek, and Bishop Bednorz. Some small picture of documents accompany the texts but they cannot be enlarged. It is still good site for those wishing to research the ecclesiastical history of Katowice and its environs.
The web site "Archiwum archidiecezjalne w Poznaniu (Archdiocesan archive in Poznań)" introduces the history, archival holdings and accesibility of this institution. The site is is in Polish with an abbreviated English version and with a non-existent German and French mirrors, which are nonetheless advertised on the main page. One finds the usual information about opening hours, accessibility, and location of the archives. The earliest documentation dates from 1231 and the collection is extremely rich in early modern resources. The site features a history of the archive and a brief bibliography. Extremely useful for researchers is the online catalogue of resources - the typed pages have been scanned and reproduced on the site. There is also an online listing of the birth, death and marriage registers of the diocese, grouped separately for the Roman-Catholic and Lutheran records. The site briefly presents the library of the Theological Faculty with its department of manuscripts and old prints. The subsites related to these were under construction at the time of the review. The site is an excellent resource for those carrying out research on Poznań and its environs.
The website Archiwum emigracji (The archives of Polish emigration) is published by University Library in Toruń. The site is in both Polish and English and provides information on the holdings which pertain to the Polish diaspora and their arts, publications and culture since 1939. A highlight of the collection is the complete set of the journal Wiadomości published in London from 1946-1981. Another 150 collections have been added including the personal collections of: Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, Jan Kott, Zbigniew Siemaszko, and Leopold Tyrmand. There are also catalogues of past exhibitions and details of publications. The site is of great interest to those studying the Polish community abroad.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Olsztynie (State archive in Olsztyń)" provides the usual information about the location, collections, accessibility, and organisation of the regional branch of the Polish State Archives. The site features a brief history of the archive, which was formally founded in 1948. Unfortunately there is not much information on this site on the holdings, but there is a link to the databases IZA and SEZAM on the national archives' (AGAD) site. The holdings include administrative, regional, local, ecclesiastical, municipal, and fiscal records. Specialists from the Olsztyń archives have completed the project of digitisating the ledgers and inventory books of the former Prussia Museum in Kaliningrad (Königsberg).The site is of interest to those who are studying German or Polish history.
The site "Archiwum Państwowe w Piotrkowie Trybunalskim (State archive in Piotrków Trybunalski)" introduces the activitity of this regional branch of the Polish State Archives. The language of the site is Polish. The archive has its roots in the fourteenth century, and has an extensive collection of administrative records of the early modern period, since it was the seat of the Crown Tribunal (Trybunał Koronny). The archive also has a department in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. The archives have changed hands many times, as most Polish archival collections, and also suffered loss and damage throughout their history. The collections include: administrative; military; police; ecclesiastical; and muncipal records. The holdings of this archive can be searched via SEZAM, the central database of archival holdings. The funds of the archives are particularly strong in nineteenth and twentieth cenury records. The site features several online exhibitions such as celebrations of the centennial press of Tomaszow; the 25th anniversary of the Solidarność; or the anniversay of 350 years of the university in Vilnius founded by Stephen Báthory. The subsite dedicated to the events and publications is rich and up to date.
The Web Site Archiwum państwowe w Poznaniu (State archives in Poznań) is in Polish. This is the regional archive for the area of Wielkopolska and has departments in Gniezno, Konin, and Piła. The site hosts information about the holdings, the history of the archive, its publications, and personnel. News of current exhibitions is available as well as an online exhibition of charters pertaining to the city of Poznań from 1254-1793. The archive houses a rich collection of records from Wielkopolska and its cities, including: financial; guild; criminal; municipal; and village legal records. Located just off the market square, in the centre of Poznań, it is easy to get to and a pleasant place in which to work. Guest rooms are also available for those wishing to work for a longer period at the archives.
The Web Site of the Archiwum Państwowe w Siedlcach (State archive in Siedlce) is in Polish with good English and French versions. It features information on the opening hours, collections, and location of the archive. The chronological range of the holdings spans 1651-1997. There is an online description of the collections, which consist of: administrative; judicial; police; fiscal; property; and institutional records. The strength of the collection really lies in the nineteenth century range. The birth, death, and marriage records are also useful for the genealogist or historian. Charters of the city are preserved, as well as records pertaining to eminent Polish families such as the Kuczyńskis, Czartoryskis, and Wierzejskis. Publications of the archives are well presented and the possibility of online purchase is offered to the interested. A good but basic site of use to those carrying out research on Siedlce and its environs.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Suwałkach (The state archive of Suwałki)" provides information in Polish on this branch of the Polish State Archives. The archives have a long tradition in this area, but were formally founded in 1921. During the twentieth century, its records were taken by the Russians and the Germans and at the end of the Second World War were to be found scattered in Belarus, Moscow, Lithuania, and St Petersburg. The archives also have a department in Ełk and contact details are also provided for this archive. The holdings date from the seventeenth century, which mainly consist of Radziwiłł and ecclesiastical privileges. The nineteenth century is far better represented. A selection of important documents (registers, privileges) is offered digitised on the site. The holdings of thie archives can be consulted on the national databases SEZAM, IZA and PRADZIAD. A good archive for those interested in the history of Poland's new eastern borderlands (Kresy) and their varied populations.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum państwowe w Bydgoszczy (State archive in Bydgoszcz)" is in Polish, with brief versions in English and German. The site provides the usual information about the archive's opening hours, location, and collections. The archive also has a branch in Inowrocław. The site features a listing of the main holdings which include: state and local government; judicial institutions; the military and the police; religious organisations; municipal and village records; and maps and plans. The municipal records date from the fourteenth century. The collections of the archives can be searched through the main database hosted on the web site of the central State Archives in Poland. This site provides a good resource for the researcher who is working on German (Bromberg) or Polish history.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Gdańsku (State archive in Gdańsk)" is in Polish with a less detailed but useful English version, and provides details of the opening hours, location, accessibility, and holdings of the archive. The collections of the archive reflect the history of Gdańsk, which was formerly the German city of Danzig and the Free City of Gdańsk. The site features the history, structure and preservation of the archive. Of use to the researchers is the information on the access to holdings. The records are divided into the following categories: state and local administration records between 18th and 20th century; records of the cities of Gdańsk and Elbląg, records of smaller Pomeranian towns; church, monastic, and public register records; judicial records; guild and merchants' records; and records of scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The archive also has a good collection of maps and private papers. The catalogues of the holdings can be searched via SEZAM, the database run by the State Archives of Poland with several town archives and significant cultural institutions of the country. The archive is part of the Baltic Connections project. An excellent site for those researchign Polish, German, or Pomeranian history.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Kielcach (State archive in Kielce)" provides information on the branch of the state archives in Kielce. There are details of the opening hours, accessibility of the archive, and the holdings. The site details the territorial range of the archive, the most interesting holdings, a history of the archive, and a list of links to websites of a similar nature. The earliest documentation dates from the fifteenth century, but the collections mainly date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They include documentation on the guilds, local councils, judicial records, and educational institutions. There is an online exhibition of the most precious treasures of the archive, from the early modern period, partitions, the inter-war period, the Second World War and the second half of the twentieth century.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Krakowie (State archive in Cracow)" is in Polish and English and provides information on the archive's opening hours, locations, and collections. The archive is divided into separate sections, located in various departments and the earliest documentation comes from the thirteenth century.The archive holds much of the early state documentation for Poland, from the period when Cracow was the Polish capital. There are details of the archive's conservation, educational, publishing, and training activities. Of use to researchers are the forms which can be downloaded for requests to the archives for reproduction and borrowing services. The online exhibitions on the archive's holdings, stamps, iconography, cartography and temporary exhibitions enrich this site. The holdings of all branches of the Krakow state archive can be search throught the SEZAM database, however the keywords and strings are available only in Polish.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Lesznie (State Archive in Leszno)" is a branch of the Polish State Archives. It was established in 1951 and contains administrative, political, financial, judicial, and educational records. There is a very useful list of the records held. The archive is digitalising the catalogues of holdings which can be found on the IZA database. The site features a history of the archive, a description of its holdings, its publications, and access details. An excellent photogallery features images of valuable documentation held by the archive. The site is of interest primarily to those who are carrying out research in or on Poland.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Lublinie (State archive in Lublin)" is in Polish with a very substantial English version. The site provides the usual information about the archive and its reproduction services, opening hours, and location. There is access to the SEZAM, PRADZIAD, IZA, ELA and GENEBA databases. The territorial range covered by the archive covers the lands between the Bug, San, and the Vistula. The archive has a wonderful collection of early modern records, as well as the founding charter of Lublin from 1317. The collections include: guild; judicial; financial; administrative; municipal; Jewish; and ecclesiastical records. The site is of interest to those researching the area of Lublin or those carrying out geneaological research.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum państwowe w Płocku (State archive of Płock)" is in Polish, with good English and Russian versions. The archive also has departments in Kutno and Łeczyca. The archive is one of the oldest in Poland, established as the Płock Castle Archive, and its interesting history is told in the site. The holdings focus mainly on the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries and are particularly strong for the period of the PRL or the Polish People's Republic. The usual information on opening hours, location and accesibility are provided, as well as an online enquiry form. This is a site of interest to those carrying out research on Płock, Mazovia or Poland in general.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Przemyślu (State archive in Przemyśl)" provides information about this branch of the Polish State Archive. The site has good versions in English, German and Ukrainian. There are the usual details on accessibility, collections, opening hours and reprographic services. The collection contains holdings dating from 1291. One of the most interesting and extensive collections is that of documentation from the Greek-Catholic Bishopric between the end of the thirteenth century and 1946. There are also rich collections on eminent aristocratic Polish families such as the Czartoryskis, Lubomirskis, Potockis, and Tarnowskis. There are also records of the Jewish community. Comprehensive listings are available online of the ecclesiastical, municipal, judicial, and legal records throught the SEZAM, ELA and PRADZIAD centralised databases. The site also features the tables of contents of the "Historical-Archival Yearly". This is an informative site for those carrying out research on Przemyśl and its environs.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Radomiu (State Archive in Radom)" is in Polish and English. The archive has been functioning since the early modern period, and found itself in the hands of the Austrians during the partitions. This is elaborated on in the brief history of the archive featured on the site. The archives are stronger in nineteenth and twentieth century holdings, but do have some municipal records from the early modern period. Of interest to genealogists and historians, are the registry records of Roman Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, and Protestant communities. For those interested in the post-war history of Poland, the Radom archives are extremely rich in holdings on the PZPR. The link to SEZAM is useful for searching the records, as well as the publications list. The Polish variant of the site has a guest book.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Rzeszowie (The State Archive in Rzeszów)" is in Polish It provides the usual information on opening hours, holdings, accessibility, and the location of the archives. It has a particularly strong collection of records on the Jewish community, which is assigned to a dedicated department (The Jewish History Research Centre) within the archive. The Rzeszów holdings date from 1406 and consist of administrative, fiscal, agricultural, judicial, industrial, political, union, and military records. It has a good collection of family records of the Lubomirskis, Jaworskis, Potockis, and Mycielskis. A good site of use to those carrying out genealogical or historical research in this area of Poland.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Zamościu (State archive in Zamość)" provides information on this department of the Polish State Archives. The site is in Polish, with a brief English description of the history of the archive and main collections. The Russian version was empty at the time of the review. The holdings and collections of the archive focus mainly on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with older records held at the Lublin State Archives. Information on the opening hours, accessibility, and location of the archive is to be found on the site, as well as a history of the archives, its organisation, and its publications. The collections contain mainly judicial, administrative, regional, fiscal, and industrial records. The site is of use to those carrying out research into this area of eastern Poland.
The Web Site Archiwum polskiej akademii nauk (Polish academy of sciences archive) is in Polish. It provides information on the archive's opening hours, location and services. This archive was founded in 1953 and consists of records pertaining to academic institutions, the Polish Historical Association, and the Polish academic congress. There are also many private collections among the holdings, and a collection from the Vilnius University. The site also contains information on exhibitions, conferences, and the archive's publications, although the contents of some of these subsites could be more rich in detail. This is a useful resource for those researching Polish studies, whether history or literature.
The Web Site "Archiwum polskiej akademii nauk w Poznaniu (Polish academy of sciences archive in Pozna?)" provides information about the archive, its resources, and publications. The site is in Polish and is easy to navigate. Contact, location, and accessibility details can all be found on the site. Information is divided into the following sections: history of the archive; calendar; press archive; conferences; exhibitions; publications; archival collections; bibliography; and links. The page on exhibitions features some images of items of note in the collections. The archives also have impressive holdings of printed and reference sources, especially on Wielkopolska (Greater Poland).
The Web Site "Archiwum UAM" provides information on the archives of Pozna? University, known as Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Pozna? or UAM. The archives are particularly rich in documentation pertaining to the university, as would be expected, but also in the period 1919-1945, crucial to Poland's and Wielkopolska's history. There is little information on the site, but the contact and address details are useful for researchers, as well as the rules for prospective researchers. Of most value, however, is the list of links to other Polish archives. The site is of use to those researching the history of Poland, the history of Germany, or the history of Pozna? (Posen)and the Wielkopolska area.
The Web Site Archiwum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego (Jagiellonian University archives) is in Polish with a promise of an English version; it reflects the holdings of one of the oldest higher education institutions in Europe. The Jagiellonian University (founded in 1364) has a tremendous collection of manuscripts, printed sources, first editions and rare books. Since Krakow was Poland's capital until 1596, there is also a rich collection of parliamentary and court records. The site provides information about the accessibility and locations of the collections. Along with a basic introduction to the archives, there is a good outline history and description of the holdings. A useful bibliography lists the archive's publications. This is one of the foremost archival collections in Poland, and is of interest to those working on Polish history or Polish Studies but at the time of the review many sections of the site were under construction.
The Web Site "Arhiv republike Slovenije (The archives of the republic of Slovenia)" provides information on the Slovene national archives, based in Ljubljana. The site is in Slovene, and English. The usual information about opening hours, accessibility, location, and collections are to be found on the site, as well as a brief history of the archive. Some of the holdings date from the ninth century, and consist of municipal, manorial, personal, ecclesiastical and judicial records. Collections can be searched on the online database. There is also a link to the section containing film archives. A travelling exhibition on "Slovene Towns Through History" is also posted on the site in PDF files. This is an excellent site for those carrying out research on Slovenia.
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.
This is the home page of the Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives in Arnprior. Settled by Scottish immigrants in 1825, the town has a past which points to a continually thriving and burgeoning community. Documents listed here would interest researchers working on local and social aspects of Canadian History, and especially on the character and speed of early Canadian municipal development. The Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives holds documents on local families; schools; authors; parades and celebrations; hotels and taverns; industries, utilities and businesses; lumbering; churches; hospitals; recreation; county records; cemeteries; music; and the town library. There are other fonds as well, such as the Community and Social Development Group collection with resources related to: the Royal Canadian Legion; the Arnprior Historical Society; several Women's institutes; various community committees' minutes; the Arnprior Horticultural Society; the Arnprior District High School (formerly the Arnprior Grammar School); the local Book Club; church meetings and festivals; newspapers (going back to 1888); the area Baha'i Community; and the Mons Rebecca Lodge 203. There are municipal and county records, along with the Physical Profile Group, which consists of collections concerned with "the physical nature of Arnprior and the surrounding area such as fire insurance plans, maps, and photographs of buildings." Not surprisingly, genealogy also figures in private records devoted to individuals and families; these are bolstered by public documents: the Renfrew County Land Registry; baptismal, marriage and cemetery records; and the Arnprior Village 1891 Census. All archival sources are described in detail. The site has its own search engine; a links list; a What's New section; and a cheerful photo gallery of the expansion of the archive, which was recently renovated by town volunteers.
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.
Providing students and tutors with free and useful practical advice on visiting an archive for the first time, this website by historian Nick Barratt also details costs of the training sessions that he runs. An online tutorial takes the student through the stages of using an archive, from locating the right institution and planning the visit, to how to handle documents, research techniques and the use of online material. Four short but comprehensive introductions to major archives explain how to get started at The National Archives, the British Library, the National Archive of Scotland and the National Library of Wales. Clearly laid out, if slightly dated in appearance and content, this user-friendly site provides a few links to archival resources and to relevant books.
Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Board (AHRB), which is now known as the Arts & Humanities Research Council, this research project was carried out by the Information, Knowledge and Systems Research Group (IKS) at Northumbria University, part of the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences. It assessed the impact of ISO 15489, the first international standard for records management. The project investigated "which kinds of organisations had adopted the standard, how and why, explored the extent to which standards influence management practice and behaviour and evaluated the ability of this global, and necessarily generic, standard to support a specific national approach to records management policy and practice". It ran for two years between July 2003 and July 2005 and produced a project report and project publications list, both available from this web page.
The Web Site Auschwitz - Birkenau is the official Web Site of the concentration camp (KL) Auschwitz-Birkenau (Oswiecim-Brzezinka). It is in Polish and English, and features a brief history and overview of the infamous death camp where Jews, Poles, Roma, Sinti and many other nationalities and ethnicities perished during the Second World War. Initially set up as a concentration camp, in 1942 it began to function as an extermination centre which saw the murder of between 1.1 and 1.5 million people. The site provides information about the opening times of the memorial museum, its foundation, and news concerning the site. There is a good links section and details of the museum's publications. There is also a sizable sub-section devoted to the Museum's Archives, which reflects the bureaucratic system by which the camp functioned. There are valuable pages on the archival collections, how they are organized, and how researchers may gain access to study them. This site is of interest to all those studying or researching Jewish, Polish, or European History and World War Two.
This web resource describes the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling holdings forming the special collection at the Valley Library of Oregon State University. Linus Pauling (1901-1994) is considered one of the foremost scientists of the twentieth century, and is the only person every to win two individual Nobel Prizes, for chemistry in 1954, and peace in 1962. His textbook 'General Chemistry' has been a mainstay of undergraduate curricula. The collection includes all of the Paulings' personal and scientific papers, notebooks, and correspondence from 1916 to the present. There are more than half a million items altogether. The website organises the holdings by material type and alphabetical order, returning the catalogue code for each item along with a brief summary of what it includes and what date it covers. Some of the holdings have been digitised and may be viewed online, but users should be aware that the catalogue lists are not linked directly to the digitised material, which must be accessed from different parts of the website. The site also includes biographical information about Linus and Ava Helen Pauling, and links to exhibitions and other sites relating to them. This website was developed to assist scholars in locating particular items from the Pauling collection, and it fulfils this role admirably.
The Beazley Archive is a research unit of the University of Oxford's Faculty of Literae Humaniores; this is its website. The original archive of Sir John Beazley (1885-1970) included about 250,000 photographs, notes, drawings and books relating to ancient Greek and Roman art. In 1979 information technology (IT) projects began with the Pottery Database of Athenian figure-decorated vases of the 7th-4th centuries BC. Since 1992 IT projects on other aspects of classical art have been created. This website displays information about the Archive, including publications and bibliographies, and gives access to the IT projects and databases. These include: gems; pottery; sculpture; and the dictionary. For example: Pottery - The Beazley Archive text database records information about Athenian figure-decorated vases illustrated in publications available to the Ashmolean Library. Begun in 1979, it now has over 67,000 entries, with fourteen fields, including bibliographical references, find-place, shape and iconographical terms. In 1992 the Archive began to participate in a European Union project (RAMA) linking the collections of seven museums across Europe via the Internet. This project enabled the Beazley Archive to begin digitising its photographs and drawings. These include a vast collection of images of classical sites. An enhanced version of the original database is now available via the website (users may search for images according to location). The Dictionary feature of the resource is an excellent alphabetical guide to classical sites and terminology (including references to places, technical terms, buildings, people, gods and other figures from myth); each explanatory entry is accompanied by relevant images from the archive's collection. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Resource Enhancement Scheme.
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.
This is the home page of the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec (BAnQ). Founded in 2006 by the merger of Bibliothèque nationale du Québec and the Archives nationales du Québec, the organisation is devoted to the preservation and dissemination of Québec's published documentary heritage, which it acquires by legal deposit, and the collection of relevant material published outside the province. Amongst its key collections are: governmental records of Québec since its beginning as colonial New France; judicial records since 1638; civil archives (baptisms, marriages and deaths) from 1621 to 1900; and private collections from individuals who made significant contributions to the history of Québec. The website provides access to the BAnQ's online catalogue Iris, and to Pistard, its searchable database of archival finding aids. In addition, it provides access to over 6,000 digitised items, which include: books; sound recordings; postcards; and posters. The site has a search engine which allows complex searches. In general, this is a stylish and well-organised site, easy to navigate, and of interest to: researchers; teachers; and the general public.
This website displays a small selection of digitised images taken from the Bodleian Library's slide collection of manuscripts. The JPEG images can be viewed in small, medium or large views. The manuscripts date from the 8th to the 16th century. Images of additional manuscript pages and details of illuminations are provided. There is some information on the images held and their quality, there is a link to the Bodleian imaging services where users can find out about getting copies of the images shown here.
The British Library's India Office Records consist of the documentary archives of the East India Company, the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India, the India Office, and the Burma Office. The combined archives span the period 1600-1948 and cover the geographical region now consisting of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar (Burma). The India Office Records web pages describe the history of the East India Company and later British administration in the Asian subcontinent. A bibliography of further reading is included. The organisation of the archives is explained, and access to the catalogue provided. There are special sections on the private papers contained in the archive, and on sources for family history research. The site links to other relevant web resources.
The British Pathe website is described as the world's first digital news archive, and offers a database of the entire 3500 hours of the British Pathe Film Archive, comprising nearly half a million records relating to film footage from newsreels and cinemagazines produced between 1896 and 1970. The site also includes sample colour pictorials, available in RealAudio format. The material covers topics including: British news; sport; nature; entertainment; British culture; and social history. There is an online search function which produces annotated lists of available files. Those wishing to get a general idea of the scope of the archive may find the Lucky Dip function (which previews twenty items selected at random from the collection) useful. Users of the site can preview items for free, license high resolution copies, or purchase still images.
The "By popular demand: 'votes for women' suffrage pictures, 1850-1920" website, from the Library of Congress, provides access to thirty-eight pictures relating to the women's suffrage movement in the United States between 1850 and 1920. The online collection includes cartoons commenting on the movement, as well as photographs of prominent figures in the movement, and of parades and pickets. The site includes background information to the collection and a short bibliography. This site has been created as a partner site to the 'Votes for Women:' Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Collection, 1848-1920 website, also from the Library of Congress.
This is the home page of the Canadian Architectural Archives, based at the University of Calgary. Established in 1974, the Archive has a mandate of "collecting the work of twentieth century Canadian architects", with an emphasis on the "total output of architectural firms in an attempt to provide an accurate historical profile". Collections include: drawings; project files; correspondence; slides; photographs; aperture cards; oral history tapes; transcripts; and architectural models. An important part of the site is its Collections page, with detailed descriptions of some 40 fonds related to famous architects or prominent architectural firms. This element of the site will be of interest to researchers working both in Architectural History -- and in the history of Canadian social, economic, rural and urban development. Details are available on the Archive's past exhibition catalogues and publications, with additional information on how to order them from University of Calgary Press. The site also gives an outline of duplication rules; the archival code of ethics; and the Archive's steep fees for research services.
This is the main page of the National Archives and Reference Centre of the Canadian Jewish Congress, based in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Since its founding in 1919, the archive has been collecting documents related both to the Canadian Jewish community and to non-Canadian Jewry. An excellent online guide expands upon an extensive set of printed archival indexes and finding aids. Online descriptions of collections point to a wealth of archival fonds dealing with the history of the Canadian Jewish Congress and other community organisations ; immigration ; integration into Canadian society ; discrimination ; Zionism ; oppressed Jewry in other countries ; education ; literature ; genealogy ; prominent individuals' private papers ; photographs ; sound recordings and film ; art ; and artifacts. The site will be of great interest to researchers both in Jewish History, and in the history of Canadian immigration and minorities. Some apparent errors in site design contribute to occasional difficulty in accessing all information on pages. The site is predominantly in English, with some pages translated into French.
Established in 1973, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) collects documents related to the history of homosexual life both in Canada and outside of it. The archive possesses: archival records; artefacts; artwork; audio and film resources; books and monographs; periodicals; photographs; posters; and individual files. The site outlines the CLGA's history; mandate; administrative and archival donations procedures; and publications. Each type of resource has its own subpage and fonds level index, some with online transcriptions of selected documents. The full-text of the CLGA Newsletter is available online going back to its first issue in 1977, along with a news section posting recent press releases. There is an online periodical and pamphlet inventory entitled Our Own Voices: A Directory of Lesbian and Gay Periodicals, 1890s-2000s. This resource lists more than 7,200 titles, arranged alphabetically. Some 5,900 of these are held in the archive. A related periodical inventory list is provided with other relevant Web links. Also featured is a beautiful online National Portrait collection, accompanied by short biographies of each subject. This site testifies to the health of the community, since the CLGA is run entirely by volunteers. It will prove a valuable resource for interested members of the public, as well as for researchers in Canadian, Civil rights, Gender, and Gay History.
The Canadian Letters and Images Project is an online archive of Canadian wartime correspondence, photographs, memoirs and reminiscences. The archive covers Canadian participation in nineteenth and twentieth century conflicts, including the Spanish American War; the Boer War; World War One; and World War Two, and also life as a soldier in the Canadian Peacekeeping Force. It offers primary source material which will be of use to historians and social studies researchers at all levels. All the material has been transcribed from the original, and for some of the sources there are also scanned images of the original document. The contents can be browsed by chronological category or searched by keyword. Featured letters from the collections appear on the homepage and are updated regularly. The site has recently been redesigned and additional new features are planned, such as a teacher's resources section. The site is very user-friendly and well presented.
The Canadian West is an online exhibition produced by Library and Archives Canada relating to the European arrival and settlement in western Canada prior to the 1930s. It is one of over 20 Canadian Memory Virtual Exhibitions online at the National Archives website. It was externally reviewed by representatives of the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta. You may browse in the context of the exhibition the images of over 200 items from the holdings of the National Archives of Canada and their detailed descriptions, or jump between cross referencing hyperlinks. (There are further links to the National Archives catalogue records of the exhibits and the opportunity to enlarge images). You can use a search engine, and the detailed site map. In addition to these navigation methods, it is also possible to view the exhibition: by type of media (art, photos, text, etc.); by section of the exhibition; and by year. There is an extensive reading list arranged by subjects relevant to the American West that include: the Northwest Passage; fur trade; scientific expeditions; Aboriginal claims; and immigration. Thematic research guides link to detailed exhibits and databases from the National Archives including: Western Land Grants; Home Children; and immigration records. There are also some online links to external resources. The exhibition is available online in French and English.
This section of the official website of Canterbury Cathedral provides information about their archives. Canterbury Cathedral Archives are the historic archive of the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. The earliest records date from 742. The records of the Archbishops of Canterbury are held at Lambeth Palace Library. The website provides practical information for the potential researcher. There are contact details, information on opening hours, facilities and location, as well as an online guide on planning a visit. The website has some basic information on their collections - there are outline of their holdings listed by subject and type.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) invite users to relive history through their radio and television archives. Some of these clips and broadcasts have rested quietly at the bottom of CBC's vaults for more than 60 years and are, for the first time, now accessible to the general public. The choice of clips covers Canadian and international news dealing with the main themes, events and trends of the Twentieth Century. Topics include: People, Conflict and War; Arts and Entertainment; Politics and Economy; Life and Society; Disasters and Tragedy; Science and Technology; and Sport. The archives are also indexed by time and within related links. The resources have been adapted for use by teachers in the form of educational materials. A virtual tour of the archives gives an appreciation of the scale of CBC's project and details the work of preservation and restoration in broadcasting. Users must have plug-ins in order to view film and listen to audio materials.
Centennial Exhibition Digital Collection : the Free Library of Philadelphia is an online collection of over 1,200 silver albumen photographs and other material relating to the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia - their 100th birthday party celebrations for the United States. According the website, "the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 marked a turning point in the history of the United States. The numerous innovative and industrial exhibits help to trace the nations' emergence from a rural agricultural based economy to a highly industrial one, showing the country's readiness to compete with established powers on the world stage. Highlights of the Collection include: the hand-written diary of a visiting teenager; as well as various virtual tours of the buildings and exhibits". This one-year project is the first whole-collection digitisation effort by the Library. Users can now access, browse and search the digital images through the Free Library's website and through its online catalogue, with full MARC records. This is intended to serve as a model for future digitisation projects for institutions embarking on similar projects. Therefore, as well as the exhibition there is a wealth of information relating to the digitisation project itself.
The Center for Faulkner Studies was established 1989 at Southeast Missouri State University. At the same time the University acquired the Brodsky Collection, a major collection of books by William Faulkner, the American novelist, together with related material including the papers of Joseph Blotner, Faulkner's biographer. This site gives a detailed introduction to Louis Daniel Brodsky and his collection, a detailed inventory of the Blotner Papers, a list of publications based on the collection, and an illustrated guide to the collector's favourite items. There is also a guide to the Center itself and access to its Teaching Faulkner newsletter (which has a full-text archive of some previously published articles). A section entitled Faulkneria provides quotations from Faulkner, and there are also 'sightings' and links to related sites. This site is a significant resource for the study of Faulkner and his works.
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.
Located in Jerusalem, the Central Archives of the History of the Jewish people (CAHJP) aims to provide a continuous and cohesive set of sources from the middle ages to the present on Jewish history in the Diaspora. Catalogues for special national collections are not yet all on the Web. But the catalogues for the community archives of Germany and Vienna are online, revealing the impressive extent of the CAHJP's holdings. Other national collections include Algeria; Chile; China; Columbia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Czechoslovakia; Danzig (Gdansk); Ecuador; Egypt; Estonia; Finland; France; Great Britain; Greece; Hungary; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Ireland; Israel; Latvia; Lebanon; Lithuania; Mexico; Morocco; the Netherlands; Panama; Peru; Poland; Portugal; Rhodesia; Romania; Russia; Belarus; Ukraine; Uzbekistan; South Africa; Spain; Syria; Tunisia; Turkey; and the United States. There are additional descriptions or indexes for private collections and archives listed, as well as records of international Jewish organisations such as the Jewish Colonisation Association (JCA). Instructions for ordering printed guides to CAHJP sources on Germany, Poland, Spain and Private Collections are available on the site. The archives serve scholars, teachers and genealogists, the last of which receive quite detailed information on the site regarding access to the CAHJP. Of interest on the site as well is a set of scanned images from nineteenth century minute books and of community seals from Central Europe and the Levant. There is a subpage devoted to 'Latest Acquisitions' which allows users to check which collections have been recently updated. Details for visitors are posted.
This is the home page of the Centre for Canadian Landscape Architecture Archives, based at the University of Guelph. The Archive collects documents created by prominent Canadian landscape architects and Canadian landscape architectural firms. The nature of the holdings are best assessed through attractive online exhibitions of each collection, which include administrative notes; structural designs; gardens; fountains; trees; parks; walls; buildings; photographs; drawings and plans; slides; and ornamental stonework. Besides the display, there are biographies and short histories of notable individuals and firms. There are also lists of fonds level descriptions within each collection, and related to professional associations in this field. The site has a good page of relevant links. These pages should be of interest to scholars in Art and Architectural History.
The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) is an historical archives and research centre of the University of Minnesota. It is dedicated to promoting study of the history of information technology and information processing and their impact on society. CBI preserves relevant historical documentation in all media, conducts and fosters research in history and archival methods, offers graduate fellowships, and sponsors symposia, conferences, and publications. The website also provides a catalogue of the institute's significant archives of the history of technology. Materials within the archives include: corporate records, manuscript materials, personal papers, records of professional associations, oral history interviews, trade publications, periodicals, obsolete manuals and product literature, photographs, films, videos, and reference materials, and books that have become historically significant in the subject area.
The website of the Cheshire Record Office provides information on the archives and archival records of the County of Cheshire from the 12th century onwards. It is the essential holding for those researching the local history of Cheshire and Chester. The collection holds one of the most complete set of criminal records of any English county. Parish registers from the sixteenth century onwards, wills and probate records and census returns from 1841 to 1901 are all held, as well as poor law records, diocesan and nonconformist records, maps, deeds and electoral records. Catalogues are accesible online, and supplemented by the wills database, railway staff database, and records of Overleigh cemetery which covers 1850-1891. Online the tithe maps of Victorian Cheshire can be consulted. The office offers a postal and email service and there is information on the facilities at the archive, based in central Chester. Requests can be made for on-site archivists to carry out research for those who cannot visit the archive in person. There are helpful sections on those researching family history, and a newletter published twice a year can be downloaded using Acrobat Reader. Of particular use is the section on preserving and conserving personal records. There are links to the Conservation Unit at the Cheshire Record Office and to staff at the Grosvenor Museum, who hold a free object identification service once a week.
The website "Chester History and Heritage" provides information on the history of the City of Chester, its parishes, and its people; and is a subsite of the Cheshire West and Chester Council web page. One of the most beautiful of Britain's historic cities, Chester was home to one of the three Roman legions, was a once a bustling port, boasts a beautiful cathedral, and complete city walls. Located on the Welsh border, it also played a strategic part in many conflicts, including the Civil War. The website features sections on the Mystery Plays, the Cheshire Regiment, family history tips, and information on the various districts of Chester, such as Newton, Handbridge, and Blacon. Although there is information on the Chester archives, it is not extensive and there is more emphasis on local community history groups. Brief accounts of the curfew on the Welsh, the Sheriffs of Chester, and the Earls of Chester could have been extended. There are links to pages with a similar content or of use to those carrying out research on the local history of Chester.
The Chinese in California 1850-1925 is a major online collection of primary sources illustrating the history of Chinese immigration to that state and the resulting social tensions. The site contains over 8,000 images and pages of text. The featured materials include photographs; cartoons; letters; diary excerpts; business records; legal documents; pamphlets; magazine articles; and various other printed sources. Sources are also multimedia - in particular, users can download early twentieth century films of Chinese American life, in Real Player, Quick Time, or Windows Media Player formats. A large number of sources deal with Chinatown in San Francisco, but there are also materials relating to other smaller Chinese communities. The collection may be searched or browsed by various criteria. There is also a timeline of American and Chinese history relating to immigration and social upheavals, and education resources for schoolteachers. Images are scanned at a high resolution. The source materials have been gathered from the collections at The Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley; The Ethnic Studies Library, University of California Berkeley; and The California Historical Society, San Francisco. This is an excellent site that provides a major online resource for those studying the history of Chinese immigrants in the Western USA.
The website of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin's library and archives provides an overview of the material available to be consulted there and in related collections. The contents of the archives themselves are not available online. Brief information is given about the documents housed in the Cathedral, which include a rich collection of printed music and and secondary works on the Cathedral's history, plus microfilm versions or photocopies of material held in other repositories. A more detailed catalogue is given of Cathedral material held by the nearby Representative Church Body Library, which includes: volumes; deeds; maps; plans and drawings; loose papers; and printed materials. Access to the archives is by arrangement: for those interested in visiting, the Cathedral website's home page provides links to visitor information (including how to find the Cathedral) and a contacts page.
This site is devoted to the Archives of the City of Toronto. Sources reflect: families; entertainment; railways, subways and public transit; charities; artists, writers and musicians; architecture and heritage buildings; industries and businesses; the Toronto fire of April, 1904; private clubs and societies; hospitals and public health; newspapers, journalistic reports and photographs, and political cartoons; urban sprawl and consolidation; pollution; royal visits; elections; tax hikes; the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE); prisons; public works; private papers and diaries; and Metropolitan Toronto's and affiliated cities' official documents (the Archive holds papers for the following municipalities before 1998: Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York, and East York). Some material extends past the history of Toronto and reflects the city's role in the development of the rest of Canada, especially Ontario. Unfortunately, there is no short narrative history available to explain the character of the city and the nature of its expansion. A Recent Acquisitions subpage provides a nice overview of the latest resources to be acquired by the Archive. Each new collection is described in detail with scanned images of selected documents. There are fonds level descriptions of an Image Database with some 1,000 images posted online; these are selected from one collection containing 6,000 photographs. The online offerings can be searched using a site search engine or by browsing an alphabetised list with a huge number of themes, ranging in topics from bears, to immigrants, to weddings. Many other photographs are held in additional collections. There are also a few interesting online exhibitions, which will further aid researchers in Canadian History. Online course ware and instructions will help teachers and students from the primary to secondary levels. Various details on location, access, copyright and research services are all clearly displayed.
This is the home page of the archives of Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada. The archive holds records of the university and its two founding institutions, Loyola College and Sir George Williams University, which merged in 1974. It also has a large number of private collections, devoted both to notable local individuals and to associations within the university and the region. There are online samples of historical photographs and detailed descriptions of all fonds. The site has a timeline with the history of the university and its sports hall of fame. It will be of greatest interest to researchers working in the field of contemporary Canadian History.
“Connecticut History Online” (CHO) is a large website devoted to the history of Connecticut and is broadly aimed at the public, educators, students and researchers. The site has three main sections that include “Search”, “Journeys”, and “Classroom”. Users will require the use of a flash plug-in for certain parts of this online resource. The search engine permits simple and refined searches by subject, title, creator, and historical collection. Images are described in catalogue records. Site visitors can also search for geographical locations using a Digital Geographic Locator developed by the University of Connecticut’s Map and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC). The CHO website currently contains over 15,000 images and photographs and some of these are best sampled in the section of the site entitled “Journeys”. This sub-site provides an illustrated narrative history of Connecticut in mini exhibitions on a variety of historical subjects. Indeed, “Journeys” provides a beautiful compliment to the third part of the site, “Classroom”, which is obviously aimed at teachers and school level students as it includes excellent lesson packages, activities, and primary sources. The site is attractive and easy to navigate and there is background information about the project and contact details. This online resource is essential for students, researchers, teachers, and schoolchildren looking for information on the history of the State of Connecticut in the United States.
Connecting Histories is a web resource aiming to make more visible archive collections (including documents and photographs) relating to the experiences of immigrant communities within Birmingham and the Black Country. The website explores a variety of different communities histories, connecting them to areas of the city, through texts, guided walks and exhibitions. The project involved local communities during its life (2005-2007) and the website archives these, and acts a s a permanent way both of heightening communities’ histories and offering a selection of useful teaching resources to continue supporting communities own explorations of their pasts. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and part funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
This is the home page of the Corporate Records and Archives of Carleton University. Established in 1994, the archive principally keeps the records of the University (1942-present) and non-corporate "personal papers of faculty, staff and almuni, and the records of organizations associated to the University". Some of the site is devoted to statements of administrative policy and regulations for use -- while the rest of it describes finding aids available in print. The highlight of the site, which best currently demonstrates the University's collections, is its online exhibitions page. One exhibition of photographs provides a good overview of the development of the campus; memorable images of the chancellors; documents related to student activities and activism from the 1940s to the 1980s; athletics; and past faculty members. ModernU, another online exhibition, highlights Carleton's campus which is punctuated by famous examples of modern architecture and makes the archive of notable interest for researchers in architectural, as well as Canadian history.
This is the website for the critical theory archive at the University of California, Irvine. Material held at the archive includes the manuscripts and other personal papers of theorists Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, Stanley Fish, Ihab Hassan, Wolfgang Iser, Murray Krieger, J. Hillis Miller, René Wellek, and others. The archive also has a collection of published works (including monographs) by or about key critical theorists. Online materials include links to the Wellek Library Bibliographies, the University of California Humanities Research Institute Bibliographies, as well as links to the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, Chadwyck-Healey's Literary Theory, and the Critical Theory subject page of the University of California, Irvine.
This is the home page of the German Literature Archive and National Schiller Museum in Marbach, Germany. The site gives an overview of the research and publishing currently undertaken in relation to collections held by these two institutions. The Archive's many scholarly publications are listed, making the site a good bibliographical resource for researchers in German Studies - it also gives a good indication of the nature of the archival collections. There are profiles of the Museum's upcoming exhibitions. Perhaps most important for scholars are the descriptions of special research projects based on Marbach's literary collections. These include studies on the writings of: Eduard Mörike (1804-1875) and Harry Graf Kessler (1868-1937).
Several other projects are the products of cooperative efforts between the affiliated Marbach Institute, the German Schiller Society, and various German universities, with participants and their publications listed. One of these projects is the Internationales Germanistenlexikon, 1800-1950 (International Germanists' Lexicon). The site has its own search engine and online catalogues - but unfortunately no comprehensive descriptive summary of holdings. It also provides a long list of links to museums; libraries; German Studies institutes; and online resources. General information regarding contact details; opening hours; funding and housing for visiting researchers; rules for use of literary collections; and museum location is provided.
The Web Site of the "Diecezja Drohiczyńska" is in Polish and contains information about the Drohiczyn diocese's archive and museum. It is quite a rich archive with holdings mainly pertaining to the ecclesiastical records, but with a substantial section on the Jewish community. A brief history of the archive reveals its relatively new history. The site provides a listing of the holdings which include: parish records; monastery records; episcopal and diocesan records; memoires; plans and maps; early manuscripts and printed sources; and a collection of photographs, microfilms, and videos. The catalogues of the holdings can be downloaded in MS Word .DOC files. The site is of great use to those researching the history of different confessions, ethnicities, and Jewish communities in Poland and the areas now within Belarus and Ukraine.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project examining the transformation of personal archives from physical objects (such as journals, photographs, letters) to digital media and the implications this has on libraries, research repositories and scholarship. The project team consists of people from the British Library (the lead partner), University College London and University of Bristol. The project runs from September 2007 until March 2009, with dissemination continuing until June 2009, and is led by Dr Jeremy Leighton John of the British Library. The website has full details of this wide-ranging project, the research team and partners. Details of publications by team members are available as a PDF document, and the project aims to place full-text papers on the website at a future date. The team has a weblog, going back to the start of the project. Information is also provided about the Digital Lives conference, which was held on 10th February 2009.
This is the website of the Directorate of the Archives of France whose main role is to safeguard private and public collections of national historical importance. Archives de France also administers and sets up policies for the over 800 public archives agencies in the country. Information on the website is extensive and includes: listings of various national, regional and local archives with contact details; policy documents and standards for evaluating, sorting, classification, description, preservation and communication related to archives; links to projects related to the use and application of standards and information technology to archival collections; publications; and a link to Archives nationales. The Actualités section has the latest news about new projects, exhibitions and digitisation of archives.
This is the enhanced Web edition of the Directory of Archives in Australia published by the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) in 1992. It contains over 500 entries, many of them not found in the printed directory. Founded in 1975, the Society is administered by a national council which maintains the Web site to serve as a locator of archival repositories in Australia by providing contact details, links to the institution's website where applicable, and cross-links to related repositories. Access to the directory is through alphabetical or geographical browsable indexes, or using a free text unrestricted Google search on the website. For a more detailed search on archival holdings the researcher is directed to the Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts (RAAM). The site offers additional information regarding support, education, newsletters, events, publications and conferences; some of these details are publicly available, some are provided to the site's registered members who are archival professionals.
This website provides information on the Dittrick Medical History Center (Cleveland, Ohio) and its collections of 60,000 rare books, 60,000 museum artifacts, 10,000 images, and archive listings. Originally part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894), the Dittrick is now an interdisciplinary centre within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. It is an international resource for the study of the history of medical technology, and provides research material for the study of speciality areas and local and international medical institutions. The site has six main sections: the Dittrick Museum of Medical History which consists mainly of a collection of instruments gathered from Cleveland physicians dating from 19th and 20th centuries; the rare medical book collection dating from late 14th century to 20th century; a section featuring 4 small online exhibits (Cleveland's smallpox epidemic of 1902; Images of dissection; a tour of Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland; and Asklepios Murals at the Allen Memorial Library); sample lists and overviews of the centre's archives; the image collection; and a What's New? section. Each section provides a very small sample of the collections housed at the center through the use of online images accompanied by brief background essays. There are also pages listing the Centre's publications, events and links to medical museums, archives and libraries both in the USA and worldwide. This site is regularly updated and includes news of forthcoming events and publications.
The Vickers Photographic Archive is part of the Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness, and provides insight into the workings of Vickers Shipyard, a British shipbuilding and engineering facility. The archive is searchable through the browse categories of: shipbuilding, armaments, engineering, and the shipyard. Images contain such information as a shipname, class, and image date. The website will prove a good starting point for students of local economic history and the history of technology. That said, the website does not provide any explanations or contextual information beyond the most basic archival information. There are also links to FAQs and a facility for ordering copies of the images. The website has its own search engine.
The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) was established in 1976 as the first regional film archive in the UK and is a non-profit making organisation based at the University of East Anglia (UEA). It 'aims to collect and preserve moving images relating to East Anglia and to provide a service of access and presentation where copyright allows'. This site gives a brief introduction to the archive's collections and services and offers links to a range of catalogues including that of the archive itself. There are brief details of the MA course 'Film Archiving', offered within the Film Studies sector of UEA. A section on News gives information on the use of the EAFA's collection in recent television programmes. The Archive has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
This is the website of the Edgar Allan Poe Collection held by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland; "one of the oldest free public library systems in the US". The collection actually consists of five different collections: The Amelia F. Poe Collection, 1770s-1909; The Sara Sigourney Rice Collection, 1867-1908; The Bernard J. Rosenmyer Illustrations, ca.1900; Commemorations of Edgar Allan Poe, 1850-1949; and Reprints of Poe's works, 1845-1854. Click on "Edgar Allan Poe Collection" near the top of the page to view images of selected items from the collection such as photographs of Poe, fragments from Poe's original coffin, locks of hair, and letters written by Poe. A full container list and a short history of each collection is provided along with a brief Poe biography.
The website "English Heritage Public Archive" is the National Monuments Record (NMR) of English Heritage, and aims to preserve archives and data and to help in the understanding and enjoyment of the historic environment through their archives and information sources. The NMR holds around 10 million items covering archaeology, marine archaeology, buildings and aerial photographs of England. Amongst the collections available are nineteenth and twentieth century photographs, a complete register of listed buildings, data on archaeological sites, building surveys and a specialised reference library. The website makes it possible to browse many of the photographs online, and also provides the facility to search a variety of databases and catalogues online. In addition to this on the site users can make online enquiries about the contents of the NMR, access educational services, specialist services and find information on news and events.
This is the website for the English Monastic Archives (EMA) Project, which is working to reconstruct the archives of English monasteries and to research the origins of record-keeping in England. The ongoing project presents the results as three online searchable database, covering 'Religious Houses', 'Properties' and 'Archives'. The project is based in the History Department of University College London and is directed by Professor David d'Avray. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Research Grants scheme.
This is the home page of the Verschoyle Philip Cronym Memorial Archives of the Diocese of Huron. The site explains that Huron is one of seven dioceses within the Anglican Church of Canada's Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. Huron "covers an area of 12,000 square miles, comprising the thirteen counties of southwestern Ontario: Brant, Bruce, Elgin, Essex, Grey, Huron, Kent, Lambton, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth, and Waterloo". Before 1839, the diocese fell under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Quebec, and for some twenty years afterwards it belonged to the Diocese of Toronto. As such, the diocese can be seen to occupy the westernmost region of social overlap between English and French populations, whose shifting cultural and demographic boundaries have historically crossed the political dividing lines between the old provinces of Lower and Upper Canada. That overlap, as the site notes, is grounded in an older history, since the diocese lines followed the hunting grounds of the Huron tribe. The Archive houses unpublished and valuable documents relating to this colonial history and to the subsequent local presence of the Anglican Church, categorised as follows: parish histories, records and registers; preachers' books and sermons; vestry records; photographs; Bishops' papers; Church organisational minutes; The Huron Church News; episcopal papers and personal manuscripts; synod journals; and historical data pertaining to the Diocese. Unfortunately, fonds are not described in greater detail, but contact and visiting information is clearly available. The site should be of interest to members of the general public, genealogists, and researchers in Canadian Colonial, Social and Ecclesiastical History. But, as the site notes, priority is given to researchers from the clergy. The site hasn't been updated since 2005.
The 'Five College Archives Digital Access Project' website provides access to a selection of material held at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It encompasses fifty-four online collections amounting to over thirty-eight thousand items. The material included on the site relates to 19th and early 20th century women, in particular the education of women. The type of material on the site includes letters, photographs, articles, diaries and official college publications. Details of the archives which have been included from each of the colleges can be found on the site. It is possible to search the collection. The search engine will, in the majority of cases, search the text of the description of documents as most of the documents have been put on the site as images. The collections of the colleges can be searched individually or together. The site also maintains a set of links relating to the digitization of archival collections. The site is now archived.
The “Florida Heritage Collection” (FHC) is an online project published by the State University System (SUS) of Florida and the Publication of Archival Library and Museum Materials (PALMM) that provides online access to digitised primary source materials for research and scholarship concerning the history of Florida and its citizens. The online collection contains over 3,800 titles and over 178,000 pages of information about Florida history, culture, arts, literature, sciences, and social sciences. The site is keyword searchable and users have the option of advanced, proximity, and citation searches as well as an author list. The holdings of the collection cover local and national history, with coverage of topics such as the American Civil War, the Florida Boom, Civil rights, Native Americans, the growth of the railroad, and the history of medicine in Florida. Indeed, researchers can use the “Florida Themes” or “Florida Counties” links on the homepage to navigate to specific subjects or geographic locations of research interest. In addition, there is background information about the project, a tutorial about FHC, links to external related collections and services websites as well as other PALMM websites and a large contact list. This is a wonderful website for scholars, researchers, and students looking for detailed primary source information about Florida, its history and its people.
This is the website of the Fondazione Elvira Badaracco, a foundation that aims to promote the study of women's political and cultural history in Italy. The foundation holds several archives; this site presents a detailed breakdown of individual archive's contents. It is possible to consult details of the records of several archives. The Foundation holds the personal archives of journalist Marisa Rusconi, writer Anna Franchi, and political philosopher Luisa Muraro. The correspondence between Alba de Céspedes and Vittorio Giovanni Rossi is available for consultation, as is the political archive of the Libreria delle donne di Milano (Women's bookshop of Milan).
There is a biography of Elvira Badaracco (1911-1994), who established the Centro di studi storici sul movimento di liberazione della donna in Italia (Centre for historical study of the liberation movement of women in Italy), whose patrimony later became the basis for Foundation, which was set up by Annarita Buttafuoco. Documents in the archive deal with issues such as: maternity; abortion; contraception; and prostitution. There is also much material on the history of feminism and women's organisations. This resource would be of interest to those studying the political and social history of women in Italy, feminism, and the individual women featured.
This is the website of the Fondazione Istituto Gramsci (Gramsci Institute Foundation) which makes available details regarding several major archives, including the Antonio Gramsci, Sibilla Aleramo, and Luchino Visconti archives. Users can search the Gramsci archive and view records for individual documents. Material relates to the political, social, and cultural history of Italy in the 20th century, and in particular to the Resistance and anti-Fascist movements. A guide outlines the archive's history and contents. The Foundation also holds the archives of the Partito comunista italiano (Italian Communist Party) from 1921-1991, with documents by key figures such as Palmiro Togliatti. The Luchino Visconti archive consists of personal documents, letters, and photographs from the film director's collection. The site provides a list of the works in Visconti's personal library and a detailed biography. An extensive guide to the archive is available to view in PDF format.
The Sibilla Aleramo archive contains documents collected by the Italian author over the course of her lifetime, as well as her sketches and personal letters. The archive has material relating to Aleramo's partner, the poet Dino Campana. A list of the Foundation's activities is presented, alongside details and indices of its three main publications: Studi storici (Historical studies); Annali (Notes); and Europa (Europe). The Rome-based Foundation aims to promote the study of the political Left, social democracy, and the workers' movement in Italy. This resource would be of use in a variety of areas, in particular, the study of Italian communism, politics, and the role of Antonio Gramsci, the Italian political theorist and activist. The Sibilla Aleramo archive would interest those studying Italian literature and feminism, whilst the Visconti archive would be of value to anyone interested in Italian cinema.
This is the website of the Milan-based Fondazione Mondadori (Mondadori foundation), which collects together the archives of the Italian editors Arnoldo and his son Alberto Mondadori. Details are given on the Foundation's archives and libraries and users can search the archives' catalogues. The historical archives of the Mondadori and Saggiatore publishing houses, which were founded in 1912 and 1958 respectively, are included. Documents relate to various individual authors and include personal correspondence. The site makes available an extensive collection of newspaper articles on the Foundation's holdings in PDF format. The archive of the journalist and politician Giuseppe Bottai is held by the Foundation and this site provides a detailed biography of his life and work. The Collezione Minardi (Minardi Collection), a collection of sketches, is also represented. The Foundation publishes an online magazine entitled Q.b.online, which selects documents from the archive for attention. Details of the Foundation's publications are provided. This resource would be of use to those interested in the history of Italian literature and publishing.
A gem among archival websites, this site takes the unusual step of displaying some of its holdings online in an organized exhibition. The archivists at the Open Society Archives at Central European University in Budapest have prepared a comprehensive site which constitutes a notable and valuable contribution to the study of Central and East European history. Their work is well displayed in this collection of photographs and documents from Soviet forced labour camps, or gulags.By way of introduction, the exhibition provides a brief history of forced labour camps under Communism. It is possible to click on a more extended history of these prisons within the introduction which takes the User to the gulag paper in the Open Society Archives' Reference Information Papers. The exhibition itself begins with the history of model Solovetsk Special Camp, the so-called mother of the gulag. The text is supported by archival photographs and letters from prisoners, which the user can click on and read. All displayed sources are in Russian, although the language of the text in the site is English.The exhibition then traces the entrenchment of prison labour camps within the process of Soviet industrialization and large-scale development plans such as the building of the Belomor Canal that was built between the White and Baltic Seas. The text is again illustrated with photographs and examples of labour camp newspapers, which the user can enlarge through a zoom function.Of great interest as well are the images of smuggled letters from prisoners; books; newspapers; maps; statistics on life within the camps; sketches; and memoirs on how knowledge of the gulags spread to the West. The end of the website offers a list of related links.This exhibition will prove valuable for researchers and for the purposes of teaching Undergraduates.The exhibition is available in two formats: a scroll version, which allows the user to move rightwards along an unconventional tableau; or a vertical version which is suitable for printing. In either case the navigation is carefully arranged and satisfactory. The explanatory text is marred by some typographical errors, but this does not diminish from the overall impressive effect of the exhibition.
Forskningsarkivet vid Umeå universitetsbibliotek (Research Archives in Umeå) is a part of the University Library at Umeå University. The archive contains a wide range of data, such as census information; photographs; and maps. The website contains information about the archive, its content and how to use it. There is also information about the research project conducted at the archive. The site is mainly in Swedish but has some pages in English. Only some of the archived material is freely available through the Web but this site is a good starting point for anyone interested in the data contained in the archive.
The Web Site of the "Fundacji Archiwum i Muzeum Pomorskie Armii Krajowej oraz Wojskowej Służby Polek w Toruniu (The Foundation of the Pomeranian Archive and Museum of the Home Army and Polish Women's Military Service in Toruń)" is in Polish with a more limited English version. It was founded by Professor El់ieta Zawacka, who had an extremely distinguished career during the Second World War as a military instructor of women, fought in the defence of Lwów, and in the Polish underground. As the courier 'Zo' she was famous throughout Europe for her journeys and bravery and was later arrested by the Communist Security Forces in 1951. The Web Site contains information on the archives and holdings pertaining to the role of Polish women in World War Two. It also features accounts by women of their experiences, and details of academic meetings and conferences. This is an excellent site for those interested in women's history, military history, the Second World War, or Polish Studies.
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.
This website is published by Andrew Bamji, the curator of the Gillies archive of plastic surgery at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup. The website provides details of the Gillies archive, which is one of the most complete archives of medical records from the First World War. The archive holds over 2,500 case files on facial plastic surgery performed between 1917 and 1925 on injured servicemen. Although the website is of quite a clunky design it houses some excellent resources, including digital images of the complete Macalister watercolours archive, which show a range of injuries treated at the hospital. The images are graphic, and are somewhat disturbing. Another image gallery of postcards of Queen Mary's Hospital is also on the site, as well as an extremely useful bibliography of surgery and medicine during the Great War.
The website "Glamorgan Record Office" introduces this archiving institution which collects and preserves documents relating to the history of the county, the Diocese of Llandaff, and the Archdiocese of Cardiff. The Record Office is situated in Cardiff, South Wales. Directions and opening hours are provided for visitors. The website makes public the record office's policy documents and summarises new accessions. It also provides several leaflets intended to help new researchers in particular fields. These may be viewed with Adobe Acrobat. There are pages on courses, job vacancies, and links to other sites. A special online project, 'Cardiff: the building of a Capital', features a database of building plans that trace the development of the city from a town of 10,000 inhabitants in 1841 to a population of 250,000 a little over a century later. The database may be searched by various fields and returns results giving a brief description of the works done, the address, the architect, developer, dates, and other pertinent information.
The "Hackney Archives" website is a wonderful example of how local archival material can be placed online for maximum access. Whilst those seeking specific information about the London Borough of Hackney (including the parishes of Stoke Newington, Hackney, and Shoreditch) must obviously visit the archive, the full guide to the archival holdings can be consulted on the site in the section dedicated to the collections. An impressive range of historic images can be accessed from this site on the same server of the Hackney Council. Current exhibitions have good overviews on the site. Useful information and practicalities for the researchers are available on line in PDF or DOC files. Request forms can be filled out via the site. Multimedia presentations of Tudor Hackney can be seen on the website of the National Archives, which has a direct link from the Hackney Archives' homepage. Other links include museums and associations in Hackney and pages of other archives and libraries in London. This is an extremely good resource for those interested in local history, history of London, or social and cultural history in general.
This is the website for the Hall-Carpenter Archives, which is part of the London School of Economics Library website that provides a guide to its archive holdings. Founded in 1982, the Hall-Carpenter Archives are the largest source for the study of gay activism in the late twentieth century, from the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1958 onwards. The archives are comprised of four main collections, the periodicals collection, the archive of gay organisations and activists, the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive, and the oral history collection. The archives are split across three sites, the London School of Economics Library, Middlesex University Library, and the National Sound Archive.
'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 Historical Archives of the European Union website describes the holdings of this section of the European University Institute, Florence. The archives are an excellent resource for all those carrying out research into the history of the European Union over the last thirty years. It is particularly rich in documentation on the European Community Institutions for Coal and Steel, the Common Market, and Euratom. The documents of the European Court of Justice will also be transferred to this repository. In addition the archives seek to collect the papers of politicians, officials, and movements which have been significant in the construction of the European Union. Fonds can be searched by name, date, old record codes, and keywords. There is also access to an interesting collection of oral history documentation, and a good links page.
The “History and Politics Out Loud (HPOL)” website contains audio versions of important political and historical speeches of the twentieth century. Contained here is a searchable multimedia database of audio files delivered by famous personalities and highlighting significant events of the twentieth century. Users can search the audio materials by title, speaker, date, subject, and transcript and browse by date, speaker, and title. The audio files are streamed via RealPlayer or QuickTime audio plug-ins. In this audio archive are private presidential conversations as well as eulogies relating to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) and Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968). Items also touch on the Soviet Union and US relations (1945-1991), the war in Vietnam (1961-1975), the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), the Civil rights movement, and the Watergate Affair, 1972-1974. There are also campaign speeches and presidential inaugural addresses. This is an excellent website for researchers, students, and teachers of modern American history and politics.
Indiana University's Hoagy Carmichael Collection pertains to the life and career of songwriter Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael (1899-1981). It includes: sound recordings of Hoagy's music; letters; photographs; print and handwritten musical compositions. This multimedia website, is part of an project to catalogue, digitise, and preserve every item in Indiana University's extensive Hoagy Carmichael Collection. This website is a joint effort of the Indiana University Digital Library Program and the Archives of Traditional Music. The digitisation and cataloguing of the Hoagy Carmichael Collection and the creation of this website were funded by Indiana University and by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This website contains project and funding information as well as basic technical information regarding how this digital collection and website were created including: indexing and searching; digitisation; storage and delivery. The website presents access to selected digital objects from the collection, (see and hear highlights, and take the virtual tour of the Hoagy Carmichael Room at the Archives of Traditional Music). Due to copyright restrictions, Internet access to all of the digitized materials cannot be provided. However, all digital objects are available at the Archives of Traditional Music. There are also Introductory and Research sections (including a brief genealogy). It is possible to browse the website and browse through the collection, category by category, and also search for a particular item or song. In future the website will present a complete catalogue of the entire Carmichael Collection.
Human Rights is a new online exhibition from The National Archives, which traces the development of rights in Great Britain from the granting of Magna Carta in 1215 to the development of the Welfare State in 1945. This interesting and accessible website will be useful for anyone studying the development of rights, for example in relation to voting, education, trade unions or women. Human Rights is attractively illustrated with digitised images of documents held at The National Archives, including the 1225 version of Magna Carta, a poster of the 'Peterloo Massacre' of 1819 and a leaflet describing the force feeding of Suffragettes in 1909. Where necessary, a full English transcription of the document is provided. The website is divided into six sections, each covering a specific time period, with its own timeline and images. There is a glossary of terms used and an index to the manuscripts.
Ice, Fire and Northern Myths: Icelandic Literature at the University of Nottingham is an online exhibition on Icelandic and Viking myth and literature, presented by Nottingham University. The University has extensive original holdings in Viking and Icelandic literature, together with a facsimile of the Flateyjarbok compliation of sagas. The Ice, Fire and Northern Myths website contains a history of the collections, together with short illustrated texts on: Dramatic Landscapes, An Artist in Iceland (about Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924); Icelandic dress; Illustrating Literature (on 19th and 20th Century illustrators); Observing and Recording; and Northern Tongues. The exhibition's images are presented at a small size only.
The site "International Institute of Social History (IISH): Collections" introduces the holdings of this research institute based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. There is an online catalogue, which can be searched through a web or telnet interface, providing records of material (including books, periodicals, posters, photographs and archives) which are held at the International Institute of Social History, the Netherlands Economics History Archive and the Dutch Press Museum. The site also has an index of archives which provides descriptions of all the archive collections of the IISH. These are provided as alphabetical lists of Dutch, non-Dutch and all archives. The site also provides links to HTML and SGML inventories of these collections. It is possible to search these archival collections. Other features of the site include descriptions, lists and databases of collections, details of recent acquisitions and links to digitized collections. The site has a virtual information desk and details of microfilms of IISH collections.
The Irish Architectural Archive is a charitable company established to collect and preserve, and make available for consultation, the records of Ireland's architectural heritage. The collections housed by the archive comprise the largest body of historic architectural records in Ireland. They include: over 250,000 historic Irish architectural drawings from the late seventeenth to the late twentieth centuries; over 400,000 photographs; and a reference library, with in excess of 15,000 items of printed matter relating to architecture. The website includes collection level descriptions as well as some sample drawings, photographs and manuscripts. It is also possible to interrogate a biographical index of Irish architects from 1720 to 1940, (the letters A to J have currently been made available).
This is the website for the AHRC-funded research project ‘Island Cultural Archives’ which consisted of a series of workshops and field research in the Western Isles to facilitate knowledge exchange between academic, local history and heritage professionals and organisations regarding the archive resources of three specific communities - Benbecula, South Uist, and Eriskay. Each workshop was built round a theme: Oral Tradition; Deserted Settlement; Visual Legacy and are written up here.
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 Web Site of "The historical archive of Sarajevo (Istorijski arhiv Sarajevo)" is in German, Bosnian, English, and Turkish. The fullest version in to be found in the Bosnian version. The archive was formally founded in 1948, but contains holdings dating back to the Ottoman period, including almanacs, calendars, and maps. The oriental collection contains many items of great importance. The English version of the site provides information on the history of the archives, especially during the wars on 1992-1996. The archive continues its tradition of publications. In particular the archive is famed for its collection of posters from between 1878 and 1969, and photographs from between 1878 and 1945. The site presents fully the exhibition with the "Gems from Bosnian Collections for Sarajevo History" held in Graz in 2002, with the digitised versions of the precious early prints, books, Kurans, maps and precius metal objects. The minutes of the protocols of the Sarajevo city government from 1919 to 1928 constitute a recently added database, which can be easily navigated.
The website of the "Jersey Heritage Trust" describes the work of the organisation responsible for the island's major historic sites, award-winning museums and public archives. The Channel Island has a rich history, culture and heritage, positioned as it is close to the French coast, and its own distinct form of language and culture. The Heritage Trust holds collections of artefacts, works of art, documents, specimens and information relating to Jersey's history, culture and environment. These collections define the island, hold the evidence for its historical development and act as the community's memory. The website provides details for the tourist as well as the Historian. There are details on Jersey's museums, archives and historical sites, such as Mont Orgueil. There are searchable databases on art, archives and museums (Mont Orgueil Castle, Elizabeth Castle, Maritime Museum). Multimedia offers are also on the site, such as the 360 virtual tour of the neolithic La Houghe Bie. The site also informs about the "Flash Days" programme for children.
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 website "The Koestler archive and other papers relating to Arthur Koestler" is a single screen finding aid from the Archives Hub which describes the content and scope of the Arthur Koestler archive held in the Special Collections of Edinburgh University Library. The page provides a short biographical introduction to Koestler, with reference to his most important works. It describes the scope and content of the archives, and provides information on the provenance of the collection. It provides a detailed listing of the contents of the archives, and the conditions of access to the collections. This finding aid will be useful for researchers of Koestler's oeuvre, and allows researchers to assess the materials available.
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.
This is the homepage of the Law Society of Upper Canada Archives. Interesting online exhibitions grace the site and give the user an idea of available archival materials, such as a World War I memorial. A Virtual Museum displays some online exhibitions and historical vignettes, which will be a helpful starting point for researchers. The Virtual Archives offers a good historical photograph exhibition from the collections such as: the Law Society's headquarters at Osgoode Hall, which also houses the high courts of Ontario, and was home to Osgoode Hall Law School (1889-1969); the Hall's Great Library; and pictures of law students, prominent lawyers and judges (including Sir John A. Macdonald (1815-1891), a lawyer who served as Prime Minister; and Clara Martin (1874-1923), who became the first female lawyer in the British Empire in 1897). These are only a sample, however, of the archive's 70,000 photographs. An online guide summarises the rest of the archive's resources, ranging from corporate and private records, to special collections, to artifacts. Rules for access, as well as photocopying fees and archivists' contact details are provided. This site will be an interesting and unusual resource for those studying Canadian society and history.
LEADERS Toolkit at sourceforge.net is the website of a humanities computing project which attempts to facilitate online access to archives. The intention is to integrate archival descriptions (encoded according to the EAD (Encoded Archival Description) standard) and archival authority records (encoded according to the EAC (Encoded Archival Context) standards) with the actual electronic transcripts or digitised images of archive materials (encoded according to TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) standards). By doing this, the project will enable the combined searching of archives by various structured finding aids by: information about the creators of archives; and by the content of those archives. Project deliverables include: a toolkit for implementers to build their own XML applications; a demonstrator application; documentation for methodology and tools; training materials for archivists and users. A link to the demonstrator application is provided from the site. This application enables the searching of parts of the George Orwell Archive and the University College London Archive. The integration of information with document transcripts clearly works well, and hyperlinks are provided to navigate between records. The main project site also provides a link to the documentation pages, which contains reports and instructions for users and developers.
The Legacy National Tobacco Documents Library provides online access to around 8 million documents (43 million pages) relating to the research, manufacturing, marketing, advertising, and sales of tobacco products from the 1950s to the present day in the United States. The search engine is relatively sophisticated, enabling the user to specify which collections they wish to search, and allowing for complicated Boolean combinations of search terms. A section of popular documents gives an indication of the range of materials available as well as presenting some of the more interesting resources. An extensive list of links to other websites is also provided.The amount of information available from this site is very impressive and should prove valuable to anyone researching the effects of tobacco, researching cigarette marketing, or suing major tobacco companies. Despite the subject, the site manages to maintain a fairly neutral moral tone. Vintage cigarette commercials are available to view, enabling you to find out which brand 1950s doctors recommended!
The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) website provides a variety of information about the facilities that they have to offer. There is some general information about the London Metropolitan Archives and a section with the latest news. Details are given on the location, opening hours, enquiry service and reprographics service. Information is provided on how to make the most of a visit to the archive and also of their family research service. Information leaflets on sources available from the London Metropolitan Archives can be downloaded (in PDF) from the site. These include leaflets on family history, history of nursing, patient records in London hospital and Middlesex Deeds Registry. An online catalogue has been made available recently, together with Civil Registration indexes. The LMA have also begun to contribute records to the AIM 25, a database of collections in London and M25 area archives.
This is the website of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's archive, which is currently being surveyed, sorted and catalogued to enable greater access to the material held there. The archive holds a range of records - the letters and personal papers of scientific, medical and public health professionals engaged in searching for cures and treatments for diseases such as malaria, cholera, filariasis and leprosy, the administrative records of the School itself, and photographs, ephemera and artwork. Currently users can access collection level descriptions of the personal papers through the AIM25 website, and brief descriptions of the holdings for each individual - including Patrick Manson, Major General Sir Leonard Rogers, Sir Ronald Ross, and Edwin Chadwick are available on this site.Along with access information for the archive, which lists opening hours, the access policy and guidelines of use, the site also provides a chronology of the history of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and biographies of all of the people named on the building of the school.
The website Museum Ziemi Lubuskiej w Zielonej Górze (Lubuska Province Museum) is available in German and Polish. The museum focuses on the history of the area of Polish Zielona Góra, which was previously German Grünburg. The museum has an excellent collection of watches, sacral art, and engravings. The archive collection shows exponents not exhibited in the main galleries, which include: galleries of modern art; ancient art; historical objects; and the wine department. The museum is also host to the court record book of witchcraft trials in Zielona Góra between 1663-1665. The site is of interest to those interested in German and Polish history, the history of Silesia, or material culture.
The website "The National Archives of Hungary" introduces the archives, founded in 1992, and based in Budapest. The site describes the archives, access details, and provides instructions for archival research, including research into family history (genealogy). There is access on the site to digitised documents, catalogues of the main and of the microfilm funds. It enables research on the territories that comprise present-day Hungary as well as those which have historically been included within the Hungarian kingdom or the Austro-Hungarian empire. Birth and death registers are also included. The site provides useful access details for both European and North American national archives. It also provides abstracts of lists of publications based on archival records published by the Hungarian National Archives. Good descriptions of the holdings of the archives are offered in English and German. Interfaces for the databases are however available exclusively in Hungarian. A newly established e-archive is the gateway to all the inventories of public archives in Hungary. The digitising of archival holdings is in full swing, with the medieval collections and the Libri Regii being now available online. To view the digitised material, an image viewer is offered for download on the site. The search interface is only in Hungarian. The websites also informs on the opening hours of the reading rooms, as well as on events and news. User registration is offered without charge.
The “Maine Memory Network” is an online primary sources collection, published by the Maine Historical Society (MHS) that provides access to thousands of artefacts and items belonging to over 180 organizations across Maine. There is a keyword searchable database of digitised historical documents, a browse by topic function and, an advanced search, which allows users to limit searches to document type, date, or county. The website resources include letters, journals, photographs, paintings, drawings, objects, broadsides, maps, and sound and video files. Also featured on the site are a number of stories, collections, and exhibits designed to highlight material. The topics covered include the American Civil War, shipwrecks, Irish immigration, samplers, suffrage, transport, and George Washington. There are also teaching resources for those interested in the history of Maine, links to external websites about Maine and local history events and programs.
Making the LEAP : Linking e-Archives and e-Publications is the website of a research project which aimed to establish exemplars for: the electronic publication of research results in the arts and humanities; and the creation of digital archives. The website contains pointers to four exemplar projects for the methodologies established, including: Medieval Whittlewood; the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project (TAESP); Silchester insula ix; and the Urban Landscape of Medieval Merv. The website also includes: background information on the project; its aims; and a small set of FAQs. The project concluded in 2006, but its findings are still relevant to electronic publishing in the humanities.
This website provides information about the work of Manchester City Archives and Local Studies Library. Basic information for anyone wishing to use the archives is available form the site. There are details of opening hours, contact details and on how the archives can be accessed. Brief guides to the collections are available. A detailed guide to the business archive has been created as has a guide to family history. Manchester Local Studies Library has a collection of over 100,000 local photographs. A selection of 200 of these images are available from the website. A list of relevant links is also provided on the site.
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.
The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies (founded in 1971 as the Steinbeck Research Center) is based at San José State University. Its library houses the largest archive in the world of John Steinbeck's books, manuscripts and correspondence, with over 40,000 items. The site contains biographical texts and lists of bibliographical material as well as links to Web resources about Steinbeck. There is detailed information on events and programs sponsored by the Center, including the Steinbeck Fellowship Program. Among its many activities, the Center sponsors a journal titled The Steinbeck Review .This site provides a useful overview of Steinbeck's life and works.
The website "Mass Observation: Recording everyday life in Britain" is the homepage of the Mass Observation Archive, a charitable trust, has been housed at the University of Sussex since 1970. The archive holds the results of the original Mass-Observation social research organisation covering the late 1930s to the early 1950s. The archive has also, since the 1980s, been collecting writings about everyday life in Britain. The website of the Mass-Observation Archive provides background information on the archive and details of the holdings and finding aids (designed for people who are already familiar with the archive holdings). The collections are briefly overviewed on the site under "Searching the collections". The archive of the original project of 1937-1950 can be accessed according to document types: file reports series; diaries; day surveys; Directive replies; Topic collections; and Worktown collection (Bolton and Blackpool). The recent archives are indexed alphabetically. Each section of the collections can be searched on the site. Some of the archive is available online for purchase, through a specialist company. Other features of the website include visitor information, details of how to contribute to the project and an A-Z index of the site.
This it the website of the Archives of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Four volumes of published descriptions of the collections are available online: Official Records of McGill University; Volumes 2 and 3 on Private fonds held by McGill University; and Guide Update: Private fonds acquired by the University Archives between 1985 and 1995. In addition, the site has good online databases of the following collections: photo collection; audio and film collection; visual arts collection; McGill architectural plans; medals and artifacts collection; record group file title; Montreal Council of Social Agencies; Montreal Stock Exchange; and various private papers. New archival acquistions are summarised in a separate section. The photo collection is the highlight for users, with over 14,000 scanned images online. These can be viewed via a search engine which provides item-level information, some with scanned thumbnails, some without. One section, on fonds level finding aids, was still under construction at the time of review. There are also links to other electronic resources which are available. The Outreach subsite features a small number of carefully crafted online exhibitions. The is information on the site regarding records management and reference services. Contact information is posted for those who wish to make enquiries or order documents before arrival. A FAQ section answers some of the more popular myths about the University which might attract casual researchers -- including the possible identity of Jack the Ripper as a former McGill medical student. The site would be most useful for researchers working on the history of Quebec, and especially of Montreal and of one of its most important academic institutions.
This is the website of Memoria Abierta, an alliance of eight Argentine human rights organizations who work to preserve the memory of the period of state terrorism in Argentina (the 1970s, and the years of military dictatorship (1976-1983)). The alliance is currently engaged in four major projects. The Documentary Heritage project organizes and preserves files related to state terrorism, creating an accessible archive. The Oral Archive is a collection of oral testimonies related to state terrorism, and the Photographic Archive collects and preserves images of state terrorism from different sources. The Topography of Memory project aims to make 'visible' those buildings used as clandestine detention and torture centres, preserving them as historical sites in order to promote reconstruction of history and memory. Details of access to these archives and to other activities conducted by the organization (including the construction of a museum of memory) are available on the site. This site will be an invaluable resource for anyone researching Argentine history and human rights issues. Although primary material, such as interviews and photographs, is not available online, the site offers an insight into the work being undertaken in Argentina to preserve historical memory, and will assist researchers able to travel to Argentina.
The Web Site "Miasta w dokumencie archiwalnym" is in Polish and describes the history of selected Polish towns, on the basis of archival documents. The site has been produced in cooperation with the Main Archive of Old Records (AGAD). It is an extremely useful site, based on the work of eminent historians such as Henryk Samsonowicz, Maria Bogucka, and Antoni Mączak. The site features a short history of Polish towns, their founding charters and laws, and a helpful glossary. Over twenty Polish towns are part of the the collection, which includes: Skawina; Warta; Wiśnicz; and Bolimów. The best feature of the site is the reproduction of original records, such as guild documents, town charters, the election of municipal officials, the accompanying transcriptions and commentary, and the full reference of the archival source of each document. An excellent resource for those researching the social or municipal history of the Polish lands.
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.
The Mills Archive is an online resource of primary and secondary source material related to traditional mills and milling across the world. Of most obvious interest to students of history and architecture, the site also offers useful background material for literature students and a wealth of information for writers looking for authentic detail. The resources available on this site are impressive. It contains access to many thousands of digital images, facsimile documents and extensive database material, all of which is available after an initial free registration. Subscribers who contribute financially to the work of the Mills Archive gain access to further resources, but those available without charge are extensive. The online catalogue may be browsed by collection or region, and then by reference to the various types of mill, such as postmills, or undershot waterwheel mills, as well as specific mills of interest. Searches can also be made through the index of people, a fascinating collection of individuals from millers, millwrights, artists, photographers and authors. The site also includes information on the Mill Archive Library, which may be visited in person. Teaching aids and educational resources are offered with specific consideration for the needs of students from primary school up to degree level. The site is well presented and easy to use, offering a valuable interdisciplinary resource.
The Minnesota Digital Library aims to digitise and provide access to Minnesota's cultural heritage. The library is a collaborative effort by archives; historical societies; libraries and museums in Minnesota to build a coordinated access point to Minnesota's unique resources and special collections in digital format. It provides access to over 10,000 images and documents which can be searched or browsed. The site provides an interesting insight into the process of setting up such a project with access to reports, conference papers and grant applications, and full information about the standards and practices used in the digitization work are provided. Help and guidelines relating to using the materials in teaching are also provided. This is a rich and attractively presented resource for teachers, students and researchers of Minnesota history alike.
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 website Polish Museum in Rapperswil has Polish, English and German versions. The museum, founded over 130 years ago in Switzerland, played a seminal role in the preservation of Polish culture at many times when Poland's fate has looked uncertain at best. As with many of these sites, the English translation is at times tedious, however the interested user can find out basic details about the museum, such as its history, opening times, exhibitions and library. The library has an impressive collection, including materials from Jan and Jadwiga Nowak-Jezioranski, a collection of Dahlberg's engravings of several Polish towns and battles, and the famous cartography holdings. The site is enlivened by a 3-D virtual tour of the beautiful castle on a lake in which the museum is located, and which also takes in some of the exhibition galleries. A site of most use to those carrying out research on Poland or studying Polish studies.
This is the website of South Africa's National Archives, which holds a range of historical records relevant to over four hundred years of the country's history. The National Archives were founded in 1996, replacing the State Archives Service in post-Apartheid South Africa. Records include those of national and provisional government, personal papers, audio and visual material, and oral histories. On the site it is possible to search and browse through content databases of some of the collections the National Archive holds, although none of these have been digitised yet. These collections include birth and death records, archives for Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Free State, and the National Register of Oral Sources. Also on the site users can access information about the National Film, Video and Sound Archives, but this does not have a searchable catalogue.
The website of the National Archives of Ireland provides information about their holdings and publications as well as general information for readers. Information for readers includes opening hours, contact and location details and rules and regulations. The website gives both general and detailed information about the archives. There is an online searchable bibliographic database of archives. This online database does not include details of all the documents available but the amount of material covered is currently being expanded. It is possible to search all the material covered by the database or an individual series of holdings. An online guide to help searching the database effectively is available. As well as providing details of their holdings the National Archives of Ireland have produced an interesting selection of online research guides, which aim to give prospective researchers detailed information on specific research topics and collections. Online information for genealogists is also provided. Of interest to those researching more contemporary issues is the list of recently released records.
This website provides information about the work of the National Archives of New Zealand and the facilities that it offers to the public. There is a brief history of the origins of the National Archives of New Zealand, together with the text and interpretation of the 1957 Archives Act. The website also has information on the holdings and on how to use the archive offices. There is a section specifically relating to the use of the archives for genealogical research. This section also outline some of the other sources available for genealogical study. A limited number of online primary sources are available on the site. These include the Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Woman's Suffrage Petition. The site also has a list of links to New Zealand and overseas archives, to related organisations, legislation sites, electronic records sites, record management sites and to sites about archival standards. Other features of the site include a 'What's New' section including an archive of new listings and details of publications and outreach activities. It is possible to search the site.
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom was formed by bringing together the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission. It is one of the world's largest archival collections covering 1000 years of British history, from 1086 to the present day, holding records of central government and the courts of law. The website of The National Archives provides a wealth of information about its activities and collections. The site hosts online exhibitions, audio podcasts and a virtual museum. There is information about opening hours, locations and events. The site provides a host of information for current and potential readers including online information leaflets, details of how to plan a visit and services that The National Archives offers. Also available is an online catalogue which contains over eleven million document references. It is possible to either search or browse the catalogue and online help is available.
This is the website of the Co-operative Union (originally founded in 1869) and Co-operative College's Archive, which is dedicated to preserving records relating to the nineteenth and twentieth century co-operative movement in Britain. The site mainly offers information and finding aids for the content in the archive, although there are a small number of digitised documents available in a PDF format. On the site users can find information about the archive's various collections, which include the Co-operative Congress, Robert Owen, the Rochdale Pioneers, the Young Co-operators, the Women's Guild, Co-operative plays, E. O. Greening, G.J. Holyoake, Co-operative periodicals, and statistics, the Co-operative College, and the Christian Socialists. The archive is based in Manchester, and users will find contact and location details on the website. Teaching outreach information and relevant links are also posted.
The National Fairground Archive website is published by the University of Sheffield, where the archive itself is housed as part of the University of Sheffield Library Special Collections. The website provides a detailed introduction to the holdings of the archive, which is the leading repository for material relating to the history of Britain's travelling showpeople, from the late eighteenth century to the present day. The archive contains a wide range of resources, including fairground ephemera, programmes, handbills, posters, plans and drawings, monographs, journals and periodicals, photographs, and artefacts. Amongst the holdings are the Ron Taylor, Harry Lee, Jack Leeson, Stuart Johnson, and George Tucker collections, and material from the Fairground Association of Great Britain, the Showman's Guild of Great Britain, the Fair Organ Preservation Society, and the Fairground Society. The National Fairground Archives Image Database can be accessed from the site. The section on research projects contains detailed information on the past and current undertakings, such as the journal Early Popular Visual Culture, e-learning projects and the Mitchell and Kenyon case. Included on the site, as well as a catalogue of the holdings, are contact information, and a short history of fairs, which covers charter fairs, rides, the role of women, living vans and travelling menageries.
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 for the UK's National Videogame Archive contains basic information about the NVA, which was launched in October 2008. The NVA is... "a joint project between the National Media Museum and Nottingham Trent University, which aims to celebrate that culture and preserve that history for researchers, developers, game fans and the public." At November 2008 the website contains a basic profile of the NVA, contact details, a FAQ, and details of how to become involved. There is an associated NVA website, www.savethevideogame.org, which contains the NVA's call for archival materials. The NVA websites will be a useful starting point for those interested in the ways in which interactive new media can be conserved and archived for future generations. In future years it may also be of interest to those seeking scholarly texts on the history of videogames and game cultures.
The New Deal Network (NDN) was launched in 1996 by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. The New Deal Network is a research and teaching resource which aims to make material on the public works and arts projects of the New Deal freely and easily available. The NDN is creating a theme based archive drawing resources from across the United States. The site is clearly structured and provides a host of information. There are currently over 20,000 items on the database which can be searched or browsed. The database contains a variety of primary source material including: photographs; political cartoons; speeches; and letters. It is divided into a document library and a photo gallery. The document library can be browsed by subject, year, author or publisher/collection with each document retrieved having a clear indication of its title, author, date and source. The photo gallery can also be browsed by category and again full reference to the source of the document is made. The search engine carries out searches across the entire site. The website also contains a section of annotated links to relevant sites, for example to colleges and universities, non-profit and commercial organisation, personal pages, museums, archives and libraries etc. The New Deal Network co-host a discussion list for teachers and historians of the New Deal hosted at H-Net. The site is now archived.
The Niels Bohr Archive website contains details of the archives held at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. Niels Bohr (1885-1962) was awarded the 1922 Nobel Prize for physics for his investigations into atomic structure and his work on radiation. He is perhaps best known as the father of quantum mechanics. As well as describing the available archives, the site contains: an early photograph of Bohr; an article on the historical sites of physical science in Copenhagen; annual reports; news of new document releases and other developments; summaries of past and forthcoming seminars; and links to other relevant sites. There is also a short account of the life of Hilda Levi.
The North American Studies Group (NASG) website provides details of resources and holdings in the main Scottish university and research libraries of material that is of interest for the study of the United States of America and Canada. Contained in Resources for American and Canadian Studies in Scottish University and Research Libraries are a list of libraries and within each library record there is a general description of their holdings followed by details of the collections under the following categories; modern printed collections, early printed material and special collections (including music), manuscripts and archives, microform and audiovisual collections, official publications, and maps and visual resources. Moreover, in the US and Canadian newspapers in Scottish Libraries section, users have access to an alphabetical directory of newspapers that contain location codes to identify their holding library. If individuals are looking for background information on NASG, current projects, details of membership and information on the Scottish Association for the study of America then these can all be found on the homepage.
The North West Film Archive (NWFA), founded in 1977, holds moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire. The largest public film collection in the UK outside London, the archive contains many thousands of items dating from the pioneer days of film in the mid 1890s to video production of the present day, covering the work of both the professional and the amateur filmmaker. Items within the collection include cinema newsreels, documentaries, educational films and regional television programmes. The website provides access to the NWFA online catalogue for the collections, information on current and past projects, twenty-five film clips which can be viewed and details of NWFA merchandise. The Archive's holdings can be browsed by specific subject areas, namely: work and local industry; leisure and sport; local traditions and celebrations; health care; housing; transport; holiday-making and wartime experiences. The catalogue can be searched by simple keyword or by a number of other fields (region, data, professional or amateur film). The catalogue record includes a description, release date, medium, duration and the name of the producer. The Archive's search and viewing services are free to academic staff and students.
The Nuremberg Trials Project is an endeavour run by Harvard Law School Library to digitalise its one million pages of documents relating to the Nuremberg Trials (1945-1949). The trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany, after the Second World War, occurred before an International Military Tribunal and several US Nuremberg Military Tribunals. The documents which remain include trial manuscripts; legal briefs; document books; and evidence files. This digital project hopes to create and present images of full-text versions of its Nuremberg documents, along with analytical information about each document and general commentary about the trials themselves. 23,000 pages have currently been made available on the site. The documents are presented comprehensively with a photstat of the original; a German typescript; an English translation; and analysis of the document. The site provides information on the leaders of the Nazi regime including key personnel in: government (the Reich Chancellery and ministries); SS; the National Socialist German Workers Party; and the Wermacht. Details of primary and secondary sources, plus links to other sites, provide further information related to the Nuremberg Trials.
The Online Archive of California (OAC) is part of the California Digital Library project, and it provides online access to a wide range of primary source materials held in libraries, museums, and archives all over California. Featured on the site is a searchable database of finding aids, which provides a list of the primary source materials available within a collection, helping researchers to locate resources. The primary sources catalogued include: letters; diaries; manuscripts; legal and financial records; photographs; images; maps; sound recordings; and oral histories spanning over 200 years of Californian history. In addition to the keyword and advanced searching offered by the finding aids search facility, the material can also be browsed in the category of either image or text.
In Images researchers will find visual resources covering: pioneer life; the Gold Rushes; Native Americans; Japanese-American internment; World War Two; slavery; and exploration. In Texts, resources on the Free Speech Movement, Japanese American Relocation, and oral histories can be accessed. Not all of the resources listed are available as digitised facsimile images, but location and access details are provided for all.
Oslo Kommune: Byarkivet (Oslo City: city archive) webpage, in Norwegian, contains information about the archives held by Oslo City. The archives are public due to the freedom of information legislation in Norway so this site may function as a contact point for those interested in researching the archives. The site contains general information as well as a series of video clips from a series about Oslo, broadcast on TV-Norge/OsloTV in 2005 and 2006. There is also a link to Tobias, the journal of archive and Oslo history, on the site.
This is the site of the non-governmental, independent Osrodek Karta Foundation, which 'documents and disseminates the latest history of Poland and Eastern Europe, develops knowledge about modern man and spreads tolerance and democracy'. The website provides information on the history, purpose and activities of the body. It includes a database listing victims of political repression, online exhibitions and publication lists. Key topics include Polish political history and relations with the Soviet Union, the birth of the Solidarity movement and Poland in the post-communist era. Users should note that some materials are offered in Polish only.
This website provides an overview of the holdings of and services provided by the Ottawa Jewish Archives, managed by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. The Archive possesses a wide variety of primary historical research materials related to the Jewish community in this city, dating back to the late nineteenth century. These include: 400 feet of arranged collections with finding aids; marriage registers (l898 - l950); 2500 photographs and 1000 negatives; biographical files; posters; artifacts; architectural plans; cassettes; video tapes; and the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin (l937 to the present). There are specific details on collections related to congregations; education; a wide variety of communal organisations; personal or family papers; and business records. An attractive online gallery gives visitors a sample of the Archive's historical photographs. Of additional help to researchers in Jewish Studies is the site's links to ARCHEION, Ontario's Archival Information Network. Over 100 fonds from the Ottawa Jewish Archives are described in greater detail on ARCHEION; users can locate this information if they run a search using the term Ottawa Jewish Archives on the ARCHEION site. There is a news section with descriptions of recent and upcoming exhibitions and lectures. The site also has a limited, but useful, list of links to websites of Canadian Jewish archives and historical societies.
The webiste "Past Finder" is an online database published by the Greater Manchester County Record Office (GMCRO), and lists over 4,000 archive collections owned by local government in the area. Collections for Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trattoral and Wigan are listed, with brief descriptions of the contents. The database can be searched under a number of criteria, including by keyword, type of record, date, title, repository and reference number. The database is easy to use, and the descriptions of each collection seem thorough. It would be useful if they also included contact details for the repository in question though. The site also has other resources for those interested in archival research: guides to the archives and the collections; family history FAQs; introductions to the sound and vision archive. Further, several pages under the education section contain files in DOC or PDF format about: Victorian Manchester; the cotton industry; local newspapers; and lunatic asylums. A new project intended for KS3 use is to be found under "What's new?", where some of the archive material on Prestwich Asylum is offered online to illustrate the history of mental health care. This is a valuable site for those teaching and studying history and local history.
The Penguin Collection website provides information about the archives of the British publishing company, Penguin Books Ltd, which are held by the University of Bristol's Library Special Collections. The archive contains material from the company's "foundation in 1935 to the 1980s, with continuing deposits up to the present day. It includes a wide variety of materials on the establishment and business life of Penguin Books Ltd., as well as social events, legal cases particularly the Lady Chatterley's Lover Trial of 1960, exhibitions on the company's history, and the private lives of prominent figures in the early history of the company, including Sir Allen Lane, Eunice Frost and Betty Radice. It also includes a large collection of Penguin Books dating from 1935 to date." The creation of an online catalogue of the Penguin Archive has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), for four years from May 2008.
The People's History Museum is the national centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation, and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain. On this website users can access information about the museum and its collections. Amongst the resources available is the Labour History Archive and Study Centre (LHASC), which holds records for working class political organisations from the Chartists to New Labour, and which is managed by the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. The most useful section of the website is the searchable database of the museum's collections. This enables access to a wide range of material, including individual objects as well as special collections, and it combines a good number of digitised materials accompanied with explanatory text. The museum has received funding from the AHRC. Users should note that the LHASC has closed until the end of 2009 in order to relocate. The site provides updates on these arrangements.
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.
Picture Sheffield.com is the Internet version of Sheffield Local Studies Library's computerised image system. Funded from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the collection contains nearly 20,000 photographs, most of which date from between 1900 to 1950. Images are mostly of streets, transport infrastructure, and buildings. Buildings include Cutlers Hall, the University of Sheffield and its campus, and the many cutlery factories that used to dot the city's landscape. There are also some portraits in the collection. The archive can be searched by keyword or browsed alphabetically by place or topic. The details provided with each image varies, and users are invited to submit any information they might have to help complete each record. The decade in which each photograph was taken is included, but not the precise date. Images may be magnified on the screen, or ordered as physical prints (for a fee). The electronic versions may be reproduced free of charge for personal use.
The Web Site of the Regional Archives of Maribor provides the usual information about the access, opening times, location, and holdings of the Slovenian archive. The site is in Slovene with an introductory page in English and German. The archive was founded in 1933 and holds documents dating from 1246 to 1865. Among the holdings are documents on Jewish matters, the revolution in Slovenian Styria in 1918-1919, and manorial and monastic records from the fifteenth century. The site details the publications of the staff, and exhibition catalogues. However, of great use to the researcher is the online database of the archival fonds.
The Web Site "Archival Information Center" is part of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (PIASA) site. It is a collaboration between PIASA, the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and the Head Office of the State Archives in Warsaw. The aim of the project was to create an electronic guide to significant archival holdings on Polonia and Poland and in the United States and an online inventory has been posted on the site. This online catalogue of the archive holdings is very thorough, offering information in detail about the archival units within each fond. This is an excellent resource for all those carrying out research on Poland, Polish Studies, or Diaspora Studies.
Preserving Ontario's Memory is one of several online exhibitions created by the Archives of Ontario to commemorate the 100th year of the Archive's existence. The site describes the extent of the Archive's collections: 3.5 million photographs; 32,000 maps; and other primary sources dating from the 18th century which include textual records, architectural plans, documentary art and audiovisual media -- and which are growing at a rate of 15,000 cubic feet annually. The site has a glossary that supports this account of how the Archive preserves its historical materials. The site is generally well-illustrated and reveals some of the painstaking effort required to maintain primary sources over time. The site should be of interest to the general public, researchers, archivists, and teachers.
This is the website of the Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian secret archives), a research institution which traces its origins to the chancellery of the Margrave of Brandenburg in the thirteenth century. The archives became an autonomous entity the seventeenth century, and gained the honorary title of the Secret Central Archives in 1803. The Secret Ministerial Archives were incorporated in 1874. The archives, having finally been reunited along with the German state in 1990, are now located in Berlin. The site's main sections comprise indexes of collections pertaining to: the Brandenburg authorities prior to 1808; the Prussian army; the Kingdom of Westphalia; charters; maps and plans; seals, heraldry, and genealogy; Pomerania; Posen; Silesia; and freemasons. The site provides the usual information on the opening hours, location, and accessibility of the archives. There is also an online archival shop, which sells publications, replicas of historical seals and postcards. The site has its own search engine.
This is the home page of the Archives of Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Collecting began in 1869, and the University now has some 3,500 metres of holdings. Collections are divided into two separate sections: University Records and Private Manuscripts. The former relate to the history of the administration of the University. The latter -- of note for those conducting research in the field of Canadian History -- include: literary papers; public affairs; business papers; regional collections; genealogy; photographs; architectural drawings; sound and moving images; and fine arts. The Archives also hold documents on the city of Kingston, Ontario (going back to 1970), and for the Kingston General Hospital. Fonds are generally described. However, there is a search engine which allows users to search its online database. Searches bring up item-level document descriptions. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the site is an online exhibition designed as courseware for teachers, entitled An Archival Look at World War I. This subsite is divided following several themes: Canadian Homefront; the Technology of WWI; Women during the First World War; and World War I Warfare. A collection of archival photographs related to the Great War is accompanied by suggestions for teachers and explanatory historical notes. The exhibition will also serve researchers in giving them some idea of the nature of the collection for this period. The site gives information on the collections policy, location and opening hours. Users can sign up to receive the archival Newsletter. Navigation is clear and straightforward.
Ready, 'Net, Go! is an index of archival resources available on the Internet. Archival Internet sources is a service provided by the Special Collections Department at the Tulane University in United States. It provides links to the main archive databases including the UNESCO archives portal, Repositories of Primary Sources, European Archival Network and Africa Research Central. The site provides a search facility allowing the user to find relevant archives for their research, as well as providing a link to good archival search engines such as the NARA Archival Information locater and more general search tools like Dogpile. There is additional information available for professional archivists, librarians and records administrators.
Donald Allen (1912-2004) was one of the most important editors and publishers of modern American literature. His work with Grove Press and Evergreen review led to the publication of his influential anthology The new American poetry, 1945-1960 (1960), which included the work of poets from the Beat, Black Mountain and New York schools. His later work involved the establishment of the Four Seasons Foundation and the Grey Fox Press. This site contains a brief biographical and historical introduction and a note describing the scope of the collection of his private papers held at the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California at San Diego. The detailed Container List provided here is an archival guide to correspondence relating to the various presses, to The new American poetry, other later anthologies, and to The collected poems of Frank O'Hara, which Allen also edited. The site also offers a catalogue of Allen's extensive correspondence with other contemporary American poets including: Ashbery; Robin Blaser; Robert Creeley; Robert Duncan; Allen Ginsberg; Jack Kerouac; Michael McClure; Gary Snyder; Lew Welch; and Philip Whalen.
“Lew Welch” (1926-1971) was one of the West Coast Beat poets and his papers form part of the “Archive of New Poetry” in the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego. This website contains an abstract, a brief biography of Welch, a note on the scope of the collection and a detailed inventory of its contents, divided into four sections. The first contains Welch’s correspondence with his mother and with members of the Beat Movement (including Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen) and with Donald Allen. The second contains manuscripts of his poems, including notebooks; the third section has printed reviews, announcements, and advertisements; and the fourth contains personal and business records. However, users should now that there are no digitised images or online features to access specific information within the collection of papers.
Richard Demarco is “one of Scotland’s most influential advocates for contemporary art “. He was co-founder of Traverse Theatre, and founded the Richard Demarco gallery, and has been instrumental in bringing key international artists, including Marina Abramovic and Joseph Beuys to the attention of Scottish audiences as well as making connections for Scottish artists around the world. This website brings together his extensive archives held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Demarco European Art Foundation, including hundreds of photographs, paintings, catalogues, drawings, sketches, illustrations, documents, publications and other printed material. The website is broken into three sections: the dedicated Demarco archives website, funded by the AHRC; images of Demarco’s art work and digitised copies of his catalogues.
The website for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre describes the activities organised by the Centre and allows access to the searchable catalogue of archives held there. Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was one of the greatest children's writers of the 20th century, his works including classics such as: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; James and the Giant Peach; The Witches; and The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). The Centre, which is based in the village of Missenden, Buckinghamshire, offers: family and school activities; exhibitions; and storytelling workshops. For a more scholarly audience, they host Roald Dahl's extensive archive of: manuscripts; letters; and photographs. The archive database may be searched online, returning both collection-level and individual item details. A handful of items have been digitised and may be viewed at the site. These include some the letters Dahl wrote when he was at school (1925-1934), and early drafts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (viewable in PDF format). The site also provides press releases, along with several photographs of Roald Dahl, his family, and the Centre itself. This is a well-designed website that should be of use to scholars researching Dahl and 20th-century children's literature.
The “Rocky Mountain Online Archive (RMOA)” provides access to information about the archival collections in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. This resource contains guides and “finding aids” to help researchers, scholars and educators locate the records of the diverse range of primary source materials available in the collections. The entire website is keyword searchable and there are also browse features where users can search by institution (there are currently twenty-five represented at the time of writing in June 2009), and via a number of diverse subjects that include Native Americans, fine arts, and wildlife conservation. In addition, users can browse by genre, which include audio-visual, correspondence, diaries and photographs, and by places including Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Moreover, the site contains an advanced search engine that is searchable by subject, title, collection number, creator, language, and date. The homepage has information about the project and there are contact details.
The website "Rothschild Archive" introduces this institution based in London. It holds over two million items drawn together from the history of the Rothschild banks and family. At the core of the Archive lie the records of the firm of NM Rothschild & Sons, the London branch of the banking dynasty, supplemented by a growing range of acquisitions of papers from members of the Rothschild family. The Archive represents possibly the most detailed surviving record of an international banking operation in the 19th and early 20th centuries and of a family with artistic, charitable and scientific interests at the heart of European society. The website provides a bibliography of works on the Rothschild family, details of bursaries available for study at the archive, key dates in the history of the family, and news. The annual publication, the "Rothschild Archive. Review of the Year" is offered online with full-text articles in PDF format. The guide to the archival papers is divided up into sections as follows: Nathan Mayer Rothschild in Manchester; Accounts; American; Bookeepers; Bullion; Cashiers; Correspondence; Estates; Loans; Stock; Family Records; and Records of Other Houses. This archive is of great use to those researching economic, social, and family history. In order to make this unique collection more available to researchers from around the world, the Rothschild Archive in partnership with Waddesdon Manor (which also houses a wonderful collection of artifacts) has launched its free online Rothschild Research Forum. Registered members will have access to articles, finding aids, transcripts and virtual exhibitions, and have the opportunity to communicate with other researchers through the Forum's message board. The site also features an only exhibition dedicated to the anniversary of 150 years since Lionel Rothschild was elected MP in the British Parliament for the City of London. The research project on Jewish philantropy and charitable activity in Europe received funding from the AHRC.
This website hosts the Archives of Ryerson University in Toronto. The site describes the archive's holdings, with records from 1783 to the present, but most from the second half of the twentieth century. The institution holds vital statistics; photographs; records of the university; private papers and documents; speeches; sound recordings; and oral interviews, among many other sources. Names of specific files are posted in an alphabetical index. These focus mainly on the past life of the university, but several of the fonds - ranging from aboriginal issues to papers on the Canadian film director Norman Jewison - will be highly relevant to researchers working on a variety of topics in Canadian History and Cultural Studies. This resource is generally useful, although it could have been strengthened by a more detailed description of fonds within the index itself. This problem is partly mitigated by the site's essays describing the history of the university. There is also a subsite with a good virtual exhibition of archival photographs, particularly helpful for those studying the History of Computing in Canada. Other mini exhibits are posted in the What's New section. The site is further complemented by a good, mainly Canadian, archival links page.
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 Scottish Documents website provides a free index of all the registers of Scottish wills. The register is searchable by forename/last-name and also by date and descriptive text. Results give the date of the will, the court where it was registered, and a description that generally includes the deceased's parish of residence and occupation. In addition to the database, the site provides a selection of digitised wills of famous Scots including Robert Burns, James Henderson, Alexander Stuart, Adam Smith, and Mary Lauder. The section entitled Research Tools includes: help with reading the handwriting of the scripts; a glossary of unusual words; and variant spellings for forenames and places. Further information is also available about the process of digitising the wills and a related conservation project.
This is an AHRC-funded research digital archive of the work of Siobhan Davies Dance. A collaboration between the dance company and Coventry University, the archive demonstrates Siobhan Davies’ practice and processes as well as providing a catalogue of the company’s work. The website includes biographies of company dancers and collaborators. Of particular note is 'The Kitchen' feature which demonstrates how the diverse elements associated with Siobhan Davies productions - by dancers, artists, designers, collaborators - come together in the final production. The archive includes film and photographs of performances, reviews and commentaries. An interesting feature is the guest scrapbooks created by "close collaborators and associates" which offer personal views of the archive. The archive includes several thousand items, including previously unseen rehearsal footage. Free registration is required to access certain parts of the website.
SIA.FE - Sistema informativo archivistico ferrarese (Archival information system of Ferrara) has been made available online by the Comune of Ferrara in Italy. This site brings together information on each of the region's town archives. The archives of the following Comuni (councils) are represented: Ferrara; Argenta; Bondeno; Cento; Codigoro; Comacchio; Copparo; Lagosanto; and Migliarino. Furthermore, the archives of the Consorzio di Bonifica del I Circondario and the Curia Arcivescovile di Ferrara e Comacchio are also detailed online. Lastly, the Università di Ferrara and Lega delle Cooperative are covered.
Each archive's sub-section provides information relating to its holdings, dividing material into ancient and modern, as well as highlighting document collections of specific interest. Indices of documents and series are published on the site. Contact and opening details are also provided. Information on smaller archive's affliated to each archive is given. Under the section Comune di Ferrara, users can also search a database of leaflets and publications connected with the region. A site map facilitates navigation and there is also a glossary. This resource is a valuable means of locating primary material for scholars of Italian history, with a particular emphasis on the region of Ferrara.
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 website is a research microsite for the Social Museum Collection from the Harvard Art Museum. The website acts as an "online, searchable database that contains more than 6,000 Progressive Era photographs and illustrations from the collection of the Social Museum of Harvard University." The Social Museum of Harvard, which was established in 1903 by Francis Greenwood Peabody, allowed for the "comparative study of social conditions and institutions in the United States and abroad during the first three decades of the twentieth century". The database can be searched by a number of categories including topic, maker and location among others. An online exhibition 'Classified Documents' is based on one held at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum from 20 January to 10 June 2007, and includes photographs and essays in a number of categories, such as 'poor relief ' and 'worker welfare'. Other content on the website includes resources with a bibliography, and links to relevant websites.
This is the website for ‘Sounding Performance’ a series of AHRC-funded research workshops, exploring the methodologies of oral history in relation to performance and live art since the 1960s. The workshops, which took place in 2007, brought together academics, archivists and practitioners “to develop methods and approaches that will establish a major oral history project in the field”. The website includes summaries of each workshop, biographical information about the project team and a list of workshop participants.
Based at the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Sousa Archive and Center for American Music aims to track the history of American music by gathering documentation and other items and preserving them. In addition, the Center for American Music makes these collections accessible by presenting exhibitions, publications and running educational programmes. This website presents the aims and scope of the Sousa Archive and Center for American Music, providing details of the items held within the collections, highlighting areas of the collections and presenting information about research that has been undertaken. In addition, the website also presents a number of essays, including a timeline of the life and musical career of John Philip Sousa (1854-1923) after whom the archive is named, American music across the nation and other musicians of note. The website also includes a digital library, where some parts of the archives have been digitised.
Complied by the Archives Hub, as part of their 'Collections of the Month' series of articles, the Web page about the Spanish Civil War provides links to: archival catalogues for the papers of political campaigners, historians, and International Brigades volunteers; the records of aid organisations; and catalogues for collections of posters, photographs, and interviews with veterans of the Spanish Civil War. The website also includes a suggested reading list (with links to records on Copac) and related links.
This is the online index to the manuscripts of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections (it is no longer being updated). The manuscript collections include: medieval manuscripts; oriental manuscripts; the Scottish Gaelic collections; the African missionaries; collections of architectural drawings; the university archives; the business papers of Scottish companies and organizations; and the private and business papers of individuals. The collections cover a broad range of subjects with particular strength in Scottish literature, history and music, the history of science and of medicine, theology, the Scottish enlightenment and geology. The index was carried out by a project team from the University Data Library, after funding was received as part of the Non Formula Funding of Specialised Research Collections in the Humanities (NFF) Monitoring Programme to increase access to researchers.
The Squeezing the Orange website is an online learning resource that draws on the materials held in the Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts London. It explores themes that run through Kubrick's film 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971), which was based on Anthony Burgess's novel of the same title (1962), and includes modules on violence in the novel and film, social inclusion, and Nadsat, the constructed language used by the teenage subculture in both the book and the film. As the film is classified as an '18', the resource has been carefully constructed and is aimed at school children over the age of 16 or students in further education. Only the home page is publically available, while, for image licencing reasons by Warner Bros, the educational resource pages are strictly for use with the schools and further education institutions that the archive works with. In order to gain full access to the website, you will need to apply for a login from the university's Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design (CLTAD) department. Squeezing the Orange is an interesting example of how an archive based in a higher education institution can be interrogated, explored and analysed by other areas of the educational community.
This website provides information on opening hours, access rules, and its location. Part of the Polish state archives, the branch in Białystok, was formally established in 1952. It contains records on the eastern area of Poland, and of its Jewish population and those of the Augsburg confession. Another important collection is that of the documentation pertaining to the State Forest of Białowieża. The oldest document dates from 1640. There are details on the site of the archive's publications. This site is of great use to those who are researching the eastern borderlands of Poland (Kresy), and the lands that were formerly Poland, now in Ukraine, Lithuania, and Belarus.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum państwowe w Łodzi (State archive in Lodz)" provides information on the archive and its opening hours, locations, and collections. The archive was formally founded in 1926 and a history of the archive is featured on the site. The archive has departments in Pabianice and Sieradz, and its Łódź headquarters divides holdings into pre-1945 and post-1945 sections. There is an online catalogue of the holdings available in RTF form as a ZIP file, or in smaller lists of the records. Holdings include judicial, financial, administrative, educational, and military records. They can be searched via the databases SEZAM, IZA (inventories), PRADZIAD, and ELA. This is a site of interest to those researching the nineteenth and twentieth century history of the ?ód? area.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum Państwowe m.st. Warszawy (State archive of the capital city of Warsaw)" is in Polish and English and provides information about the opening hours, collections, and location of the archive. The holdings of the archive are not confined to the capital city, but also cover the terrain of parts of Mazowsze (Mazovia). As common with Polish archives the territorial range of the collections does not conform to a geographically defined area, so the helpful map provided gives the user a better idea. The site features a brief history of the archive and its destruction during the Second World War. There are details of the archive's publications, including the journal 'Kronika Warszawska' and of current exhibitions. The capital's archive has departments in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Mława, Łowicz, Pułtusk, and Otwock. Two interesting online exhibitions are featured; photographs of the occupation (1940-1944) taken by an unknown German and postcards of Warsaw (nineteenth century to 1939). These provide an opportunity to see vistas of Warsaw which were eradicated forever during World War Two. The collections can be searched via the internet databases hosted on the site of the Polish State Archives: SEZAM, PRADZIAD or ELA. Guidelines for searching are provided in English as well.
The State Archives in Rijeka are a regional branch of the Croatian National Archives. The region covered by the archives include Kvarner, Gorski Kotar, and Istria, but the chequered history of the area is reflected in the holdings. The territorial remit of the archives have been varied particularly over the last century or so. The site is in Croatian and English and provides the usual information about access, opening hours and the location of the archives. It also had the guides to the archives and the collections, although the catalogues are available only in Croatian;. The oldest document dates from 1201 and there are 740 archival collections, including charters from 1201, registers of births, marriages, and deaths from 1560; and city statutes from 1423. An excellent site for those researching Croatian, Hungarian, German, and Yugoslav history.
The Ellis Island website provides a searchable database of passenger records for ships which brought immigrants to the USA via Ellis Island 1892-1924. Between 1892 and 1924 over 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York - the site of the first landing for millions of immigrants to the USA. This provides interesting and sometimes vital information for researchers, family historians and genealogists. From the passenger records from ships that brought the immigrants in the Ellis Island archives, one can access basic information about the name, age on arrival, and former city of residence through the first name or last name search boxes. More detailed information requires registration. Registration is free and allows you to access some of the more advanced functions of the site, such as personal profiles, saved searches, detailed information from search results, and even see the original manifests with passengers' names. It is possible to build up a 'scrapbook' of material from searches which it is possible to share with other users, you can also view the scrapbooks of other registered users.The site is fairly well layed out and easy to use, though it does rely on HTML tables and style sheets rather heavily for the layout and may not work properly in older browsers. Besides the searchable database information is offered relating to the work of the Ellis Island Foundation, their visitor centre, and the various sub-projects which they support.
The website Surrey History Centre is part of Surrey County Council and it holds archives and records relating to all aspects of Surrey's history. The website carries general information about the Surrey History Service, such as opening hours and the services the organisation provides, as well as short introductory essays on several local and family history resources, including parish registers, nonconformist records, census returns, county and town directories, wills, tithe maps, and quarter sessions and assize records. It is also possible to search the Service's archive index and collections catalogue online. The archives index is searchable by place name, and the collections catalogue can be searched freely, or browsed using the following categories, local government, quarter sessions and other courts, Church of England parish, nonconformist, local organisations and charities, school records, family and estate, business, and pictorial. The full-texts of some records on Surrey history, including those of Epsom Mental Hospital, the papers of Lucy Broadwood, and the records of some leading families, such as the Bray and More Molyneux families, can be searched in the national Access to Archives Project. Also included on the site is a teacher's section, and links to other local and national history resources.
Svensk arkivinformation (SVAR) (Swedish archive information) website contains information about the information service and research centre at Riksarkivet (National Archive). The site is mainly in Swedish, although some information is available in English. On the site there is a list of books from the centre; information about the researching the archives; information about searching the archives; and a collection of PDF-files, among them the newsletter published annually. This is a valuable resource for anyone needing access to the National Archive or regional archives in Sweden for research or studies.
The Tate Archive website introduces this museum archive which was founded in 1969 and contains over a million documents relating to the history of the Tate Gallery and twentieth century British art. On the website the different collections and materials held in the archive are detailed, and some 4,000 items have been digitised and can be searched and viewed online. The website itself is divided into four sections, the Archive Collection, Archive Showcase, and Gallery Records. The entire holdings can be searched in the Archive Catalogue. The Archive Showcase features the digitised material, which relates to the Tate's history, the Bloomsbury Group, and Barbara Reise, and this can be searched by theme, media, and category. The Archive online section presents the microsites hosted by the Tate, containing papers and archives of individual artists: the archives of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA); the John Piper archive; Goshka Makuga archive; Audio and Film footage highlights; Prunella Clough; Bill Furlong; Christmas Tree; The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Trust; Donald Rodney; and the microsite dedicated to the Artist Placement Group.
This is the website of a project to organise and publish the papers of Thomas Alva Edison (microfilms, book editions, and a digital edition), which in all number over five million pages. It is sponsored by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the National Park Service; the Smithsonian Institution; and the New Jersey Historical Commission, and supported by over 60 public and private foundations, corporations and individuals. The site makes available a searchable document database linked to document images for Parts I-III of the Thomas A. Edison papers (1847-1898) and some of the editorial materials from the image and text publications, with continual additions. The project intends that in its final form the full digital edition will include the text of the print volumes. The website has a series of headings through which the material may be accessed: Edison Papers; Thomas Alva Edison; Outreach and Search. Each of these has several sub-headings, which include Edison's patents and companies; chronologies; bibliographies; details about the microfilm and book editions of the project; maps and images, and related resources on the Web. There are also details about the Thomas A. Edison papers, and the project (history, staff and funders), as well as a Latest Edison Papers News sidebar. This is a huge project and the website reflects the comprehensive nature of the endeavour in a way which makes a large amount of material easily accessible.
The Thomas H. Raddall Archive is an archival inventory and online exhibition hosted by Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The site showcases Dalhousie's holdings of the private papers of Thomas Head Raddall (1903-1994), "one of Nova Scotia's foremost authors and historians." The site offers a brief biography of Raddall, who was born in England but emigrated to Canada as a child. The scope and content of the collections are outlined, and a proper archival inventory is also posted. Users can search over 55 of Raddall's letters and view their full-texts online. There is another finding aid available for the whole collection. A good bibliography of Raddall's novels, short stories, and academic works is provided. This information is complemented by a small photo gallery accompanied by quotations from Raddall. Among these is his early perception of one aspect of the connundrum of the Canadian mindset in the twentieth century: "...the Canadian author must write for the English-speaking public in the United States and Britain if he is to make a living." Some materials, such as Raddall's personal diaries, are closed to researchers at the author's request until 2019. The site should be an excellent resource for academics in the fields of Maritime Canadian and Canadian Literary History.
The Thomas Jefferson website is an online resource based at the University of Virginia and gives access to over 1,700 items by or addressed to the former US President Thomas Jefferson. Users can view text versions and digitised copies of Jefferson’s letters and manuscripts that are indexed by date and are keyword searchable. There is a detailed online biography called Life of Thomas Jefferson by B.L. Rayner to supplement the primary source documents. Furthermore, researchers and students have access to a documentary edition of the papers relating to the construction of the Academical Village at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a searchable database of Jefferson quotations and viewpoints on issues such as politics, government, and economics. Contained here is also a detailed annotated bibliography of writings about Jefferson from 1826 to 1997, information about the collection of Jefferson papers held at Virginia, and a large number of links provided to Jefferson organisations and websites. This website is a wonderful resource for students and scholars looking for detailed information and primary source documents on Thomas Jefferson.
The 'Thomas Jefferson papers' website provides online access to material held by the Manuscripts Department at the Library of Congress. The complete collection of Thomas Jefferson papers at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents. This material was microfilmed in 1974 and the majority of this has been made available by digitally scanning the microfilm to create images of the documents. The quality of the images is variable, although fully searchable transcriptions have been made available where possible. The types of document in the collection include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books and manuscript volumes. The majority of this material is dated from between 1775 and 1826. The website provides further details about the collection and the way the digital images have been created. The collection can be searched or browsed. Other features of the website include timelines, a bibliography, and links to related collections and resources. The Thomas Jefferson papers at the Library of Congress site forms part of the American Memory Historical Collections from the Library of Congress.
This is the Web page of the Archives of the City of Thunder Bay in Canada. The Archive stores the historical records of the former cities of Fort William and Port Arthur -- and of Thunder Bay, created in a municipal merger in 1970. Documents date from 1884 to the present. There are good descriptions of various fonds and their component files for various aspects of municipal life and organisation, including: photographs; annual reports; by-laws and council minutes; indexes to council minutes; fire insurance plans; city clerk's files; and public utilities. There is a small links page with a relevant bibliography. The site also has a good short history of the city, which will help researchers appreciate the significance of this collective municipality in the history of expansion and settlement of Northern and Western Canada.
This website offers a description of the AHRC-funded research project ‘Trauma and Personhood in Late Colonial Kenya’. Based at the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre, this project makes use of the archives of Dr. Edward Margetts (1920–2004), psychiatrist in charge of Mathari Mental Hospital, Kenya. Documents in the collection include clinical findings, research and observations, and the backgrounds and stories of Margetts’ patients. Of particular interest are the meticulously annotated photographic portraits, including images of symptoms, expressions and spasms. The archive is “a uniquely detailed record of psychiatric endeavour in the colonial context” providing a unique insight into “colonial psychiatry” at the end of empire. As well as an overview of the project and collection, the website includes a biography of Dr Edward Margetts, a bibliography and a list of the projects activities.
This is the homepage of the Trent University Archives. The site's most prominent features are its online exhibits. The site describes the holdings of the archive, mainly documenting the history of the university and the surrounding region. Fonds include a large photograph collection, with an alphabetical list of many prominent individuals, such as Margaret Laurence, Tommy Douglas and Bob Rae. A subsite on finding aids gives detailed descriptions of each file, listed alphabetically. Records include those on the Red Cross, the Fenian raids, federal cultural policy and local associations, among many other topics. Site visitors can also conduct searches of fonds descriptions using a subject index. These guides indicate that the archives will be of greatest use to researchers in the fields of Canadian social, cultural and political History, as well as the history of industrial development in southern Ontario. A What's New section describes the archivists' work to develop and publicise their institution. There is also a list of published resources under the following headings: Archives Newsletters; Atlases and Maps; Newspapers; Pamphlets; Trent Theses; and Vertical Files. Contact and access information is provided.
The website of the Tyne and Wear Archives Service provides free access to information about this archive which holds documents relating to Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside and North Tyneside from the twelfth to the twenty first centuries. It is a simple and easy to use website, with access to the online catalogue of the Archives Service. The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council has designated this an Outstanding Collection for its ship building and maritime trade collection. Information for visitors, news, contact details and a good selection of user guides are provided. There is a link to the Archives North East online research query service. There are also links to very good mini sites produced by the Tyne and Wear Archive Service, notably the Mauretania website funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a site for school students, dedicated to Captain David Peacock, a zoologist who tackled the lice problem in the First World War.
The National Archive for the History of Computing opened in 1987 to preserve documents and pictures relating to the history of British computing and to encourage research into computing history. The Archive is based within the Centre for the History of Science,Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester. The Archive's website provides further information about the contents of the Archive and how to visit it. The online catalogue documents manuscripts and secondary sources held by the Archive including papers relating to: the Admiralty Computing Service; United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority; Dr Andrew Booth; Cambridge University Computer Laboratory; Ferranti Ltd, 1948-63; Douglas R. Hartree (1897-1958); International Computers Ltd (ICL), ca. 1907-80; Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd, ca. 1958-70; Dr D.G. Prinz (b. 1903); and Alan Turing (1912-1954). The catalogue also provides a brief guide to relevant material held at other UK locations and bibliographies relating to the history of computing. A small exhibition consisting of four virtual rooms provides a sample of the materials held together with brief notes. The four rooms relate to the programming notes of Alan Turing; life in a British punched-card business; Lyons electronic office; and the notebook of Geoffrey C. Tootill which records the first stored computer program to be run in Britain (21st June 1948, University of Manchester). The Archive runs an associated email list (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 University of Aberdeen's Photographic Archives is based on the collection produced by George Washington Wilson and Co, which consists of some 40,000 images dating from the second half of the nineteenth century. George Washington Wilson (1823-1893) was a successful 'artist and photographer' who took landscape photographs, pictures for postcards, stereograms, and photo-montages. By the late 1870s his company was the largest photographic business in the world. This site contains a selection of Wilson's photographs spanning the whole island of Great Britain, and also featuring images of Gibraltar, North Africa, South Africa, and Australia. Most of the negatives are still in remarkably good condition, and the electronic images are consequently crisp and clear, if sometimes a little under-exposed. Each image is accompanied by information as to when and where it was taken, a description of its contents, and keywords relating to its subject, for use with the search engine provided by the site. The images are copyrighted and may not be downloaded from the site. Full ordering details are however provided for those wishing to purchase copies.This is an excellent site which includes many good-quality pre-twentieth-century photographic images that would provide excellent illustrations for historical works.
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 website documents the special collections held at the University of Paisley Library. Collections are wide ranging – including material relating to shipbuilding, aeronautical and local history; Archives of the University, the Community Relations Council and the Colour Chemistry Archive and Ayrshire Sound Archive; political material including Burgh records, UK, Scottish and European Parliamentary Papers (of Norman Buchan, Hugh McMahon);a substantial Penguin Specials Series (1938-1988); Railway Maps from the demolished St Enoch’s station, Glasgow; papers relating to the Scottish Community Charge; together with literary and artistic material, including the Scottish Poetry Library; Scottish Schools Essay Competition Archive and collections relating to notable individuals including Hugh MacDiarmid, Konrad Hopkins and L.F.Richardson. All the collections are described on this website, and many have additional material such as catalogues, illustrations and bibliographic material available to download.
UTARMS: University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services is the home page of the Archives of the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The site outlines conditions for access and management of archival sources, then expands to describe the repository's holdings. These comprise University and private archival records; photographs; architectural drawings and plans; film and videos; oral histories; and University publications and theses. Collections focus on the history of the University from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and will form a good basis for research in Canadian Social, Cultural, and Intellectual History. In addition, there are elements to professorial collections which relate to many academics' notes on their previous research. The Archive also has two searchable online databases: the Accessions Database, containing accession records for all University and private records -- and the Image Bank Database. Via this latter database, users can browse through a selection from the general collection of some 200,000 photographs, which goes back to the 1880s. This beautiful set of samples -- viewable by thumbnail images with index records next to each item -- will also help to give researchers a good idea of the general content of the Archive. Information on ordering images and their copyrights is provided.
In 1946, Dr. David Boder travelled from the United States to post-Second World War Europe in order to conduct interviews with survivors of the Holocaust. Today, the resulting 100 plus audio recordings are a unique account of the twentieth century's most horrific period, not only for its historical and social importance, but because many of these records were made just shortly after the liberation with refugees in displaced persons camps scattered around Europe. Approximately two thirds of the interviews were transcribed and then translated into English and later published. The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has collected Boder's work from 1946 along with many of the interview documents, recordings and translations, and made them freely available online through the "Voices of the Holocaust". All the English transcriptions can be read on line and the recordings may be heard via a Real Audio player. The site already includes a collection of links to other related holocaust sites and IIT has plans to include additional maps and other papers from Boder's archives.
This site is primarily an online version of an exhibition 'Walker Percy: From Pen to Print', held at the Wilson Library in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April-August 2002. Walker Percy (1916-90), the Alabama-born novelist best known for 'The Moviegoer', was an alumnus of the University, and has given to it his manuscripts and his working library. The site contains a brief 'Introduction' to the Exhibition, and an 'Exhibition Checklist' which gives brief bibliographical details of the works on display. There is also a concise note on the writer's life and career in the 'Walker Percy' section. A detailed account of 'The Walker Percy Papers' links to an inventory of the manuscripts, available in HTML or XML format, and further information is provided on the holdings of 'The Walker Percy Library and Related Printed Materials'. Works referred to in these sections are linked to items in the exhibition. This site serves as a gateway to a major collection of materials relating to Percy and his contemporaries.
The website Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski na Wawelu) has versions in English, Polish, French, and German. As well as providing information about opening hours and location, a brief history of the former royal seat of Poland (Cracow was formerly the capital of Poland), Wawel Castle can be found on the site. The historical importance of this architectural and cultural site cannot be underestimated. During the Second World War it was the headquarters of Governor Hans Frank. The complex of castle, cathedral (burial site of many Polish monarchs and their consorts), museums and archives is located on a hill rumoured to be a site of mystical forces, which overlooks the southern Polish town. There are excellent images of the Royal apartments, Crown treasury and armoury, oriental art, and the state rooms. The Wawel complex also houses archdiocesal archives and part of the Cracow area archives. The site is of interest to those studying Polish or Slavonic Studies. The Polish version of the site contains very much more information on conservation projects, departments in the castle of Pieskowa Skala, and details of past and present exhibitions.
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 website describes an AHRC-funded project to digitise and catalogue the 19th century archives of artists’ material supplier Winsor & Newton. Dating back to 1832, the archives is the most extensive and detailed repository of historical recipes and notes for making pigments, oil and watercolour and other art materials. The archive contains around 17,000 pages which have been recorded and indexed allowing researchers access for the first time. As a commercial archive, access is restricted and the complete digital archive may only be consulted at one of four sites following application to Winsor & Newton. However, the website does include a searchable index allowing researchers to check the archive for relevant material, as well as a full description of the technical aspects of the digitisation project (of interest to those planning their own digital archive). This is an important resource for those studying the technical aspects of 19th century painting, those involved in reconstructing historical paint materials and conservators working on objects from the period.
The Wirral Archives house documents that preserve the history of this coastal borough of Liverpool, such as: files of local government bodies; poor law, workhouse, school, hospital and court records; archives of clubs, societies, organisations and individuals; solicitors' records, including title deeds; maps and plans; local newspapers, among which are copies of the 'Wallasey and Wirral Chronicle,' Dec 1888-Dec 1950; census returns, 1841-1901; cemetery records; electoral registers, 1842-1900; and Gore's Liverpool Directories 1766-1900. Online archival guides for poor law, cemetery and school records provide additional in-depth information. The Cammel Laird Archives collection contains records of the shipbuilding company of the same name, from 1848 to 1993. The company built ships for companies and navies across the world. The list includes an number of notable vessels including: the 'Confederate, a' blockade runner; the 'Alabama', one of the first screw propelled vessels; the 'Robert F Stockton'; the aircraft carrier 'Ark Royal; the HMS 'Prince of Wales'; and the ocean liner, the 'Mauretania.' There is a link to a list of vessels built by the company.
The Archives also host a local museum. The museum contains a model of the the Woodside ferry terminal from 1934; some exhibition rooms contain the oak panels from the original boardroom at Cammell Laird shipbuilders. Visitor information, fees and contact details are provided on the site. Researchers should note that microfilm readers and similar equipment must be booked prior to their visit.
This is the home page of the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections of York University in Toronto, Canada. The Archive holds records related to the history of the University. Significantly, it also possesses a broad collection related to Canadian arts and culture. Its private collections are decked with the bright names associated with the Canadian arts establishment. Its Special Collections continue in the same vein. These include: the Canadiana Collection; The Canadian Literature Collection "with an emphasis on British, American and Canadian authors"; and the Canadian Pamphlet Collection, which has documents related to arts, politics and history of the country. But the site's virtual exhibitions are perhaps of greatest interest, and include scanned images of some writers' notebooks. Several finding aids for the archives are available online. These are arranged thematically, focussing on Women's Studies; Moving Images; Fine Arts; Labour History; War and Conflict resources; and Canadian Literary papers. These describe dozens of individual collections -- such as the papers of the Canadian novelist Margaret Laurence -- in great detail. Further information on hours, services, access, acquisitions, records management and donations is complemented by a links page with basic Canadian archival links and a link to the UNESCO Archival gateway. The site will be of greatest interest to specialists working in the fields of Canadian Art History and Cultural and Social History. However, researchers in British and American Literary History may also find information relevant to their research in this site.
These are the archives of Yukon Territory, Canada. A list of finding aids and bibliographies with itemised information is posted online, including topics such as: the Alaskan Highway; Anglican Church, Yukon Diocese; the Beaufort Sea; the Canadian Mine Workers Union; Genealogy sources; and the United States' Air Force Distant early warning system. The archive also possesses private papers, sound recordings, records and photographs related to local businesses, utilities, industries, government, civil festivals and families. The site describes local exhibitions hosted by the archive. It presents a series of virtual exhibitions covering subjects as varied as the oil and gold discovery, the military, transport and Black history. These exhibits also demonstrate a unique, regional Canadian-American relationship that is somewhat different from the one observed along the long main border between the two countries. The archive maintains a library with over 21,000 volumes, maps, newspapers, corporate and government records, and microfilms. There are good thematic and author-based catalogues for the archive's whole collection and a separate catalogue for the library. The site offers a small but relevant links list.
The Web Site of the Historical Archives in Ljubljana is published in Slovene, but with substantial material in English. The holdings are from the surroundings areas as well and cover central Slovenia, a helpful map on the site provides more detail. The usual details on the archive's location, opening hours, and access regulations are provided. The section on ordering procedures is essential for those intending to visit the archives. Of course the Slovenian version is rather fuller, including information on the other units supervised by the archive, publications, exhibitions, a mailing list and most importantly a searchable database of the archive's fonds. An excellent and simple site of interest to those carrying out research in Slovenia.
This website lists the special collections held at Anglia Ruskin University Library. Of particular interest is the French Resistance which contains over 2000 documents (newspaper clippings, journals, articles, personal testimonies) maps, photographs, slides (propaganda posters, resistance activity) audiovisual material (radio broadcasts, interviews). Most of this material is in French and access is by appointment.
This is the home page of the Österreichisches Staatsarchiv (Austrian state archive), which houses five separate archives: Archiv der Republik (Archive of the Republic); Allgemeines Verwaltungsarchiv (General Administrative Archive); Kriegsarchiv (War Archive); Finanz- und Hofkammerarchiv (Finance and Aulic Chamber Archive); and Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv (Family, Court and State Archive). Together, these institutions hold the collected historical documents for the Habsburg Empire and the Republic of Austria after 1918. Site visitors should note that in many cases, local archives in the former provinces of the Empire hold the other half of all correspondence dealing with former imperial government business. The Archive of the Republic contains the records of almost all federal agencies of the First and Second Austrian Republic after 1918.
The General Administrative Archive is largely an archive of imperial ministries. It began by storing sources on Austrian and Bohemian domestic affairs, including police records. In 1927 the archive was damaged when the Vienna Palace of Justice burned down. Researchers should expect consequent gaps in judicial and high court records. This archive administers records of the Ministries of Justice and Education for the period before and after 1918. In addition, for the period before 1918, it holds the files of four other ministries: the Interior; Agriculture; Trade; Transport. It also holds the archive of the nobility; personal papers and bequests; family archives; and maps, posters and photographs. The War Archive preserves all the documents of the central military offices and the field chancelleries of the Imperial and Royal Army. Its holdings date from the aulic war council of 1556.
The Finance and Aulic Chamber Archive holds records related to the former Finance Ministry and to trading and economic affairs of the Habsburg monarchy. The Family, Court and State Archive contains the records of the Habsburg monarchs and the monarchs of the Holy Roman Empire from the early medieval period. It stores the documents of the imperial court, the state chancellery and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the early 16th century to the end of the Empire. Each large subsite provides a description of each institution; opening hours; travel directions; contact details; and excellent overviews of holdings in itemized lists.
There is an additional subsite devoted to bequests, private papers and family archives. It provides lists of individuals' or familial private papers in alphabetized lists of surnames. Many of the figures listed were important politicians, civil servants, officers. These sources are their personal diaries, letters and memoirs. In all archival subsites, there are bibliographies with lists of finding aids. This already impressive site is augmented by a genealogy FAQ subsite, a What's New section with information on exhibitions, and an online tour with scanned images of important documents.