The '19th century Poor Law Union and Workhouse records' website is part of the DocumentsOnline site from The National Archives. It offers free access to correspondence relating to the staff and inmates of Poor Law Unions and Workhouses from across England. Poor Law Unions, the website explains, were created after the Poor Law Amendment Act from 1834. The aim was to centralise poor relief, thus parishes became Poor Law Unions and administered workhouses. The online collection of the National Archives was not complete at the time of review. The database can be searched by word of phrase and by date. The site is easy to use and clearly laid out: digitised images of the documents can be downloaded for free in PDF format, by following the standard procedures on the DocumentsOnline site. The correspondence is between the guardians of the Union and the Poor Law Board at Somerset House in London. A brief introduction to the poor laws is provided, to set the documents in context and there are links to other areas of The National Archives website, including research guides on the poor and the Poor Laws, Poor Law records, elementary schools, education, nineteenth century public health and epidemics and lunatic asylums.
The Archives comprise of a wide range of documents from the earliest periods of recorded history, ranging from charters, minutes and accounts to maps, plans and photographs. These include the archives of the Aberdeen Harbour Board and the shipbuilding firm of Hall Russell and Company, as well as the administrative records of the Aberdeen Harbour Board from its inception until 1959. The historical records date back to the 12th century. The website provides general information about the archives, its services and how to locate them. Also included are information leaflets about the collections and sources for family history research. An online catalogue is currently under development.
The 'Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress' website provides online access to material held by the manuscripts department of the Library of Congress. This collection consists of approximately 20,000 records, which have been microfilmed and indexed. It is the microfilm collection which forms the source of the online collection. The microfilm is being digitally scanned and the resulting images are being made available online. Material in the archive dates from 1833-1916 although the great majority of the material dates from between 1850-1865. Annotated transcriptions are being made available to all the documents in Lincoln's autograph collection. The online exhibition consists of approximately 61,000 images and 10,000 transcriptions. The collection can be browsed or searched by keyword. The site also includes online exhibits relating to The Emancipation Proclamation, The Lincoln Assassination and a photograph gallery. Other features of the site include timelines, information about the collection and a selected bibliography.
This PDF document is a final report on a AHRC/BBC knowledge exchange project which uses the 1983-84 Miners’ Strike as a pilot to investigate the possibilities of the BBC’s extensive archives. The study used national and regional news bulletins to explore the BBC’s coverage of the strike, and was centred around the responses and memories of local communities, Miners, Policemen and others involved in the strike. The project collected these memories and responses to the archive material as a way of contextualising the output as well as for exploring the ways in which the BBC’s content should and might be used more widely in the future. The report includes many (edited) responses and comments of those involved, as well as a description of the study’s methods, findings and conclusions. This project would be of interest obviously to those studying this period of British history, but also as a test case of utilising new technologies to make media archives more widely available.
This site provides information about the archives located at Anglesey (Ynys Môn) County Record Office along with the services it provides. The archives include the Records of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen and crew lists for ships registered at Beaumaris. Contact details and opening hours are given. The site is available in English and Welsh.
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 "Archiwum archidiecezjalne w Poznaniu (Archdiocesan archive in Poznań)" introduces the history, archival holdings and accesibility of this institution. The site is is in Polish with an abbreviated English version and with a non-existent German and French mirrors, which are nonetheless advertised on the main page. One finds the usual information about opening hours, accessibility, and location of the archives. The earliest documentation dates from 1231 and the collection is extremely rich in early modern resources. The site features a history of the archive and a brief bibliography. Extremely useful for researchers is the online catalogue of resources - the typed pages have been scanned and reproduced on the site. There is also an online listing of the birth, death and marriage registers of the diocese, grouped separately for the Roman-Catholic and Lutheran records. The site briefly presents the library of the Theological Faculty with its department of manuscripts and old prints. The subsites related to these were under construction at the time of the review. The site is an excellent resource for those carrying out research on Poznań and its environs.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Olsztynie (State archive in Olsztyń)" provides the usual information about the location, collections, accessibility, and organisation of the regional branch of the Polish State Archives. The site features a brief history of the archive, which was formally founded in 1948. Unfortunately there is not much information on this site on the holdings, but there is a link to the databases IZA and SEZAM on the national archives' (AGAD) site. The holdings include administrative, regional, local, ecclesiastical, municipal, and fiscal records. Specialists from the Olsztyń archives have completed the project of digitisating the ledgers and inventory books of the former Prussia Museum in Kaliningrad (Königsberg).The site is of interest to those who are studying German or Polish history.
The site "Archiwum Państwowe w Piotrkowie Trybunalskim (State archive in Piotrków Trybunalski)" introduces the activitity of this regional branch of the Polish State Archives. The language of the site is Polish. The archive has its roots in the fourteenth century, and has an extensive collection of administrative records of the early modern period, since it was the seat of the Crown Tribunal (Trybunał Koronny). The archive also has a department in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. The archives have changed hands many times, as most Polish archival collections, and also suffered loss and damage throughout their history. The collections include: administrative; military; police; ecclesiastical; and muncipal records. The holdings of this archive can be searched via SEZAM, the central database of archival holdings. The funds of the archives are particularly strong in nineteenth and twentieth cenury records. The site features several online exhibitions such as celebrations of the centennial press of Tomaszow; the 25th anniversary of the Solidarność; or the anniversay of 350 years of the university in Vilnius founded by Stephen Báthory. The subsite dedicated to the events and publications is rich and up to date.
The Web Site of the Archiwum Państwowe w Siedlcach (State archive in Siedlce) is in Polish with good English and French versions. It features information on the opening hours, collections, and location of the archive. The chronological range of the holdings spans 1651-1997. There is an online description of the collections, which consist of: administrative; judicial; police; fiscal; property; and institutional records. The strength of the collection really lies in the nineteenth century range. The birth, death, and marriage records are also useful for the genealogist or historian. Charters of the city are preserved, as well as records pertaining to eminent Polish families such as the Kuczyńskis, Czartoryskis, and Wierzejskis. Publications of the archives are well presented and the possibility of online purchase is offered to the interested. A good but basic site of use to those carrying out research on Siedlce and its environs.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Suwałkach (The state archive of Suwałki)" provides information in Polish on this branch of the Polish State Archives. The archives have a long tradition in this area, but were formally founded in 1921. During the twentieth century, its records were taken by the Russians and the Germans and at the end of the Second World War were to be found scattered in Belarus, Moscow, Lithuania, and St Petersburg. The archives also have a department in Ełk and contact details are also provided for this archive. The holdings date from the seventeenth century, which mainly consist of Radziwiłł and ecclesiastical privileges. The nineteenth century is far better represented. A selection of important documents (registers, privileges) is offered digitised on the site. The holdings of thie archives can be consulted on the national databases SEZAM, IZA and PRADZIAD. A good archive for those interested in the history of Poland's new eastern borderlands (Kresy) and their varied populations.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum państwowe w Bydgoszczy (State archive in Bydgoszcz)" is in Polish, with brief versions in English and German. The site provides the usual information about the archive's opening hours, location, and collections. The archive also has a branch in Inowrocław. The site features a listing of the main holdings which include: state and local government; judicial institutions; the military and the police; religious organisations; municipal and village records; and maps and plans. The municipal records date from the fourteenth century. The collections of the archives can be searched through the main database hosted on the web site of the central State Archives in Poland. This site provides a good resource for the researcher who is working on German (Bromberg) or Polish history.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Gdańsku (State archive in Gdańsk)" is in Polish with a less detailed but useful English version, and provides details of the opening hours, location, accessibility, and holdings of the archive. The collections of the archive reflect the history of Gdańsk, which was formerly the German city of Danzig and the Free City of Gdańsk. The site features the history, structure and preservation of the archive. Of use to the researchers is the information on the access to holdings. The records are divided into the following categories: state and local administration records between 18th and 20th century; records of the cities of Gdańsk and Elbląg, records of smaller Pomeranian towns; church, monastic, and public register records; judicial records; guild and merchants' records; and records of scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The archive also has a good collection of maps and private papers. The catalogues of the holdings can be searched via SEZAM, the database run by the State Archives of Poland with several town archives and significant cultural institutions of the country. The archive is part of the Baltic Connections project. An excellent site for those researchign Polish, German, or Pomeranian history.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Kielcach (State archive in Kielce)" provides information on the branch of the state archives in Kielce. There are details of the opening hours, accessibility of the archive, and the holdings. The site details the territorial range of the archive, the most interesting holdings, a history of the archive, and a list of links to websites of a similar nature. The earliest documentation dates from the fifteenth century, but the collections mainly date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They include documentation on the guilds, local councils, judicial records, and educational institutions. There is an online exhibition of the most precious treasures of the archive, from the early modern period, partitions, the inter-war period, the Second World War and the second half of the twentieth century.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Krakowie (State archive in Cracow)" is in Polish and English and provides information on the archive's opening hours, locations, and collections. The archive is divided into separate sections, located in various departments and the earliest documentation comes from the thirteenth century.The archive holds much of the early state documentation for Poland, from the period when Cracow was the Polish capital. There are details of the archive's conservation, educational, publishing, and training activities. Of use to researchers are the forms which can be downloaded for requests to the archives for reproduction and borrowing services. The online exhibitions on the archive's holdings, stamps, iconography, cartography and temporary exhibitions enrich this site. The holdings of all branches of the Krakow state archive can be search throught the SEZAM database, however the keywords and strings are available only in Polish.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Lesznie (State Archive in Leszno)" is a branch of the Polish State Archives. It was established in 1951 and contains administrative, political, financial, judicial, and educational records. There is a very useful list of the records held. The archive is digitalising the catalogues of holdings which can be found on the IZA database. The site features a history of the archive, a description of its holdings, its publications, and access details. An excellent photogallery features images of valuable documentation held by the archive. The site is of interest primarily to those who are carrying out research in or on Poland.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Lublinie (State archive in Lublin)" is in Polish with a very substantial English version. The site provides the usual information about the archive and its reproduction services, opening hours, and location. There is access to the SEZAM, PRADZIAD, IZA, ELA and GENEBA databases. The territorial range covered by the archive covers the lands between the Bug, San, and the Vistula. The archive has a wonderful collection of early modern records, as well as the founding charter of Lublin from 1317. The collections include: guild; judicial; financial; administrative; municipal; Jewish; and ecclesiastical records. The site is of interest to those researching the area of Lublin or those carrying out geneaological research.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum państwowe w Płocku (State archive of Płock)" is in Polish, with good English and Russian versions. The archive also has departments in Kutno and Łeczyca. The archive is one of the oldest in Poland, established as the Płock Castle Archive, and its interesting history is told in the site. The holdings focus mainly on the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries and are particularly strong for the period of the PRL or the Polish People's Republic. The usual information on opening hours, location and accesibility are provided, as well as an online enquiry form. This is a site of interest to those carrying out research on Płock, Mazovia or Poland in general.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Przemyślu (State archive in Przemyśl)" provides information about this branch of the Polish State Archive. The site has good versions in English, German and Ukrainian. There are the usual details on accessibility, collections, opening hours and reprographic services. The collection contains holdings dating from 1291. One of the most interesting and extensive collections is that of documentation from the Greek-Catholic Bishopric between the end of the thirteenth century and 1946. There are also rich collections on eminent aristocratic Polish families such as the Czartoryskis, Lubomirskis, Potockis, and Tarnowskis. There are also records of the Jewish community. Comprehensive listings are available online of the ecclesiastical, municipal, judicial, and legal records throught the SEZAM, ELA and PRADZIAD centralised databases. The site also features the tables of contents of the "Historical-Archival Yearly". This is an informative site for those carrying out research on Przemyśl and its environs.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Radomiu (State Archive in Radom)" is in Polish and English. The archive has been functioning since the early modern period, and found itself in the hands of the Austrians during the partitions. This is elaborated on in the brief history of the archive featured on the site. The archives are stronger in nineteenth and twentieth century holdings, but do have some municipal records from the early modern period. Of interest to genealogists and historians, are the registry records of Roman Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, and Protestant communities. For those interested in the post-war history of Poland, the Radom archives are extremely rich in holdings on the PZPR. The link to SEZAM is useful for searching the records, as well as the publications list. The Polish variant of the site has a guest book.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Rzeszowie (The State Archive in Rzeszów)" is in Polish It provides the usual information on opening hours, holdings, accessibility, and the location of the archives. It has a particularly strong collection of records on the Jewish community, which is assigned to a dedicated department (The Jewish History Research Centre) within the archive. The Rzeszów holdings date from 1406 and consist of administrative, fiscal, agricultural, judicial, industrial, political, union, and military records. It has a good collection of family records of the Lubomirskis, Jaworskis, Potockis, and Mycielskis. A good site of use to those carrying out genealogical or historical research in this area of Poland.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Zamościu (State archive in Zamość)" provides information on this department of the Polish State Archives. The site is in Polish, with a brief English description of the history of the archive and main collections. The Russian version was empty at the time of the review. The holdings and collections of the archive focus mainly on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with older records held at the Lublin State Archives. Information on the opening hours, accessibility, and location of the archive is to be found on the site, as well as a history of the archives, its organisation, and its publications. The collections contain mainly judicial, administrative, regional, fiscal, and industrial records. The site is of use to those carrying out research into this area of eastern Poland.
The Web Site "Archiwum polskiej akademii nauk w Poznaniu (Polish academy of sciences archive in Pozna?)" provides information about the archive, its resources, and publications. The site is in Polish and is easy to navigate. Contact, location, and accessibility details can all be found on the site. Information is divided into the following sections: history of the archive; calendar; press archive; conferences; exhibitions; publications; archival collections; bibliography; and links. The page on exhibitions features some images of items of note in the collections. The archives also have impressive holdings of printed and reference sources, especially on Wielkopolska (Greater Poland).
The Web Site "Archiwum UAM" provides information on the archives of Pozna? University, known as Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Pozna? or UAM. The archives are particularly rich in documentation pertaining to the university, as would be expected, but also in the period 1919-1945, crucial to Poland's and Wielkopolska's history. There is little information on the site, but the contact and address details are useful for researchers, as well as the rules for prospective researchers. Of most value, however, is the list of links to other Polish archives. The site is of use to those researching the history of Poland, the history of Germany, or the history of Pozna? (Posen)and the Wielkopolska area.
The 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.
The Web Site "Arhiv republike Slovenije (The archives of the republic of Slovenia)" provides information on the Slovene national archives, based in Ljubljana. The site is in Slovene, and English. The usual information about opening hours, accessibility, location, and collections are to be found on the site, as well as a brief history of the archive. Some of the holdings date from the ninth century, and consist of municipal, manorial, personal, ecclesiastical and judicial records. Collections can be searched on the online database. There is also a link to the section containing film archives. A travelling exhibition on "Slovene Towns Through History" is also posted on the site in PDF files. This is an excellent site for those carrying out research on Slovenia.
Arkhivy Rossii is an invaluable online guide to the location and content of all Russian archives, created by the Federal Archival Service of Russia. The site provides detailed information on: federal and regional archives; archives held in museums and libraries; searchable archive guides and indexes; thematic databases (some online); legislation and rules relating to Russian archives; declassification (with an annual bulletin of declassified documents); significant publications in the field, including the journals "Otechestvennye arkhivy", "Vestnik arkhivista", "Istoricheskii arkhiv" and "Informatsionnyi biulleten' Rosarkhiva", with many texts available online; archival projects; plus pages on current discussions, events and methodological approaches. It also links to the excellent Pobeda 1941- 1945 site, catalogued separately. A search function allows the user to do a keyword search of all or part of the site, or of over 70 Russian archive sites. This is an essential resource for historians and for anyone planning historical research in the fields of Russian politics and culture.
The Avalon Project aims to provide access to documents relating to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government over the World Wide Web. The Avalon Project website has a clear structure to it making it straightforward to search. It is possible to search by keyword or to search the site by category. The categories available for browsing include: by date (Pre-18th century, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century), authors, major document collections, subject, titles, bibliography of sources and common names of diplomatic documents. The source of each document is clearly stated. The project aims to include links internally within the documents, and also to other sources, in order to aid navigation and facilitate study. A huge range of documents are available from this site and they are easy to locate making it a valuable resource for primary sources. An example of the documents include 'Cape Spartel Lighthouse: May 31, 1865 (Convention Between the United States, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden on the One Part, and The Sultan of Morocco on the Other Part, Concerning the Administration and Upholding of the Light-House at Cape Spartel)'. This is the full text of a convention between the Sultanate of Morocco and ten other governments with maritime interests. The convention is an agreement to provide the facilities to assure the safety of navigation along the coasts of Morocco through the maintenance of the lighthouse at Cape Spartel. Although the lighthouse was built by the Sultan of Morocco, the maintenance and administration of the lighthouse is being passed to the other signatories on the basis that Morocco had no merchant or naval marine. The convention was to last for ten years initially, then be maintained on a yearly basis until one of the signatories, by declaration, bring it to a close. The document was signed at Tangier on 31st May 1865.
This website makes available BARGE, an online database of British archival resources relating to German-Jewish refugees (1933-1950). The database is the result of a three year, AHRB funded project which began in March 2004; it aims to facilitate research on the migration of German-speaking refugees to Britain between 1933 and 1950, whose papers are held in private and public collections in Britain. Before the creation of this database, there was no research tool that brought together this information. The database includes the names of over 2,000 individuals, along with the location of their papers and brief biographical details to aid identification of areas of research interest. Descriptions of over 1,300 individual collections are provided to enable researchers to assess potential use. Users can consult the database online (at the time of cataloguing a trial version was available with the full version promised in the coming month). There are various search categories, such as keyword, author, gender, and profession. This resource would be extremely useful for researchers of migration during Nazi occupation and the Second World War, in particular in relation to Jewish studies.
The Beaford Old Archive is a unique photographic archive of international importance, showing farming and rural life in a small area of North Devon. James Ravilious (1939-1999), son of the neo-romantic artist Eric Ravilious, made documentary photography with a Leica M3 camera in a ten square-mile patch of north Devon, and over 17 years made a unique archive of over 80,000 photographs (the 'New Archive'). He also saved 5,000 early photographs of North Devon (the 'Old Archive'). The Archive website has a short history of the archive. Users have to agree to terms and conditions before entering the serach interface. Images are good-quality although can be zoomed in. Non-vintage prints may be ordered at a reasonable price. The site is now archived.
The excellent website of the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture provides information on the academic research centre and its museum. The Centre houses one of the UK's largest collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera, collected by Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell. These depict the history of the cinema illustrating the development of 'optical recreation' and popular entertainment from the late 18th century to the present day. The centre also encompasses what it calls the "pre-history" of cinema, boasting a copy of Athanasius Kircher's "Ars Magna Lucis et Ombrae" of 1671, the first book to illustrate the magic lantern. There is a teaching and learning section, a searchable database of the collections, and further information about the onsite museum. An excellent section on further reading recommends the best publications on cinema and related themes. The website hosts virtual exhibitions and provides information about forthcoming events. The Teaching and Learning section includes information on degree courses, research opportunities and resources for schools for Key Stages 1 to 3. Worksheets are provided and the Centre can be used as a part of science projects, and 19th- and 20th-century history. The Centre's EVE online catalogue and virtual exhibition space received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is preserved at AHDS Performing Arts.
Bristol Record Office is one of three former bonded warehouses standing in Cumberland Basin at the entrance to Bristol's Floating Harbour, and was built during the boom in the tobacco import trade in the early years of this century. Among the public records contained in the city archives (which date from medieval times), are details of shipping registers and crew lists. Visitor information and contact details are provided.
The British Pathe website is described as the world's first digital news archive, and offers a database of the entire 3500 hours of the British Pathe Film Archive, comprising nearly half a million records relating to film footage from newsreels and cinemagazines produced between 1896 and 1970. The site also includes sample colour pictorials, available in RealAudio format. The material covers topics including: British news; sport; nature; entertainment; British culture; and social history. There is an online search function which produces annotated lists of available files. Those wishing to get a general idea of the scope of the archive may find the Lucky Dip function (which previews twenty items selected at random from the collection) useful. Users of the site can preview items for free, license high resolution copies, or purchase still images.
The British Postal Museum and Archive website provides access to the catalogue and some of the collections of the Royal Mail and the Post Office, dating back over four hundred years. It is an invaluable source for the history of postal communication in Britain, and for developments in social, transport and business history and in design and advertising, particularly in the last two centuries. Learning pages provide resources for small children through to adults, with specific information for teachers; there is a guide for family historians. A history section traces the development of the post from the Romans onwards, concentrating on the period from the Stuarts to the present day. Informative and attractive online exhibitions include How the Post Office went to War, Elizabeth, Queen and Icon, and Playing for the Cup. This user-friendly site was designed with accessibility in mind; it can be viewed in Welsh and a spoken version is available. Clearly laid out, the website includes FAQs, a glossary and a shop. The records in the archive were awarded designated status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, in recognition of their national importance.
This web page lists the three special collections held at Brunel University. The collections (much of which are searchable from the library’s online catalogue) include: the Murray Collection of 19th and 20th century children’s books; the extensive Transport History collection, focussed around railways from their beginnings to the 1980s; The Working Class Autobiographical, the extensive archive of material compiledby John Burnett, David Vincent and David Mayall to create the three volume bibliography ‘The Autobiography of the Working Class’ which set out to identify and record the existence of many previously barely known memoirs by working class people.
The "By popular demand: 'votes for women' suffrage pictures, 1850-1920" website, from the Library of Congress, provides access to thirty-eight pictures relating to the women's suffrage movement in the United States between 1850 and 1920. The online collection includes cartoons commenting on the movement, as well as photographs of prominent figures in the movement, and of parades and pickets. The site includes background information to the collection and a short bibliography. This site has been created as a partner site to the 'Votes for Women:' Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Collection, 1848-1920 website, also from the Library of Congress.
The Canadian Genealogy Centre Military Web pages are part of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). These pages link to both online resources (internal and external) and to information on LAC holdings of use for tracing ancestors who were active in the Canadian and other military forces. The links and advice for family historians are divided into topics that include: the French Regime; British forces; Loyalists; First World War; Canadian forces after 1918; military medals; war diaries; and war graves. LAC holds many varied resources for genealogists, such as: officer lists; letters; Canadian military personnel records; and medal registers. The information given in relation to these holdings includes: how to access the material; how to read the various types of document; and samples of each type of document. This is a good, comprehensive guide to the types of information available to family or military historians looking at Canada.
This section of the official website of Canterbury Cathedral provides information about their archives. Canterbury Cathedral Archives are the historic archive of the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. The earliest records date from 742. The records of the Archbishops of Canterbury are held at Lambeth Palace Library. The website provides practical information for the potential researcher. There are contact details, information on opening hours, facilities and location, as well as an online guide on planning a visit. The website has some basic information on their collections - there are outline of their holdings listed by subject and type.
The website of the Cheshire Record Office provides information on the archives and archival records of the County of Cheshire from the 12th century onwards. It is the essential holding for those researching the local history of Cheshire and Chester. The collection holds one of the most complete set of criminal records of any English county. Parish registers from the sixteenth century onwards, wills and probate records and census returns from 1841 to 1901 are all held, as well as poor law records, diocesan and nonconformist records, maps, deeds and electoral records. Catalogues are accesible online, and supplemented by the wills database, railway staff database, and records of Overleigh cemetery which covers 1850-1891. Online the tithe maps of Victorian Cheshire can be consulted. The office offers a postal and email service and there is information on the facilities at the archive, based in central Chester. Requests can be made for on-site archivists to carry out research for those who cannot visit the archive in person. There are helpful sections on those researching family history, and a newletter published twice a year can be downloaded using Acrobat Reader. Of particular use is the section on preserving and conserving personal records. There are links to the Conservation Unit at the Cheshire Record Office and to staff at the Grosvenor Museum, who hold a free object identification service once a week.
The website "Chester History and Heritage" provides information on the history of the City of Chester, its parishes, and its people; and is a subsite of the Cheshire West and Chester Council web page. One of the most beautiful of Britain's historic cities, Chester was home to one of the three Roman legions, was a once a bustling port, boasts a beautiful cathedral, and complete city walls. Located on the Welsh border, it also played a strategic part in many conflicts, including the Civil War. The website features sections on the Mystery Plays, the Cheshire Regiment, family history tips, and information on the various districts of Chester, such as Newton, Handbridge, and Blacon. Although there is information on the Chester archives, it is not extensive and there is more emphasis on local community history groups. Brief accounts of the curfew on the Welsh, the Sheriffs of Chester, and the Earls of Chester could have been extended. There are links to pages with a similar content or of use to those carrying out research on the local history of Chester.
CityArk is a searchable database of the Medway Council Archives. Aimed at researchers, genealogists, teachers and students, and the general public alike, the site offers piece-level descriptions in its database and additionally has online image and film databases of the archive's more popular materials. Along with an excellent document gallery, these are real highlights that set the site apart from other local archival homepages and visitors should not forego looking at these sections.
The oldest materials preserved by the institution date back to the year 604. Most holdings concentrate on the local history of the county of Kent and include parish registers online and council descisions (also virtually indexed). The site's creators stress that many local collections also have significance in much broader fields. The Best and Chatham family papers, for example, hold estate and business records related to the war of Jenkins’ Ear in the West Indies and South America, 1739-1743; the Crimean War, 1852-1854; and the Indian Mutiny, 1856-1857. The Rochester Cathedral archives refer to aid given to victims of the Barbary Pirates and to destitute soldiers returning from the Marlburian Wars (The War of the Spanish Succession), 1702-1713. Also of note are: the Naval collections, focusing on the connection of Chatham with the Royal Navy and HM Dockyard; information on the River Thames Pilots' Association; records of organisations such as the Medway Navigation Company and the Medway Docks Labour Board. The site posts visitors' information and directions.
The website "College of Arms" introduces this institution which is the official repository of the coats of arms and pedigrees of English, Welsh, Northern Irish and Commonwealth families and their descendants and whose valuable archive also holds official copies of the records of Ulster King of Arms, the originals of which remain in Dublin. This website provides a concise but fascinating outline of the history and significance of heralds and their role in mediaeval royal ceremony as well as a practical guide to the complex historical and legal and workings of the heraldic system which is still very much an on-going and contemporary part of the work of the royal household, as demonstrated by a section on the recent grant of arms to Prince Henry of Wales in 2002. The website discusses the insignia of naval, military and R.A.F forces and describes the architecture of the College. There is also a series of FAQs and a page of useful links to genealogical and historical institutions. While the practical information on the services of the College of Arms will interest amateur and academic alike, this is also a useful research tool for historians, archaeologists of the mediaeval period and all those studying family histories and the evolution of aristocratic images and symbols. The publications of the college and of its officers are presented on the site. The latest of the, "Armorial of Haiti" has a section on the site; those interested can find information on how to purchase the book. The newsletter of the College of Arms is published on the site in PDF and HTML format with the archive going back to 2004; a subscription form is available.
This is the homepage of the Cork City and Council Archives. One of the first local archive services established in Ireland, this institution is based on the original Cork Archives Council, which was established in 1971. Among the archive's earliest original documents is a Charter for the Corporation of Youghal from 1609. But the bulk of documents here date from the 19th and 20th centuries, with some pre-1800 materials. Most prominent among these are records of: the Cork County Grand Jury 1834-1898; the City Council (Cork Corporation) (1710) 1867-1974; Cork County Council 1899-1974; Cork Poor Law Unions (boards of Guardians); rural district councils; urban district councils; and town councils. The archive also preserves business records such as those of the B and I Line as well as the Cork Steam Ship Company. There are also personal papers; solicitors' and landed estates' papers; and records of trade unions, private clubs and societies. Researchers will additionally find a number of downloadable guides with substantial historical data on them. The site provides a brief list of the archive's publications. Visitor information and contact details are provided.
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.
Part of the Devon County Council website, this site provides information about the archive collections located at the Devon Record Office, which houses all types of historical records relating to the County of Devon, the city of Exeter, and east, mid and south Devon, including Torbay. These include microfilm records of shipping registers. The site also contains contact details and visitor information, as well as links to related sites and to the North Devon Record Office.
The Web Site of the "Diecezja Drohiczyńska" is in Polish and contains information about the Drohiczyn diocese's archive and museum. It is quite a rich archive with holdings mainly pertaining to the ecclesiastical records, but with a substantial section on the Jewish community. A brief history of the archive reveals its relatively new history. The site provides a listing of the holdings which include: parish records; monastery records; episcopal and diocesan records; memoires; plans and maps; early manuscripts and printed sources; and a collection of photographs, microfilms, and videos. The catalogues of the holdings can be downloaded in MS Word .DOC files. The site is of great use to those researching the history of different confessions, ethnicities, and Jewish communities in Poland and the areas now within Belarus and Ukraine.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project examining the transformation of personal archives from physical objects (such as journals, photographs, letters) to digital media and the implications this has on libraries, research repositories and scholarship. The project team consists of people from the British Library (the lead partner), University College London and University of Bristol. The project runs from September 2007 until March 2009, with dissemination continuing until June 2009, and is led by Dr Jeremy Leighton John of the British Library. The website has full details of this wide-ranging project, the research team and partners. Details of publications by team members are available as a PDF document, and the project aims to place full-text papers on the website at a future date. The team has a weblog, going back to the start of the project. Information is also provided about the Digital Lives conference, which was held on 10th February 2009.
This website provides information on the Dittrick Medical History Center (Cleveland, Ohio) and its collections of 60,000 rare books, 60,000 museum artifacts, 10,000 images, and archive listings. Originally part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894), the Dittrick is now an interdisciplinary centre within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. It is an international resource for the study of the history of medical technology, and provides research material for the study of speciality areas and local and international medical institutions. The site has six main sections: the Dittrick Museum of Medical History which consists mainly of a collection of instruments gathered from Cleveland physicians dating from 19th and 20th centuries; the rare medical book collection dating from late 14th century to 20th century; a section featuring 4 small online exhibits (Cleveland's smallpox epidemic of 1902; Images of dissection; a tour of Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland; and Asklepios Murals at the Allen Memorial Library); sample lists and overviews of the centre's archives; the image collection; and a What's New? section. Each section provides a very small sample of the collections housed at the center through the use of online images accompanied by brief background essays. There are also pages listing the Centre's publications, events and links to medical museums, archives and libraries both in the USA and worldwide. This site is regularly updated and includes news of forthcoming events and publications.
The Vickers Photographic Archive is part of the Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness, and provides insight into the workings of Vickers Shipyard, a British shipbuilding and engineering facility. The archive is searchable through the browse categories of: shipbuilding, armaments, engineering, and the shipyard. Images contain such information as a shipname, class, and image date. The website will prove a good starting point for students of local economic history and the history of technology. That said, the website does not provide any explanations or contextual information beyond the most basic archival information. There are also links to FAQs and a facility for ordering copies of the images. The website has its own search engine.
An enormous amount of detailed information is provided about Domesday Book on this website from The National Archives, which should be the starting point for anyone wanting to find out more about this unique eleventh century document. The website is attractively illustrated, with an extensive glossary of terms and is suitable for users at all levels. It is largely free to use, although via a link to Documents Online users can search for people, places and specific folios in Domesday Book and pay to download colour images of the text or a translation. The Discover Domesday section provides detailed information about the creation of this document, how the entries can be interpreted and the insight it gives into eleventh century England. It examines the legacy of Domesday Book and considers the various editions that have been published. The World of Domesday pages set the document in the context of eleventh century society, providing information about economic, political and religious life. For schools, the Focus on Domesday section explains the story behind the document and how it was made; it includes a 'snapshot lesson' with tasks for pupils, video clips and teachers' notes. There is a quiz, game and a link to an online bookstore. Councils and tourist information centres can download a Domesday logo. The size of this website can be overwhelming and an improved layout and editing of duplicated information would be welcome.
This is the homepage of the Dundee City Archives, hosted by the Dundee City Council Web site. This page provides information about collections which preserve the history of the city, including shipping registers for 1580-1713; records from the Dundee Port Authority; papers from the Dundee Perth and London Shipping Company, the Gourlay Brothers (shipbuilders), and Robb Caledon Shipbuilders (Dundee Division); and files from the Montrose and Arbroath Fishery Offices, 1819-1966. This last collection contains fishing boat and vessel registration. Also posted are the town council's founding charter and meeting minutes, as well as a wide range of other official records from the 16th century onward. Among the latter are photographs of slum dwellings from the 1920s, of which twelve are posted online. Subpages additionally describe church, customs and sheriff court records; family and private papers; maps and ordinance survey plans; and useful links. The site also provides contact details, opening hours and other visitor information for scholars, students, local historians and genealogists. Navigation is somewhat overshadowed by the town council's pages; it is easy to lose track of the archival pages and end up in the host site.
One of a series of research guides available on the National Archives website, this page contains information on locating the papers of British Embassy and Consular archives for the 19th and 20th centuries. Such collections comprise the papers produced by the staff of British permanent embassies and consulates situated abroad. The site explains that historians should consult central and local records in order to have access to both sides of colonial correspondence. These documents relate to consular duties such as the collection of port dues and maritime administration. Other papers deal with: reports from military staff and other personnel attached to embassies; shipping regulations; legal records; vital statistics of Britons living abroad; consular courts; and records concerning life in expatriate British communities. By way of example, specific reference is made here to records relating to the British embassy in Constantinople (Istanbul). Sources can be pre-requested online prior to research visits to the Archives. This collection should be of interest to historians and genealogists.
The website "English Heritage Public Archive" is the National Monuments Record (NMR) of English Heritage, and aims to preserve archives and data and to help in the understanding and enjoyment of the historic environment through their archives and information sources. The NMR holds around 10 million items covering archaeology, marine archaeology, buildings and aerial photographs of England. Amongst the collections available are nineteenth and twentieth century photographs, a complete register of listed buildings, data on archaeological sites, building surveys and a specialised reference library. The website makes it possible to browse many of the photographs online, and also provides the facility to search a variety of databases and catalogues online. In addition to this on the site users can make online enquiries about the contents of the NMR, access educational services, specialist services and find information on news and events.
ViewFinder is an online image archive published by the National Monuments Record, the public archive of English Heritage, in collaboration with Oxfordshire County Council and the Science Museum. It is comprised of various digitised photographic collections, including: The Henry W. Taunt Collection; England at Work; Rupert Potter (father of Beatrix); and York and Son. These collections cover varying aspects of everyday life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including: architecture; landscape; customs; local history; coal mining; agriculture; railways; textiles; and transport. The collections can be searched by: keyword; collection; and photographer, among other methods, and are accompanied by contextual captions. Also available are specially created photo essays, which introduce specific topics and photographers. This site would be of use to social and cultural historians, as well as those interested in photographic history.
This is the website for the English Monastic Archives (EMA) Project, which is working to reconstruct the archives of English monasteries and to research the origins of record-keeping in England. The ongoing project presents the results as three online searchable database, covering 'Religious Houses', 'Properties' and 'Archives'. The project is based in the History Department of University College London and is directed by Professor David d'Avray. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Research Grants scheme.
The Essex Record Office site describes archival holdings on the local history of the county of Essex, including: current administrative county records; files of Poor Law Unions; and records of local churches, magistrate courts, local authorities, societies, organisations and businesses. The Record Office also possesses Church of England diocesan registers of baptisms, marriages and burials for Chelmsford, which covers the whole of the ancient county of Essex from West Ham to the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire borders.
The site offers guest access to SEAX (Essex Archives Online), which allows name and keyword searching of all the Essex Record Office catalogues, including directories of shipbuilders for Colchester and Maldon for 1995 and 1996; a card index to the Maldon shipping register for 1975 to 1985; and sound archive records such as tapes of the Stena Sealink Centenary in 1993. The site also contains a substantial section on family history, such as wills and census returns, a section on 'House History', and a page relating to the Essex Sound and Video Archive. The latter is a collection of sound and video recordings related to local history, with several sample extracts in Quicktime or Real Audio format. There are links to other services, including the library, conservation, document copying services and an online bookshop stocking available local publications. Visitor information is provided, as are details on upcoming community events run by the archive.
The First World War : Sources for History is an online exhibition based on resources held by The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum. The historical content here is beautifully presented, but does not go into great depth, offering a broad narrative background to World War One rather than detailed investigations. The exhibition is divided into five main parts: the First World War, 1914-18; Britain and the War; the military conflict; Service records for the World War I; and Aftermath.The exhibition is punctuated by photographs, scanned documents and maps. There are also some multimedia presentations available to those with the relevant plug-ins. More information is provided in four other sections, with focus pieces on the following themes: document packs; spotlights on history; battles; and people. This site is intended as a learning resource, introducing the study of history and historical records and acting as a guide to relevant resources held by The National Archives for various types of historical research. The site is aimed particularly at: undergraduate historians; adults taking evening classes; and family historians. The site benefits from additional resources such as: a historical glossary; a timeline; maps; archival source lists within The National Archives; and bibliographical suggestions for further reading of relevant secondary source monographs.
The 'Five College Archives Digital Access Project' website provides access to a selection of material held at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It encompasses fifty-four online collections amounting to over thirty-eight thousand items. The material included on the site relates to 19th and early 20th century women, in particular the education of women. The type of material on the site includes letters, photographs, articles, diaries and official college publications. Details of the archives which have been included from each of the colleges can be found on the site. It is possible to search the collection. The search engine will, in the majority of cases, search the text of the description of documents as most of the documents have been put on the site as images. The collections of the colleges can be searched individually or together. The site also maintains a set of links relating to the digitization of archival collections. The site is now archived.
The FAA Archive is a portal of naval aviation history of the Royal Navy and the Commonwealth of the period of the Second World War, 1939-1945. A list of topics is provided, including Squadrons, Aircraft, Ships, Men, Associations, Museums. Other information includes aircraft carriers, ships, ship yards, and photographs and naval art and related subjects; details of Naval Air Squadrons; Naval Aviation Trusts and Associations; Museums; Research, with links to libraries, archives, research databases and films; Gallery of radio, TV, film, photograph and newspaper resources; Fleet Air Arm and Commonwealth Naval Aviation today; links and bibliographies to World Naval Aviation sites.
The Web Site of the "Fundacji Archiwum i Muzeum Pomorskie Armii Krajowej oraz Wojskowej Służby Polek w Toruniu (The Foundation of the Pomeranian Archive and Museum of the Home Army and Polish Women's Military Service in Toruń)" is in Polish with a more limited English version. It was founded by Professor El់ieta Zawacka, who had an extremely distinguished career during the Second World War as a military instructor of women, fought in the defence of Lwów, and in the Polish underground. As the courier 'Zo' she was famous throughout Europe for her journeys and bravery and was later arrested by the Communist Security Forces in 1951. The Web Site contains information on the archives and holdings pertaining to the role of Polish women in World War Two. It also features accounts by women of their experiences, and details of academic meetings and conferences. This is an excellent site for those interested in women's history, military history, the Second World War, or Polish Studies.
This website is published by Andrew Bamji, the curator of the Gillies archive of plastic surgery at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup. The website provides details of the Gillies archive, which is one of the most complete archives of medical records from the First World War. The archive holds over 2,500 case files on facial plastic surgery performed between 1917 and 1925 on injured servicemen. Although the website is of quite a clunky design it houses some excellent resources, including digital images of the complete Macalister watercolours archive, which show a range of injuries treated at the hospital. The images are graphic, and are somewhat disturbing. Another image gallery of postcards of Queen Mary's Hospital is also on the site, as well as an extremely useful bibliography of surgery and medicine during the Great War.
The website "Glamorgan Record Office" introduces this archiving institution which collects and preserves documents relating to the history of the county, the Diocese of Llandaff, and the Archdiocese of Cardiff. The Record Office is situated in Cardiff, South Wales. Directions and opening hours are provided for visitors. The website makes public the record office's policy documents and summarises new accessions. It also provides several leaflets intended to help new researchers in particular fields. These may be viewed with Adobe Acrobat. There are pages on courses, job vacancies, and links to other sites. A special online project, 'Cardiff: the building of a Capital', features a database of building plans that trace the development of the city from a town of 10,000 inhabitants in 1841 to a population of 250,000 a little over a century later. The database may be searched by various fields and returns results giving a brief description of the works done, the address, the architect, developer, dates, and other pertinent information.
This site catalogues the archives held by the Gloucestershire Record Office, including: all Anglican parish, school, Quarter Sessions and Petty Sessions records; records privately deposited or donated between 1963 and 2005; Gloucestershire newspapers (for which there is a downloadable guide); the Granville Sharp papers, which address the abolition of the slave trade; the Ivor Gurney collection, concerning the First World War poet and composer; the papers of Sir George Onesiphorous Paul, who played a leading role in late 18th century prison reform; the John Bellows archive, which preserve papers related to the international Quaker community in the 19th and early 20th centuries; the Estcourt archive, containing eye-witness accounts of the Crimean War; the Hicks-Beach papers, featuring diplomatic, economic and political history in the Victorian period; the Gloucester Diocesan archive, which traces the impact of the English Reformation; the Smyth of Nibley archive, concerning 17th and 18th century English life; the Cyril Hart collection, revealing industrial heritage and traditions of the Forest of Dean; and the Stroudwater Canal archive, with the records of the oldest surviving canal company in the world. Other holdings include records of W. Sisson and Company of Gloucester (marine engineers); registers of ships for the Port of Gloucester from 1824 to 1855; Ivor Gurney, First World War poet and composer; and Bye-Laws concerning Lydney Harbour. The site has a 'featured collection' subpage, in which it highlights a particular archival collection; at the time of review, the featured collection page discussed the records of the company Erinoid Limited of Rodborough, which made casein plastic at Lightpill Mill near Stroud from 1914 until the 1980s. Also of note is a 'what's on' subpage, which describes the archive's latest exhibition. At the time of review, the archive presented a travelling exhibition concerning the British involvement in the slave trade.
The site additionally boasts online catalogues for council archives and library, as well as a genealogical database. special subpages offer help in researching family history and black and Asian history. Further instructions are posted on how to search the catalogues and the database. Contact details and visitor information are provided, along with lists of the archive's publications. Site navigation can be somewhat distracting, as it is easy to get sidetracked into the larger council site. In general, however, researchers should find this to be a most informative and helpful online resource.
The "Hackney Archives" website is a wonderful example of how local archival material can be placed online for maximum access. Whilst those seeking specific information about the London Borough of Hackney (including the parishes of Stoke Newington, Hackney, and Shoreditch) must obviously visit the archive, the full guide to the archival holdings can be consulted on the site in the section dedicated to the collections. An impressive range of historic images can be accessed from this site on the same server of the Hackney Council. Current exhibitions have good overviews on the site. Useful information and practicalities for the researchers are available on line in PDF or DOC files. Request forms can be filled out via the site. Multimedia presentations of Tudor Hackney can be seen on the website of the National Archives, which has a direct link from the Hackney Archives' homepage. Other links include museums and associations in Hackney and pages of other archives and libraries in London. This is an extremely good resource for those interested in local history, history of London, or social and cultural history in general.
This is the website for the Hall-Carpenter Archives, which is part of the London School of Economics Library website that provides a guide to its archive holdings. Founded in 1982, the Hall-Carpenter Archives are the largest source for the study of gay activism in the late twentieth century, from the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1958 onwards. The archives are comprised of four main collections, the periodicals collection, the archive of gay organisations and activists, the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive, and the oral history collection. The archives are split across three sites, the London School of Economics Library, Middlesex University Library, and the National Sound Archive.
Part of the Highland Council website, this site provides details of the Highland counties' archives. In addition it is responsible for the records of 13 burghs within the Highlands. Archives come from various sources, such as local authority archives; school and education records; poor relief records; valuation rolls; estate and family archives; business and solicitors' records; records of societies and associations; maps and plans, including ordnance survey sheets, c.1899 to1905; sasine registers; will registers; harbour and turnpike trusts; shipping registers; and a tartan archive. A downloadable guide to holdings provides more detailed information.
In addition, the Dornoch Library in Sutherland posts information on its Dornoch Digital Archive here, including records of Dornoch Town Council minutes dating from 1729 to 1975, and the Dornoch Jail Register from 1813 to 1840. The Dornoch Library holds microfilm copies of census returns; old parish registers; and old maps.
Researchers and genealogists will find the Archive's Genealogy Service of use, which is described on a separate subsite. The genealogy section possesses old parish registers from the counties of Caithness; Sutherland; Ross and Cromarty; Inverness; Nairn; and Argyll. Census records are held for these counties as well as Orkney and Shetland. Information for visitors is provided. Navigation within the larger council Web site is somewhat distracting.
The Historical Archives of the European Union website describes the holdings of this section of the European University Institute, Florence. The archives are an excellent resource for all those carrying out research into the history of the European Union over the last thirty years. It is particularly rich in documentation on the European Community Institutions for Coal and Steel, the Common Market, and Euratom. The documents of the European Court of Justice will also be transferred to this repository. In addition the archives seek to collect the papers of politicians, officials, and movements which have been significant in the construction of the European Union. Fonds can be searched by name, date, old record codes, and keywords. There is also access to an interesting collection of oral history documentation, and a good links page.
This website, a part of the Kingston upon Hull City Council website, provides information about the city's archive collection, which details every aspect of life within the City of Hull. These include the records of fishing businesses, and also Central Government records containing Hull Shipping Registers and crew lists of trawlers. These archives can be viewed by members of the public provided they adhere to certain conditions specified in the website.
The website 'I Remain: A Digital Archive of Letters, Manuscripts, and Ephemera' is a collection of correspondence and writings from over 400 noted individuals and members of the public dating from the fifteenth century to the present. The oldest document is a deed of release from 1484. Each letter or manuscript is available as a good quality digital image and the site is searchable by Author, Keyword, Date or Type of source. Users also have the option to browse the site by categories including Arts, Daily Life, Honour, Language, Science, Travel, War and Politics, and communication styles throughout the centuries. Although the site does include letters and manuscripts authored by members of the public, there are also examples from Presidents, noted writers, actors and other famous names. The site is hosted by Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and the resources on the site are used for teaching purposes by the university.
The Irish Architectural Archive is a charitable company established to collect and preserve, and make available for consultation, the records of Ireland's architectural heritage. The collections housed by the archive comprise the largest body of historic architectural records in Ireland. They include: over 250,000 historic Irish architectural drawings from the late seventeenth to the late twentieth centuries; over 400,000 photographs; and a reference library, with in excess of 15,000 items of printed matter relating to architecture. The website includes collection level descriptions as well as some sample drawings, photographs and manuscripts. It is also possible to interrogate a biographical index of Irish architects from 1720 to 1940, (the letters A to J have currently been made available).
The website of the Irish Society for Archives (ISA) introduces this association, which was founded in 1970 "to promote the place of archives in Irish society". The website offers an online newsletter, a page dedicated to the ISA's journal (articles not online), and membership and contact details. Its links page is indispensable as a hub for archives in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. The website is maintained by the Archives Department of University College Dublin. The links page is divided into four sections, one each for: Statutory and Professional Bodies; Irish Archives Services; Northern Ireland; and Museums. The second section, on Irish Archives Services, is further divided into four sub-sections: Universities; Manuscript Libraries; Public Records/Local Studies; and Specialist Repositories.
The website of the "Jersey Heritage Trust" describes the work of the organisation responsible for the island's major historic sites, award-winning museums and public archives. The Channel Island has a rich history, culture and heritage, positioned as it is close to the French coast, and its own distinct form of language and culture. The Heritage Trust holds collections of artefacts, works of art, documents, specimens and information relating to Jersey's history, culture and environment. These collections define the island, hold the evidence for its historical development and act as the community's memory. The website provides details for the tourist as well as the Historian. There are details on Jersey's museums, archives and historical sites, such as Mont Orgueil. There are searchable databases on art, archives and museums (Mont Orgueil Castle, Elizabeth Castle, Maritime Museum). Multimedia offers are also on the site, such as the 360 virtual tour of the neolithic La Houghe Bie. The site also informs about the "Flash Days" programme for children.
These web pages outline the special collections held at Lancaster University Library. Of particular note are the collections of rare (mainly theology) books and pamphlets, many from Parish libraries in Lancashire. Elsewhere the collection’s local importance is indicated with material relating to Royal Lancastrian ceramics, detailed archives of material relating to specific areas within the county, and to the 2001 Foot and Mouth epidemic in Cumbria. Of particular significance is the Jack Hylton Archive, which contains material relating to the bandleader, impresario and influential Advisor to Light Entertainment at ITV.
LeMo Archiv, the living virtual museum online, is an outstanding online archive and teaching resource produced by the German Historical Museum in Berlin. It has a number of online teaching aids and other tools aimed at helping students. Local German schools affiliated with the LeMo Archive through museum outreach are linked via the teaching aids site. Teachers and students of German will find the site most informative and enjoyable: there are good illustrated historical essays covering different periods of German history during the 20th century. The essays also link to many supporting contemporary audio and text documents. Researchers in German History and German Studies will also benefit, as the site posts memoirs and letters from individuals from the First World War onwards under the heading 'Kollektive Gedächtnis' (Collective Memory). The most helpful section, however, falls obscurely under the site's 'Suche' (Search) subsite, which opens surprisingly onto a large collection of online primary sources and historical aids, including: important audio recordings; illustrated biographies of noted figures; timelines; laws, news items and speeches; a visual online archive of posters, icons, flyers and maps; statistics; and videos. Parts of the site are available in either 3D (VRML) or 2D (HTML) formats; technical advice for the necessary plug ins is provided. The site has a Web cam with views of the LeMo office space and surroundings in Berlin; it also features an archived online forum with commentary from site visitors going back to 1998 -- whether good, bad or indifferent.
This is the website for Library and Archives Canada, the institution replacing the National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada. This immense website is useful to students, teachers and researchers of all levels, and it aims to provide an easy route to resources relating to the development and history of Canada. Although primarily a library catalogue, the site allows users access to a number of digital resources, such as the Canadian Poetry Archive, the National Library's Electronic Collection and the Virtual Gramophone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings. The site provides access to various permanent and temporary exhibitions, including an informative showcase of Canada's rich and varied private press movement, and an animated exhibition for children about Canadian superheroes. Also featured are a wide range of online resources for historians, such as digitised archival collections, virtual exhibitions featuring excellent primary sources, and research aids for the physical archival and library holdings. The physical holdings include: over 70,000 hours of film; over 270,000 hours of audio and video; over 2.5 million architectural drawings, plans and maps; over 343,000 works of art; and over 21 million photographic images, dating from 1850 onwards. Users can search the archival holdings with ArchiviaNet, and the library holdings with AMICUS, online search tools developed by the Library and Archives Canada.
The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) website provides a variety of information about the facilities that they have to offer. There is some general information about the London Metropolitan Archives and a section with the latest news. Details are given on the location, opening hours, enquiry service and reprographics service. Information is provided on how to make the most of a visit to the archive and also of their family research service. Information leaflets on sources available from the London Metropolitan Archives can be downloaded (in PDF) from the site. These include leaflets on family history, history of nursing, patient records in London hospital and Middlesex Deeds Registry. An online catalogue has been made available recently, together with Civil Registration indexes. The LMA have also begun to contribute records to the AIM 25, a database of collections in London and M25 area archives.
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.
This website provides information about the work of Manchester City Archives and Local Studies Library. Basic information for anyone wishing to use the archives is available form the site. There are details of opening hours, contact details and on how the archives can be accessed. Brief guides to the collections are available. A detailed guide to the business archive has been created as has a guide to family history. Manchester Local Studies Library has a collection of over 100,000 local photographs. A selection of 200 of these images are available from the website. A list of relevant links is also provided on the site.
The website "Mass Observation: Recording everyday life in Britain" is the homepage of the Mass Observation Archive, a charitable trust, has been housed at the University of Sussex since 1970. The archive holds the results of the original Mass-Observation social research organisation covering the late 1930s to the early 1950s. The archive has also, since the 1980s, been collecting writings about everyday life in Britain. The website of the Mass-Observation Archive provides background information on the archive and details of the holdings and finding aids (designed for people who are already familiar with the archive holdings). The collections are briefly overviewed on the site under "Searching the collections". The archive of the original project of 1937-1950 can be accessed according to document types: file reports series; diaries; day surveys; Directive replies; Topic collections; and Worktown collection (Bolton and Blackpool). The recent archives are indexed alphabetically. Each section of the collections can be searched on the site. Some of the archive is available online for purchase, through a specialist company. Other features of the website include visitor information, details of how to contribute to the project and an A-Z index of the site.
The Mauretania website has been created by Tyne and Wear Archives Service with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to provide free access to photos, information and educational resources about the most famous ship built on Tyneside. This is a well laid out and interesting website, which will be of interest to historians, researchers, local people and anyone interested in great liners, ship building and technology such as dazzle paint for camouflage. The Education pages provide guides for teachers and parents for keystage 2/3. The Gallery pages provide photos, maps and magic lantern slides from the design of the Mauretania to her final voyage; there are excellent images of the shipyard workers. On the Community pages there are personal recollections and images of artefacts associated with the ship. The Story pages provide a detailed history of the Mauretania. There is also a Glossary and Games. The RMS Mauretania made her maiden voyage to New York in 1907; she held the Blue Riband for the return journey from that year until 1929. She served as a troop and hospital ship in the First World War and returned to being a cruise liner until she was broken up in 1935.
On the website 'Merchants from the Southern Netherlands and the Rise of the Amsterdam Staplemarket 1578-1630' Oscar Gelderblom's dissertation project is presented and research databases have been made searchable. The author's prosopographical research resulted in a database of 850 merchants who worked in Amsterdam's wholesale trade between 1578 and 1630. This table includes their names, professions, origins, ages and patterns of migration. The second database contains the prosopography of about 150 future immigrants around 1585 when they were still living and working in Antwerp. These and other databases can be searched by family name; first name; patronymic; occupation; year of birth or death; and entry as Amsterdam burgher (citizen). Other databases include church, secular and tax registers; VOC shareholders; WIC shareholders; and notarial protocols. A description of sources and a summary of the published PhD thesis complete this website on Dutch merchant history.
The Web Site "Miasta w dokumencie archiwalnym" is in Polish and describes the history of selected Polish towns, on the basis of archival documents. The site has been produced in cooperation with the Main Archive of Old Records (AGAD). It is an extremely useful site, based on the work of eminent historians such as Henryk Samsonowicz, Maria Bogucka, and Antoni Mączak. The site features a short history of Polish towns, their founding charters and laws, and a helpful glossary. Over twenty Polish towns are part of the the collection, which includes: Skawina; Warta; Wiśnicz; and Bolimów. The best feature of the site is the reproduction of original records, such as guild documents, town charters, the election of municipal officials, the accompanying transcriptions and commentary, and the full reference of the archival source of each document. An excellent resource for those researching the social or municipal history of the Polish lands.
This website, from the Mississippi Digital Library Collection, provides free online access to a number of sources from various Mississippi archives relating to the history of the state and surrounding area. It aims to 'provide access to primary source materials covering a wide range of subject areas from Mississippi museums, archives, libraries, and historical societies'. Users can either browse the collections available online (browsing can be done by institution, by format (e.g. documents, image, maps, oral history and so on), or by time period. It is also possible to conduct keyword search - the options available with this feature are quite advanced, which will allow users to narrow focus quite dramatically if necessary. This website is an easy to use, simply designed and well made resource and will be of significant value to those interested in Mississippi in particular or the United States in general.
'Mount Everest 1924: the John Noel photographic collection' is a website that documents the collection of the work of Capt. John Baptist Lucius Noel (1890-1989), a British mountaineer, filmmaker and photographer. Noel created the film of the 1924 Mount Everest expedition 'Epic of Everest’, now held for viewing at the British Film Institute in London. This website, created by Noel's relatives, contains extensive biographical information on Noel. There are details and small images of the archive material that is available for purchase, and this archive is also said to contain a circa-1922 "record of the people of Tibet, their customs, clothes, monasteries". There is also a short biography of Francis Helps R.B.A., N.P.S., the artist who accompanied the 1924 Mount Everest expedition.
The website of The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading belongs to this museum, which fulfils several different functions: it is a university department; a centre for research and information; it acts as a national resource centre; and also functions as a museum. The centre aims to cater for a variety of users and provides resources geared towards schools, the general public, undergraduates and researchers. The museum has developed an online database of relevant resources. This database includes details of their library holdings, photograph collection, object collection, archives and their bibliography of British and Irish rural history. Online exhibitions are presented. It is possible to search the catalogue by title and name search, keyword search, subject search and classmark search. Searches can be restricted to certain parts of the collection and to specific date ranges. Online help in using the catalogue is available. The database provides access to host of information. The website provides details on various parts of the Centre: there is information on the library and its collections; details are provided about the photographic service (for which a charge is made); details of their archives are given and there is information on visiting the museum. A list of relevant links is also provided. The museum also receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The DocumentsOnline website provides access to almost a million digitised public records held at The National Archives, which are pertinent to both academic and genealogical research. The index can be searched for free, and digital images of records can be downloaded for a small fee. The complete index can be searched, or separate sections can be browsed for a more specific content search. The browse categories are broken into two main sections, Family History, where users can search through wills, and Other Records, which contains a wide range of primary source material. The material in Other Records falls into six categories, including: New Releases, containing the New Year's Openings, which are the most recently released government documents; Society and Law, containing legal records like title deeds as well as documents relating to crime, disasters and immigration (including convict transportation lists); and Military and Defence, which holds resources on espionage, propaganda and defence policy. The remaining categories are Home and Foreign Affairs, which holds records on domestic and foreign political policy; Art, Recreation and Travel, containing material related to the arts, including documents relating to Oscar Wilde and Charlie Chaplin; and Science and Environment, which contains records on scientific research.
This is one of several leaflets located on The National Archives website. It provides information about records kept at THA relating to ratings joining the Royal Navy in this period. Areas covered by the leaflet are: Records of Seamens' Services 1873-1923; an explanation of Y service numbers, which were given to those who enrolled under the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve; details about the different service number systems issued in the periods 1894-1907 and 1908-1923; ratings entering the Royal Naval Air Service; and information about the Short Service system. Addresses are provided for the locations of service records from 1928 onwards. There are links to other leaflets on The National Archives' website about Royal Navy Operational Records.
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of America. The NPRC is a central repository of records on personnel from the military and civil services. The Web site refers to collections of personnel records of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged, retired and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. A sub-page additionally describes a 1973 fire which destroyed 16 to 18 million files. Extensive resources and many articles are available here for genealogists. Researchers will particularly note records such as those of the Philippine Army, including casualty records; prisoner of war records; death certificates from POW camps; guerrilla troop rosters; and guerrilla archives. Site essays describe different collections at length. There is also an excellent searchable catalogue of microfilmed military service records.
Information on public access to the Center's holdings is posted, as is a list of FAQ and related links. Instructions for ordering documents online, copies of which can be purchased or rented by individuals, are provided; the site is unusually well organised in terms of offering online support and online search engines.
The website 'National Archives of Scotland' (NAS) introduces these archives as the repository for all the public and legal records of Scotland which are to be preserved. Local and private records are also held. The NAS site provides information on its work details of the archives held. The site also provides details of exhibitions; information on the conservation of archives; and details of educational resources. The guide to research in the archives provides information on: adoption; buildings; crafts and trade; crime and criminals; deeds; education; estate records; lighthouses; the poor; and wills and testaments. Catalogues of the collections held at NAS can be searched online, while individual guides are available exclusively in the reading rooms. The site also provides extensive information about record keeping: conservation; guidance for depositors; guidance for private record owners; legislation and policies; and records management. The NAS also runs a tutorial website for those interested in Scottish palaeography;
The Podcasts webpage from The National Archives provides free access to a range of podcasts based on talks and lectures given there on historical and archival issues. Some of the podcasts are given by prominent historians, including Professors David Carpenter, Barry Coward and Richard Holmes, whilst others are given by staff of The National Archives. Celebrities such as Colin Jackson also comment on their involvement in TV genealogy programmes. Topics covered include Immigration, the creation of Iraq, Magna Carta, Richard III, Henry VIII, as well as sources for various problems facing family historians such as wills and workhouses. These podcasts are an excellent resource and will be useful to students, researchers and family historians, especially those who are new to the selected topic. As the podcasts are taken from talks, the speaker sometimes refers to illustrations which the online user cannot see. The podcasts can be sorted by title; the sort by date facility does not work.
This is the website of the Co-operative Union (originally founded in 1869) and Co-operative College's Archive, which is dedicated to preserving records relating to the nineteenth and twentieth century co-operative movement in Britain. The site mainly offers information and finding aids for the content in the archive, although there are a small number of digitised documents available in a PDF format. On the site users can find information about the archive's various collections, which include the Co-operative Congress, Robert Owen, the Rochdale Pioneers, the Young Co-operators, the Women's Guild, Co-operative plays, E. O. Greening, G.J. Holyoake, Co-operative periodicals, and statistics, the Co-operative College, and the Christian Socialists. The archive is based in Manchester, and users will find contact and location details on the website. Teaching outreach information and relevant links are also posted.
The website of the National Digital Archive of Datasets (NDAD) offers free access to a large amount of archived digital data from UK government departments and agencies. The information consists of both data which has been prepared or stored on computer and associated paper documents which have been scanned. It is aimed at 'all those with an interest in records of 20th century government decision making and planning, including researchers, social historians and historians of computing'. The datasets currently available include the following for maritime issues for example: Coast Protection Survey of England; the Oil and Gas Directorate, North Sea Geographical Information System; and the Welsh Office's Coastal Survey for Wales. NDAD is run by the University of London Computer Centre and the University of London Library on behalf of The National Archives. NDAD does not hold records related to family history.
Since the site is so vast, navigation around it is a little complicated, but a set of clear instructions for doing so are offered and a number of search options are available. Optional registration is offered, in order to benefit from extra features 'such as saving data table display settings and a more rapid ordering service'.
The National Fairground Archive website is published by the University of Sheffield, where the archive itself is housed as part of the University of Sheffield Library Special Collections. The website provides a detailed introduction to the holdings of the archive, which is the leading repository for material relating to the history of Britain's travelling showpeople, from the late eighteenth century to the present day. The archive contains a wide range of resources, including fairground ephemera, programmes, handbills, posters, plans and drawings, monographs, journals and periodicals, photographs, and artefacts. Amongst the holdings are the Ron Taylor, Harry Lee, Jack Leeson, Stuart Johnson, and George Tucker collections, and material from the Fairground Association of Great Britain, the Showman's Guild of Great Britain, the Fair Organ Preservation Society, and the Fairground Society. The National Fairground Archives Image Database can be accessed from the site. The section on research projects contains detailed information on the past and current undertakings, such as the journal Early Popular Visual Culture, e-learning projects and the Mitchell and Kenyon case. Included on the site, as well as a catalogue of the holdings, are contact information, and a short history of fairs, which covers charter fairs, rides, the role of women, living vans and travelling menageries.
The New Deal Network (NDN) was launched in 1996 by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. The New Deal Network is a research and teaching resource which aims to make material on the public works and arts projects of the New Deal freely and easily available. The NDN is creating a theme based archive drawing resources from across the United States. The site is clearly structured and provides a host of information. There are currently over 20,000 items on the database which can be searched or browsed. The database contains a variety of primary source material including: photographs; political cartoons; speeches; and letters. It is divided into a document library and a photo gallery. The document library can be browsed by subject, year, author or publisher/collection with each document retrieved having a clear indication of its title, author, date and source. The photo gallery can also be browsed by category and again full reference to the source of the document is made. The search engine carries out searches across the entire site. The website also contains a section of annotated links to relevant sites, for example to colleges and universities, non-profit and commercial organisation, personal pages, museums, archives and libraries etc. The New Deal Network co-host a discussion list for teachers and historians of the New Deal hosted at H-Net. The site is now archived.
This site is a guide to the holdings of the Norfolk Record Office (NRO). The site contains a series of NRO research manuals, with some also available to download, on topics such as evacuees; orphans' homes; Church of England records; Non-Conformist records (both Protestant and Catholic); county, borough and parish records; cemetery information; marriage licences; collections of documents related to local businesses; family and estate papers and probate records; and Norfolk's connexions to the slave trade. Beyond the research guides, users will also find the NRO's online search catalogue, NROCAT, extremely useful. The site additionally provides information on access to the Sound Archive within the NRO. Established in 2003, this Archive preserves local broadcast material, oral history recordings and local music. Users will find links to similar British sites. Contact details and visitor information are provided for the NRO as well as its neighbouring institution, the East Anglian Film Archive. Site navigation is clear and straightforward.
Part of the North East Lincolnshire Council Web site, this page provides information about the records located in the Council's Archives. The Archives possess some 12,000 boxes of original documents dating from the 13th century to the present. Records include those of the Brighowgate Children's Home, which opened in Grimsby in 1913; local historical and genealogical information; registers of electors for the Great Grimsby constituency from 1863 until the current year; court registers including for Petty Sessions (Magistrates), and Coroners' courts; records of Grimsby Borough (1227 - 1996), including Grimsby Poor Law Union (1890-1930); Grimsby Borough Police, and Watch Committee from 1846 to 1966; Grimsby and Scunthorpe Health Authorities and Hospitals from 1876 to 1974; landed estates' and familial papers; solicitors' and businesses' records; papers of societies and clubs; and burial indices from 1855 to 1990. The Archives also hold deposited material from the ports of Grimsby and Immingham relating to local shipping, trawling and port industries such as fish selling; ice manufacturing; ship repairing; timber importing; and paper making. For example, there are 30,000 fishing crew lists for Grimsby, 1863-1914; Board of Trade crew lists and registers of fishing apprentices, 1864-1937; local registers of shipping apprentices, 1880-1937; registers of 4,000 Grimsby ships, 1825-1918; and Customs and Excise registers of ships, 1824-1988.
In-depth archival guides elaborate further upon holdings related to: family history and the fishing industry; the history of shipping, seamen and port industries; the history of education and schools, 1863-1996; and the history of public health, 1851-1974. Researchers should note that this archive is not a diocesan record office, although they will find some parish records here; Church of England records are held at the Lincolnshire Archives in Lincoln.
A FAQ section addresses common enquiries regarding irregularities in local administration and related record-keeping. Users will find the site's online catalogue to be most useful while planning archival visits. Visitor information and contact details are provided.
Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program (BPRCAP) is a collaborative effort between the Byrd Polar Research Center and the Ohio State University Archives. The mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical documents concerned with polar regions. Specific collections include the papers of: Richard E. Byrd who flew over the North and South Poles and was a pivotal figure in the modern exploration of Antarctica; Sir George Hubert Wilkins, the first to fly an airplane in Antarctica, to fly across the Arctic Circle, and to take a submarine under polar ice; Dr. Frederick A. Cook, a hero of the Belgica Expedition (1897-99) to Antarctica and one of the first claimants to the North Pole; the records of the American Polar Society; and other collections of papers, photographs and historical documentation of polar explorers and researchers. The website includes location and visitor details, staff contacts, and news.
The Online Archive of California (OAC) is part of the California Digital Library project, and it provides online access to a wide range of primary source materials held in libraries, museums, and archives all over California. Featured on the site is a searchable database of finding aids, which provides a list of the primary source materials available within a collection, helping researchers to locate resources. The primary sources catalogued include: letters; diaries; manuscripts; legal and financial records; photographs; images; maps; sound recordings; and oral histories spanning over 200 years of Californian history. In addition to the keyword and advanced searching offered by the finding aids search facility, the material can also be browsed in the category of either image or text.
In Images researchers will find visual resources covering: pioneer life; the Gold Rushes; Native Americans; Japanese-American internment; World War Two; slavery; and exploration. In Texts, resources on the Free Speech Movement, Japanese American Relocation, and oral histories can be accessed. Not all of the resources listed are available as digitised facsimile images, but location and access details are provided for all.
This site is the home page of the Open Society Archives (OSA) of Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. The archive possesses key holdings on Communism and the Cold War in Central and Eastern Europe; human rights issues; and the activities of the Soros foundation network. The main sources regarding Communism and the Cold War are the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute collections and the Russian, Polish and Hungarian 'samizdat' holdings. The materials on human rights are records from non-governmental and supra-governmental organisations which were active in postwar Central and Eastern Europe. These include materials from the International Helsinki Federation; Human rights Law Institute relating to conflict in former Yugoslavia; the Index on Censorship; and Physicians for Human rights. OSA is the official archive of the Soros Foundations network and holds records from the Open Society Institutes in New York and Budapest and from the CEU. The archive is also in the process of gathering a large audiovisual collection of regional propaganda; films; and television news programmes. The site has a series of very useful Reference Information Papers that provide background historical information on important sources in the archives. The online guide to all holdings in the OSA is outstanding in terms of its clarity and comprehensive nature. The main online guide page offers several links to Reference Information Papers; itemised descriptions of all collections; the CEU's library collections; and there is an online exhibition of archival materials on forced labour camps in the former Soviet Union. There is additional information on special book collections; links to other archives and archival portals; acquisitions and visitors' access. For its detail and ease in navigation, this site remains indispensable for those conducting research on the history and politics of twentieth century Central and Eastern Europe.
This is the site of the non-governmental, independent Osrodek Karta Foundation, which 'documents and disseminates the latest history of Poland and Eastern Europe, develops knowledge about modern man and spreads tolerance and democracy'. The website provides information on the history, purpose and activities of the body. It includes a database listing victims of political repression, online exhibitions and publication lists. Key topics include Polish political history and relations with the Soviet Union, the birth of the Solidarity movement and Poland in the post-communist era. Users should note that some materials are offered in Polish only.
Marking the two hundred years since Parliament passed the Act that abolished the British Slave Trade, this website illustrates the role that the government played in slavery. Created by the Parliamentary Archives and the 24 Hour Museum (now known as Culture24), this well laid out and informative site makes good use of documents and images, including paintings, cartoons and artefacts. The emphasis is on learning and users from schoolchildren to historians will be able to find out more about the slave trade at their own pace. The History and Explore sections use digitised documents to discuss the background to the transatlantic slave trade, the role of Parliament and the abolition movement. In the Your Voice section, users can post comments, check whether their ancestors signed the slavery petitions and listen to an interview with Kwame Kwei-Armah. The Learning pages provide guidance for schoolchildren to create citizenship and history projects; teachers can register to create an interactive resource. There is a timeline, glossary and information about an exhibition held at Westminster Hall until 23 September 2007, where many of these documents can be seen.
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 People's History Museum is the national centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation, and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain. On this website users can access information about the museum and its collections. Amongst the resources available is the Labour History Archive and Study Centre (LHASC), which holds records for working class political organisations from the Chartists to New Labour, and which is managed by the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. The most useful section of the website is the searchable database of the museum's collections. This enables access to a wide range of material, including individual objects as well as special collections, and it combines a good number of digitised materials accompanied with explanatory text. The museum has received funding from the AHRC. Users should note that the LHASC has closed until the end of 2009 in order to relocate. The site provides updates on these arrangements.
The Perthshire Libraries' Local Studies website forms part of Perth and Kinross Council's Web service, providing information about the resources held at, and the services provided by, their local record office. The site gives details of what types of published resources are available, which include the usual array of books and pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, maps, photographs, and prints. The contents of several special collections are also listed, which are likely to be of interest to scholars beyond the usual scope of local history. These include: a number of theological works; manuscripts of Scottish music dating from the seventeenth century; and a sound archive of conversations with rural Perthshire workers. The site also provides details of opening hours and prices for various services including remote searches. The site itself does not contain any primary research materials.
Picture Sheffield.com is the Internet version of Sheffield Local Studies Library's computerised image system. Funded from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the collection contains nearly 20,000 photographs, most of which date from between 1900 to 1950. Images are mostly of streets, transport infrastructure, and buildings. Buildings include Cutlers Hall, the University of Sheffield and its campus, and the many cutlery factories that used to dot the city's landscape. There are also some portraits in the collection. The archive can be searched by keyword or browsed alphabetically by place or topic. The details provided with each image varies, and users are invited to submit any information they might have to help complete each record. The decade in which each photograph was taken is included, but not the precise date. Images may be magnified on the screen, or ordered as physical prints (for a fee). The electronic versions may be reproduced free of charge for personal use.
Part of the Plymouth Council website, these pages provide information about the types of archives located at the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. These run back to the late 1100s and include: deeds; charters; minute books; private papers; manorial documents; reports; diaries; financial records; maps; plans; photographs; card indexes; as well as sources on microfilm and microfiche. Separate subsites describe in greater detail local cemetery records; various family history indexes; parish records; school documents; prison registers; and local and naval studies. Business records include details of the Plymouth Dock Water Company, the Plymouth Great Western Dock Company, the Sutton Harbour Improvement Company, and Torpoint Steam Ferry Company. The archive holds personal records, such as the journals, diaries and letters of naval officers. The site additionally offers a photo gallery, with samples from the record office's collections.
Users can search for detailed information in the site's online archive catalogue. A special page provides archival contacts who can help genealogists with their research. There is also a link to a cyberlibrary and to the index of records held in Plymouth on the Historic Manuscript Commission's National Register of Archives database. Contact details and visitor information are provided, as are relevant links.
Pobeda 1941-1945 is a searchable online archive of over one thousand photographs from the second world war, selected from numerous federal and regional Russian archives and presented as high-quality digitised images. The archive can be browsed thematically or searched by keyword or photograph details: date or place taken; photographer; archive number. Although there is no English-language version, the site is well constructed and easy to use, and offers a valuable resource for historians teaching and researching the second world war. Developed by the Federal Archival Service of Russia (Rosarkhiv), the archive page lists the numerous archives participating in the project, describes their relevant holdings and provides links to their websites or contact details. The catalogue page offers access to images collated thematically. Themes include: children at war; the Leningrad blockade; the liberation of Europe (subdivided geographically); the partisan movement; the battle of Stalingrad; victory over Japan; Victory Day 9 May 1945; Berlin, from war to peace; the Nuremberg process. Site contents may also be browsed by photographer ('author' in the Russian). Photographers are listed alphabetically, with biographical details where available and clickable thumbnails of their photographs. Most of the photographs are Soviet, but some are of US or German provenance. Each photograph is provided with details of: place and date taken; the subject(s) and photographer (where known); current location and archive number. A links page lists many useful and relevant websites. Site users may give feedback via a forum page. 'About the site' describes the project history and participants.
The Web Site of the Regional Archives of Maribor provides the usual information about the access, opening times, location, and holdings of the Slovenian archive. The site is in Slovene with an introductory page in English and German. The archive was founded in 1933 and holds documents dating from 1246 to 1865. Among the holdings are documents on Jewish matters, the revolution in Slovenian Styria in 1918-1919, and manorial and monastic records from the fifteenth century. The site details the publications of the staff, and exhibition catalogues. However, of great use to the researcher is the online database of the archival fonds.
This finding aid was produced by staff at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston and was originally intended for on-site researchers at the Audrey Rushbrook Memorial Library and Archives. It provides a narrative description of some archival material (with Accession Numbers) from the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company (PASCOL), a division of Canadian Shipbuilding and Engineering. During both World Wars, PASCOL built naval vessels for the British Admiralty. The first sections of the finding aid look at: the establishment of the Port Arthur Shipyards; the Western Drydock Company's first contracts; the Company's activities during World War I; the depression before the revival during World War II; the prosperity of the 1950's; and the shipyard's business in recent years. The finding aid goes on to give the scope and arrangement of the fonds (collection). The main part of the finding aid looks in detail at the Textual Subgroup, which is comprised of the Series: Payroll; Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable; Intermediate Accounting/Financial Statements; General Accounting; Purchasing/Sales Department; Engineering/Production (containing precise details of production, and repair estimation and contract negotiation); General Administration; and Personnel Department. It finishes by describing the Subgroup Graphic Records, which is comprised of Ship and Shipyard Plans.
The Spanish Archives Portal (PARES) brings together in one single place a vast amount of digitised resources from all the main Spanish historical archives. It provides access to more than 11 million of full-text documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs from all periods of Spanish and European history, as well as catalogues of other materials not available for download. PARES is conformed by important archives such as: Simancas Archives; National Historical Archive (AHN); and the Documentation Centre of Historical Memory. Since the 'Archivo General de Indias' (Archives of the Indies) is part of the network, the site will also be useful for those interested in the cultural, social and economical exchanges between Spain and its colonies in America and Asia, especially during the Early modern period. Users may search for digitised collections and documents using various options, or alternatively browse the contents of each archive in the network. Access to digitised documents, maps, manuscripts and photographs is free and, although registration is not compulsory, registered users can save their searches, and send images and documents to their email addresses. There is also a 'Projects' section, offering links to various archival projects such as: 'Archivo Rojo' (Red File); Responses to the Ensenada Cadastre (1750-4); Spanish Civil War posters; and Spaniards deported to Nazi camps. The website is in Spanish only.
Located in the same building as the Portsmouth City Museum, the Records Office holds the archives of Portsmouth City Council among other records. This site contains information about carrying out research as well as a guide to the local history sources in Word format. Archives include naval records such as service certificates; letters of navy personnel; records of the Royal Sailors Rest and the Royal Marine and Naval Orphanage; the Naval & Lily Lambert McCarthy Collection on the history of navies worldwide; and published transcripts of operational records in volumes issued by the Navy Records Society. Visitor information and contact details are provided.
"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.
The website "Rothschild Archive" introduces this institution based in London. It holds over two million items drawn together from the history of the Rothschild banks and family. At the core of the Archive lie the records of the firm of NM Rothschild & Sons, the London branch of the banking dynasty, supplemented by a growing range of acquisitions of papers from members of the Rothschild family. The Archive represents possibly the most detailed surviving record of an international banking operation in the 19th and early 20th centuries and of a family with artistic, charitable and scientific interests at the heart of European society. The website provides a bibliography of works on the Rothschild family, details of bursaries available for study at the archive, key dates in the history of the family, and news. The annual publication, the "Rothschild Archive. Review of the Year" is offered online with full-text articles in PDF format. The guide to the archival papers is divided up into sections as follows: Nathan Mayer Rothschild in Manchester; Accounts; American; Bookeepers; Bullion; Cashiers; Correspondence; Estates; Loans; Stock; Family Records; and Records of Other Houses. This archive is of great use to those researching economic, social, and family history. In order to make this unique collection more available to researchers from around the world, the Rothschild Archive in partnership with Waddesdon Manor (which also houses a wonderful collection of artifacts) has launched its free online Rothschild Research Forum. Registered members will have access to articles, finding aids, transcripts and virtual exhibitions, and have the opportunity to communicate with other researchers through the Forum's message board. The site also features an only exhibition dedicated to the anniversary of 150 years since Lionel Rothschild was elected MP in the British Parliament for the City of London. The research project on Jewish philantropy and charitable activity in Europe received funding from the AHRC.
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 Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) aims to link archives throughout Scotland, to create a knowledge base on Scottish history and culture, and to make wills (from 1500-1875) available to researchers worldwide. This service is being developed in partnership by the National Archives of Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Genealogical Society of Utah. Currently more than 50 archives are involved in this project. The 'SCAN directory' provides summary entries for each collection in these archives. The online catalogue contains details of over 20,000 collections. Other features of the website includes a digital archive with high quality images of records, a section on family history, information on research tools, a directory of useful websites, a list of Scottish archives, a discussion forum and featured documents. The Scottish Archive Network continues to be developed and is already an invaluable resource.
The Scottish Documents website provides a free index of all the registers of Scottish wills. The register is searchable by forename/last-name and also by date and descriptive text. Results give the date of the will, the court where it was registered, and a description that generally includes the deceased's parish of residence and occupation. In addition to the database, the site provides a selection of digitised wills of famous Scots including Robert Burns, James Henderson, Alexander Stuart, Adam Smith, and Mary Lauder. The section entitled Research Tools includes: help with reading the handwriting of the scripts; a glossary of unusual words; and variant spellings for forenames and places. Further information is also available about the process of digitising the wills and a related conservation project.
The website "Library and Digital Archive Online Catalogs" is published by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organisation based in Los Angeles, particularly concerned with the history of the Holocaust. The site is a repository of photographs, diaries, letters, artwork, artifacts and rare books, which can be searched by keyword, category and date. It is also possible to browse the content by collection, which includes a photograph album from the liberation of Buchenwald, photographs of forced labour camps, artwork from Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, goodbye letters written by Jews, and an album of anti-Semitic signs in Germany. The Digital Archive has a facility for users to save items they are interested in, enabling users to create their own collection. Images have good descriptions and copies can be ordered via the site. The site also contains the link to the Center's library catalogue. The digital archives and the library catalogue can be searched together thanks to a recent feature of the site.
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.
Part of the Southampton City Council website, these pages provide details of city's archives. Archival holdings include Admiralty Court records for 1488-1827, crew lists for merchant ships for 1863-1913, and the Isherwood collection of ships' drawings. Contact details and visitor information are provided.
The website "Staffordshire Past-Track" is an online collection of local history material. It is published by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with several local museums, archives and private collectors, and has received funding from the New Opportunities Fund. Available on the site are a range of primary sources, including documents, photographs, oral histories, objects and video footage. These can be searched by keyword, period, date range and resource type, and there is also the Map Explorer feature that also enables users to search for content geographically. In addition to this, the photographic material can be browsed in the Theme Explorer section, which covers a range of topics and themes including agriculture, industry, archaeology, religion, business, organisations, transport, war, health and welfare, childhood, family life, domestic servants, and education. The final section of the site is called Featured Content, and this houses a number of virtual exhibitions that explore particular events and themes in Staffordshire. Among past features were Staffordshire churches, celebrations in the county, monuments, the suspected poisoner William Palmer, coalmining, and midwifery; at the time of review the feature theme was "Crime and Punishment in the Archives", an excellent subsite with and audiovisual tour of the Staffordshire malefactors through time.
This website provides information on opening hours, access rules, and its location. Part of the Polish state archives, the branch in Białystok, was formally established in 1952. It contains records on the eastern area of Poland, and of its Jewish population and those of the Augsburg confession. Another important collection is that of the documentation pertaining to the State Forest of Białowieża. The oldest document dates from 1640. There are details on the site of the archive's publications. This site is of great use to those who are researching the eastern borderlands of Poland (Kresy), and the lands that were formerly Poland, now in Ukraine, Lithuania, and Belarus.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum państwowe w Łodzi (State archive in Lodz)" provides information on the archive and its opening hours, locations, and collections. The archive was formally founded in 1926 and a history of the archive is featured on the site. The archive has departments in Pabianice and Sieradz, and its Łódź headquarters divides holdings into pre-1945 and post-1945 sections. There is an online catalogue of the holdings available in RTF form as a ZIP file, or in smaller lists of the records. Holdings include judicial, financial, administrative, educational, and military records. They can be searched via the databases SEZAM, IZA (inventories), PRADZIAD, and ELA. This is a site of interest to those researching the nineteenth and twentieth century history of the ?ód? area.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum Państwowe m.st. Warszawy (State archive of the capital city of Warsaw)" is in Polish and English and provides information about the opening hours, collections, and location of the archive. The holdings of the archive are not confined to the capital city, but also cover the terrain of parts of Mazowsze (Mazovia). As common with Polish archives the territorial range of the collections does not conform to a geographically defined area, so the helpful map provided gives the user a better idea. The site features a brief history of the archive and its destruction during the Second World War. There are details of the archive's publications, including the journal 'Kronika Warszawska' and of current exhibitions. The capital's archive has departments in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Mława, Łowicz, Pułtusk, and Otwock. Two interesting online exhibitions are featured; photographs of the occupation (1940-1944) taken by an unknown German and postcards of Warsaw (nineteenth century to 1939). These provide an opportunity to see vistas of Warsaw which were eradicated forever during World War Two. The collections can be searched via the internet databases hosted on the site of the Polish State Archives: SEZAM, PRADZIAD or ELA. Guidelines for searching are provided in English as well.
The State Archives in Rijeka are a regional branch of the Croatian National Archives. The region covered by the archives include Kvarner, Gorski Kotar, and Istria, but the chequered history of the area is reflected in the holdings. The territorial remit of the archives have been varied particularly over the last century or so. The site is in Croatian and English and provides the usual information about access, opening hours and the location of the archives. It also had the guides to the archives and the collections, although the catalogues are available only in Croatian;. The oldest document dates from 1201 and there are 740 archival collections, including charters from 1201, registers of births, marriages, and deaths from 1560; and city statutes from 1423. An excellent site for those researching Croatian, Hungarian, German, and Yugoslav history.
Part of the Suffolk County Council website, this site provides information about the archives located at the Suffolk Record Office (SRO). Information here will be of special interest for local historians and teachers, as well as genealogists. There are three record offices in Suffolk, which are in Bury St Edmonds, Ipswich and Lowestoft. The oldest collections in the SRO go back to the 12th century. Also generally held are records of the county council and local authorities; law courts; maps; title deeds; churches; chapels; estates; schools; hospitals; businesses; families; clubs and societies. The SRO also kleeps local newspapers. Included in the collection at Ipswich are military, naval and political papers of 1st-7th Earls of Albemarle; Admiral Viscount Keppel; General Sir William Keppel; Baron Egerton; and naval papers of Admiral Sir James Saumarez and Sir Philip Bowes Vere Broke. The Lowestoft Archives contain shipping records from about 1750 through to the 1980s. The site also posts schedules for current and upcoming lectures and courses. The site does not provide in depth archival guides, and researchers will have to enquire to determine holdings in any greater detail. There are visitors' details for each branch, along with visitor information and contact details. Navigation is hampered slightly by the fact that it is very easy to get sidetracked into the county council Web site.
The website Surrey History Centre is part of Surrey County Council and it holds archives and records relating to all aspects of Surrey's history. The website carries general information about the Surrey History Service, such as opening hours and the services the organisation provides, as well as short introductory essays on several local and family history resources, including parish registers, nonconformist records, census returns, county and town directories, wills, tithe maps, and quarter sessions and assize records. It is also possible to search the Service's archive index and collections catalogue online. The archives index is searchable by place name, and the collections catalogue can be searched freely, or browsed using the following categories, local government, quarter sessions and other courts, Church of England parish, nonconformist, local organisations and charities, school records, family and estate, business, and pictorial. The full-texts of some records on Surrey history, including those of Epsom Mental Hospital, the papers of Lucy Broadwood, and the records of some leading families, such as the Bray and More Molyneux families, can be searched in the national Access to Archives Project. Also included on the site is a teacher's section, and links to other local and national history resources.
The Tate Archive website introduces this museum archive which was founded in 1969 and contains over a million documents relating to the history of the Tate Gallery and twentieth century British art. On the website the different collections and materials held in the archive are detailed, and some 4,000 items have been digitised and can be searched and viewed online. The website itself is divided into four sections, the Archive Collection, Archive Showcase, and Gallery Records. The entire holdings can be searched in the Archive Catalogue. The Archive Showcase features the digitised material, which relates to the Tate's history, the Bloomsbury Group, and Barbara Reise, and this can be searched by theme, media, and category. The Archive online section presents the microsites hosted by the Tate, containing papers and archives of individual artists: the archives of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA); the John Piper archive; Goshka Makuga archive; Audio and Film footage highlights; Prunella Clough; Bill Furlong; Christmas Tree; The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Trust; Donald Rodney; and the microsite dedicated to the Artist Placement Group.
This is the website of a project to organise and publish the papers of Thomas Alva Edison (microfilms, book editions, and a digital edition), which in all number over five million pages. It is sponsored by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the National Park Service; the Smithsonian Institution; and the New Jersey Historical Commission, and supported by over 60 public and private foundations, corporations and individuals. The site makes available a searchable document database linked to document images for Parts I-III of the Thomas A. Edison papers (1847-1898) and some of the editorial materials from the image and text publications, with continual additions. The project intends that in its final form the full digital edition will include the text of the print volumes. The website has a series of headings through which the material may be accessed: Edison Papers; Thomas Alva Edison; Outreach and Search. Each of these has several sub-headings, which include Edison's patents and companies; chronologies; bibliographies; details about the microfilm and book editions of the project; maps and images, and related resources on the Web. There are also details about the Thomas A. Edison papers, and the project (history, staff and funders), as well as a Latest Edison Papers News sidebar. This is a huge project and the website reflects the comprehensive nature of the endeavour in a way which makes a large amount of material easily accessible.
The "Transport Archive" is an online resource published, with Lottery funding, by DeMontfort University, Trafford Metropolitan Borough, Salford City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, and Leicestershire County Council. The site itself acts a gateway to the satellite sites on the history of railways, canals, and aviation in parts of England. The Transport Archive provides a search facility that allows all the separate sites to be searched together, and also an integrated timeline. Subsites include: Bridging the years; the Last Main Line; and Aviation Heritage. The featured innovations in transport are accompanied by timelines and numeours original documents (photographs, historical records). Also on the site is a 'Learning Zone', designed to help students and teachers use the primary source material available. In this section four main themes have been identified that are common to all the sites, feats of engineering, changing landscapes, community history and socio-economic.
This site is an online exhibition of some of the most prized items in the collections of the UK's National Archives. The site is well illustrated with scanned images of artefacts and documents, which are accompanied by short but well-written and insightful explanatory essays. Pages are organized in terms of historical periods, from the middle ages to the 20th century. They are also arranged thematically to highlight topics such as: Britain and America (Pocahontas, American independence); crime and punishment (Catherine Howard, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, Jack the Ripper, and Oscar Wilde); designs and inventions (the steam locomotive and the Channel tunnel); England, France, Spain (Treaty of London (1605) and Treaty of Calais, the Spanish Armada, and Nelson's funeral); journeys by sea (Cabot's voyage, Cook's first voyage, mutiny on the Bounty, the Titanic, and the Windrush settlers); kings and queens (Elizabeth I; Charles I; Victoria; Edward VIII); life and death (famous wills, the Black Death); medieval power (the Domesday book and Magna Carta); and the World Wars (Hitler's fake passport).
Internal National Archives links on these pages will help genealogists in their research. The site also makes a good starting point for teachers and students, particularly in its introduction of primary sources. Special teaching sub-pages cover many topics, among them: Guy Fawkes's written confession to his plan to blow up parliament in 1605; how Henry VIII got up in the morning; the defeat of the Spanish Armada; British imperialism in North America; Elizabeth's royal seal; letters from Jack the Ripper; Victorian children in trouble with the law; and a Victorian prison. The site has clear navigation.
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 Aberdeen Harbour Photographic Collection is part of the University of Aberdeen Photographic Archives and consists of about 6,000 glass plate negatives dating from the 1880s to the 1930s. They are mainly images of the harbour and surrounding area, but include some of Aberdeen city and further afield. The photographs were taken by the Board's engineering staff as a record of port developments and activities. It is possible to search for images or browse thumbnails via 30 topics which include boatbuilding, fishing, lifeboat, dredgers, pilots, quays, salvage and wreck. Ordering details are provided.
Unlocking the Archives is a site being developed by the Royal Geographical Society with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The site aims to provide full public access to the Society's heritage collections for the first time. The collection includes a vast amount of photographs; maps; books; objects; and documents concerning national heritage and history. The section of 'Themes' explores several places on the globe from a historical and cultural point of view. These themes are: Mount Everest; Encounters (on British explorers to Africa, namely David Livingstone and Mary Kingsley; Antarctica, the Carribean; Brazil Cityscape; Afghanistan; Kenya; China; and India. Each section has several chapters exploring the theme in depth: timeline, gallery, factsheets, introduction with historical and cultural background information, and online and downloadable activies. Text are available in either Microsoft Word or PDF formats. This site also informs about the access to the physical archive of the Society and encourages teachers and learners to give their feedback on the online resources. The teacher's area gives suggestion on how to use the material in the classroom and keystage, for each theme. A glossary of geographical and political terms can be consulted on the site.
This is the website of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Its collections were brought together by the Survivors of the Shoah Foundation, which was established by Steven Spielberg during the filming of 'Schindler's List.' Between 1994 and 1999, the foundation collected some 52,000 testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, including liberators, from 56 countries in 32 languages; about 90 per cent of the survivors are Jewish, the rest are "Jehovah's Witnesses, Sinti and Roma, homosexuals, political prisoners, and survivors of eugenics policies." The site states that the testimonies have been primarily collected for the purposes of education in order to inform students about the Holocaust as well as other genocides and to combat racism and prejudice. Altogether, the testimonies make up 120,000 hours of video which are searchable on this site. The Shoah Foundation has made several award-winning films based on its testimonies, as well as CD-ROMs for educational purposes; the site also describes the Foundation's ongoing educational projects. For researchers in Holocaust Studies, it is worth noting that, while some short video excerpts and the testimony catalogue are available online, the site does not provide immediate access to the videos. The catalogue offers information on witnesses, such as city and country of birth, religion and wartime experiences. In the autumn of 2005, the Shoah Foundation became part of the University of Southern California, where researchers can make appointments to gain direct access to the collection. Procedures for gaining access are provided on the site, although online instructions seem to be aimed primarily at institutions and teachers; there is, however, a Visiting Scholars Fund to support graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who wish to consult the archive.
Essex Past is the website for the section of the Victoria County History that relates to Essex, providing information about the ten major volumes already published and draft texts for a forthcoming volume. Work on the county of Essex, as on most English counties of this standard reference work, has been sporadic since its beginning in the reign of Queen Victoria and providing texts online is a useful means for researchers to access new information whilst waiting for the hard copy volumes to be published. The involvement of the University of Essex, Essex County Council and the Institute of Historical Research in this essential resource underlines its importance. Information about the volumes and parishes completed to date is provided, with details of how the research is carried out and of collaborative projects. The draft texts for volume XII, covering the north east Essex coast, concentrate on Frinton, Walton on the Naze, Kirby le Soken and Thorpe le Soken. The website has not been updated recently and there is an online appeal for funding.
In 1946, Dr. David Boder travelled from the United States to post-Second World War Europe in order to conduct interviews with survivors of the Holocaust. Today, the resulting 100 plus audio recordings are a unique account of the twentieth century's most horrific period, not only for its historical and social importance, but because many of these records were made just shortly after the liberation with refugees in displaced persons camps scattered around Europe. Approximately two thirds of the interviews were transcribed and then translated into English and later published. The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has collected Boder's work from 1946 along with many of the interview documents, recordings and translations, and made them freely available online through the "Voices of the Holocaust". All the English transcriptions can be read on line and the recordings may be heard via a Real Audio player. The site already includes a collection of links to other related holocaust sites and IIT has plans to include additional maps and other papers from Boder's archives.
Part of the West Sussex Council website, these pages provide details of the types of archives held at the West Sussex Record Office. There is information about family history research; special collections, which include the Buckle Papers, that would be relevant to those interested in naval history of the 18th and 19th centuries and include the papers of high ranking naval officers such as Admiral Matthew Buckle; and other record holdings such as indexes of transporteer for 1778-1853 and of emigrants for 1675-1889. There are also crew lists of vessels registered at West Sussex ports for 1863-1913. Contact details and visitor information are 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 Wirral Archives house documents that preserve the history of this coastal borough of Liverpool, such as: files of local government bodies; poor law, workhouse, school, hospital and court records; archives of clubs, societies, organisations and individuals; solicitors' records, including title deeds; maps and plans; local newspapers, among which are copies of the 'Wallasey and Wirral Chronicle,' Dec 1888-Dec 1950; census returns, 1841-1901; cemetery records; electoral registers, 1842-1900; and Gore's Liverpool Directories 1766-1900. Online archival guides for poor law, cemetery and school records provide additional in-depth information. The Cammel Laird Archives collection contains records of the shipbuilding company of the same name, from 1848 to 1993. The company built ships for companies and navies across the world. The list includes an number of notable vessels including: the 'Confederate, a' blockade runner; the 'Alabama', one of the first screw propelled vessels; the 'Robert F Stockton'; the aircraft carrier 'Ark Royal; the HMS 'Prince of Wales'; and the ocean liner, the 'Mauretania.' There is a link to a list of vessels built by the company.
The Archives also host a local museum. The museum contains a model of the the Woodside ferry terminal from 1934; some exhibition rooms contain the oak panels from the original boardroom at Cammell Laird shipbuilders. Visitor information, fees and contact details are provided on the site. Researchers should note that microfilm readers and similar equipment must be booked prior to their visit.
This website is a guide to the business manuscript collections at the Baker Library Historical Collections Department, at Harvard Business School. Aimed at students and academics interested in gender studies the site complements the online catalogue in a topical manner by describing what is available in women's history materials. Unfortunately there are no plans at present to digitise the manuscript collection so contact with or a visit to the Baker library is needed. However this is still a very interesting site for scholars and researchers interested in the field of women in work and business, and female entrepreneurs, managers and landowners. The collection is divided into five sections comprising women at work - manual labor, women at work - professional labor, women, finance and investment, women and the law and women at home and abroad; these are further subdivided.
This new and unique wiki, hosted by The National Archives but 'clearly distinct' from its main website, allows users to share information about archival sources held at The National Archives and other UK archives. Once first time users have registered, they can comment on various parts of The National Archives website, including the catalogue, the National Register of Archives and the research guides, or they can transcribe a document from Documents Online. As content is provided by both The National Archives staff and by the public, The National Archives does not vouch for the accuracy of the information on Your Archives. Users must therefore be aware that the quality of content may vary. This is a free and straightforward to use site, with helpful guidance and encouragement about how to contribute or edit information. Content is divided into broad themes and within these articles are listed alphabetically; there is a search facility. Launched in April 2007, this wiki offers relatively few resources at present, but will evolve as more articles are added.
This website lists the special collections held at Anglia Ruskin University Library. Of particular interest is the French Resistance which contains over 2000 documents (newspaper clippings, journals, articles, personal testimonies) maps, photographs, slides (propaganda posters, resistance activity) audiovisual material (radio broadcasts, interviews). Most of this material is in French and access is by appointment.
This web page lists the special collections held by Staffordshire University library. Each collection is described, and can be searched from the library’s online catalogue. Key collections include: the 19th century Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes; Centre for the History of Psychology (CHOP) Collection; the Ceramic History Collection; the Dorothy Thompson Collection of Chartist history and the local history of Yorkshire and Lancashire; Eysenck Collection of literature relating to psychology and crime; the Iris Strange Collection documenting the widows of World War 2, through personal and official letters; the Staffordshire Film Archive; the Mining Collection which contains original records from Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries and National Coal Board records.
This website describes the special collections and archives held at the University of Central Lancashire’s Library. With a long history in Preston, England, the institution has collected significant resources relating to local history, politics (including the temperance movement) and resources related to illustration and design. Each collection is described here in some detail along with access information.