The "Academic Guide to Jewish History" website is published by the University of Toronto Libraries, and is the product of a collaborative effort by librarians from eleven research institutions, including Princeton and Yale. The Guide was established to provide a consolidated list of Jewish history resources, which are all of an academic nature and have been carefully selected. The material listed falls into several categories; information gateways, encyclopaedias and biographies, libraries and archives, indexes and bibliographies, primary documents and journals. The focus is on English-language material, although major works in Hebrew, German, Russian and other languages are included. The contents consist of both electronic and print titles, and currently more than five hundred resources are included. The entries are annotated where appropriate and active links are also provided. In addition to this, the Academic Guide to Jewish History offers a built-in search engine for keyword searching, along with a pull-down menu to locate materials by one of four subjects, the Holocaust, Israel and Zionism, Jewish Communities and Jewish Women's History. There is also a list of contributors and an introduction for new users, along with a FAQ section.
This is the home page of the All-Wales Digitisation Project "Gathering the Jewels" that will create a new national learning resource for Wales. (The name comes from a quote from the poet R.S. Thomas). Gathering the Jewels intends to bring together for the first time in one collection the treasures of Wales held in museums, libraries, galleries and record offices, by digitally scanning this heritage material and displaying it via the Internet to create a unique set of learning materials. The project is funded by the New Opportunities Fund. It is run by a consortium of over 170 interested parties in Wales, called "Celebrating Wales", led by the National Library of Wales. The consortium institutions intend to contribute materials for display on this website, providing a view of Welsh history and culture using "innovative interpretative tools" to present the diversity of life, heritage, and culture in Wales. The consortium includes: the National Library of Wales; the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments (Wales); the National Museums and Galleries of Wales; the Archives Council Wales; the Society of Chief Librarians (Wales); the Welsh County Archivists Group; the Council of Museums in Wales; the Welsh Museums Federation; and the Wales higher education Libraries Forum; as well as institutions from Welsh local authorities.
This website belongs to the Andrei Sakharov Archives, formerly at Brandeis Unversity, now associated with the Davis Center at Harvard University. The archive was established in July 1993, four years after Sakharov's death. The site contains the description of the materials kept at the Center. It's first of all Andrei Sakharov's collection of personal materials, manuscripts and typed versions of scientific works, his PhD thesis, manuscripts of all political articles, texts of interviews and personal correspondence with Natan Sharansky, Sergei Kovalev, Eduard Kuznetsov and others. Users can access information on Sakharov's correspondents by clicking on their highlighted names. The Archives also include the Elena Bonner collection of manuscripts, correspondence and political statements; the Human rights Collection of materials relating to different international human rights organizations; the Grossman Collection of materials related to the famous Soviet-Jewish author of "The Black Book" Vasilii Grossman; a collection of microfilms that contains a 40-volumes trial case of Sergei Kovalev and a collection of the underground Solidarity publications; and the Peter Reddaway Collection of photos on the human rights movement. On this site users can find archival indexes and information about access to the collections now housed at Harvard University.
The "Archives and Manuscripts" website provides information on the University of London's archives, deposited collections, and manuscripts, housed in the Senate House Library. It focuses on two sections of the University of London Library. The first is the archives of the central administration of London University, and the second is the deposited collections. The archives and manuscript holdings can be searched via the University of London Research Library Services catalogue. The website features an introduction to the university archives which document its development as a federal university from 1900. There is also archival material on Senate House, and the full set of minutes of the Senate from 1837. Most records are open 30 years after their creation. A list of records and their references is provided online. The deposited collections and manuscripts contain almost 1,000 separate collections. Digitised copies of lists of students from 1836 to 1926 can be downloaded in PDF format in the Students Records section. The website lists catalogues of the collections and rules for users. There is also a rather useful list of links to archives.
Providing students and tutors with free and useful practical advice on visiting an archive for the first time, this website by historian Nick Barratt also details costs of the training sessions that he runs. An online tutorial takes the student through the stages of using an archive, from locating the right institution and planning the visit, to how to handle documents, research techniques and the use of online material. Four short but comprehensive introductions to major archives explain how to get started at The National Archives, the British Library, the National Archive of Scotland and the National Library of Wales. Clearly laid out, if slightly dated in appearance and content, this user-friendly site provides a few links to archival resources and to relevant books.
This is the "Oral history" section of the British Library Sound Archive website. It features a searchable online version of the oral history catalogue, which includes both audio and video resources. The collections accessible through this archive include the National Life Story Collection, BBC broadcasts and the Jewish life recordings, which include interviews with Holocaust survivors. The site features general information about oral history and how to use the collections. Further links with relevant information and recordings direct to the British Library Archival Sound Recordings project, where anyone within the higher education system in UK can access the digitised material. An oral history select bibliography is available for download in PDF format.
This website documents the extensive Brunel collections held at the University of Bristol. Covering three generations of the famous civil engineers, the focus is naturally on Isambard Kingdom Brunel, but these holdings are supplemented by papers relating to his father Marc and son Henry Marc. Holdings are listed at item level and range from correspondence through calculations, accounts and diaries to working drawings. Many IK Brunel’s major projects are well represented by material from the Clifton Suspension bridge to the experimental atmospheric railway. As well as outlining access arrangements, the website includes a brief history of the collection itself and a chronology of the lives of the Brunels.
Digitised images of the published Calendar of Patent Rolls covering the period 1216 to 1452 can be browsed or searched for free on this site created by G.R. Boynton and the University of Iowa Libraries. Recording royal grants and orders made by letters patent, or open, the patent rolls are an essential source for English medieval history, whether political, social, legal, financial, ecclesiastical or diplomatic. Whilst the published Calendars of Patent Rolls are available in academic libraries and the original manuscripts are held in The National Archives, through this site the contents are much more accessible. However, there are problems with this website, which consists of scanned pages from the published Calendar of Patent rolls, with a front page that offers only a simple browse or search facility. There is no explanation of how to use the website and no introduction to the patent rolls themselves, presumably because the site was created as a teaching resource for students at University of Iowa. However, as the first attempt to digitise the contents of the Calendar of Patent Rolls, this remains a useful resource, particularly for historians and researchers already familiar with their contents. For the period 1216 to 1232, the full text of the patent rolls is provided and is in Latin, whilst from 1232 to 1452, the text is calendared and is in English.
This website lists the wide ranging library special collections held by Cardiff University covering a wide range of literature, history and politics. Of particular note are the University’s extensive holdings related to Wales, its culture, language and politics, supplemented by other material from Celtic-speaking nations. Other collections relate to the history of medicine, trades unions and journalism. There are extensive descriptions of the collections, together with access to the online catalogues and various relevant databases, as well as information about consulting items physically.
The Churchill archives centre, based at Churchill College Cambridge, holds 570 collections of documents relating to Winston Churchill. The material in the archives includes letters, war-time speeches (Second World War) and his Nobel Prize winning writings. The archive holds an estimated one million documents. Recently, the Churchill archives have acquired the papers of Baroness Thatcher. The website provides an alphabetical and a subject ordered list of the documents available for viewing. Information about visiting the archive, such as: opening hours; location; and rules and regulations are available from the site. The site has an image gallery which provides examples of some of the original documents. Another feature of the site is an online exhibition section which includes an exhibition outlining the life and times of Churchill. A set of relevant links is also maintained.
This is ‘virtual museum’ of the Cornubian Orefield – the mineral rich geological formation which underlies much of Cornwall. Exploited for thousands of years, the orefield was mined industrially from the early nineteenth century, and the Cornish mining landscape is now a UNESCO world heritage site. This website, the result of AHRB (now AHRC) funded research introduces the geology and industrial history of the Cornubian Orefield, illustrated with items prepared from the extensive collections of Camborne School of Mines, the Royal Cornwall Museum, Royal Geological Society of Cornwall, Penzance, Cornwall, Bodmin Town Museum, and various individuals. The website includes a substantial bibliography relating to the history of mining and geology in Cornwall.
The Digital and Multimedia Center provides online access to documents held by the Special Collections division of the Michigan State University Library. The centre aims to make these documents more widely accessible through its digitisation projects and to preserve these scholarly resources for future use. The current collections concentrate on: American Radicalism; Art and Humanities; Cook Books; Fencing; MSU Student Activism; Speculum; Applied and Life Sciences; Comic Art; Fables; History and Social Sciences; Osteopathy; and Sunday School Books. The collections can be searched by title or author or browsed by collection or author. The Digital and Multimedia Center website also supplies information about the project and its staff.
This website, from the Mississippi State University Libraries, presents online access to six different collections on American and Mississippian history. 'The MSU Libraries have initiated a number of digital projects to preserve unique collections and make them more readily accessible. Researchers, students and faculty exploring the digital collections will find sheet music from the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Sheet Music Collection, digitized items from the Congressional and Political Research Center, and a variety of images and materials found in the CHARM Project.' The website is excellently designed and provides both a vast amount of primary source collections and an interesting and essential narrative and description on a number of the items.
The digital repository, Zaguan, was created in 2008 by the University of Zaragoza (Spain) as a means to offer electronic versions of rare manuscripts and old books from the early modern period to the nineteenth century held physically at the university. However, the project has exceeded these goals, as now it also offers a large number of very recent publications and ebooks in all areas within the humanities; social sciences; law; and architecture/design. Resources available are mostly in Spanish and English, although old materials may be in Latin. The collection of rare books and manuscripts also offers sections on: printings from the 16th to the 19th centuries; and a historical archive. Additionally, the site has made available the full-text content of PhD theses and research articles. Users may search for documents in all sections of the repository (a search guide is provided), but browsing options are somehow limited; there is a section of resources for English studies, but it is no possible to browse for resources within other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
The website "Early photographically illustrated boks", which is part of the British Library's Online Gallery, makes available 1,500 images of early photographic illustrations. Photography, as a new technology, was an exciting way of illustrating books, and was increasingly used after the 1840s. Later in the century the photographs themselves became the focus of such publications. The images presented here cover a vast variety of subjects, including: towns and buildings in Britain and Ireland; portraits; scenic views and landscapes; works of art and architecture; figure groups; and many more. The collection include images taken by pioneers of the technology such as Francis Frith. The photographs document the cultural interests of the Victorian era, and also depict many places and buildings that no longer exist (for example, in London, where many buildings have been destroyed by war or redevelopment). They are an invaluable source for the study of local history, and for Victorian cultural and social history. This site will be appreciated by all researchers with an interest in the period. The entire Online Gallery site can be searched by keyword. This collection can also be browsed using the list of thumbnail images, which can be sorted by date or title. Each image can be clicked to access the item page, which provides bibliographical information and a descriptive text, which frequently includes the contemporary commentary of the photographs. Large versions of the images are provided, as are images with zoom and pan functions.
The website 'Enchanting Ruin: Tintern Abbey and Romantic Tourism in Wales' provides digitised versions of exhibits from the University of Michigan Special Collections Library. These exhibits relate to the ruins if the 12th-century Cistercian abbey, which were commemorated in the well-known poem by William Wordsworth 'Lines, Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour, July, 13, 1798'. The website presents a selection of images and manuscripts related to the history and geography of Abbey and surrounding areas, as well as some imaginary impressions of this Romantic site in poetry and other writing. The significance of all displayed artefacts is discussed in respective critical commentaries. The material on the website is organised thematically and consists of nine sections, including: 'The Picture of the Mind': Tintern and Vicinity through Images; 'Wreaths of Smoke': Industrial Tintern; 'The Language of Sense': Poetical Tintern; and a famous guide to 'Gleams of Past Existence': Charles Heath's Guide to Tintern Abbey. The resource is hosted by the Library and maintained by the Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan. These pages will be of use to Romantic scholars and anyone whose interests lie in the history and wider context of this iconic abbey.
The website "Evanion Collection of ephemera", which is part of the British Library's Online Gallery, makes available images of items from the Evanion collection of nineteenth-century ephemera. This was formed by the ventriloquist and stage magician Henry Evans, a.k.a. Evanion, and the British Library holds 5,000 items from the collection. This site presents 1,813 images of these documents, covering the period from 1810 to 1895. The collection contains ephemeral documents of all types, including: posters; tickets; handbills; advertisements; greetings cards; trade catalogues and price lists; restaurant menus; and many more. They deal with all kinds of commodities, services and entertainments, from music halls to undertakers by way of society dressmakers and manufacturers of flea power. Many of these items feature beautiful and interesting illustrations. The material provides a fascinating insight into many aspects of Victorian life and culture, including: new inventions; factories; shop exteriors; and goods for sale. It is especially valuable because ephemeral items have rarely been preserved in such quantity. All those with an interest in nineteenth-century society and culture will appreciate and value this website. The collection may be searched using the Online Gallery general search function. It can also be viewed using the collection list, which provides brief details and thumbnail images. This can be sorted by date or by title. Each image can be clicked to access the individual item page. This includes bibliographic information and a text providing background information. The images are available in a large format, and also as zoomable images. A text introduction forms a useful overview of the collections and its contents.
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.
'Geschichte und Geschichten : Das Mittelalter erzählt' (History and stories : The Middle Ages recount) is the web page of an exhibition by the 'Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel' in 2001/2002. The exhibition displays both manuscripts and printed books dealing with history and saints lives in particular, but also storytelling from the high and late middle ages. It focuses on material containing remarkable illustrations. The exhibition is directed towards the general public and aims to arouse interest in the time and subject it covers. The webpage contains a sample page of 15 selected, richly illustrated exhibits and features introductory notes to each document. The chosen manuscript pages are in a generous size and good quality images but they cannot be enlarged.
The Glasgow Caledonian University Library Special Collections web pages provide information on the archives held at the university. The site gives basic information about the location and opening hours, the catalogues and access requirements, of the collections. The Library's acquisition policy is described and links provided to the journals the Library subscribes to. Each of the special collections is described, and its content summarised. Further information may be accessed about the individual who assembled and donated each collection, along with the collections' detailed contents list. A search engine is provided.Almost all of the special collections consist of left-wing political material. Socialism, trade unionism, communism, and Labour party history, are all well-covered subjects. Other subjects covered in the archives include the Spanish Civil War, the Anti-Apartheid movement, and women's rights issues. A couple of archives dealing with domestic science, needlework, and cookery, reflect the College's history 'at the forefront of domestic science teaching'. The journal collections also reflect the University's commitment to Communism and Anarchy.
The Gutenberg Bible at the Ransom Center is a website that focuses on the copy of the Gutenberg Bible held by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The Gutenberg Bible was printed in 1454-5, and was the first book to be printed with movable type. This beautifully designed site, hosted by the Ransom Center itself, details the history of the Gutenberg Bible and provides sample digital page images (additionally, a CD-ROM of all 1,282 individual pages of the Center's copy is now available to buy online). Section headings on the site include: Digital Gutenberg Images; The Book before Gutenberg; Johann Gutenberg; The Printing of the Bible; Anatomy of a Page; Selected Passages; and the Digital Gutenberg Project. This site will be helpful to scholars and students in the fields of: book history; theology; medieval studies, and anyone with an interest in incunabula and the history of early printing.
The website Gypsy Lore Society (GLS) Collections describes the Gypsy Lore Society Archive and the Scott Mafie Gypsy Collection on the Roma held at the University of Liverpool. The focus of the materials is the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A brief history of the GLS is given, mentioning that now the society is based in US. Brief biographies of prominent Romani linguists are also provided on the site, with links to further reading available in the University of Liverpool library catalogue. There are also links to websites on the current situation of the Roma (Romany) and their genealogy. There is a comprehensive introduction to the collections and pages with illustrations on: Britain's Gypsy families; The Vardo (caravans and Gypsy wagons); and Appleby and other Horse Fairs. A selection of photographs from the collections of the Gypsy Lore Society are offered on the site. Information is provided on access to the collections and exhibitions.
The website"Henry Charles Lea Library" provides information on this library at the University of Pennsylvania Library. Henry Charles Lea (1825-1909) was an expert in the medieval and early modern periods and is described on the site as "America's first distinguished historian of the European middle ages". The basis of the collection is Lea's interest in the history of religion, especially the institutional, legal, and ecclesiastical aspects, as well as the Inquisition, magic, Italian city-states, and the history of witchcraft. There are also a great deal of primary sources, since Lea purchased manuscripts and incunabula, in addition to early printed books. The site contains a description of the holdings and the papers of Henry Charles Lea which he bequeathed and those his family also donated. An extensive biography is also included and a description of the series of his papers which comprise: correspondence; historical writings; articles; reviews; political writings; poetry and translations; and juvenilia. An overview of the microfilm collection, which an emphasis on Byzaantine, Levantine and crusades history, is also given on the site. A good site for those seeking primary resources on magic, witchcraft, the Inquisition, Moriscos, and early modern and medieval European history.
The website "History Guide" is an excellent database of annotated links to Internet sites with information related to history. It is of use to the general historian as well as the specialist researcher. Resources can be searched by region (Europe is divided into Central Europe, Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern and Western Europe and Great Britain and Ireland), time period, or subject, as individual or combined searches. The time periods consist of prior to 499 CE, Middle Ages, Early Modern, 19th century, and 20th century, a rather arbitrary periodisation. Subject categories include laws and constitution, society, culture and economy. The links are described as records, with extensive metadata based on Dublin Core guidelines. Fortunately there are also both quick and advanced searches for a more refined method of obtaining information. Results can be sorted in a variety of ways. Journals, source materials, general and special bibliographies are included in the catalogue. There is also a link to the Virtual Library of Anglo-American Culture. The main page offers recommended sites for exploration. This service is maintained in cooperation between Göttingen State and University Library (History Guide) and Bavarian State Library (InformationsWeiser Geschichte).
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.
These Web pages were created by the British Library to mark their purchase of the John Evelyn archive in March 1995. The pages comprise a brief account of John Evelyn's life and a short overview of the contents and importance of the archive, to which this site serves as an introduction. John Evelyn (1620-1706) is known principally for his famous Diary, the most substantial document of its type from the seventeenth century. However, the scope of the archive is much greater, as it includes not only the diary manuscript, but also: literary manuscripts, including unpublished works by Evelyn; correspondence; family papers from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries; papers of Sir Richard Browne and Sir Edward Nicholas; and the autograph collections of William Upcott, the first editor of the diary. This website therefore promotes both the archive itself and greater understanding of Evelyn's importance in his own milieu. However, the site does not include detailed information on the contents of the archive. The images included in the site can be enlarged. They include: Evelyn's drawings of garden implements; his sketch if his family home, Wotton House; a plan of his own home and garden at Sayes Court; letters from Grinling Gibbons and Samuel Pepys; and a portrait of Evelyn. It is unfortunate that the text of the 'Importance of the archive' section is repeated in several of the other sections of the Web pages. This carelessness detracts from the value of the site.
This website describes the special collections held at the John Rylands University Library, part of the University of Manchester. A collection of international importance, the library includes rare works such as Sumerian clay cuniform tablets, the earliest known fragment of the New Testament, a copy of the Gutenburg bible as well as the personal papers of significant historical figures such as Elizabeth Gaskell and John Wesley, and archives relating to non-conformist churches, trade union and labour history, and the archive of the Manchester Guardian. Collections are listed alphabetically, and are also searchable through the university’s main library catalogue and various other electronic finding aids.
Through the website "King George III Topographical Collection", which is part of its Online Exhibitions, British Library makes available images taken from the King George III Topographical Collection. The collection includes over 50,000 items, of which 2,680 are represented here. They cover the period 1635 to 1873, and include topographical images of Britain and her colonial possessions at the time of imperial expansion. They also include images from many other parts of the world, in particular the European countries of the Grand Tour route: Italy; Germany; France; and the Netherlands. The documents include: manuscript and printed maps; topographical drawings; building plans and elevations; watercolours; prints; and ephemeral items such as advertisements and broadsides. They depict all manner of locations and buildings, and include works by famous architects and topographical artists such as: Nicholas Hawksmoor; Paul Sandby; and Samuel Hieronymus Grimm. The collection is a fascinating and rich resource for anyone interested in the ways in which eighteenth-century Britons viewed their country and the world around it. It will also be valuable for local historians and all scholars with an interest in architecture and the cultural history of landscape. The collection of images can be viewed as a full list with thumbnails, or searched using a simple keyword search. Each item can be clicked to access the full object page, which includes large and zoomable versions of the image - essential for viewing details. These are accompanied by bibliographic information and a brief text providing background information on the image and the document. The collection is also accompanied by a useful introduction.
The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King's College London was set up in 1964 and contains the private papers, diaries, letters, memoranda and photographs of statesmen, senior civil servants, diplomats, scientists, writers, industrialists, and others who have played a role in defence policy since 1900. These papers include those of Admiral Francis William Kennedy, AVM Stewart William Blacker Menaul, and the personal library of Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart. Included in the Centre website is a list of collection names, summary guides for much of the collection, and detailed catalogues for the papers of several individuals. Also included are research guides in a variety of topics including D-Day, the Far East (including some correspondence with Admiral Lord Mountbatten), World War One materials, military archives 1872 - 1914 and Nuclear history. Other items of note are a glossary of terms; abbreviations of medals, orders, and rank; and information about access to and use of the resources. This website has a voluntary registration form.
This website describes the Foyle Special Collections Library at Kings College London. Built up over centuries, the library contains some 150,000 items and is particularly strong in the fields of the history of science and medicine, travel and exploration, the history of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, the British Empire and 20th century German and Jewish studies. The website describes the collection in detail, and provides 'canned searches' of items within the university's library catalogue.
The website "Leeds University Library: Special Collections" is an easy to navigate site that provides further information about the library's special collections. The Highlights tour contains the most valuable books of the library, categorised under 15/16th century; 17/18th century; 19th century and 20th century, including a First Folio of Shakespeare's plays and other seventeenth century editions. A search option allows queries to the entire special collections catalogue or to the manuscript catalogue only. Some of the collections have their own databases which can be accessed freely on the site. The major collections of the library include: Brotherton collection; Elliot collection; The Cookery collection; Quakery Archive; Leeds Poetry 1950-1980. a Letters database and others. Under the section of "Digitised Resources" the medieval illuminated manuscripts can be explored for free, while the 17th and 18th century English poetry database is available to Leeds University students and staff. The site feature palaeography tutorials and other online resources. Information about conditions for using the Special Collections Library and opening hours is posted on the site.
The LEMUR (Learning with Museum Resources) project brings together important museum objects from the University of Aberdeen's Marischal Museum and Natural Philosophy Collection, alongside items from four of the University's other collections and its archives. It created a database of still and moving images with associated data and documentation, and also provides targeted learning packages based on the database for classroom and distance learning. LEMUR is designed around specific undergraduate courses in cultural history, the history and philosophy of science, the history of art, and physics. The project ran from 2000 to 2003 and received funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The Library of the London School of Economics is one of the world's largest Social Science libraries. This site provides information and online access to some of its famous pamphlet collection. The pamphlet collection contains over 90,000 items dating from the nineteenth century to the present day, including large number of items published by pressure groups, think tanks and political organisations. Topics covered include: British history; politics; economic history; social policy; the Poor Law and the Origins of the Welfare state; the origins and development of the National Health Service (NHS); housing; labour and the trade unions; employment; and transport. The Web page includes information on how to locate the pamphlets using the LSE Library catalogue. It also provides free access to digitised images of several hundred of them. The online versions cover social policy (including the history of the NHS and welfare state) and transport (with a special focus on the railways). They are made available in PDF Format. Links to the full-text are embedded in the descriptions of the collection.
The Liddle Collection Web page provides information on an archive, based at the University of Leeds, of personal papers or more than four thousand men and women who lived through the First World War, and a growing collection of material from the Second World War. The collection includes: correspondence; diaries; official and personal papers; photographs; newspapers; artwork; and written and tape-recorded recollections. The resources themselves are not available online, but the site provides general information about the collection, as well as access to its two catalogues (one for each of the wars). Users can either conduct a free text search or a specific search under: reference number; name; background; or content. This site would be of use for historians searching for particular types of primary source for the period, prior to visiting the collection in person.
The website Locating Pre-1800 Imprints, British and American is part of Cornell University Library's Web pages and provides indices to microform sets and links to online databases. Most of the collections are not accessible to non-Cornell users, but the bibliographical data is useful to those researching British or American works prior to 1800. In particular this page is useful for students beginning primary source work, as an introduction to where the sources are to be found. The American section includes Early American imprints (Evans and Shaw Shoemaker), based on Evan's American Bibliography, which contained the full-text of all known books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in the US (including British American colonies) from 1639 to 1800. There is also information on early American newspapers, and early encounters in North America.The British section features: early English books from 1475 to 1700; the Thomason tracts; eighteenth century works; Stationer's Company registers; early English newspapers; and renaissance and medieval literary manuscripts. There is also a section on European incunabula.
The website "Manuscript Collections: University of Glasgow" is a useful aid for those requiring information on the extensive manuscript collections held by the University. The site lists the collections by name, so obviously the user has to know in which collection the information they seek is to be found. Having selected the collection, the user is provided with a brief description. There is also a collection of over 5,000 miscellaneous manuscripts, which comprise materials as diverse as papyrus documents from Roman Egypt, oriental manuscripts, and a Papal Bull of Adrian VI. There is an online manuscripts catalogue which greatly facilitates locating materials. One of the most significant collections is the Ferguson Collection, with volumes on Chemistry, Rosicrucianism, Witchcraft and Demonology, Free Masonry, Alchemy, and Gypsy literature. There are also collections of the works and correspondence of many famous architects, musicians, authors, and artists. On a practical level, on the website there are instructions as to how to order manuscripts, and information for remote users, as well as a useful link to Edinburgh University's manuscript catalogue.
The website of the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT) provides information about the Centre and its activities. Based at the University of Sheffield, the Centre is the only university-based institution in England devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore. It offers undergraduate modules, an MA in Folklore and Cultural Tradition and supports PhD research on various topics. Subjects that fall within the Centre's remit include: cultural tradition; folklore; dialects; custom and belief; traditional dance, drama, and music; and traditional arts. NATCECT's activities include a Traditional Drama Research Group (TDRG). Details of conferences, publications, and the Traditional Heritage Museum are provided, and there is also a link to the NATCECT reference library page of the University of Sheffield Library website, plus a summary listing of NATCECT archive collections, which include over 1,000 research projects, 2,800 audiotapes, and 230 videotapes. Two samples from the Survey of Sheffield Usage are available in MP3 format, via the archive section.
This website describes the 250 year old collection of scientific instruments at the University of Aberdeen. Originally used for teaching and demonstration, these historic instruments offer a tremendous insight into the evolution of scientific methods. The collection, numbering over 2500 instruments and associated objects, is partially displayed at locations around the university, but the intention is to make as much as possible accessible through this website – currently the website describes the history and scope of the collection and provides a searchable illustrated database of key items.
The website "History Resources" is intended to be a guide for undergraduate students in History at New York University. The subject "history" has to be selected from the pages dedicated to "subject web" in order to open the window with all the areas covered by the site. It is syllabus specific, but provides useful bibliographical information for those studying a variety of topics in Modern History. Subjects covered include: US History; Primary Resources for US History; Modern European History; History Finding 18th and 19th century periodicals; African History; International and UN papers; Medieval and Renaissance; collections of the Tamiment Library. Each section provides details of bibliographies, key printed sources, and Internet resources pertaining to the topics. There are useful links to indices and databases for historical research with descriptions of the type of source referred to. A short guide to getting started in historical research in American history is mainly devoted to the resources at NYU, but provides useful general information for students.
This website showcases the Special Collections of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Library. The collection is particularly strong in material related to the history of Newcastle and North-East England and papers relating to significant local literary and political figures. As well as brief summaries of each collection, the website hosts more detailed material in the form of online exhibitions covering a number of the collection’s highlights. These 'Treasure of the Month' subpages illustrate the richness of the Library's rare books, archives, woodblocks and illustrations from the mid-fifteenth century to the twenty-first century. While a comprehensive archival guide is not available online for researchers, the site does post a free, online interactive resource entitled, 'Archives Alive,' for teachers. This section is subdivided according to different primary school levels and should serve as an excellent classroom tool.
This is the website of the Open University’s archive, based at its Walton Hall, Milton Keynes campus. The archive includes materials relating both to the history of the University and to research, with particular strengths in the fields of: modern political history; distance education; women’s history; history of management; history of mathematics; systems behaviour. The key collections are described in some detail, together with arrangements for accessing them. Material is documented online through individual collection catalogues or through the library catalogue.
This website documents the special collections and archives held at Oxford Brookes University. Individual collections are described, and items in them may be searched for through the library’s online catalogue. The collection reflects the history of the institutions, together with its strengths in research, and is notably strong in material relating to the history of medicine, cartography, twentieth century literature and the food, drink and hospitality industry. Collections are supplemented by a number of important archives, including the National Brewing Library, the Museum of Modern Art Oxford collection (now Modern Art Oxford) and Man Booker Prize archive.
The website PEM Library is part of the Peabody Essex Museum, and is located in New England, USA. The Phillips library focuses on genealogy, maritime history, the history of New England, and documents relating to the museum's collections. Information is provided on the library's collections, such as those of maritime history that document the activities of merchants, shipbuilders and captains. They also detail fishing, yachting and steamship history and operations in Salem and the Northeast. The site further contains access to the online catlogue, and brief information on the collections, such as that of photographs and graphic arts. Information is provided on conducting research within the library.
This is the website for the University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum. The Museum, “one of the world's great collections” contains over half a million ethnographic and archaeological objects from all over the world, and is celebrated for its displays – as a working research and teaching resource display cases organise artefacts by type rather than culture, and are “very crowded” with revealing hand-written labels. Many of the objects were donated by early anthropologists and explorers, ranging from a Tahitian mourner's costume, collected during Captain Cook's Second Voyage in 1773-74 to brasses and ivories from the Kingdom of Benin. As well as objects, the museum has an exceptional (having ‘Designated Status’ in its own right) photography collection of “images of native peoples and cultural activities” which has developed since the museum’s foundation in 1884. Further important collections include manuscripts (chiefly papers of field anthropologists) and unique sound and film archives, recorded in the field and exceptional in the material held from an early date. The website explores the collections in detail, with a range of online resources based around specific collections (such as the Tibet Album of early photographs of Tibet), an online catalogue (unfortunately currently not illustrated) and details of current research. The museum receives core funding from the AHRC.
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.
Through the "Portsmouth and Macclesfiedl Collections" website, Cambridge University Library makes available digital images of important material relating to the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton. These documents are taken from the Portsmouth and Macclesfield collections, which contain Newton's correspondence and notes, together with copy letters and scientific papers. They cover the period 1606 to 1742, and include material on: gravitation; the Principia Mathematica; calculus; comets; optics; and chemistry. They thus reflect the breadth and depth of Newton's scientific interests. Other correspondents are represented in the collections, such as: Christiaan Huygens; Henry Oldenburg; Edmund Halley; Samuel Fermat; Robert Hooke; and many others. These manuscripts illuminate the development of scientific method and understanding in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in the context of the work of members of the Royal Society and their European peers and correspondents. The documents often include diagrams drawn by the authors. Each document is digitised in full. The site can be searched by author, year, and language, or browsed using the drop-down menus provided in the search fields. Search results are presented as a list; each item links to a page showing thumbnails of the document images, each of which can be clicked to show a larger image. The document images are of high quality, but cannot be enlarged further and there is no zoom function. This is slightly unfortunate, as in many documents the script is small in size and can be hard to decipher. Each document is accompanied by brief bibliographic information. This web resource is aimed at researchers and research students and is presented with very little contextualising information, but the material itself is most rich and valuable.
This website provides details of the rare books, manuscripts, maps and other special collections held at Queen's University Library in Belfast. Collections relate particularly to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, although some material dates back to the twelfth century. Particularly strong areas of coverage include Ulster and Ireland, History, Politics, Economics, Theology, Philosophy, and Language and Literature, with extensive collections of personal papers (including many of literary significance). All books are listed on the university library catalogue which can be searched from this website, whilst archives and other collections are inventoried separately on the site. Of particular note is an image gallery, drawn from the ongoing digitisation of various collections, including glass slides, photographs and manuscripts.
The Rare Books and Special Collections division of the library at McGill University focuses on arts, humanities and social sciences. There are notable holdings related to travel; architecture; exploration; the history of the book; the history of science; and Islamic studies. The site notes that the division's oldest items are Babylonian and Assyrian tablets dated between 2275 B.C. and 548 B.C. McGill also posesses medieval manuscripts, incunabula and printed books from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, along with maps and prints. The division holds 19th and 20th century books and materials as well, including private papers of Canadian authors and Canadian prints. The site gives in-depth descriptions of the division's special collections, but only some (indicated) fonds are itemized in the online library database. Visitors wishing to see the full range of the collections must consult a card catalogue at the library. Scholars of Canadian History will appreciate the rich fonds relating to the settlement of the prairies, including materials on the Northwest Rebellions and the Manitoba School question; there are strong sources on French Canada and 19th century Canadiana. Also worth noting is the Napoleon collection; communist pamphlets from the 1920s to the 1960s; an African American history collection; and sources on notable philosophers (Hume, Kierkegaard, Rousseau). Historians in British, Canadian, French, Italian and Islamic fields will benefit from the manuscripts holdings. Unusually, the division also owns a historical British, American and Canadian 19th and 20th century cookbook collection of over 1,700 titles. Several of the high profile collections are showcased in a series of well-designed virtual exhibitions, some of which provide catalogues for researchers, and some of which, like the exhibition of Canadian War Posters, are designed for students and the public. Rules for access are posted. At the time of review, there were a few broken links in the site.
Recess is the website for a radio programme produced by the Center for Children's Literature and Culture, based at the University of Florida. The Center offers a daily three-minute Internet radio programme, titled Recess, about various aspects of children's culture. Scholars at the Center produce the programmes. The intended audience is not young children, but rather adults who are interested in the history of children's culture. The programmes also occasionally cover contemporary children's literature of note. Programmes are archived on the website. As of April 2007 over 1,300 three-minute programmes are freely available for download. These are encoded as standard MP3 audio files. Transcripts of most of the programmes are also freely available, and the Web page for transcripts serves as the index to the archive of programmes. Keyword search is via a simple Google-powered search box. The Recess radio programme is also regularly heard on nearly 500 U.S. public radio stations. The Center is home to the Baldwin Collection of Historical Children's Literature, containing over 100,000 items published in Great Britain and the United States from the early 1700s until the 1990s. The website also has short details of the staff at the Center, and their projects and research interests, and it is generally a more useful website than the Center's basic Web pages on the main website of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida.
Directed from York University by Bill Sheils and Rosemary Hayes, the "Records of Central Government Taxation in England and Wales : Clerical Taxes 1173 - 1664" Web page describes AHRC-funded work that has used and added to the records in the E 179 database, which is hosted by The National Archives website. This project is the final installment of the E 179 project (also known as "Records of central government taxation in England and Wales 12th-17th centuries"), which has sought to create a database giving details of the records contained in the huge E 179 class in The National Archives, "King's Remembrancer, particulars of account and other records relating to lay and clerical taxation". E 179 holds some 7,500 items relating to the clergy from 1173 to 1664, when clergy ceased to be taxed separately, and the York project has just completed work on the Province of Canterbury.
This website documents Robert Gordon University’s library special collections. These include: the University Archive, covering the history of the university with papers and drawings by students and staff at Gray’s School of Art and the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture; Antiquarian books on architecture, landscape architecture and art; a local collection including the archives of the Aberdeen Society of Architects; an extensive slide collection. Other collections which come under the library’s umbrella are also documented here: the University’s art collection of around 900 works of art by staff and students (a small selection illustrated); the museum collection of models, electrical equipment, household items, and pharmacist bottles (formerly used as teaching aids); around 100 embroidery and needlework items from the Needlework Development Scheme collected between 1934-1961. The website describes each collection as well as explaining how to search for and access items.
This library, situated at the University of Miami, has one of the major marine science collections in the United States and is especially strong in the literature of tropical oceanography, specifically of Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America. It serves the research and teaching needs of the faculty, students and staff of the school, and the scientists of the other research facilities on Virginia Key. It is open to the public for research only. Their catalogue may be searched via the Internet. There is also information about their special collections; library services and opening hours; and links to other useful websites.
The SCONE project was undertaken in order to aid researchers by extending collaborative collection management (CCM) work relating to the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL). The project has investigated ways of expanding and improving access to catalogues of collections held in Scottish libraries. A final report on the project's findings and recommendations is included with the site. The website provides access to a browsable and searchable database of collection level descriptions. It also includes SCAMP (Scottish Collections Archives Management Portal) a web portal designed to support CCM amongst Scotland's information professionals. The technical nature of the language used in the report, and in the website more generally, might present difficulties to those not actively engaged in electronic librarianship. The SCONE project received funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP).
The website "Scottish History in Print" is a searchable online guide to documents of Scottish history published by the National Library of Scotland. Published on this site is an electronic version of the printed guide to Scottish historical documents 'Scottish Texts and Calendars' by David and Wendy B. Stevenson. This is a guide to the historical documents transcribed and published by private Scottish historical societies and clubs, and it provides details of the documents available and where they are held. The online version can be searched by keyword, title, or by society or club, or browsed by society, item, or through the index. Also on the site are transcriptions of historical documents in PDF format, including two Jacobite commentaries, The Lyon in Mourning compiled by Robert Forbes, and the Itinerary of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
This website, part of the British Library's Texts in Context series, makes available images selected from 14 original documents relating to shipwrecks and smuggling. The Texts in Context project aims to explore how language is used and produced in various situations over time. Shipwrecks and Smuggling documents various aspects of British coastal life from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. It explores the relationship between the East India trade and smuggling, and the romanticisation of smugglers and their activities. Some of the sources given here illustrate the trading activities of the East India Company, and others document daily life on board the East Indiaman Halsewell. An account of the wreck of the Halsewell off the Dorset coast and a poem lamenting the death of its captain are also included. Other texts include: accounts of other shipwrecks; an examination of the economic and political consequences of smuggling; a collection of material from a legal case against a group of smugglers; discussions of nautical slang; a description of the Eidophusikon, a mechanical panorama which enacted shipwrecks; and smugglers' stories from Hastings, Folkestone and Devon. The site has an introductory page giving some contextual information. From this page, the documents can be explored in more detail. Several extracts from each text are included, and each is accompanied by a general description of the source and information about the individual extract. Transcriptions are also provided, although they contain occasional errors. The images can be enlarged, and are of high quality. This website provides an entertaining introduction to the fascination that shipwrecks and smuggling have exerted over the years, and the sources which document this. It is well-presented, and is likely to be useful to students of the subject as well as being of great general interest.
The website SOAS Library : Archives and Manuscripts provides an overview and practical information about this section of the School of Oriental and African Studies' Library (SOAS). The extensive holdings of one of the foremost institutions in its field, include materials relating to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. A particular strength of the collection is the documentation of individual missionaries. There are also the papers of such luminaries as Robert Wellesley Cole, Andrew Hake, William Sewell, and A.J. Arkell. SOAS has a large collection of documents on Chinese Maritime Customs, and former members of the China Consular Service. Language and literature are also well-represented with a combination of the papers of authors, scholars and critics. There is also a regional guide to the archives and manuscripts, an oral archive collection and a guide to photographic sources. Some of the latter resources are displayed in an image gallery. Opening hours, access conditions and reprographic details and prices are available on the site, as well as directions to the library.
This website lists the special collections held at Northumbria University Library. These include collections relating to parliament, to union/labour history, a collection of children’s books and papers relating to cultural policy. The website includes access information.
This website details the special collections of books, manuscripts and contemporary archives held by the University of Essex’s Albert Sloman Library. Significant resources include: the papers of crime writer Margery Allingham; collections relating to local history; the papers of local author Samuel Levi Bensusan and poet Donald Davie; papers relating psychoanalysis and to Sigmund Freud; letters from TE Lawrence; human rights archives including the that of Charter 88; the archives of the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association (NVALA); the Nolan Committee on Standards of Conduct in Public Life Papers; the Social Democratic Party (SDP) archives; papers relating to the Watergate period of US politics. Additionally there are other collections relating to subjects as diverse as politics, technology, transport policy, religion, music, archaeology, Eastern Europe, history, poster art and the history of medicine. The website provides further information specific collection together with access arrangements. Some of the collections are recorded in the University’s online library catalogue.
The History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HiER) is an award-winning bilingual site dedicated to the study of history at various levels of education in Canada. Produced through a collaboration among professional academics, public museum professionals and educational curriculum policy makers, THEN/HiER has several sections: News and Resources; Research; Practice; Curriculum and Advocacy; and Make your Voice Heard. The news section provides the latest updates on resources in history education, posts a database of history programmes, offers job listings, a newsletter, and notable events such as lectures and conferences. The research subsite allows users to access a database of article, chapter, book and report summaries, and thesis and dissertation abstracts. It also provides tips on how to conduct historical research and lists journals that deal with history education. The section on Practice explains best practices in historical education and provides primary and secondary source bibliographies in that field. Curriculum and Advocacy offers curriculum and education policy documents. Make Your Voice Heard gives users interactive components, such as message boards and sets up forums for collaborative projects. While the site is Canadian, it is worth noting that the site's administrators pick up news from Europe, the USA and further abroad internationally, making this a generally useful resource for anyone teaching history in the secondary or tertiary educational systems. Users can register and log in to access all information available.
The "Tradescant Collection" of the Ashmolean Museum is an online exhibition about some of the surviving objects from the Tradescant Collection of rarities, with information placing the collection in its historical context. The Tradescant Collection was presented by Elias Ashmole to the University of Oxford in 1677, and constituted the nucleus of the Ashmolean Museum, which opened in 1683. The surviving objects from the collection are still housed in the Museum in the Tradescant Room. This website includes sections covering: the Cabinet of Curiosities; the John Tradescants; the Tradescant Collection; 'Musaeum Tradescantium', the first catalogue of the collection, published in 1656; the Tradescant Room; and a brief list of suggestions for further reading. In addition the site makes available images of 22 surviving items from the collection, together with the full accompanying entries from the 1985 catalogue, 'Tradescant's Rarities'. The objects include portraits of the Tradescants and items from the Americas such as 'Powhatan's mantle'. The images may be enlarged. The Collection was formed in the first half of the seventeenth century by John Tradescant the Elder, gardener to the nobility and royalty, and by his son John Tradescant the Younger. On their travels both men acquired rare objects, both man-made curiosities and items from the natural world. This collection is an example of the cabinet of curiosities, or 'Wunderkammer'. This resource is linked to by the web page for the Further Subject on 'Court Culture and Art in Early Modern Europe, 1580-1700', which is part of the Modern History BA degree course at the University of Oxford. However, it is also of considerable general interest, and would be useful to students and teachers at many levels. The site is now archived.
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.
The website introduces the University of Bath’s special collections, much of which can be searched via the University library’s online catalogue. Each collection is summarised here, with particular strengths in the history of agriculture, medicine, industrial archaeology and music as well as collations relating to Sir Isaac Pitman, inventor of the eponymous shorthand system.
The website 'University of Bristol Special Collections' describes the special collections held by the University of Bristol Library. Covering a wide range of subjects the collections derive from a wide range of subject-specific personal and institutional libraries donated to the university. Particular strengths are in the history of architecture, non-conformist Christian movements, science and medicine as well as rare books, political pamphlets and social history. Other collections include various family archives, often related to the history of Bristol and the nationally important collection of material relating to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The site informs about catalogues and archives and gives guidance regarding library policy and practical things to know for users.
This website describes the archives and special collections deposited at the University of East Anglia Library. Items of literary interest relate to the University’s famous creative writing MA, modern writing and literary translation and novelist and journalist Anthony Grey’s personal and literary papers. For historians of art and design, there are collections of printed British arts and culture ephemera from the early 1960s and the Pritchard Papers which include business records of the Isokon Furniture Company. In the field of theatre history, material relates to historic theatres in East Anglia, theatrical performances in Norwich, and includes the archives of the Theatre Quarterly journal. Other archives of broader historical interest range from photographic albums of early 20th century Singapore to the personal papers of suffragettes, Annie and Jessie Kenney. Other subjects covered include local and military history, local literature and illustrated books. The link to 'Special Collections' on the left of the page provides information about finding and accessing this material.
The Web page of the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies (CMHS), which is part of the Department of History at the University of Exeter, aims to promote a wider understanding of maritime history by providing information on historians working in the field and by providing access to a searchable database of available maritime archive material. The website provides information on staff, departmental seminars, conferences and, importantly, gives access to the Exeter Local Maritime Archives Project (ELMAP). The ELMAP, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, aims to support maritime historians by providing a single guide to the large collections of sources held in various local archives in the United Kingdom. It is possible either to search the ELMAP database by keyword or to browse by local record office. The project is an on-going one which aims, when complete, to hold over 7,000 records in its database.
This website describes the special collections and archives held at the University of Leicester Library. There is a particular strength in holdings related to Leicester, from personal papers of local literary figures Sue Townsend and Joe Orton to archives relating to the history of science and medicine in the area. The collection is more wide ranging than this however, encompassing labour history, European history, 12th-20th century manuscripts, 17th century prints, incunabula and early children's books. As well as briefly describing the contents of each named collection, the website includes access information.
The website 'University of Reading Special Collections' describes the 150 separate special collections held at the University of Reading library. As yet largely uncatalogued on the University’s electronic catalogue, the collection descriptions can be searched or browsed alphabetically from here. Of the archives of historical and literary papers held two, the Samuel Beckett Archive and the Records of British Publishing and Printing are designated as internationally important by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Other collections. Other collections relate to other authors, twentieth century British and Italian Politics, and local studies. As well as the extensive archive material, the Library holds important collections of rare books including pre 1851 handpress printed books, private press books and modern literary first editions. Particular strengths are history, history of science, children's literature, publishing and printing history, literature and classics. The site promotes regularly a 'featured items' section, with highlights from the collections, with the brochures available for download in PDF format. An archive of this section is accessible on the site.
This website lists the University of Salford Library’s archive collections. These chiefly relate to the cultural, social, economic, transport and industrial heritage of Salford, ranging from the papers of local authors to local companies archives. Items in the archives are listed, and each collection’s scope explained.
This website documents the special collections held at the University of Southampton. The collection is important as the custodians of the Wellington, Mountbatton and Palmerston papers. Additionally the library holds the Survey of the Papers of Senior UK Defence Personnel and the Survey of Jewish Archives. Other collections of printed material include: local studies material relating to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; Parkes Library on Jewish/Non-Jewish relations; the Moir Collection of Spanish drama; Oates Collection on slavery and Africa; Perkins Agricultural Library; Rosicrucian Collection. There are also archives and collections relating to the University’s own history. Items are accessioned into the library’s online catalogue, which is searchable from the website and some collections form the basis of other significant online databases.
This website describes the special collections held at St Andrews University, which include rare books, manuscripts, muniments, photographs and genealogical material. Particular strengths are in the history of the local area – North East Fife – and the long history of the University. The photographic collection, which can be searched from this website, is one of the largest in Scotland, and contains many examples of early photography, including the photographic archive of Valentines of Dundee and the archives of Robert M. Adam and George Cowie, amongst other photographers. The website also details the various documentation and digitisation projects taking place within the collections together with information about searching and accessing material.
This website describes the University of St Andrew’s world-class collection of photography. In particular the collection benefits from an outstanding holding of early photographs (reflecting the University’s pioneering role in the development of photographic processes) including work by John Adamson, Robert Adamson, David Octavius Hill and Thomas Rodger. Other notable collections include: the work of local press photographer George Cowie, covering life in St Andrews and East Fife; photographs by John E A Steggall, covering life and travel in the early twentieth century; glass negatives by landscape photographer Robert Moyes Adam; 120,000 topographic images from postcard printer Valentines of Dundee; Lady Henrietta Gilmour’s images of her daily life between 1890 – 1912; colour slides by James Burt Milne reflecting tourist sites in the 1970s and 1980s; Sir James Donaldson’s photographs of architecture, topography and statuary; Late nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs by William Carmichael McIntosh’s (of natural history and psychiatry), David Russell (of archaeological excavations), D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (of natural history and anthropology). The Website also includes images from the University’s Muniment and Manuscript collection of historic documents including including illustrated alchemical documents, photographic prints and albums, lantern slides, watercolours, archaeological plans and drawings. Although the website has only a fraction of the huge collection available in digital format, the still extensive selection of images available is well indexed and has advanced search and ‘lightbox’ functions.
This website documents the extensive library special collections of the University of Stirling. The collections are particularly strong in their coverage of Scottish literature, with personal archives from poets, including James Hogg and Norman MacCaig, alongside material related to figures such as Walter Scott and Helen B. Cruickshank. Two of the most important collections that are held at the University are the Lindsay Anderson Archive (personal and working papers, diaries, photographs, memorabilia and his personal library) and the John Grierson Archive (papers, photographs and other material). There is also coverage of politics, from radical left-wing literature, to documents and pictures relating to Napoleon Bonaparte. Other collections relate to scholars at the University and rare books and manuscripts. The website details the content of each collection, with information about searching and accessing material.
This website describes the special collections held at the University of York. Although the university has only been building its collections for a short time, they already rival much older libraries. They are particularly strong in the humanities, including a wide range of rare books, from a number of gentlemanly and parish libraries, supplemented by the personal collections of a number of authors and researches associated with the university. These are supplemented by collections of twentieth century literature, copies of scores bequeathed by Aaron Copeland and numerous microfilm collections. Anyone is free to consult items in situ at the university, and they are recorded in its online catalogue.
This website presents the digitised study collections of Barts and the London, School of Medicine and Dentistry. Drawn from three separate museum collections, this is an extensive database of specimens prepared for medical study, many including case notes (dating back in some instances to the early twentieth century). Registration is compulsory, but approval is automatic and free for email addresses from a recognised academic or clinical domain (for example .ac.uk or .nhs). Whilst intended for clinical study, the resource is obviously of interest to those studying or researching the history of medicine and dentistry as well as those looking for high quality and unusual anatomical images. Equally this web resource stands alone as an exemplary ‘virtual museum’. The VPathMuseum was created with financial assistance from the AHRC.
The War Poets Collection is a website belonging to Napier University in Edinburgh, the home of a collection of documents relating primarily to First World War poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. The collection is held at the University's Craiglockhart campus, the site of which was formerly a military hospital where Sassoon and Owen first met, and where some of their poems were written. The website gives general information on the more than 400 items in the collection, as well as visitor information for the related exhibition, and more on the history of Craiglockhart. Of particular interest to students and researchers of the two poets' works are the transcriptions of issues of 'The Hydra', the magazine produced at the hospital from 1917-1918, which was edited by Owen for a brief period, and which published several of Owen's and Sassoon's poems for the first time. The site also provides teaching materials for students at the Scottish standard and higher level. The site also links to other relevant websites, as well as the Napier University Learning and Information Services (NULIS) catalogue, where all items in the War Poets Collection can be found.
The homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.
The Wellington Papers Website is part of the University of Southampton's Special Collections web pages, and hosts a database of descriptions of the Library's collection of the papers of Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington. Southampton holds around 100,000 items relating to Wellesley, including: the Duke's political; military; official; and diplomatic papers. The library holds: around 15,000 papers covering the period to 1805; approximately 25,000 for the period 1806-18; and around 30,000 each for the periods 1819-32 and 1833-52. The database can be searched in various sections (divided by date) or as a whole, either by a basic or a more advanced keyword search facility. The descriptions are comprehensive and include information such as: title; date; physical description of the item; whether the item is available for research; and notes of any published versions of the item or published works that refer directly to it. The descriptions may be downloaded for research or in-house use, and would be useful to researchers studying the period or the life of the Duke himself. The database homepage (different from the main page) gives some useful background to the archive and the life of the Duke of Wellington, and links to more detailed information on the structure of the database itself. Users have to choose whether they agree to the copyright statement before they can access the database.
This website showcases the Wiener Collection in the Elias Sourasky Central Library, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. The collection relates to Jewish European communities; Europe during the interwar period and the Second World War; German Third Reich publications; and anti-Semitism and Fascism globally. The collection on Nazi Germany was begun in Amsterdam in 1933 by Dr. Alfred Wiener (1885-1964), who foresaw the importance of documenting the rise of the Nazi régime. His library was transferred from Amsterdam to London in 1939, forming the basis of London's Wiener Library. In 1980, Wiener's Collection was transferred to Israel. Publications in the Collection include some 150,000 books, pamphlets and journals; over one million newspaper clippings; unpublished memoirs and interviews; approximately 40,000 documents related to the Nuremberg trials; extensive materials on 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion'; dossiers on war criminals; Gestapo and other Third Reich documents on the Jewish Question; and over 500 sources on microfilm and microfiche which refer to the Holocaust and Holocaust denial. Items can be searched online in the Sourasky library catalogue. Further sources, according to the site, were being transferred from card catalogues into an online catalogue at the time of review. Teachers, students and researchers should note the site's virtual exhibitions which illustrate the extent of the Collection. The collection is open to researchers and the public and rules for access are provided.
The website "Witchcraft, demonology and the Inquisition" is an online exhibition of rare books and pamphlets on the subject of witchcraft, demonology and the occult. It also contains much information on the inquisition, prophecy, and grimoires. Published by the Rare Book Library, University of Sydney, it was compiled by Suzana Sukovic and Neil Boness. The collection contains an amazing array of printed primary source works on witchcraft, demonology, exorcism and the occult. Staples such as the Malleus Maleficarum, An examen of witches, and Disquisitionarum magicarum libri sex, are included and works by Grillandus, Mazzolini, Nider, Spina, and Wier (Weyer) are also exhibited. Thumbnails of a page of the relevant book are accompanied by bibliographical information. The site is excellent from the perspective of locating rare editions, or quite simply as an exhibition. It moves from the early modern period to the twentieth century and the works of Alistair Crowley and Arthur Edward Waite. The commentary is varied and some of the statements in the section on witchcraft are questionable.
The website "Women and Books : From the Sixteenth Century to the Suffragettes" has been adapted from an exhibition of the same title at the University of Glasgow. It features sections on: books written, translated, and compiled by women; books for, and about women; books owned, illustrated, or published by women; and books on women's education. This exhibition and website reminds us that women, although rarely prominent in the earlier period of publishing as authors, still had a role to play as: dedicatees; patrons; collectors; or readers of books. The books that were on display are accompanied by a paragraph of commentary and full bibliographical detail, with some excellent images of folios. There is also an interesting section on suffragette literature. This virtual exhibition would be of interest to those studying the history of the book, or involved in gender studies.
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 website describes the special collections at Dundee University Library. Consisting of collections of books and papers loaned or donated to the University, the library special collections are particularly strong in art history, local and diocesan history, theology, the work of poet Allan Ramsay and Scottish philosophy of the 18th and 19th centuries. The website describes access arrangements.
This website describes the archives and heritage collections held at the University of Durham, two of which are designated as outstanding by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Collections include substantial archives of family, manorial, ecclesiastical, legal, scientific and historical papers as well as literary manuscripts, maps and plans, and early and rare books. Of particular note are Bishop Cosin's Library, and Bamburgh Castle Library, the former a library founded in 1669, and still housed in its original building, the latter, originally collected by the Sharpe family at Bamburgh Castle. Each contain rare books and manuscripts (and are the two MLA designated collections) incunabula, medieval and post-medieval manuscripts as well as 16th century theological works, and works relating to law, travel and literature. These two collections are supplemented by a range of other former libraries, drawn from the North East and containing a rich array of rare books, pamphlets and manuscripts. As well as these extensive paper holdings the collections include audio of poets reading their own work, archives relating to poet Basil Bunting, archives relating to the Sudan, and its British colonial heritage, Medieval coins minted by the Bishops of Durham, photography collections (particularly of churches and Durham and the North East) tithe and inclosure maps, as well as substantial local studies collections. The website provides a number of finding aids to locate items within the collections as well as details on accessing them.
This website describes the archives and special collections at held at Keele University. Established in the 1950s, the collections now encompass significant amounts of material, with a particular focus on the cultural, social and industrial history of the Potteries in Staffordshire. Collections range from the personal papers of important national figures (with local connections) such as Josiah Wedgwood and Arnold Bennett, through material of more localised interest, the archives of manufacturing companies, the archives of the Manorial court of tamworth, and papers of aristocratic families such as the Pagets and Sneyds. The website gives the background of each collection together with access arrangements.
This website provides a detailed introduction to the library special collections, archives, museums and digital resources held at the University of Aberdeen. These collections have a distinctly Scottish flavour, although their quality is said to be of international significance, and range from the archives of the University’s own five centuries of history, through family and estate records, to items associated with the history of science and medicine, Jacobitism and the Enlightenment. These records can be searched via the library catalogue. The website also acts as a portal to the University’s eight museums, all leaders in their field, ranging from ethnography to zoology. The website also details the various digitisation projects which have taken place, a set of useful resources derived from key collections. Of particular note is the archive of "Collection Highlights" which showcase particular collections or achives as well illustrated online exhibitions.
This website describes the special collections and archives held by the University of Bradford Library. Built around the University’s research interests, the collections cover areqa including: archaeology; local history; history of science and medicine; literature (notably the JB Priestley Archive); religion and peace studies. As well as describing each collection in some detail, the website also explains how to find and access material.
This website lists the special collections held at the University of Kent, Templeman Library. Of particular interest are important collections relating to: the theatre (books, play texts, playbills, programmes); wind and watermills (photographs and archives); Early printed books; Renaissance literature; ballads and songs; the history of science; local history; political history (papers from former speaker of the House of Commons Bruce Bernard Weatherill) and Charles Dickens. As well as detailed descriptions and links to resources related to the collections, the website also includes access information.
This website describes the special collections and archives held at the University of Liverpool Library. These are wide ranging, resulting from a large number of bequests and donations to the library and range from local history to manuscript studies. Collections of note include archives of politician David Owen and social reformer and women’s rights campaigner Josephine Butler, medieval manuscripts and collections of early printed books (incunabula), a collection of private press publications and collections of science fiction and modern literary manuscripts. Most collections are listed in (and can be searched via) the university library catalogue, and the website provides details of accessing them in person.
The University of Nottingham Library has been collecting manuscripts and local archives for over 70 years and these now form the backbone of its extensive special collections. The three million documents include extensive rare printed book holdings, manuscripts, East Midlands local materials, items relating to author DH Lawrence, the family and estate papers of Portland (London), Portland of Welbeck, and Newcastle of Clumber (these last three designated as having national significance). Other subjects covered include 18th to 19th century drama, children’s educational literature, the history of medicine, Icelandic literature, the French Revolution and the university’s own archive. The website describes the collections and has a number of eLearning resources based on them, as well as access information
This website offers a guide to the extensive special collections and archives at the University of Strathclyde. Despite their notable focus on Glasgow, these collections cover a wide spectrum of social, economic, political and military history, as well as literature, the built environment, notable Scottish institutions and individuals. Each collection is described, and titles in the catalogue are listed. Details are also provided about access arrangements.
This website describes the special collections held at the University of Ulster’s Coleraine Library. The collections, which are searchable from the University’s main library catalogue (linked to from here) cover a range of subjects but with a particular focus on Irish history, literature and culture.