This growing new resource provides an online database of archival resources for the study of twentieth century international history which are held at Oxford University. The database is browsable by alphabetical listing, category; region; chronology or timespan; and location in Oxford. Several of these headings are broken down into sub-topics, so that categories, for example, are searchable by individuals; national institutions and organisations; international organisations; major events; international economic policy; wars; empire and colonies; and non-state organisations. Each individual collection entry provides a description of the collection, its location, and a relevant archival Web link. Scholars with an interest in British imperial history in Africa and Asia, Middle Eastern history and European studies will find this site to be particularly helpful as an initial guide to locating Oxford's wealth of twentieth century resources in these fields.
This is the website of A2A: The access to archives project, which intends to create an online national archives catalogue for England. This catalogue brings together records of national, regional and local importance dating from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries. The catalogue is being created at the National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office) and similar projects are being carried out in Wales and Scotland. The database is updated regularly, and contains more than nine million catalogue entries from some 400 different record offices and other repositories. The catalogues themselves vary in the amount of detail they describe. The search engine is quick and flexible, allowing various restrictions, wildcards, and Boolean expressions. Results are listed by archive, from the archive with the largest number of hits downward. Clicking on an archive will then bring up the catalogue headings in which the search name or phrase appears, along with details of where the record is held, its reference number, and (when available) the date of the record. Researchers may view the table of contents for each catalogue, as well as bringing up the entire text, although this may take some time in the case of the longer catalogues. Current A2A strengths include: the history of British India and relationships with the wider world beyond Europe; science and politics in the 19th and 20th centuries; local government and the administration of justice in the English counties in the 16th-20th centuries; and the history of transport. The archives are likely to be especially useful to members of the general public who are trying to trace their family history, and to students researching local history or particular individuals. The site provides special advice pages for both groups of researchers. Also provided are a host of information about the project; about its aims, infrastructure and methodology, types of records to be included, news, work in progress etc. The website also maintains a list of links relating to the project, standards, UK sites and other sites of interest.
The UK National Archives Accessions to Repositories Web pages list recent manuscript accessions to over 200 national, regional, and university libraries and other repositories throughout the British Isles. The information gathered here is added to the indexes to the National Register of Archives, and used to produce thematic digests. The site warns that not all of the new accessions will yet have been fully catalogued, and researchers should check availability of access with the relevant repository. Accessions may be listed by topic or repository for any given year since the project began in 1994. Topic areas include: literary history; particular regional or community histories; individual trades, crafts, and industries; education; performing arts and cinema; music; religion; sport; military history, maritime history, and transport; women's history, etc. Only headline descriptions of accessions are provided by the site, but these do include names of individuals, the nature of the records provided, and the dates they cover. Unfortunately, no search engine is included that specifically covers the accessions. Nevertheless, this site should still be of interest to researchers, and it fulfils an important role in disseminating information.
Established in 1987, the Archives Council of the smallest Canadian province of Prince Edward Island has since devoted itself to networking amongst, and fund-raising for, the libraries and archives of the province. It also coordinates mutual projects, represents the province in national archival associations, and sets standards of collection and development. Its website attempts to promote public understanding of the archival community through subsites featuring its activities. There are online links lists to its member institutions and to other sites of interest. There is also an online archival information network, PEIAIN, which is promised, but not yet available. There are two online exhibitions, A Day in Island Life and The Horse in Island Life, both with images of scanned documents. The site should prove of scholarly interest to those working within the field of Canadian History. The style of the site is somewhat discreet, yet this characteristic gives it a polished and attractive look and makes it easy to navigate.
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.
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.
Established in 1983, the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archivists (ANLA) replaced earlier organisations. ANLA's constitution is provided online as are lists of its early publications. There is also a list of current publications with sample chapters provided online. These indicate that the ANLA devotes itself primarily to networking, setting professional standards, and fundraising. A subsite elaborates on ANLA's educational and training initiatives and its promotion of the creation of archives and libraries and of document preservation. There are also details on how to become a member of the organisation. There is a detailed directory of all member institutions as well as other relevant links. An online database of provincial archives, called PLANET, is under construction. The site should prove useful as a starting point for researchers in Eastern Canadian History and for members of the general public wishing to locate local archives in this region.
This is the home page of ARCHEION, a gateway to online descriptions of collections found in archives in Ontario, Canada. The gateway relies upon the holdings of over 40 archives, all members of the provincial Archives Association. The site has its own search engine, and researchers can search through -- and within -- over 3,800 descriptions of archival documents. Archival contact information for access to the sources is posted. The site has news and links pages. Also of interest are the site's six online exhibitions, with scanned images of typical sources, particularly letters, pamphlets and photographs. These are entitled: Fighting for Education; Sweetheart of the CNE; Dominion Button Factory; Drama in Northern Ontario; First World War Love Story; and The Gay Nineties. The exhibitions should prove useful as a teaching tool, and be instructive for both researchers of Canadian History and the general public. The site also has a help page with a glossary.
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.
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.
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 website of the ARCHON Directory is published by The National Archives, and provides a gateway to UK archives. The ARCHON directory lists all archival repositories in the UK and overseas that are noted in the indexes to the UK National Register of Archives. It is possible to either search or browse the site. The search engine allows searching by ARCHON code number, repository name, town or county. It is also possible to browse the contents of the directory by geographical location or alphabetically. ARCHON provides a valuable resource for anyone wanting information on UK archives. There is a facility for browsing, an A-Z of professional organisations, and access to the Archival Research Projects Register. It is well organised and is easy to search or browse.
ARCHWAY is an electronic finding aid for descriptions of original archival documents held in libraries and archives throughout Nova Scotia, Canada. The site is created and maintained by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives (CNSA). The site features two main databases, one descriptive, the other photographic. The site has an interactive option which allows CNSA members to contribute to both databases. The history of the site is provided, as are detailed instructions for using the search engine. The descriptive database allows site visitors to search through some 1,500 archival documents. Results provide wonderfully detailed files on specific sources, their location, and retrieval information. Photograph searches can be conducted thematically in fields from Acadians, to the Mi'kmaq tribe, to War, and much besides. These are most rewarding, providing online images of historical photographs and their exact location within the province. This site is attractive, easy to navigate and should prove invaluable to teachers and those researching Maritime Canadian History.
This is the home page of the Archives Society of Alberta (ASA). The site is host to a number of online exhibitions; two search engines; links pages; and subsites for ASA members. ASA Newsletters are posted online running back to September 1996. The site provides visitors with information on ASA archival workshops; an awards section honouring prominent ASA members; and an advisory services subsite. In general the site betrays a certain fondness for acronyms -- and these sometimes obscure the fact that all connected subsites are branches of the ASA. The site possesses two provinicial online archival search engines, which together are called ACCESS. The first is the Archives Network of Alberta (ANA), which consists of over 6,500 archival descriptions of historical records held by repositories throughout Alberta. The second resource, also part of ACCESS, is called Alberta InSight, which is an online database of photographs held in different archives. The site has an excellent provincial directory of archives with contact and holdings information for each institution. Ultimately this site would be valuable as a teaching tool, for general interest, and for scholarly research in Western Canadian History.
Backstage aims to provide a single point of access for searching performing arts collections within UK libraries and archives. The gateway consists of a database containing three strands of information: a directory of institutions; collection level descriptions; and selected item level records. The project is led by the University of Kent at Canterbury with support from Bristol University. There are a further eighteen project partners, based at institutions holding significant theatrical collections. The project involves the retrospective digitisation of catalogues to electronic form (based on the ISAD(G) archival standard) from selected institutions. Other partners provide collection-level descriptions. The website gives further information about the project and its partners. Over 900 collection-level descriptions are available for browsing and there is also a browsable directory of institutions, which has summary information and contact details for 418 libraries, record offices, and other establishments. The database contains over 60,000 individual item records. The search engine permits keyword and phrase searching of the descriptions, including by materials format (e.g. scores, playtexts, posters, programmes). Backstage receives funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP). The gateway is aimed at the research community plus anyone interested in the performing arts.
The website 'British Records Association' reflects the activity of this scholarly society established to promote and engage in the preservation and publication of historical records. On the Association's website there is a range of information relating to their activities, including details of membership, events and conferences, and their journal. In addition to this details of BRA publications can be accessed, and the full-text of several of their guideline pamphlets. Also on the site is information about the Records Preservation Section, an organisation that works to rescue historical records, advise individuals on the care of records, and provide archival services.
This is the home page of the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA). Established in 1985, the CCA is the main professional association which advises on policy for Canadian archives and administers to their needs. The site provides much information on the CCA's structure, constitution and its many programmes which support the archival community. These include site advisories on preservation; collection; description; financing; and development and maintenance. There is a list of related CCA publications with prices and ordering information. Beyond this, the site serves as a portal for researchers. Two of its new online databases are The Directory of Archives and The Standards Data Bank. The former offers searchable information on archives across Canada. The latter contains information on archival standards from many countries. The CCA also runs CAIN, the Canadian Archival Information Network, which is the main Web portal to all Canadian archives. The site should provide valuable information for those within the archival profession, but also those in academia seeking details on standards and procedure when amassing and administering historical collections.
The Collections gateway is a searchable database of historical collections held by a number of museums, archives and libraries in Berkshire and Reading. The project has been founded by a group of Berkshire and Reading-based organisations, the University of Reading Collections Development Project, the University of Reading Library, the Museum of English Rural Life, the Reading Museum Service, and the Berkshire Record Office. Details of the records held by these organisations can be accessed by searching the Collections gateway, which also provides descriptions of collections, recent research, and access information. The project aims to involve other organisations in the scheme, and create a countrywide database of archival, museum and library holdings.
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia 'advances the cause of health, and upholds the ideals and heritage of medicine'. The College's website furthers this aim with a comprehensive digitised collection and searchable online databases. Searchable copies of two 18th century Pennsylvania medical manuscripts are among the resources available to online researchers at all levels. Also available is a virtual tour of the Mütter Museum, known around the world for its collection of preserved organs in jars, deformed skeletons, and lifelike wax casts of unusual medical conditions. It has a separate online database for its collections of obstetrics and gynaecology instruments dating from the 18th century. This resource is well-presented and contains full information for arranging to visit the collection, as well as useful range of online materials.
This website has been set up to 'show the variety and quantity of community archives in the UK.' It was set up by the Community Archive Development Group (CADG), a group of the National Council on Archives. The directory of archives is arranged into four categories: black, minority and ethnic communities; local or regional communities; special interest communities; and national collections. The directory includes descriptions of the archives and contact details. There is also an archive showcase which highlights particular items in the collections, and a 'how we did that' section in which community archives describe their projects. The website includes links to information and guidance for community archives, such as potential funders, advice on research techniques, storing archives, principles of conservation and preservation, managing digitisation, and copyright and data protection. The 'what's on' section details news and events in the world of community archives, and there is also an email list and message board.
Cornucopia : Discovering UK Collections has been developed by MLA: The Council for Museums, Libraries and Archives. Cornucopia is a fully searchable online database of some 6,000 collections held by almost 2,000 cultural heritage institutions. It also allows those institutions to record and maintain collections descriptions and details using a Web-based direct data entry client. The site offers a 'quick search' (keyword) which returns an alphabetical list of museums where the collection-level description contains a match for the keyword. The full record for a museum includes address details; collection overview; brief description of the building; and any especially notable objects in the collection. Access is also provided by browse lists of People, Places, Subjects and Dates. An advanced search facility provides amongst other things a postcode based search and the option to search across other collections databases and Google concurrently using Web Services. Cornucopia data can be harvested via OAI-PMH and searched externally using SOAP. The site contains brief help pages, contact details and latest news. Details of the technical specification and development are also provided.
"Corsair" is a searchable repository of pictures of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts by The Pierpont Morgan Library. This website also contains data about other materials which form part of the collection, including: ancient seals; cuneiform tablets; drawings; rare printed books; and musical scores. All data are accessible via simple search forms. The library has plans for the digitisation of its entire collection of rare materials and all pictures will be accessible via this website. Introductory pages on all sections of the collections are already available. Researchers in particular may find this website useful.
“Council of Nova Scotia Archives (CNSA)” is the website of a professional organisation for archives and archivists in Nova Scotia that advocates the preservation of Nova Scotia’s documentary heritage and allows public access to those records. The site hosts an excellent online archive database called ArchWay where users can search the locations of primary documents, such as private papers and unpublished documents, via keyword, institution and subject, and a photographic database, which is searchable by keyword and subject. There are various pages promoting CNSA membership and describing the organisation’s history, constitution, professional standards, and executive committee. Perhaps of greatest interest here, beyond the catalogues, is the collection of over 20 online exhibitions, each highlighting the holdings of different archives which are member institutions of the CNSA. One of the most notable of these is “The Future of Our Past”, a virtual tour of each region of the province via interconnected exhibitions of historical images taken from the holdings of archives in each successive locality. As such, the site will prove of interest to teachers, researchers in Maritime Canadian History, and the general public.
The website of CyMAL: Museums Libraries and Archives Wales is a central resource for researchers across a range of disciplines and at all levels. Hosted by the Welsh Assembly Government, it offers an overview of available information services throughout Wales, from the smallest local museum to national archives. It also has current news on a range of issues of local and national importance, such as environment and heritage, with details of grants available to enable library and museum staff to run projects at local community level. It also contains details of The CyMAL Professional Development programme, which offers free courses for staff in Welsh museum, libraries and archives, focused on best practice in the sector. The site is clearly laid out and easy to navigate.
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.
A large proportion of the population of Iceland emigrated to North America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the web site "The emigration from Iceland to North America" aims to provide a comprehensive bank of online resources for family historians interested in these migrants. A database is being created to accumulate data on known settlers as well as guides to help researchers trace their ancestors. The site goes further, however, by providing additional historical material such as a glossary of Icelandic personal names, a statistical breakdown of emigration figures by the shires and townships of Iceland, an interactive map of the settlements they founded in North America, and links to llibrary and archival sources relating to early Icelandic settlers in America. A weekly newsletter is available via subscription (which is free) to the mailing list.
'England: the other within' is the website of major research project on English artefacts in the Pitt Rivers Museum. This comprehensive free website has full details of the collections - along with photographs, object biographies, and a series of short interpretive essays. Essay titles include: 'What is an English object?'; 'Calendar-related artefacts'; 'Death-related artefacts'; 'English folklorists'; 'Pitt Rivers and archaeology in England'; and 'Technologies and materials', among others. There is also an essay on the statistical analysis of the collection, 'Introduction to the analysis of the English collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum'. The databases can also be searched. This polished and richly illustrated website forms part of a major ESRC-funded 'The Other Within' research project (2006-2009), examining 44,015 objects and 6,593 photographs in the collection.
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.
The Genesis Project aimed to identify and develop access to women's history sources in the British Isles. The project has developed a database of over 2,000 library, museum, and archive collection descriptions from forty-five institutions relating to women's history. This database is freely available on the website, and may be searched according to various fields and limits. The project has also produced a list of web resources relating to the study of women's history. This includes both British and International sites. Unfortunately the web guide is not annotated, but the sites may be browsed according to various categories. The Genesis Project is based at the Women's Library at Old Castle Street, London. The GENESIS Project receives funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP).
Developed by Association Paléographique Internationale: Culture, Écriture, Société, the Index of Medieval Books Recently Acquired by Public Libraries provides information about new works acquired by major libraries. Works may be displayed by country, library or within a general index. The types of work acquired include: psalters; missals; brevaries; and books of hours, and a brief description is given for each item. The information is available in French and English.
Janus is a project funded by the University of Cambridge to improve access to the archival materials available in the city. Most of the participants are from the University and its constituent colleges, although Addenbrooke's hospital and the Cambridge University Local Examination Syndicate are also contributing records. Subjects covered include the papers of Sir Winston Churchill, scientists' papers held at Trinity College, and medical history at Addenbrooke's. All records are stored in Electronic Archival Description (EAD) format and are written to the General International Standard of Archival Description (ISAD(G)). It should be noted that some of the records are collection level descriptions only and the repository should be approached first to see if the material is available for consultation.
The Literary Archives page is part of the Library and Archives of Canada website. This department in the Canadian National Archives houses the original manuscripts of several Canadian authors, as well as other archival fonds, such as: correspondence; professional and personal memorabilia; newspaper clippings; scrapbooks; audio recordings; video recordings; photographs; and posters. Among the dozens of writers included are: Bernard Assiniwi; George Bowering; Dionne Brand; Nicole Brossard; Robertson Davies; Réjean Ducharme; Louis Dudek; Timothy Findley; Patrick Friesen; Gratien Gélinas; André Giroux; Jack Hodgins; W. P. Kinsella; Ron Lightburn; Daphne Marlatt; Erin Mouré; Michael Ondaatje; Catherine Parr Trail; Jacques Poulin; Gabrielle Roy; F. R. Scott; Carol Shields; Michel Tremblay; Jane Urquhart; Phyllis Webb; and Rachel Wyatt. Rules and regulations for access are provided. An online guide allows researchers to click on each author's name to call up a detailed summary of their career and importance. Further information is also provided in each summary on the archival holdings for that writer. Students of English literature would find this site of interest.
The British Columbia Archival Information Network, or BCAIN, is the main archival Web portal for the Canadian province of British Columbia. The site was created and is maintained by the Archives Association of British Columbia. There are descriptive links to archival photograph collections; exhibitions; websites; and repositories. The repositories section provides a map of the province that allows users to click on towns and cities in order to bring up details on their respective archives. The pages on websites, photographs and exhibitions offer full annotated lists of archives, their holdings, and their online exhibits. There is also an online database called the British Columbia Archival Union List (BCAUL) of descriptions of records held at over 170 publicly accessible archival repositories in the province. Search functions range from simple searches to searches within particular repositories. The site also has very good links to other provincial archival websites. In general, it would serve as an excellent starting point for researchers in the field of Western Canadian history.
Through the multilingual MICHAEL service, users can find and explore digital collections from museums, archives, libraries and other cultural institutions from across France, Italy and the United Kingdom. The MICHAEL project has been funded through the European Commission's eTen programme. Users can search, browse and examine descriptions of resources held in institutions from France, Italy and the UK. The website also includes the latest editorials about the project, and a 'stories' section with testimonials from users. The website is available in English, French and Italian. The MICHAEL Plus project will enhance the contents of the portal by adding resources from a further 11 European countries.
The Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLA) London website is designed as an online resource for people working in the information sector. The site is the result of collaboration between the London Museums Agency, the London Archives Regional Council, and the London Libraries Development Agency. On the site users can find information on the sector, and search through case studies highlighting innovative collaborative projects. Under the heading partnership, users can also explore the benefits of museums, libraries and archives working together, with case studies on cross-domain work. In addition to this there is the priorities section that discusses the six priority areas MLA London is currently focusing on, and a news page.
The Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick has the aim of collecting and making sources for British political, social and economic history, in particular labour history, industrial relations and industrial politics, available for research. The website of the Modern Records Centre provides summary information about the collections that it holds, which can be explored in the "our holdings" or in the "subject guide" sections. Some of the subjects have PDF formatted text guides. The archive catalogues can be accessed from the site. The largest colelctions at the Mddern Records Centre are: Trade Union Congress; Richard Crossman's papers; Victor Gollancz's papers; Transport and General Workers' Union; Confederation of British Industry; and National Cycle Archive. Further resources posted on the Modern Records Centre website are posted under the "Resources for Warwick modules", where the Documents online can be found. Archival documents from the Modern Records Centre concerning topics from 19th and 20th century British history are available. Also, this section offers "ready made searches" of the catalogues, listing documents on certain themes of European history. Practical information about the archives, opening hours, contact information and news are posted on the site. Links to online guides to archival holdings are available. This is a valuable resource tool for students and scholars.
Established in 1970, the Music Archives is a sub-section of the National Library and Archives of Canada. The website of the Archives is simple and straightforward, yet also very informative; the website includes a full general finding aid entitled, 'Music Archives at the National Library of Canada: A Guide.' Both the site and the Guide describe the collections and rules and regulations for access. The Archives contain over 300 fonds on prominent Canadian musicians and musical organisations, including local symphony orchestras, choral societies and opera companies. The collection spans classical to popular music and draws primarily from the twentieth century. Full descriptions of individual fonds are provided online, and are listed either alphabetically or numerically. The site has no internal search engine, but the list is comprehensive enough that users should be able to manage without one. Leading lights whose papers and collected works are housed here include Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, and André Prévost. But beyond these well known examples, researchers and students will find a wealth of other fonds that shed much light on the Canadian music scene. Users should note that there are also some non-Canadian collections and many references to prominent non-Canadian composers, musicians or musical figures, such as Percy Grainger and Itzhak Perlman, or folk or rock performers such as Tom Rush and Aerosmith.
The Web Site "Muzea, Archiwa, Biblioteki Polskie na Zachodzie" (MABPZ - Polish Museums, Archives, and Libraries in the West) is published by the Polish Library in Montreal. The site is in Polish. It is an extremely useful list of places that contain good collections of Polish materials and holdings. The list includes museums, archives, and libraries in Canada, Great Britain, the USA, Switzerland, France, and Italy. A short commentary about the holdings accompanies information about the locations and accessibility of the collections. This site is excellent for those carrying out research on Poland, Polonia, or Polish studies at postgraduate or post-doctoral level.
The website of the National Archives of Australia is the homepage of this institution, whose main collection holds records created since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901 (therefore there are no records of convicts, colonial migration, or 19th century Australian history such as the gold rushes, exploration or colonial administration). The website holds information about the archives, about how to contact the service and about their publications. Details of exhibitions and events being held at the National Archives are also given. It is possible to search the descriptions of 80,000 collections and over 2,500,000 record items as well as details of about 9,000 creators and depositors. Registered users of the system can save their searches for up to six months. The collections include some nineteenth-century records relating to functions that were transferred by the colonies to the Commonwealth government, such as shipping and post offices. Historians of government will appreciate the wealth of holdings on Australia's constitution and federation. Researchers will find other holdings ranging from post-World War II cabinet records, to information on police, security and intelligence, to documents relevant for the study of family history, transport and defence. The defence section contains such details as the personal dossiers of over 330,000 Australians - men and women - who served overseas in the First World War, and the service records of Australians who served during the Second World War. Details for research visits and similar inquiries are posted.
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.
This is the home page of Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), the public archive and archival management institution of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The site features a great deal of information on the history and policies of administration of the institution, but the site also has a wealth of information on archival fonds. There is an electronic search engine, called BosaNova, which allows users to search a database of document titles according to keyword, title or indexed terms. Immediate content of the collections is best assessed through the site's beautiful online exhibitions of archival resources. In addition, the site explains conditions for access; procedures for hiring a researcher; and approaches for genealogists. NSARM also has links to CAIN, the Canadian Archival Information Network. The site will be of interest both to the public and to teachers, students and researchers in Maritime Canadian History.
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 Réseau de diffusion des archives du Québec (RDAQ) is a searchable database of archival descriptions from Quebec repositories. The project is sponsored by the Réseau des archives du Québec (RAQ). For any scholars or teachers wishing to study the history, politics and culture of this Canadian province, this site is an essential portal and starting point. There are links to all members of the RDAQ network, allowing users to see the range of Quebec archives at a glance. Searches can be done in simple and complex formats. For those interested in this archival collection and its preservation, there are several online articles available in full on the site, as well as related links and information on congresses held within the archival profession. The site also has links to a number of online archival exhibitions, which will give users a further idea of the contents of local collections. Parts of the site require internal user registration. The site is generally attractive and fairly easy to navigate.
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.
The Saskatchewan Archival Information Network/Manitoba Archival Information Network, also known as SAIN/MAIN, is a database of descriptions of archival material held at publicly accessible repositories in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The site is a collective effort of several archival and governmental offices from these two Western Canadian provinces. The joint database can be searched from this site. There are also links to SAIN and MAIN individually. These latter external sites provide information on the many provincial archives which are members of SAIN and MAIN. SAIN also has a collection of interesting online mini-exhibitions of archival material. The joint database provides an efficient tool for researchers in the field of Western Canadian History. Keyword searches bring up itemised lists of archival collections on the relevant topic, with location, and dates, and size of each collection. The site has a good links list of Canadian archival resources on the Internet, which is also available in French.
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 is the demonstration website for STARS (Semantic Tools for Screen Arts Research Project). Run from the University of Bristol, STARS is funded by JISC to develop: this demonstrator online system; an extended open source tool for searching distributed data sources (including multimedia) for the visualisation, replay and annotation of screen-based arts media in context; a review of existing practices and technologies used for screen arts media databases; and an analysis of options for resource retrieval across file-sharing systems. The project ran for 18-months, and concluded in July 2009. There is also an associated weblog which contains documentation, a profile of the project and its staff, reports of demonstration workshops with images, and a link to the main STARS online demonstration project. STARS will be of interest to those researching semantic approaches to image and screen arts databases.
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 site 'UCL SSEES Library: guide to archive collections' provides details of the extensive archive material available in the SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European studies) library. The collections have been listed by name providing details about the content, scale, language and access status. The list is arranged alphabetically and covers a wide variety of East European topics. Details of the archive collection are available with or without diacritics.Your browser will require either ISO 8859-2 or Latin-2 if you wish to view the diacritic version. A direct link to website of the SSEES library is available.
The UNESCO Archives Portal assists researchers and archivists by locating relevant archives around the world. The portal consists of a database of links to the websites of various archival institutions. Additionally, the site acts as a gateway to resources relating to records and archives management and to international cooperation in this area. As of April 2009, over 8,200 sites had been catalogued in the database. Results may be obtained either via the search engine or by browsing. The various resources are divided by continent and institution type (national, regional, municipal, academic, etc.). The website also includes directories of exhibitions, associations, special projects, and documents available online. A section on conferences and meetings lists major recent and forthcoming events for archivists. An education and training section gives links to online training courses, workshops, and archival guidelines. Additionally available is a list of resources dealing with the preservation and conservation of archival materials. Finally, there is a section on job opportunities for archivists and record managers. This is an annotated portal that would prove useful to archivists and to researchers looking for archives on specific subjects.
The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) Libraries Digital and Special Collections website is home to a number of significant online archives containing various materials of importance to American history and culture. Over twenty different archives are searchable from the site, with results returning online digitised images of documents, with appended bibliographic and library information. Most of the archives may either be searched by keyword or browsed by a number of different criteria including subjects, titles, people, dates or organisations. There is also a separate database of finding aids, which the site describes as often constituting 'significant documents themselves, containing substantial information about the topic or person covered by the archival collection'. Individual archives in the collection include Drew Pearson's Washington Merry-Go-Round, covering that journalist's syndicated political column published between 1932 and 1969, and the American University History Photograph and Print Collection, which consists of pictures of American University, Washington D.C., mostly from the first half of the twentieth century. Archives from the Catholic University of America include: the Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact archive, documenting the Catholic school comic book issues to students between 1946 and 1972; The Brooks - Queen Family Collection (1773-1979), which concerns the fortunes of these farming families, particularly during the early nineteenth-century; the archives of The Ursuline Convent, Charlestown, which demonstrate the strong anti-Catholic sentiment in New England during the nineteenth century; the Terence Vincent Powderly (1849-1924) Photographic Collection, picturing turn of the twentieth century labour conditions and immigration; and the Fenian Brotherhood Collection of speeches, pamphlets, photographs, legal documents and so forth. Archives held by the George Mason University made available here include: Randolph H. Lytton's Historical Postcards of Fairfax, Virginia; the Federal Theatre Project Poster, Costume, and Set Design Slide Collection; the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Archives; the Reston Planned Community Archives; the Virginia Civil War Archives, and various other archives concerning the history of the University. Other collections include: 'The Silent Worker' newspaper for deaf Americans; the Clifford K. Berryman Collection of political cartoons; the letters of Timothy Vedder, a Union soldier during the American Civil War; the Charles Monroe Papers, concerning the life and work of the chemist and explosives expert; the William Stauton Collection, relating to the first president of what later became George Washington University; and, finally, a collection devoted to the radio presenter and jazz aficionado Felix Grant (1918-1993).