This website belongs to the Andrei Sakharov Archives, formerly at Brandeis Unversity, now associated with the Davis Center at Harvard University. The archive was established in July 1993, four years after Sakharov's death. The site contains the description of the materials kept at the Center. It's first of all Andrei Sakharov's collection of personal materials, manuscripts and typed versions of scientific works, his PhD thesis, manuscripts of all political articles, texts of interviews and personal correspondence with Natan Sharansky, Sergei Kovalev, Eduard Kuznetsov and others. Users can access information on Sakharov's correspondents by clicking on their highlighted names. The Archives also include the Elena Bonner collection of manuscripts, correspondence and political statements; the Human rights Collection of materials relating to different international human rights organizations; the Grossman Collection of materials related to the famous Soviet-Jewish author of "The Black Book" Vasilii Grossman; a collection of microfilms that contains a 40-volumes trial case of Sergei Kovalev and a collection of the underground Solidarity publications; and the Peter Reddaway Collection of photos on the human rights movement. On this site users can find archival indexes and information about access to the collections now housed at Harvard University.
This is the site of the institution which administers the archive and library of the Burzenland chapters and of communities in the Braşov region in Romania, together with a significant part of the library of the Honterus evangelical gymnasium in Braşov. The language of the site is German, and the advertised Romanian and English versions of the site are not available. The holdings of the archives are as old as the fourteenth century; papers of some of the major cultural and political figures of Transylvanian history are also held here. The European Union and the British Library have supported the archives financially in 2005 and 2006. The website offers information on: research projects, the series of public lectures and the networks of international cooperation in which the archives take part. The library and archive holdings can be searched online through the OPAC interface, where the choice of a simple or combined search is offered.
The Web Site "Biblioteka Raczyńskich w Poznaniu (The Raczyńskis' library in Poznań)" provides information on one of the best libraries in Poznań, which has many departments. The library was founded by Count Edward Raczyński and opened in 1829. The site has a searchable online catalogue of its main holdings. The library consists of private collections from authors such as Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz and from Poznań's theatres. There are excellent holdings in cartography and early modern printed sources on Wielkopolska. An extensive collection on the Nobel prize winning author Henryk Sienkiewicz contains over 4,000 volumes and other items connected with the author. Another valuable collection focuses on the work and life of Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. This library is of great use to those working in Polish studies, whether their focus is history or literature.
The website of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) is a veritable treasure trove of resources for A Level students, undergraduates, postgraduates, academics, and teachers of French and History. The site is in French and English, although the English version is not as extensive as its French counterpart. It contains numerous resources, of which Gallica is probably one of the most useful. Gallica consists of an extensive collection of digitalised and downloadable texts in French, including: illuminated manuscripts of both the West and the East; portraits of musicians; Gallica Utopie (containing a canon of French literature); Gallica Proust; African Voyages; and Voyages in France. The Gallica Classique section contains over 1,000 volumes, among which are a complete set of Balzac's La Comédie Humaine; Diderot; Montaigne; Corneille; and Laclos. In addition to Gallica there are online exhibitions on China; Napoleon; Renaissance Drawings; Zola; Gustave LeGray; and Victor Hugo. Details of the collections' catalogues and departments, cultural programmes, and teaching resources enhance this site and it is, as expected, lavishly illustrated.
Digitised images of the published Calendar of Patent Rolls covering the period 1216 to 1452 can be browsed or searched for free on this site created by G.R. Boynton and the University of Iowa Libraries. Recording royal grants and orders made by letters patent, or open, the patent rolls are an essential source for English medieval history, whether political, social, legal, financial, ecclesiastical or diplomatic. Whilst the published Calendars of Patent Rolls are available in academic libraries and the original manuscripts are held in The National Archives, through this site the contents are much more accessible. However, there are problems with this website, which consists of scanned pages from the published Calendar of Patent rolls, with a front page that offers only a simple browse or search facility. There is no explanation of how to use the website and no introduction to the patent rolls themselves, presumably because the site was created as a teaching resource for students at University of Iowa. However, as the first attempt to digitise the contents of the Calendar of Patent Rolls, this remains a useful resource, particularly for historians and researchers already familiar with their contents. For the period 1216 to 1232, the full text of the patent rolls is provided and is in Latin, whilst from 1232 to 1452, the text is calendared and is in English.
The Canterbury Cathedral Library website is part of the official website of Canterbury Cathedral and provides visitor and holdings information. The library currently contains approximately 30,000 books and pamphlets produced prior to 1900 and 20,000 printed after that date. The library, which is reference only, will accept any reader who has a legitimate interest in the collections. The site provides information about accessing the collections and opening hours. Details of catalogues are provided, as well as a link to the University of Kent's Web catalogue where the Cathedral Library's holdings are catalogued. The site also provides: brief descriptions of the main collections held by the library; a history of the library; and details of forthcoming events. This site would be of use to scholars and researchers.
The Guildhall Library is one of the Corporation of London's libraries. It is a public reference library which specialises in the history of London, especially the City, as well as having other significant collections. The printed books collection includes such categories as London and its history, marine history, clocks and clockmakers, and family history. The marine history category includes information on merchant vessels and shipping casualties, and there are links to leaflets of information on Titanic resources, shipping loss sources, and shipping records of ownership and salvage. Leaflets with the holdings of the library, such as: family history records; business history records; English law reports; parliamentary material; wine and food collections; and marine history can be downloaded in PDF format. Visitor information is included.
This website is the home page of the official archive, library and museum of Dachau concentration camp which, in its time, held more than 200,000 prisoners from over thirty countries. Events in the camp are related here through historical photographs and short written passages in English and German. The camp was built in 1933 as a new kind of prison for political opponents of the regime, such as communists, social democrats, trade unionists and some liberals and conservatives. Other groups were subsequently imprisoned there, including Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses and priests. After the 'Night of Broken Glass' (Kristallnacht) on 9-10 November 1938, more than 10,000 Jews were sent to Dachau. The site treats the wartime history of the camp very briefly, touching on the treatment of slave labour, prisoners of war, and Jewish prisoners. It notably does not give any prominence to the medical experimentation that took place at the camp. Essential statistics are posted: well over the 30,000 who were recorded dead perished there; and over 67,000 people were still imprisoned there upon liberation. There is a virtual tour of the camp from the years when it was operating. For more in-depth information, researchers in Holocaust Studies should look to the subpage on the archive associated with the camp, which briefly describes archival holdings of written documents, over 5,000 photographs, posters, plans, objects and some 800 films. Details on German memorial publications of documents are provided, with some compiled versions translated into English and French. The site also gives directions to the camp, information for visitors and tours (especially visiting teachers and students), brief details on current exhibitions and contact information. There is a straightforward but good links page, notably to other concentration camp memorial sites.
The website of the Dundee Local History Centre of Dundee Central Library gives the Department's opening hours, and lists the special collections that it houses. The site contains sample images from several of the Department's collections. The following collections are described in some detail: the Photopolis and Andrew Wilson Bequest archives consist of photographs of life and working conditions in Dundee, 1880-1925; The James Bowman Lindsay archive, recording the life of the Scottish inventor; the rare books and manuscripts catalogue (which may be downloaded for browsing); the Wrighton Collection of Old Scottish music; the William McGonagall archive, celebrating the notoriously inept poet's life and work; the Ivory Collection of over 300 books on scientific subjects, dating from the sixteenth century; and the Mary Slessor (1848-1915) collection of books and letters. The website also contains some of the exhibitions that Dundee central library has staged in recent years.The site provides more than bare catalogues, describing not just the content of each of the collections, but their background and creation as well. Most of the pages in the site are nicely presented and usefully hyperlinked to related material, including images, the occasional sound file, and other websites.This website will prove extremely useful to researchers studying Dundee, or Scottish urban history, as well as to those studying the more specialist fields associated with each collection.
This website lists the early Indian Newspapers available at the British Library. It includes details of missing editions from runs, and the name changes and mergers that the papers underwent. There is also a link to a a searchable catalogue of the British Library's holdings. Images of some of the mastheads of the papers may also be viewed at the site. Details are given for how to access hard-copy and microfilm version of the available papers. No actual content is included on the site. This web page will be useful to scholars needing to consult pre-1900 Indian newspapers as it is more informative than a standard electronic catalogue.
The Edward IV Roll Web pages (part of the Free Library of Philadelphia website) provide an online facsimile of the Edward IV Roll (Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Books Department, MS Lewis E201). This roll, an illustrated history of the world with a genealogy of Edward IV, was produced circa 1461. This site provides a comprehensive introduction to the roll, aimed at the general public, which serves to contextualise the manuscript. The information is split into eleven sections, which include: a short general introduction; an historical overview, setting the scene of the Wars of the Roses; a short life of Edward IV; discussions of heraldry; and information on banners and badges. Each section provides the interested reader with a short bibliography. The facsimile of the roll is split into six sections, each of which can be viewed as JPEG files in three different sizes. It is also possible to view the whole roll as one complete image. The images are reasonably clear but the resolution is too low to be able to read much of the smaller script from the original. Nonetheless, this is an excellent resource which will appeal to the generalist and the specialist.
Published by the English Department's Early Modern Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara, this website is about the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), which concentrates on collecting together an online archive of 'surviving early ballads printed in English, with priority given to black-letter broadsides of the seventeenth century - the heyday of the printed broadside ballad'. EBBA's first project was to archive over 1,800 ballads in the Samuel Pepys collection, held at the Pepys Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge. These were collected by Pepys in five volumes. Due to their fragility, the Pepys Library has restricted access to the originals. Therefore, the Early Modern Center was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitise the collection from 2006 to 2008. The website provides a searchable image database of the ballads, which can be reproduced in several sizes. There are also facsimile transcriptions, where "facsmile transcription" is defined as 'facsimile reproductions of all the ornament of the ballads (pictures and border woodcuts), but with a conversion of the older (usually black-letter) font into modern roman font. Thus, in looking at a facsimile transcription, the viewer will be able to get a very good impression of what the ballad originally looked like while at the same time be able to read the text with ease.' The songs section includes sound recordings of the ballads, for which software is required. Finally, the background essays cover such areas as 'paper making, the printing process, black-letter print and ballad ornament, popular ballad authors (such as Martin Parker), ballad music, and ballad measure.'
The "F. Datini" institute was founded in 1967 in Prato, Italy, and its aims are to promote the study and research of pre-industrial economic history, to organise study weeks on such topics, to encourage interest from young graduates in historical studies through courses of study and specialisation. The institute's website offers a wide range of information on the activity of the institute and a catalogue of the library holdings. A database with images related to economic history collects resources from various other libraries, while offering low-resolution pictures. The virtual shelf contains the PDF scanned versions of over 30 rare editions held in the municipal "A. Lazzerini" library in Prato. Prato is the home town of Francesco Marco Datini, a medieval merchant whose professional and personal archive survived entirely and thus gave its founders, renowned economic historians Federigo Melis and Fernand Braudel the idea for such an institution. The English and French versions of the site mirror the Italian original entirely, enhancing the accessibility to information in either language. The institute organises annually study weeks on various topics in economic and social history, which are announced on the site. Grants for participation are open to competition each year.
The Glasgow Digital Library acts as a virtual co-library of the majority of public institutions in Glasgow. The long-term goal of the website is to establish a wholly digital resource to facilitate teaching, learning, and research in the city. The site brings together disparate resources such as: the 'Aspect' collection of Scottish Parliamentary Election candidate materials from 1999; images from the Springburn Community Museum (focusing on community life and the rail industry); 'Red Clydeside', a political history of the Scottish Left from 1910-1922; 'The Voyage of the Scotia' detailing the Scottish National Antarctic expedition of 1902-1904; memoirs and portraits of 100 of Glasgow's most illustrious citizens between 1855 and 1885; and the Victorian Times project, looking at Glasgow's social and economic history during a key period in the city's history. There is also a directory of information about Glasgow and an image library of historical photographs of the city arranged by area, street, and subject.This rich collection of resources continues to be developed and some sections are not as yet complete. The project receives funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP), and SCRAN.
The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section website provides a guide to the holdings of the Guildhall Library, the local record office for the City of London. In addition to the general guide to records held, the site contains more detailed Leaflet Guides to Records. These include City of London Livery Companies; Corporation of Trinity House; Lloyd's Captains Registers; and the Company of Watermen and Lightermen. The Business Records subject index covers fish, insurance, shipbuilding, shipping and trading companies. The site also includes news, details of newly catalogued collections and Guildhall Library publications, in addition to access information, statement of objectives, collecting policy and facilities for donors and depositors.
The website"Henry Charles Lea Library" provides information on this library at the University of Pennsylvania Library. Henry Charles Lea (1825-1909) was an expert in the medieval and early modern periods and is described on the site as "America's first distinguished historian of the European middle ages". The basis of the collection is Lea's interest in the history of religion, especially the institutional, legal, and ecclesiastical aspects, as well as the Inquisition, magic, Italian city-states, and the history of witchcraft. There are also a great deal of primary sources, since Lea purchased manuscripts and incunabula, in addition to early printed books. The site contains a description of the holdings and the papers of Henry Charles Lea which he bequeathed and those his family also donated. An extensive biography is also included and a description of the series of his papers which comprise: correspondence; historical writings; articles; reviews; political writings; poetry and translations; and juvenilia. An overview of the microfilm collection, which an emphasis on Byzaantine, Levantine and crusades history, is also given on the site. A good site for those seeking primary resources on magic, witchcraft, the Inquisition, Moriscos, and early modern and medieval European history.
This site is part of the British Library's Collections: Asia, Pacific and Africa, and focuses on genealogical sources in the India Office. The Collections contain information on British families in South Asia and related areas from the early 17th to the mid-20th Century. The pages are designed to provide guidance on using available sources, but are is no search engine for individual personal files. The sources quoted on the website cannot be viewed on the current site. Information included on the pages, comprise a list of occupations and possible sources; a glossary; map; and links to information on sources in the India Office Records, such as biographical records; wills; pensions; biographical index; and ecclesiastical records. There are also links to sites of further interest.
The Infancy of Printing is an online exhibition relating to the history of early printing up to 1501. The exhibition, hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Libraries, highlights the incunabula held by the Golda Meir Library in particular, and is illustrated with images of items from its small collection of early printed books. exhibition is prefaced by a short overview of the Library's collection, and an explanation of how the exhibition was created. The main exhibition is divided into three parts: 'The Manuscript Tradition and the Transition to Printing'; 'Sacred Texts'; and 'Secular Texts'. 'The Manuscript Tradition and the Transition to Printing' focuses on the work of Johan Gutenberg and its similarity to contemporary manuscripts. 'Sacred Texts' highlights texts such as: 'De Civitate Dei' by St Augustine; the Latin Bible; and Pope Gregory IX's 'Decretales'. The discussion of 'Secular Texts' includes works such as Caxton's printing of 'The Canterbury Tales' and Anton Koberger's edition of 'De Imagine Mundi' among others. The exhibition is rounded off by a section entitled: 'The World of the Renaissance Print Shop', by Merry Wiesner-Hanks, which is the text of a public lecture given by Wiesner-Hanks in association with the exhibition. This site would make a good introduction to incunabula and to early printing for those with a general interest or for history students new to the topic.
The National Library of Sweden (Kungliga Biblioteket) website contains information about the Swedish copyright deposit library and its collections and provides access to its online catalogue and digitised collection. The library collects all printed material published in Sweden and also holds a large collection of international research literature, mainly in the humanities. The library's digitised collection provides public access to a selection of internationally significant items from the library's holdings in electronic format. These include: a digital presentation of Ferdinand von Gudenus's 1740 engraving, Panorama of Constantinople; the Rålamb Costume Book, a 17th-century volume portraying Turkish folk types and occupations in one hundred and twenty-one miniatures; and an electronic facsimile of Erik Dahlberg's Suecia antiqua et hodiernia, a 17th-century literary, scientific and cultural study of Sweden, illustrated with three hundred and fifty-three images and engravings. There is also material on the library's earlier manuscript holdings, for example the early 13th-century Bohemian 'Devil's Bible'. Other online presentations include: a gallery of poster art, with a series of posters by the graphic designer Wilhelm Kåge; trade literature 1900-1920; and a collection of digitised Swedish newspapers (username and password required for access to this). The texts available are mostly in Swedish, though the larger digital presentations such as the Suecia antiqua are also described and annotated in English. Stig Wärmling's collection of marbled papers, and an online exhibition of Swedish bookbinding are available as part of the library's material on bookbinding crafts. Various parts of the site are available in French, German, Russian, Finnish and Spanish as well as English. Visitors to the site can contact a university reference librarian through the Librarian on Duty chat and email service which is available also outside opening hours.
The Liddle Collection Web page provides information on an archive, based at the University of Leeds, of personal papers or more than four thousand men and women who lived through the First World War, and a growing collection of material from the Second World War. The collection includes: correspondence; diaries; official and personal papers; photographs; newspapers; artwork; and written and tape-recorded recollections. The resources themselves are not available online, but the site provides general information about the collection, as well as access to its two catalogues (one for each of the wars). Users can either conduct a free text search or a specific search under: reference number; name; background; or content. This site would be of use for historians searching for particular types of primary source for the period, prior to visiting the collection in person.
Part of the Liddle Collection at Leeds University Library is the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy [RNMN] Section containing over 430 sets of personal papers of men who served in the Navy during the First World War. This webpage provides Information on this collection including background information and details of the scope and content. This includes: diaries; personal letters; scrap books; Admiralty and naval papers; ship's magazines; and concert party programmes. Many of the key areas of naval engagement are represented, especially the bombardment of the Dardanelles and the Gallipoli landings, the Battle of Jutland, the raids on Zeebrugge and Ostend, and the surrender and scuppering of the German High Seas Fleet. Admission times and details about using the special collections are provided elsewhere on the Library's site.
The Linen Hall Library was founded in 1788 and is the oldest library in Belfast. The website provides details of the collections held in the library. The library holds a major collection on Irish and local studies, with a particular emphasis on items relating to Belfast, Antrim and Down. This collection includes manuscripts, periodicals and newspapers and rare maps as well as books. Other collections include an Irish Language Collection, Ulster Scots Language and Dialects of Ulster Collection, Northern Ireland Political Collection and a Theatre and Performing Arts Archive. The genealogy and heraldry collection is particularly impressive. An online catalogue is available on the website. It is possible to search by keyword, author, title etc. and to limit the search to specific collections. The website also provides general information on the library including news, events and visitor information. There is also information about the current artists-in-residence. The site maintains a list of links to libraries, archives and museums and genealogy links.
Showcasing the Antarctica collections held by the State Library of New South Wales, Australia, Lines on the Ice is the website that accompanied a 2002 exhibition of the same name. Focusing on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1910 to 1915, this evocative resource is beautifully illustrated with two thousand digitised photographs, maps, illustrations and artifacts such as diaries. It includes photographs taken by Frank Hurley. Not all images relate to Antartica - there are several illustrations from Captain James Cook's second voyage to Australia. The images are set in context through text and an interactive timeline, which details the history of Antarctic expeditions from 1772. An advanced search facility is available. The site is now archived on Pandora, Australia's web archive. The site also contains an Antarctica timeline with information on the history of exploration to the continent, as well as links to further information.
This site, from the Gosport Discover Centre, documents the varied history of Gosport from its supposed foundations in the eleventh century (under, according to myth, King Stephen, who was saved from death in the Solent by local fishermen and therefore called the point 'God's port') to the very significant role played by Gosport in the Second World War and for preparations for D-Day. The website covers a great range of material relating to Gosport (from place names in Gosport and local history resources, to the architecture of Gosport Library and Gosport's role in the Second World War) and each section forms an essay, often with pictures, which provides an interesting and lively narrative. These Web pages fall under the general pages of the Gosport Discovery Centre and Hampshire Council, and there are various links related to both running down the left-hand-side of the page. This Web page would work as a very solid starting point for any research into Gosport's local history.
The website Locating Pre-1800 Imprints, British and American is part of Cornell University Library's Web pages and provides indices to microform sets and links to online databases. Most of the collections are not accessible to non-Cornell users, but the bibliographical data is useful to those researching British or American works prior to 1800. In particular this page is useful for students beginning primary source work, as an introduction to where the sources are to be found. The American section includes Early American imprints (Evans and Shaw Shoemaker), based on Evan's American Bibliography, which contained the full-text of all known books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in the US (including British American colonies) from 1639 to 1800. There is also information on early American newspapers, and early encounters in North America.The British section features: early English books from 1475 to 1700; the Thomason tracts; eighteenth century works; Stationer's Company registers; early English newspapers; and renaissance and medieval literary manuscripts. There is also a section on European incunabula.
Through the Treasures in Full section of the British Library website, users can access a high quality digitised image of one of the four surviving copies of Magna Carta of 1215, with a full English translation of the original Latin text. This document is held by the British Library, shelfmark MS Cotton Augustus II 106. Anyone interested in history, citizenship and the development of human rights, whether student, researcher or academic, will be interested in the copy of Magna Carta made available through this website. Magna Carta is available here as a document image which is presented in a pop-up manuscript viewer, which can be used to zoom into sections of the document and to navigate around it. This permits close inspection of the text, which will be both interesting to the general viewer and useful for students of manuscript studies. However, it is not very useful for reading the document in sequence. The document is supplemented by a brief introduction that gives an account of events leading up to the signing of the Articles of the Barons at Runnymede and the subsequent production of Magna Carta. The translation also has supporting text on historical context and how the Magna Carta affected groups and individuals. In addition, users can view video clips of answers to frequently asked questions about the Magna Carta, which require Windows Media Player.
The Great Lakes Marine Collection is a website of original maritime materials located at the Milwaukee Public Library, USA. The collection includes log books, vessel plans, and shipwreck reports. The site consists of ship photographs and Ship Files of data on more than 7,000 ships including ships from 1679. There is also a link to Nautical Charts as the Library is an official US government depository library. International maps are included. The site also has links to Great Lakes Marine Magazines and the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society.
Morrab Library is an independent library located in Penzance, Cornwall. The Library was founded in 1818, and as well as its book collection, houses collections of photographs of life in West Cornwall between 1870 and 1970 (these include images of fishing, shipwrecks, harbours), and the Napoleonic Collection (1770 - 1840) of prints. Bibliographies of these collections are contained on the site. The Napoleonic Collection includes maps, and images of the Royal Navy of that period, and of the Egyptian Campaign, (during which the Battle of the Nile was fought). Links to Cornish parish information on genealogical research is also contained on the site, as well as visitor information for the Library. The site contains advertising.
The website of the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT) provides information about the Centre and its activities. Based at the University of Sheffield, the Centre is the only university-based institution in England devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore. It offers undergraduate modules, an MA in Folklore and Cultural Tradition and supports PhD research on various topics. Subjects that fall within the Centre's remit include: cultural tradition; folklore; dialects; custom and belief; traditional dance, drama, and music; and traditional arts. NATCECT's activities include a Traditional Drama Research Group (TDRG). Details of conferences, publications, and the Traditional Heritage Museum are provided, and there is also a link to the NATCECT reference library page of the University of Sheffield Library website, plus a summary listing of NATCECT archive collections, which include over 1,000 research projects, 2,800 audiotapes, and 230 videotapes. Two samples from the Survey of Sheffield Usage are available in MP3 format, via the archive section.
The collections of the National Library of Australia underpin Australian cultural life and intellectual pursuits. The Library also contains collections of general overseas and rare book materials, as well as Asian and Pacific collections. The site includes recent News, Pathways to information: Research and information Services, links to national and international libraries, publications, indexes and databases (some by subject listing); Our Catalogue; and information on the Library, the Collections, Services, and Initiatives (including the Digital Libraries Initiatives).
The National Library of Canada website includes information on the library, its services, such as Geneaology and family history for researchers; research tools, such as alphabetical and searchable indexes of links to sites of further interest; and publications of the library such as exhibition catalogues and information brochures (also available in PDF format). The Digital Library of Canada includes a section on Canadian History which comprises such material as bibliographies of anti-slavery materials and the exploration of the northern reaches of Canada and the Arctic. It is also possible to use the search engine, Canadian Information by subject. It is an information service developed by the National Library of Canada to provide links to information about Canada from Internet resources around the world.
The maritime collection is located within Falmouth Library. The subject coverage of the collection is wide ranging and relates to both merchant and naval shipping. Principle reference works have been relocated to the Bartlett Library at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. The public can freely access the stock, but only members may borrow material.
The website of the National Museum of Women in the Arts provides details on the museum that is based in Washington, DC. The museum was incorporated in 1981, and is now housed in a former Masonic temple. Home to over 3,000 works, it is a library and research centre as well. The collections begin with the sixteenth century and continue up to the present. Each epoque is accompanied by a brief account of the various factors that affected female artists at the time. Images from the museum's permanent collection are browsable by historical period and there is information about a selection of artists from each period. The holdings include work by artists such as: Elisabetta Sirani; Lavinia Fontana; Angelica Kauffman; Camille Claudel; Georgia O'Keeffe; and Frida Kahlo. This stunning collection also features the work of female silversmiths, embroiderers and photographers. The site publishes information on forthcoming and past exhibitions, and the museum's admission charges, opening times and location. Of great use to researchers is the research centre and library with its extensive holdings of artists' books, archives on women artists and over 18,500 resources.
This website, for the Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center, founded in 1972, aims to 'advance knowledge of the history of cartography, defined as the history of creation, use, and interpretation of maps and the relationship between mapping and other facets of human history'. Moreover, the centre seeks to 'promotes the use of the Library’s cartographic collections by scholars, educators, and the general public through conferences, exhibitions, fellowships, institutes, lectures, publications, seminars, consultations, and workshops'. To that end, the website is simply designed: there are details of, and often links to further information on, lectures and conferences, seminars, virtual exhibitions (for example, on the mapping of the French Empire in North America), resources and teaching historical maps, relevant publication information, and the cartographic collections held by the library. The website has a wealth of resources and information on the usefulness of maps in understanding history.
The website PEM Library is part of the Peabody Essex Museum, and is located in New England, USA. The Phillips library focuses on genealogy, maritime history, the history of New England, and documents relating to the museum's collections. Information is provided on the library's collections, such as those of maritime history that document the activities of merchants, shipbuilders and captains. They also detail fishing, yachting and steamship history and operations in Salem and the Northeast. The site further contains access to the online catlogue, and brief information on the collections, such as that of photographs and graphic arts. Information is provided on conducting research within the library.
This is the website of the Naval Studies Collection of Plymouth Libraries. The website mainly provides visitor information and very very briefly mentions the collection's highlights including: information on all aspects of the history of the Royal Navy; a special collection of titles from the Hakluyt Society and Naval Record Society; a complete run of Jane's Fighting Ships from 1898 onwards; biographical compilations, ships' logs, and personal diaries; historical and current Admiralty charts for the area; historical and current periodicals; and an extensive collection of photographs of naval vessels supplemented by portraits of prominent naval officers, and other naval subjects. The library catalogue may be searched online and there is a link to the National Maritime Museum library catalogue and other related websites.
The Web Site "The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada" has versions in Polish, English and French. It provides information on the Polish activities of the institute and the Polish Library in Montreal and McGill University. Created in 1943, the institute has become a focal point for the Polish community in Montreal and its environs. The site provides information on the objectives and historical background of the institute, the Canadian Foundation for Polish Studies, a wonderful virtual gallery of Polish prints (1918-1939), links to Poland on the Internet, and the Polish Academic Information Center. Of great use to historians and researchers is the information on archival sources for the study of Polish Canadians. A good site for those carrying out research on the history of Polonia, Canada, and Polish Studies.
The Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies is an institution devoted to advanced study 'of the material and intellectual cultures of the Middle Ages'. The Institute is affiliated with the University of Toronto, and has its own library which houses an important collection of medieval resources, including microfilmed copies of more than 450 manuscripts, and papal letters stored at the Vatican. The PIMS website provides information on the Institute and its research, as well as the library and its resources. Of interest to researchers and students of medieval studies is the 'Engines of Electronic Enterprise' section, which comprises an extensive collection of Web links relating to the field, and information on PIMS publications.
"Poznańskie Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Nauk" is the web site of a learned society in Poznań. PTPN was founded in 1857, with the aim of bringing together academics and intellectuals with a focus on the area of Wielkopolska (Greater Poland). A large part of the association's role over the last century and a half has been to preserve the region's heritage, from attacks on many fronts. The site provides a history of the association, its current make-up, and details of its publications. Of use to the humanities student is the section on the library with a link to a searchable database of many of Poznań's libraries, and a bibliography of the history of Wielkopolska. This is an excellent collection, which those working on the area should not underestimate. The usual contact details and information is provided on access and opening hours.
This is the website of Puke Ariki, a museum, library and heritage visitor centre for Taranaki. The site provides information about this 'knowledge centre' that houses a full public library, museum and visitor information centre, and provides digital access to some of the resources on New Zealand history available there. The site also contains comprehensive information about the centre itself and its facilities, resources and exhibitions. The main focus of the online content is the Taranaki Stories that provide biographies and oral histories of important historical individuals. These are divided into a variety of topics, including leading women, immigration, farming and conflict. There are also a few online exhibitions, immigration passenger lists and historical photographs.
This website provides information about the Royal Naval Museum. Current exhibitions include: The Story of HMS 'Victory'; Trafalgar; Horatio Nelson: The Hero and the Man; The Sailing Navy; and The Royal Navy in the 20th Century. Permanent collections include artefacts (medals, uniforms, weapons, ship relics, floating craft, personal memorabilia); fine art (including Rowlandson caricatures); manuscripts; oral history (including interviews of personal experiences in war and peace of naval life in the 20th Century); photographic; and the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS). The website also includes links and information to education, publications, visitor information, the library, the Wolfson Research Centre, a shop and conference listings.
The SCONE project was undertaken in order to aid researchers by extending collaborative collection management (CCM) work relating to the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL). The project has investigated ways of expanding and improving access to catalogues of collections held in Scottish libraries. A final report on the project's findings and recommendations is included with the site. The website provides access to a browsable and searchable database of collection level descriptions. It also includes SCAMP (Scottish Collections Archives Management Portal) a web portal designed to support CCM amongst Scotland's information professionals. The technical nature of the language used in the report, and in the website more generally, might present difficulties to those not actively engaged in electronic librarianship. The SCONE project received funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP).
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.
The Society of Genealogists' library in London holds copies and indexes to parish registers, and calendars of these are presented here on their website. This is essentially an electronic version of the lists published in print in 1995, although some were revised in 1999-2000 and further revisions are planned, county by county as the print editions are reissued. Recent additions to the Society's holdings can be found in the Genealogists' Magazine. The Society staff can make limited searches in these volumes, and some are available for loan - details are provided about these transactions and also the format of the Society's holdings whether in print or microform. The lists are browsable by counties (the names are those in use before the 1974 reorganisation of local government) for England, Scotland and Wales. There are also holdings for the Channel Islands, the Isle Of Man, Ireland, and from overseas.For anyone experienced in using these sorts of indexes there will be nothing new here - a typical entry looks like "ABEREDW CMB Ext 1687-1722 C 1740-1900 Illegitimate 1822-46 M 1741-1971 B 1740-1901 ". Brief but explanatory notes provide guidance regarding abbreviations, banns, parish names, religious denominations, Boyd's Marriage Index, and distinctions between Bishops transcripts and the registers themselves.
This page describes the Maritime Collection of Southampton Library, which includes ship registers, periodicals, ship photographs; resources such as maritime directories and nautical almanacs; and the Titanic collection.
This is the website for St. Deiniol's Library, which is a residential library in Hawarden, North Wales, founded in 1889 by William Ewart Gladstone, the Victorian politician and statesman. It was based on his personal library, which illustrates "the wide range of interests of a true Victorian polymath". The focus of the library's collection is theology, history, philosophy, classics, art, literature and Victorian studies, as well as manuscripts including Gladstone's own correspondence. The library is housed in an "imposing building" funded by a public appeal following Gladstone's death in 1898. This building houses the library and residential accomodation. The website includes a link to the library's catalogue, more detailed information about its history, buildings and activities, including scholarships. Of further interest to scholars is information about GladCat, St Deiniol's AHRC-funded project which aimed to "identify and catalogue the books personally owned by William Ewart Gladstone".
Travellers Art focuses on the works of various travelling artists held in the collections of the National Library of Australia. The website features an online exhibition of rare travellers' illustrations made in the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries; they include: drawings; watercolours; sketchbooks; diaries; hand drawn maps; manuscripts; and photographs. The five virtual exhibitions also include archival information. The first exhibit shows paintings by John Webber and William Ellis, who served as artists on Captain James Cook’s third voyage around the Pacific (1776-1780). The second exhibit displays pictures painted and drawn by William Westall during the circumnavigation of Australia. A thematically related third exhibit shows paintings by Samuel Thomas Gill from an 1846 expedition in West Australia. The fourth exhibit: 'Augustus Earle: A Freelance Artist,' shows Earle's paintings from travels in the southern seas. Finally, a fifth exhibit posts 19th and turn-of-the-century travel photography. Researchers and teachers will find this website to be a good introductory tool to the history of exploration in the southern hemisphere. Further contents include maps, biographical details, short explanatory essays and a links page.
The website 'UCL library services: Huguenot library' is a resource of value to both postgraduates and researchers interested in the study of the Huguenot communities. The University College London collections were formed from the libraries of the French Hospital, the Huguenot Society, and from institutions such as the Westminster French Protestant School, Friendly Societies, and family papers. The collections boast two copies of the 1535 edition of: Calvin's Bible; La France Protestant by the Haag brothers; French Protestant Exiles by D.C.A. Agnew; and a complete set of the Bulletin of the French Protestant Société in Paris. The site provides details of access to the collections, opening hours, and catalogues. There is useful information on resources for those researching the communities in North America, Australasia, Germany, and the UK. A selection of links to other organisations and websites should also prove of interest to researchers.
This is the website of the Ulster American Folk Park, County Tyrone, an outdoor museum which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The site provides a brief historical background to emigration from Ireland to America. The Park tells the story of these emigrants and their everyday lives through the reconstruction of replica buildings, the centrepiece of which is the boyhood home of Judge Thomas Mellon. It is possible to take a tour of the Park. The Park's Emigrants Exhibition gives details of routes, ports and ships, while the Ship and Dockside Gallery reconstructs a typical emigrant dockside and includes a Merchant's Office and a dockside warehouse. The Park's Centre for Migration Studies includes a research library, and an emigration database containing letters, newspaper articles, shipping advertisements, passenger lists, official government reports, and family papers. The site includes visitor information and details of schools programmes. The site is available as a text-only version.
The library collection contains approximately 165,000 books and 1,200 periodicals. Their special collections include nuclear ship Savannah archival files, sea charts, ship history files and ship registers. Internet access to the Online Catalog is still under construction.
The Naval War College Library is part of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. The library focuses on the naval profession, including history and strategy, international relations, international law, oceanography, and contemporary world problems. The website includes the library catalogue, journals and newspapers, databases (requiring a user-name and password; instructions are included on the site), publications; and collections (including World War II Battle Evaluation Group records), and the oral histories programme. Contact and visitor information provided.
The website European Resource Centre provides information about this centre and its collections, based at the University of Birmingham, which supports the European Research Institute (ERI). The site has details about the centre's staff, collections, opening hours, and facilities. The Centre brings together the resources of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, the Institute for German Studies, and the Centre for Study of Security and Diplomacy. It has incorporated the Baykov Library, an archive internationally famous for its Central and East European holdings, which number over 90, 000. The collection focuses mainly on: EU enlargement; the European Documentation Centre (material of the main institutions of the EU); the German Documentation Centre; Western Europe post-1945; the Communist period in the Soviet Union; and post-1945 Central, Southern, and Eastern Europe. A vital resource for those researching East, Central, and Southern Europe, or post 1945 history.
Founded in 1800, the Navy Department Library is the branch of the Naval Historical Center which collects literature on the United States Navy. The site provides details of the special and rare collections, together with selected resources for researching naval history bibliographies, including an alphabetical list of manuscripts held in the Library. The site also provides links to pertinent pages on the Naval Historical Center website, along with information on key dates in American naval history and links to related sites. It is possible to search the Library catalogue.
This site contains an exhibition of fifty paintings created by the travel artist, Augustus Earle: The body of work he produced now comprises what is arguably a unique record documenting the effects of European contact and colonisation during the early nineteenth century. The exhibition contains work from his journeys in Brazil, Tristan da Cunha, New South Wales and New Zealand, and depicts cultural, ethnographic, and historical subjects, as well as seafaring life. The site includes the following information; a biographical Essay, a Bibiography, and the Exhibition, 'Augustus Earle's Travels around the World 1820 - 29.' This comprises of a Brief Chronology of Earle's life, and thumbnail images of his work, categorised as Shipboard Life; Tristan da Cunha; New Zealand; and Homeward Bound. The site is based on a touring exhibition held in 1994 in the National Libraries of Australia and New Zealand.
The homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.
The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre website introduces the research facilities offered by this new institution and its new building. The centre covers all services related to knowledge of the past for the county of Wiltshire. Under the "Our services" section these are introduced to more detail: Wiltshire and Swindon archives; the local studies library; buildings record; museum advisory service; archaeology service (linked to the Wiltshire and Swindon Sites and Monument Record); education service; conservation area; and education. Here are also included a section on the history of the new building of the History Centre and the list of forthcoming events. A virtual tour of the building is offered on the site; by clicking with the mouse on each section of the plan, more information on that particular part of the centre is given. The blog had only one entry at the time of review. Information for those who intend to visit the History Centre is given: how to plan the visit; appointments; opening hours; registration; photocopying facilities and fees. The section of the Wiltshire archives has a good number of online guides and tools for the researcher and for those who want to uncover their own family history. The Wiltshire Wills Project includes an online catalogue of wills available on the previous web address of the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives. A records summary list and a parish records list are published on the website. The site has just been launched at the time of cataloguing and more resources will be added
The website "Women and Books : From the Sixteenth Century to the Suffragettes" has been adapted from an exhibition of the same title at the University of Glasgow. It features sections on: books written, translated, and compiled by women; books for, and about women; books owned, illustrated, or published by women; and books on women's education. This exhibition and website reminds us that women, although rarely prominent in the earlier period of publishing as authors, still had a role to play as: dedicatees; patrons; collectors; or readers of books. The books that were on display are accompanied by a paragraph of commentary and full bibliographical detail, with some excellent images of folios. There is also an interesting section on suffragette literature. This virtual exhibition would be of interest to those studying the history of the book, or involved in gender studies.
The website "Working Class Movement Library" introduces this librarys, which is based in Salford, and is a repository for a large collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets, and archive material relating to the labour movement in Britain, and a few other countries, from the late eighteenth century onwards. On the site users can find information on visiting the library, as well as access on online OPAC library catalogue to search the libraries holdings. The website also provides a large range of guidance articles to various collections, including the archives of the GMB, the Journeymen Brushmakers, the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers, and the Thomas Paine collection. This section also contains biographies of notable individuals like Ewan MacColl and James Connolly. "Our collection" provides an overview of the holdings by categories: working lives; trade unions; protests, politics and campaigning for change; creativity and culture; activitsts; international; and family history. The activists section contains biographies of notable individuals like Ewan MacColl and James Connolly. This is a valuable resource for those interested in labour and working class history in Britain and elsewhere.