This growing new resource provides an online database of archival resources for the study of twentieth century international history which are held at Oxford University. The database is browsable by alphabetical listing, category; region; chronology or timespan; and location in Oxford. Several of these headings are broken down into sub-topics, so that categories, for example, are searchable by individuals; national institutions and organisations; international organisations; major events; international economic policy; wars; empire and colonies; and non-state organisations. Each individual collection entry provides a description of the collection, its location, and a relevant archival Web link. Scholars with an interest in British imperial history in Africa and Asia, Middle Eastern history and European studies will find this site to be particularly helpful as an initial guide to locating Oxford's wealth of twentieth century resources in these fields.
The website "A Guide to Sources for British History: Early Modern England Sources" is an excellent resource for those studying, researching or with an amateur interest in Early Modern England. The site is an excellent source of resources and links to resources. The website includes links to online bibliographies, details about seminars and conferences in the US, UK and the rest of the world, and data archives. Crucially for primary source research, there are links to British county archives, libraries and other sources of Early Modern texts online. There are also a few e-papers and e-texts. A Listserv and postings of related historical conferences are also featured. The website is affiliated to Blackwells, the publisher and retailer, which provides information on recent releases. Information about fellowships and essay competitions useful for undergraduates, as are the listings of History departments. The site has a feedback feature and the user may register for further information. The section describing relevant journals is particularly notable, with descriptions of the journals and submission and publication information. A former Bess Award winning site. It has not been updated since 2006 though (2004) for some sections thus its role in disseminating news about seminars and conferences is obsolete, some useful resources remain.
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 UK National Archives Accessions to Repositories Web pages list recent manuscript accessions to over 200 national, regional, and university libraries and other repositories throughout the British Isles. The information gathered here is added to the indexes to the National Register of Archives, and used to produce thematic digests. The site warns that not all of the new accessions will yet have been fully catalogued, and researchers should check availability of access with the relevant repository. Accessions may be listed by topic or repository for any given year since the project began in 1994. Topic areas include: literary history; particular regional or community histories; individual trades, crafts, and industries; education; performing arts and cinema; music; religion; sport; military history, maritime history, and transport; women's history, etc. Only headline descriptions of accessions are provided by the site, but these do include names of individuals, the nature of the records provided, and the dates they cover. Unfortunately, no search engine is included that specifically covers the accessions. Nevertheless, this site should still be of interest to researchers, and it fulfils an important role in disseminating information.
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.
The website 'BBC Family History: Researching Military Records?' is an article explaining how to search archives for family and military records in Britain. Information includes how to start the search, and the various sources available for locating details of servicemen and servicewomen. The document contains a bibliography and contact details for repositories and is part of the BBC History website. The page has a permanent URL.
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 website 'British Records Association' reflects the activity of this scholarly society established to promote and engage in the preservation and publication of historical records. On the Association's website there is a range of information relating to their activities, including details of membership, events and conferences, and their journal. In addition to this details of BRA publications can be accessed, and the full-text of several of their guideline pamphlets. Also on the site is information about the Records Preservation Section, an organisation that works to rescue historical records, advise individuals on the care of records, and provide archival services.
One of a series of Research Guides available on the National Archives website, these pages help users to locate information in the Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies. The guide contains indexed transcripts and abstracts of a wide range of documents relating to the American and West Indian colonies. These comprise correspondence between the governors and secretary of state, and correspondence with the Board of Trade. The calendar covers the periods 1574-1739, with a later series concerning the period of the American Revolution. Some browsing yields general file-level archival information which may run even later; users can pre-request collections online.
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.
The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts is an online resource published by the University of California at Los Angeles which keeps track of the growing number of fully digitized manuscripts available on the Web. The site has a search engine which allows users to search online manuscripts according to date, location, author, title, shelfmark, languages, or provenance. A browse function offers users a quick grasp of what is available in this database under these and other headings. The sources are immediately and easily accessible. The site links to hundreds of manuscripts and promises thousands more, with the growing digitisation of these fragile, rare and valuable sources so essential for medievalists. Although some links were broken at the time of review, the site is regularly maintained and is an invaluable support for Medieval Studies.
This Website is created by the UK government to provide information to the public on recent and past censuses in the country. The upcoming 2011 census has subpages here, with the latest news and frequently asked questions. A subpage advises genealogists on the legislation governing the use of censuses for their research. And academic researchers will note several guides to the 2001 census under the get data menu subheading found on the main homepage. There are search engines and online reports referring to local government, parliamentary constituencies, parishes, postal districts, and urban and rural regions. Also of interest here are results correlated to migration within, into and out of the UK, with origin and destination matrices. Additional services outlined here are provided by Office of National Statistics to conduct specific census searches on behalf of individuals making enquiries. Other useful information here includes a glossary; an explanation on data comparability over time; and census geography from 1801 to 2001.
Historians and other scholars should check the information here about the censuses from 1801 to 1991. Prior to the 1960s, census information is available in the form of printed reports. However, a subsite, A Vision of Britain Through Time, concentrates on the historical censuses from 1801 onward and provides special search engines and a historical mapping function, as well as reports, abstracts and summaries of findings. Of interest to cultural and social historians is the Vision subsite entitled Travelers' Tales, which provides full text historical travelers' accounts of England from the 12th to 19th centuries. A news section here describes the most recent finding aids which have been added to the Vision site.
This is the homepage of the Chinese Maritime Customs Project, an AHRC-funded research project based at the University of Bristol which ran from 2003 to 2007. Historians and specialists from Cambridge University and the Second Historical Archives of China also contributed to this effort to understand "British imperial history, and the history of modern globalization in China, by focusing on the role the Chinese Maritime Customs Service and its staff played in these historical processes." The project produced a new catalogue of some 55,000 files in the archives of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, which are held at the Second Historical Archives at Nanjing. This catalogue is digitised but not publicly available online; the site however, offers a detailed description of the collections and former project members still run searches in the catalogue if researchers contact them directly. Also of note here is an exhibition mounted by project members in 2007 and 2008 of Chinese customs and Sino-British imperial historical photographs run in London, Bath and Durham. Part of this exhibition is described on a subsite, Picturing China, 1870-1950: Photographs from British Collections. The exhibition's companion volume has been published and can be ordered from the site. Many digitised photos and scanned images of these materials also appear online at the linked site, Historical Photographs of China. This latter site results from cooperation between scholars at the University of Bristol, University of Lincoln, and the Institut d'Asie Orientale.
The Chinese Maritime Customs Project has additionally prepared 350 microfilm reels of archival documents on the history of the Chinese Maritime Customs service (the Imperial Maritime Customs service until 1912). The site names researchers and scholars formerly affiliated with the project. There are also links here to related research projects and archival holdings which will be extremely valuable for scholars, including: personal papers of customs officials; data sets on imports and exports created by Professor Thomas Lyons of Cornell University and Professor Hans Van de Ven of Cambridge University; data sets on individuals' customs careers, customs flags and customs medals; published monographs and research handbooks; and Chinese coast family histories. In addition, the site posts downloadable research bibliographies; gives instructions for purchasing occasional papers; requests information from genealogists; and has a discussion board.
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 site provides details of the types of records available at the East Sussex County Council Archives. A guide to holdings document can be accessed in Word or PDF format. This provides a detailed list of archives, which include Navy Act returns of men recruited 1795-7; plans of canal and river improvements; piers, harbours and coastal works 1800-1924; registers of shipping for Newhaven and Rye; and records of river boards and harbour commissioners. Contact details and visitor information are provided.
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.
One of a series of Research Guides produced by the National Archives, this site provides information on records held at Archives on women's services during World War I. By 1916, the British government began organising women's auxiliary military services, so that male workers would be free to fight. Services covered by this collection include: the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps; the Women's Royal Air Force; medals and awards; and the Women's Royal Naval Service. Women worked in the Ministry of Labour; Board of Trade; Ministry of Munitions; Ministry of National Service; and the War Office. The sources here feature administrative records, service records and registers available for the army, navy and air force in this time period. Collections are described only on at the general level, not at the file or individual piece levels. Nonetheless, using these general criteria materials can be pre-requested online from the Web site.
Part of a series of Research Guides (or Information Leaflets) produced by The National Archives website, the website 'Foreign Office: Card Index 1910-1919' page is an introduction to the Foreign Office's system for identifying its papers. The leaflet includes a table of country codes and guidance on understanding the cards and the class lists. Sources for further reading are included.
This website, for the Friends of Dundee City Archives, provides various resources and aids on researching the local history of Dundee, primarily by using Dundee City Archives. The group aims to improve awareness of, and support for, the city archives in order to ensure the continued safe management of resources of historical importance. The website provides details of the group's lunchtime talks on Dundee's history; details of relevant conferences; databases of records (including burial records for the Howff, Dundee City's cemetery and county vehicle registration records for Perthshire (1909-1911) and Kinross-shire (1904-1952)); very useful research guides on a variety of local history topics (such as a guide to researching the history of buildings in Dundee City Archives or background papers on poorhouses in the City of Dundee); a list of the publications (not published or available online); and membership details. The Web page will be of very substantial use to anyone interested in the history of Dundee, or more generalist local historians.
This finding aid was produced by staff at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. It provides a description of some archival material from the German and Milne collection, comprised of textual records and graphic material. The collection consists of the General Correspondence and Administration Series, Financial Series, Corporate and Legal Series, General Reference Series (Ephemera), General Engineering Series and Engineering Contract Files Series (Design Boxes).
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.
This website provides free online access to an excellent resource for naval historians - amateur and professional alike - who wish to work in the National Archives (TNA) in the United Kingdom. Realising that archive work in this field - as with many others - can be a daunting task, given that documents can be exceptionally difficult to track down using TNA's own cataloguing system, this website provides a comprehensive discussion of the nature and location of various naval source. The document itself is available as a PDF file which can be downloaded (users should note that the PDF file is very large, and is over 300 pages long). This Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project is of significant benefit to naval historians, and will be highly valued by researchers.
This website, for Here's History Kent, contains a vast range of local history materials for the towns and parishes of Kent, England. Each parish has at least eight historic maps, three directory entries and a selection of historic images. Fifty of the towns and larger villages have detailed historical surveys. The site includes: guidance for local historians investigating the history of Kent; articles on themes in the history of Kent; biographies and both a glossary and encyclopaedia of Kentish history. Co-ordinated by Ian Coulson, the site provides a core of sources and links that make it possible to work on historical evidence regarding the county of Kent using the Internet.
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 Index of the Surrey Entries in the Sun Insurance Office Fire Insurance Registers is a web page published by the Surrey Archaeological Society Local History Committee. The site offers an index of late 18th century fire policies held by residents of Surrey. Users should note that full details of the policies are not provided: each index entry provides a volume and reference number, enabling users to identify the policies they need before visiting the Guildhall Library in London. The index lists the policies by place not policy holder, and site users can browse through an alphabetical list of Surrey parishes to locate policies. Also on the site is an example of the content of a policy and information about the Guildhall Library for those planning a visit. The page was last updated in 2001 and archived; the link to the homepage of the Surrey Archaeological Society is now broken.
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 finding aids listed on this page refer to holdings at the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. The archives relate to the history of sea-based activities in the North Atlantic region and include account books, papers, ledgers, letters, logbooks, diaries and shipping registers - sometimes not the original but a microfilmed copy. For each, information provided includes: length and type of records, administrative history, scope and content of the archive, custodial history, notes such as copyright and series number, and exact shelf location. There are also sections for merchants and shipowners arranged alphabetically by surname which include a biographical sketch, scope and content of the archives and notes.
The website, Medievalismo, acts as a portal to online resources and contacts useful for those working on Spanish medieval history and literature, although the site equally pays attention to the European medieval period in general. It offers a good agenda of conferences and seminars in this field, which are to be held across Spain, Latin America, Europe and USA. Extensive lists of international societies and of medievalists across the world will assist in the location of 'likeminds' and users may click on the names to access the home page of the individual in question. Of interest for the researcher, too, will be the site's listing of scholarly journals (in Spanish, French and English) devoted to medieval studies: scrolling over the titles in the list reveals publication and contact details for most of the journals. The site also publishes the monthly bulletin, 'Medievalismo Digital', featuring news, reviews and short articles related to this period of European history. For the tutor, there is a dedicated section with links to pedagogical resources, including thematic articles, videos, maps, and a list of online bibliographical databases. This is a promising gateway for those wishing to locate and identify relevant journals and research groups in their field. The site is equally navigable in Spanish, French, English, German and Italian, although most of the resources are available in the first two only.
This guide, part of the Medway CityArk website, provides information on the resources at the Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre (MALSC). This includes the Naval Collection, which focuses on the relation of Chatham to the Royal Navy and HM Dockyard, and relates to ships, naval campaigns, naval architecture, Royal Marines and ships' badges. Including Navy List 1813-date (hard copy) and 1813-1858, 1915-1916 (microfiche); together with important publications like the Navy Records Society.
One of a series of research guides available on the National Archives website, this page provides valuable information on merchant seamen and shipping, especially from the 18th century onward. The site explains the contents of the Registry of Shipping and Seamen (RSS) with reference to the records that are held at the National Archives. Links are provided to explanatory leaflets describing the major collections available, including: Merchant Seamen: Service Registers, 1835-1857; Merchant Seamen: Service Registers, 1913-1972; Merchant Seamen: Officers' Service Records, 1845-1921; Merchant Shipping: Agreements and Crew Lists, 1747-1860; Merchant Shipping: Agreements and Crew Lists after 1861; Merchant Shipping: Registration of Ships, 1786-1994; Births, Deaths and Marriages at Sea, 1837-1972; Apprenticeship Records; Merchant Seamen: Medals and Honours; and Merchant Seamen: Royal Naval Reserve. Additional appendixes on the site help users to interpret extra information, such as abbreviations. Historians can browse down to the general collection level, but not to the archival levels of files or individual documents. They can, however, pre-order these sources online from this site prior to research visits to the National Archives.
The website 'National Archives: Looking for records of an emigrant' is a guide from The National Archives concerning the resources available to research Britons overseas from the 19th century onwards, and covers birth, marriage and death registration; and births, marriages, and deaths at sea. From early days as traders and explorers, there is reference to merchants, businessmen and the military. The site details the various archival funds and online sections of the site where one can find desired information. Some of the material can be downloaded for a small fee.
The website 'National Archives: Looking for records of merchants ships' is a guide from The National Archives focuses on the Merchant Navy and provides simple advice on locating and researching information. Further information is provided on the Register of Seamen, 1835-1857, 1857-1917 and after 1917; the Central Register, 1913-1972; seamen apprentices; records of officers and agreements and crew lists mercantile navy crew lists. Books and logs can be downloaded against a smalll fee from the DocumentsOnline subsite of the National Archives pages.
These notes briefly describe the unpublished sources noted in the National Register of Archives (NRA), the principal relevant repositories with strong business collections, other useful links and general works of reference. The sheet provides pointers to information held in the NRA personal, business and organisations indexes, and to the collections of specialist repositories who hold suitable information relating to shipping and shipbuilding companies. The sheet also provides useful addressees, a list of surveys, and works of reference, and sources for published information about companies.
One of a series of Information Leaflets produced by The National Archives, this provides details about Admiralty Charts and where they can be found, together with contact addresses. It also lists the Admiralty Charts available at The National Archives, which are those collected or used by government departments and the armed services in the normal course of administrative or operational functions. Also included is advice on how to locate a particular chart using a known chart number, a place name and geographical area (from 1832). Listed at the end are suggestions for further reading.
This leaflet looks at records relating to the authorities responsible for the British colonies on the western shores of the Atlantic held at The National Archives. For each colony the five main types of record are: Original Correspondence with the Secretary of State; Original Correspondence with the Board of Trade; Entry Books of the Secretary of State; Entry Books of the Board of Trade; and Collections of Acts and Sessional Papers of the colonial legislature. Other sources include naval officers' returns of shipping and naval despatches. Information on each of these types is given. The leaflet also includes details of printed sources and guides to the records.
This page is part of the site of The National Archives and focuses on the records concerning information about births, marriages and deaths at sea. Also provided is the class number for each record, the location of other sources of information and further reading.
This leaflet begins by describing what records are not available at The National Archives. Information on relevant records is given including those of the Colonial Office, Dominions Office and the Commonwealth Relations Office. Guidance on accessing documents held in these collections is given. Other records relate to government gazettes, acts and sessional papers. Brief details of other record classes of relevance to the study of the British Empire are included.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet looks at the papers of the War Office, the Foreign Office, Admiralty, Air Ministry and the Colonial Office which relate to British Prisoners of War during the Second World War and the Korean War. The leaflet provides guidance on starting a search and sources to consult, together with information on the types of information to be found in administrative and policy files.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet looks at records of men who became Prisoners of War during different historical periods: before 1793; the French Wars, 1793-1815; the Crimean War, 1853-1855; the South African War, 1899-1902; and the First World War, 1914-1919. It also covers administrative and policy documents and documents relating to prisoners (1914-1919). Other sources to consult are suggested.
Records relating to canals held at The National Archives include the records of canal companies and the government's involvement in the canal transport system. The leaflet looks at the records of: the Board of Trade, such as the regulation of goods' transportation rates and fares; the Ministry of Transport, including the papers of the Docks and Canal Division; the British Transport Historical Records Section; and parliamentary and judicial sources. A selection of material from other records held at The National Archives is also given, relating to: the Wey Navigation; the Caledonian Canal; the Royal Military Canal Commission; the Norfolk Estuary Company; and the Inland Waterways Association. Five sources for further reading are also provided.
Produced by The National Archives, this information leaflet begins by describing published sources of information that can be used to trace employees of the separate Boards of Customs, Excise, and Inland Revenue, before providing guidance on public records such as yearbooks, warrants, staff lists, minute books, and registers of service. Publications are detailed in which information on civil servants can be found. Ten sources for further reading are also provided.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet provides guidance on the records of the Dominions Office. The introduction gives a brief history of the administration of colonial affairs and the Colonial Office, and the leaflet explains what is available at The National Archives, including registers and indexes.
This leaflet, published by The National Archives, focuses on the chief sources of information for tracing individuals and families emigrating from the UK. It is not intended as a comprehensive list of all the appropriate sources, but to give an idea of the scope available. The sources range from Colonial Office Emigration original correspondence to Passenger Lists and records relating to individual colonies such as America and the West Indies.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet provides guidance for those wishing to research their family history. The leaflet gives guidance for beginners and explains how to find out if anyone else is researching the same family. It covers: records of births, marriages and deaths from 1 July 1837; sources for records of births, marriages and deaths before 1837; Britons abroad; censuses of population 1841 - 1901; wills before and after 1858; and death duty registers. Other sources at The National Archives are noted. The leaflet ends with a list of useful addresses.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet provides guidance on the central registry and sub-registry brought in by the Foreign Office to provide a better control of its papers. The leaflet includes a table of the country code stem numbers, describes how to use the Card Index to find correspondence and gives 3 steps to understanding and using the cards themselves. Sample index cards and sources for further reading are included.
This leaflet from The National Archives provides guidance in locating names and information about foreigners entering and living in England. Records of the Chancery refer to foreign merchants, and Exchequer documents include accounts of transactions in which foreign merchants resident in London were concerned. Original certificates under the Aliens Act, 1836 document the arrival of individual aliens in England and Scotland, and are arranged under the ports of arrival; returns of alien passengers made by masters of ships under this same act are also available, and aliens arriving in English ports, 1810-1811 may also be traced. Passenger lists inwards, 1878 to 1888 and 1890 to 1960, were furnished by ships' masters arriving in the UK from places outside Europe to port officers of the Ministry of Transport and sent to the Board of Trade. Passenger lists of HM steam packets carrying passengers to, from and within the Mediterranean area 1831 to 1834 are available, as are registers of passenger lists from 1906 until 1951. Other organisations holding records about foreigners settling in the UK are mentioned.
This leaflet, produced by The National Archives, describes records of intelligence sections of the service departments that are available for consultation. The leaflet covers the War Office; Admiralty; Air Ministry; Signals Intelligence; Foreign Office; and the records of the Special Operations Executive, Joint Intelligence Committee and of Intelligence and Security Agencies. The leaflet includes sources for further reading.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet covers the holdings which relate to international organisations set up after the two World Wars, covering: the European Free Trade Association; European Coal and Steel Community; OEEC/OECD; the European Economic Community (EEC); and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
This leaflet, produced by The National Archives, examines holdings relating to enemy aliens interned by the British authorities, principally for the Second World War. The leaflet also covers Second World War deportations, losses at sea, internees in British colonies and British subjects interned by enemies.
This leaflet begins by detailing six texts relating to English and Scottish general history which should be consulted before turning to the primary material. It then looks at records held at The National Archives relating to: administration and policy, such as naval state papers; finance; naval campaigns against the risings; trials; and forfeitures such as those of the Earl of Derwentwater. Details of locating records held in the Scottish Record Office, local record offices, or private collections are also included.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet describes the various series and other accumulations of maps and plans generated or collected by the various departments of state responsible for the foreign relations of England, Wales and the United Kingdom since the sixteenth century. Sections of the leaflet look at the State Paper Office, the Foreign Office, the Colonial Office, the India Office and Burma Office, the Dominions Office, the Commonwealth Relations Office and Commonwealth Office, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Holdings include plans of harbours, naval charts, and atlases.
This leaflet provides an introduction to the millions of maps that form part of The National Archives' holdings. They originate from government departments, such as the Foreign Office, the Colonial Office, the War Office, the Tithe Commission and the Valuation Office. The leaflet provides a general overview of The National Archives' map holdings and how they are arranged, with some advice on how to search for maps.
One of a series of Information Leaflets from The National Archives, this provides details of the abbreviations used by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen (RGSS) when entering details of voyages etc. in the various registers of service for seamen, masters, mates, engineers and fishing officers. Abbreviations listed are those for rank or rating, for destinations, port numbers for ports in the UK and also for colonial ports. Other leaflets on records of merchant seamen can also be viewed on the site.
One of a series of Information Leaflets from The National Archives, this explains the way in which the entries for individuals in the Registers of Seamen's Tickets, and in the Alphabetical Register of Masters, often give details of the voyages which he undertook. It provides researchers with information on how to interpret these records, both of home trade voyages and foreign trade voyages. Other information leaflets on merchant seamen records are available on this site.
This page is part of the site of The National Archives and focuses on voyages undertaken by Merchant Navy officers, which until 1888 were recorded in an abbreviated form. Information on decoding such information is given on the site, using examples taken from Home and Foreign Trade voyages.
Part of a series of Information Leaflets produced by The National Archives, this provides a guide to interpreting the entries for seamen in the Registers of Seamen Series II at The National Archives. There is information about home trade voyages and foreign trade voyages along with two examples of records and how to decipher them. Other information leaflets about merchant seamen are available on The National Archives website.
This leaflet looks at the 10% random sample of the crew lists dating from 1861 held by The National Archives. Many have been preserved at other archives, and information on the holdings of the National Maritime Museum and the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland are given. The leaflet ends with a list of County Record Offices holding crew lists for the years 1863 to 1913, and information on Merchant Ships' Logs 1857 - 1990.
This leaflet briefly introduces the system of rewards before looking at the six medals granted for gallantry at sea by the time of the Second World War: Albert Medal (in Gold and Bronze); Board of Trade Silver and Bronze Medals for Gallantry in saving life at sea; and Board of Trade Gold and Silver Medals for Foreign Services. The leaflet covers the Egyptian Medal and the Sea Transport Medal, before turning to the four medals awarded to merchant seamen during the First World War: 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal; and Mercantile Marine Medal. The leaflet ends by outlining information currently available on awards presented during the Second World War.
This leaflet describes how to trace information on masters and mates from records held by The National Archives. It looks at the Alphabetical Register of Masters (1845-1854); the system of Voluntary Examinations (1845-1850); and Certificates of Competency and Service (1845-1921), with details of the type of information given. Information on masters and mates certificates include a table showing the type of certificate as indicated by the certificate number. The leaflet also covers the certification of skippers and mates of fishing vessels, and of engineers and cooks. The leaflet describes changes to the system of recording the issue of certificates from around 1913, and outlines the arrangement of the entries. Finally, information on the Lloyd's Captains' Register (1851-1947) is given. A source for further reading is included.
This leaflet provides guidance in tracing information about masters, mates or seamen from various attempts to register merchant seamen in records held by The National Archives. The leaflet looks in turn at the four series of registers: Register of Seamen, Series I (1835-1836) and Series II (1835-1844); Register of Seamen's Tickets (1845-1854); and Register of Seamen, Series III (1853-1857). In each case, the arrangement of the entries is described and an example of a typical index entry is given. A source for further reading is included.
This leaflet looks at the information to be found in the Fourth Register of Seamen, started in October 1913 and continued until 1941. The register includes details of all categories of people (men and women) employed at sea, not just ordinary seamen, but also mates, engineers, trimmers, stewards, cooks etc. The leaflet explains how to use the microfiches and how to locate a seafarer serving between 1913-1918 and 1918-1921. It looks at the process of finding all the entries for a seafarer, 1921-1941. In each case, examples illustrate the information to be found on the cards. The leaflet outlines how to find information on particular ships and gives reasons why it may not be possible to find records.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet looks at the crews of merchant ships. It looks in turn at: early musters; surviving musters filed by certain ports, 1747-1834; and agreements and crew lists filed with the Register Office of Merchant Seamen between 1835-1860. The latter is sub-divided into the periods 1835-1844, 1845-1856 and 1857-1860, depending on the types of crew list to be found. Information on understanding the entries is given, as are sources for further reading. The leaflet also covers log books and discharge certificates.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet begins by looking at early sources - such as Port Books, Board of Trade Shipping Returns and Customs Records - giving information on the registration of ships before 1786. The leaflet explains transcripts and transactions and looks at these records for the years 1786-1854, 1854-1889 (divided according to Merchant Shipping Acts) and for 1889 onwards. For each period the leaflet outlines the type of information provided. The leaflet also covers: lists produced by customs officers of ships registered in Plantation and UK ports; fishing boats; changes of master; and official logs. Sources for further reading are provided.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet describes the arrangement and content of the records of the Ministry of Labour. It covers early records; employment and unemployment; industrial relations; wartime responsibilities of the Ministry of Labour (documenting military recruitment); health and safety; trade boards and wages councils; the National Dock Labour Board; training; the International Labour Market; and statistics. Sources for further reading are also provided.
This leaflet provides a guide to the documentary material relating to the Board of Ordnance held by The National Archives. The leaflet provides information on the history and functions of the Board. Holdings include minutes, reference books, financial records, in-letters and out-letters, ledgers, contracts, quarter books, debenture books and bill books. The final section of the leaflet looks at the value of Ordnance records for Naval and maritime history: for example, it is possible to extract a complete record of the commissioning and paying-off of warships, and the records contain the particulars of thousands of merchantmen, with material on wages, prices and freight rates. The leaflet includes a brief annotated list of the most important, purely naval records among the Ordnance classes and a select bibliography.
This leaflet looks at ships' passenger lists among the records of the Board of Trade held at The National Archives. It gives guidance on which series to consult depending on what information is already known. Specific categories are passenger lists before 1878; Board of Trade Passenger Lists; registers of passenger lists; and passenger lists in overseas archives.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet outlines the history of applying for a passport to travel abroad. Classes of records dealing with passports and the Passport Office held by THA are: licences to pass beyond the seas, which include registers of passengers to New England, Barbados and other colonies; entry books and registers; indexes of names of passport applicants; correspondence of the Passport Office; representative case papers; representative examples of passports issued; and Colonial and Consular Issues.
This leaflet provides guidance to records of customs duties paid at particular ports that were sent in to the Exchequer between 1565 and 1799 which are now held at The National Archives. The leaflet gives background details on Port Books and customs returns, with secondary sources which provide further information. Details of information found in the records is given, together with their limitations. An example of a customer's account of inwards traffic from the Chester Port Book and further reading suggestions are included.
Part of a series of leaflets providing guidance in tracing individuals who served in the Royal Marines, this leaflet looks at sources not covered by the other leaflets. It looks at: casualties (1893-1956) including Registers of Deaths in Ships and Registers of Killed and Wounded; records of medals; service records for the Coastguard Service (1900-1923); Second World War war diaries and Prisoners of War; Courts Martial; pension records; wills; records of births, deaths, marriages and next-of-kin; and effective and subsistence lists (1688-1837). Nine sources for further reading are also included.
The three main series of records held at The National Archives can be used in researching the service record of a Marine - Attestation Forms, Description Books and Records of Service - are each arranged by Division. This leaflet describes five methods to find out in which Division a man served, depending on what information is already known about the individual (for example: medal entitlements; name of a ship he served on, and the date; his Company number, and a date). The leaflet also describes what a Division is, with details of records describing policy matters, including the raising and deployment of marine companies. A table outlines the arrangement of Divisional Headquarters' letter books, and the records of the Royal Marine Office (RMO) are also described.
This leaflet begins by outlining records held by The National Archives which can be used to trace marine officers before 1793, before looking at the records of service of officers appointed between 1793 and 1925 and the types of information to be found. Other sources include: obituaries; Admiralty Leave Books and Half Pay Lists; records of commissions and appointments for 1703 to 1713; surveys of Royal Marine officers' ages for 1822 and 1831; Warrant Officers' service records; and references to Royal Marine Surgeons.
After describing briefly the history of the Royal Marines, this leaflet looks at the three main series of records held at The National Archives which can be used in researching the service record of a Marine. These are: Attestation Forms (1790-1925); Description Books (1755-1940); and Records of Service (1842-1936). In each case, records are arranged by division.
This leaflet, produced by The National Archives, provides information about the records they hold which deal with the personnel of naval and victualling establishments. They also hold some information about Ordnance employees. The records cover Naval Bases in the UK and throughout the world and will be of particular interest to those researching naval, dockyard and family history.
The Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) was recruited from among merchant seamen and fishermen through local shipping officers, who could be called upon for service in the Royal Navy in times of emergency. This leaflet explains about the different divisions of the RNR and The National Archives classifications for these records. There are also records for officers and ratings, medals, and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR).
This leaflet from The National Archives begins by setting out the limitations of naval logs in providing personal information on the officers and crew of a particular ship. The reports of proceedings and captain's letters are more informative. The leaflet covers: Admirals' Journals (1702-1916); Masters' Logs (1672-1871); Captains' Logs (1669-1852); Lieutenants' Logs; voyages of exploration (1757-1904); Ships' Logs (1799-1967), kept by the Officer of the Watch for all naval ships including battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers and armed merchant cruisers; Submarines' Logs (1914-1967); Surgeons' Logs (1785-1963); and Captains' Letters and Reports of Proceedings submitted to the Admiralty.
Beginning with the Navy Lists, this help sheet goes on to examine the types of record in which it is possible to find details of an Officer's service: Registers of Officers' Services (1756-1966); Returns of Officers' Service (1817 and 1846); Passing Certificates; Certificates of Service (1802-1894); Full and Half Pay Registers (1697-1924); Wives and Next-of-Kin; and Black Books, Leave Books and Examinations. Help with the types of information to be found in each is also given.
One of a series of Information Leaflets available on the PRO section of the National Archive website. Royal Navy Operational Records for the period 1660 to 1914 include records of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Admiralty Board, as well as cases (files on important subjects)and minutes of Admiral Boards and Lord Admirals' Councils. There are also records from the Secretaries of State and Navy Board, station records, logs and journals, stations and movements of HM Ships, and shipbuilding and repair records.
This leaflet provides guidance on the records in The National Archives relating to World War Two. It outlines the limitations of the holdings, and provides references to other sources of information. Sources include: official histories and monographs; the Navy Lists; main operational records and reports; other operational records and reports; ships' logs; the Admiralty; Combined Operations; Naval Intelligence records; Fleet Air Arm and Coastal Command; photographs; Research and Design Records; and losses of merchant vessels.
One of a series of Information Leaflets available on The National Archives. This relates mostly to records of the wrecks of British naval ships. A list of published works on shipwrecks is provided and covers the period from the 17th century to the 20th century. This is followed by information on how to locate the records on shipwrecks of warships, and merchant ships. There are also suggestions of other sources of record information.
Produced by The National Archives, this leaflet begins by looking at the introduction of the system that exiled convicts to the American and West Indian colonies. Sections of the leaflet deal with tracing named individuals and finding out more about them. Sources for further reading are provided.
This leaflet begins with brief background information on sentences of transportation, leading up to the development of a new penal colony in 1787. Details of starting a search at the National Archives for information about named convicts is given, and from there how to find out more from sources such as trial records, petitions, and judges' reports, with guidance (where applicable) on the limitations of the records. The leaflet includes printed sources of censuses/musters of early Australian settlers which include convicts, and suggestions for further reading.
The website 'National Archives DocumentsOnline: Royal Navy Service Records' is a guide from The National Archives focuses on the Royal Navy and provides simple advice on locating and researching Royal Navy documents for the period 1853-1923. Information covered includes Officers' records of service, navy officers, surveys of officers, examinations and passing certificates of naval officers: and what to do if an officer's service record cannot be found.
Part of the National Library of Australia Manuscripts website, this webpage lists the papers of Alan Villiers, who was a sailor and author. He was a reporter for the Mercury from 1924 to 1929 but resigned to pursue a career as an author and adventurer. He wrote more than 30 books about his experiences as a seaman on a variety of craft. His books include 'The way of a ship', 'Give me a ship to sail' and 'Set of the sails'. The papers are listed by document series, for example: diaries; journals; logs and notebooks; general drafts; and war service; and also by box number (box 1 - 138) with the contents of each box described.
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 major purpose of this website is to highlight the vast quantities of oral history data on the Second World War and to document their details. The collections detailed on the Web page come from servicemen and woman from various nations, evacuees, Holocaust survivors, and civilians affected by war on the Home Front. The website follows a simple design, and the collections can be browsed by either geographical area (for example, South East, Scotland, London, and the East Midlands) or by subject (for example, Bevin Boys, American Armed Forces, Dutch Resistance and so on). The website provides detailed information on the collections of many record and archive offices and will be invaluable to historians of the Second World War. The Web page aims to be continually updated as more resources are found, and catalogued, over time.
Part of a series of Research Guides (or Information Leaflets) produced by the National Archives website, this site provides details of National Archives records of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). The RNVR was founded in 1903. It comprised volunteers from all walks of life, except maritime tradesmen who formed the Royal Naval Reserve. Men of the RNVR served in a variety of roles, not only on ships but also as part of the Royal Naval Division (63rd Division) who fought on land. There is information about RNVR Officers' Records, RNVR Ratings' Service Records, the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Mine Clearance Service and RNVR Divisional Records. This site would be an excellent starting point for advanced historical research. Archival information here is at the fonds level, but not the piece level. The site also provides links to other collections with Royal Navy volunteer records in the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the National Maritime Museum.
One of a series of Research Guides available on The National Archives website, these pages provide details of the records of the naval nursing services and includes a brief summary of their development and regulation from 1883 onwards, when untrained male nurses were replaced by a systematized corps of trained female nurses. The guides here will prove an excellent starting point for researchers in military, social and medical history. Records cover the following areas: nurses at the Royal Greenwich Hospital, 1704-1865; nurses' Records, 1884 onwards; and policy records. These resources can be pre-ordered from the site fairly easily; however, there is no archival information here at the file or piece level.
One of several Research Guides available on the National Archives Website, this page contains details of the professional bodies responsible for payment of naval pensions to warrant officers in the Royal Navy. Historians conducting research in this field will therefore find files here on the workings of the Navy Pay Office; the Admiralty; the Chatham Chest (later the Greenwich Chest); the Royal Greenwich Hospital; the Charity for the Payment of Pensions to Widows of Sea Officers; the Secretaries of State; and the Privy Council. There are details of collections here which span the 17th to 20th centuries, and which contain full pay and half pay records and certificates of service. Pension records consist of Superannuation Pensions, Wounds and Disability Pensions, and Widows' Pensions. There are also records of the dependents of Warrant Officers eligible for the Compassionate List and other miscellaneous pension records. Researchers can pre-order collections online, but there is no archival information here on the file or individual piece levels.
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 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.
One of a series of Research Guides available on the National Archives website, this page includes information on resources held by the Archives that can be used to study and trace individual convicts who were: in government gaols; kept on prison ships called 'hulks'; transported to the North American colonies during the 18th and first half of the 19th centuries; transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. The site briefly explains the history of treatment of convicts under these circumstances and elaborates on how resources are arranged with reference to: medical journals; bankruptcy proceedings; convict prison hulks: registers and letter books; correspondence of settlers and convicts in New South Wales and Tasmania: Records; records of the Old Bailey; convict registers and convict transportation registers kept by the Home Office and various counties; judges' reports; police reports; bound police journals; the Newgate Prison calendar; remissions and pardons; prison graves; mental patients' files; records of other significant government prisons, such as the Fleet Prison, the King's Bench Prison and the Queen's Prison; Treasury reports on hulks and convict colonies, as well as prison reform; and the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Historians should find this to be a valuable resource, and can pre-order collections online ahead of their visit to the National Archives.
This website provides information on one of the greatest financial disasters of the eighteenth century, commonly known as the South Sea Bubble. The website, from the Kress Collection, Baker Library at Harvard Business School, aims to digitise the valuable primary resources relating to the South Sea Bubble. The Web page is split into three main sections: 'What is the South Sea Bubble?'; 'The South Sea Bubble Collection'; and 'Project Overview'. Of greatest significance will be the middle section, which details the various holdings of the Kress Collection, and can be browsed general thematic heading.
Complied by the Archives Hub, as part of their 'Collections of the Month' series of articles, the Web page about the Spanish Civil War provides links to: archival catalogues for the papers of political campaigners, historians, and International Brigades volunteers; the records of aid organisations; and catalogues for collections of posters, photographs, and interviews with veterans of the Spanish Civil War. The website also includes a suggested reading list (with links to records on Copac) and related links.
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 website of Tyne and Wear Archives provides a series of User Guides to its records, which are free to use and well laid out. Each guide is a separate PDF file, which opens in a new window. There are four categories of guides. Religion includes guides on Parish Registers; Roman Catholic; and Methodist registers, as well as information for Jewish and other religious denominations. School Records provides guides for Sunderland; Gateshead; Newcastle upon Tyne; and Tyneside. Other Local Authority Records includes guides on rate books and voting records. Trades, Crafts and Professions provides guides on maritime trade and navigation; shipbuilding; outfitting; and repair. These are particularly important, as the shipping and maritime collections at Tyne and Wear Archives have been recognised as an Outstanding Collection by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Guides on local trade unions; the coal industry; medicine; and guilds are also provided. Under Other Topics there are guides on local census material, migration and the First and Second World Wars.
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 University of Glasgow's archive holdings. These comprise two collections: the University's own archives (dating to its foundation in 1451) and the Scottish Business Archive contains the University's archives relating to the history of commerce and manufacture in Scotland. These inlcude the shipping and shipbuilding industries, food and drink production, mining, transport, law, banking and publishing. Each collection is described in PDF format together with access arrangements.
The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library houses rare books, special collections, manuscripts, archived documents and the official records of the University of Toronto. The Library now holds some 600,000 volumes and approximately 2,500 linear metres of manuscripts. The highlights of this collection are made available online through a series of virtual exhibitions. These include: etchings of the seventeenth century Bohemian artist, Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677); Anatomia, 1522-1867, with historical studies of the human anatomy from sources spanning that time period; the Barren Lands, with over 5,000 images from surveys conducted in 1893 and 1894 of Canada's north (now Nunavut) by James Tyrrell and J. B. Tyrrell; pre-1930 Canadian Pamphlets and Broadsides; Canadian Printer and Publisher, showing the history of the Canadian publishing industry through historic trade journals; the Discovery and Early Development of Insulin; and a classical Papyri collection. An additional 'Images from the Collection' subsite provides a wealth for images related to Canadiana; English and European Literature; Hebraica and Judaica; and Philosophy, Theology and Religion. The site posts exhibition catalogues and other library publications.
Researchers can refer to the Index to Collections, which offers detailed archival information. Those working from the medieval to modern periods should pay particular attention to the Manuscript Collection Index, with notable holdings on Middle East manuscripts; Byzantine manuscripts; a Galileo collection; early modern medical casebooks; 16th century Portuguese poetry; medieval and early modern Hebrew manuscripts; manuscripts and proofs by D.H. Lawrence and Charles Dickens; and valuable sources on early Canadiana. The rare book holdings are equally rich. In this area, historians will especially note a 1968 Czechoslovakia collection; a French Revolution collection; a Spanish Civil War collection; a Polish Solidarity collection; and a collection on Australia. Also not to be missed are important Canadian theatre history collections; special collections relating to philosophy (Aristotle, Bacon, Hobbes, Locke, Russell) and the history of philosophy.
The site also gives information on the annual Kenny Prize, for scholarly writing by a Canadian on Marxist, left or labour studies.
Rules for access, registration, photocopying and similar information for visitors are provided. Some images from the collections can be made into postcards, cards and posters which users can order from the site. Navigation is fairly clear and the site has its own search engine.
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 is a long narrative description of archival material (with Accession Numbers) from Upper Lakes Group Incorporated and its subsidiary corporations, Upper Lakes Shipping and ULS Marbulk Limited. The finding aid describes the history of Upper Lakes Shipping, and the arrangement of the records. The manuscript subgroup comprises: Series A Fleet Operations (including ports and harbours and trip reports); Series B Ocean Shipping (which includes overseas charters); and Series C Engineering (which includes the records of two Vice Presidents of Engineering, shipbuilding and repair and maintenance). The ship plan subgroup consists of graphic material such as blueprints. The bulk of the finding aid is dedicated to a list of the Upper Lakes Shipping Fleet, with details of drawings relating to each vessel. This is a long file which may take some time to load; users may find the 'find in page' feature of many browsers useful to locate sections of interest.
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.
The website "Victoria Research Web" is a regularly updated comprehensive online collection of scholarly resources for Victorian Studies in particular, and the "long 19th century" in general, created by Professor Patrick Leary of Indiana University, Bloomington. The site offers help with locating virtually all forms of material associated with a research project, from manuscripts and census data to periodicals, period photographs, bibliographies and book reviews, in the form of explanatory text supplemented by extensive sets of links. It also contains a journal guide, a list of relevant discussion groups and a collection of syllabi, as well as a section dedicated to planning a research trip to or in Britain. Both the website itself and the archives of the associated discussion list are fully searchable.
"Victorian illustrated newspapers and journals : select list" is part of the British Library's Help for Researchers Web pages. The page gives details of a selection of Victorian newspapers and periodicals which can be viewed in the British Library, and is illustrated with a number of contemporary images. The site gives publications details for each of the titles, together with access details of the collection. Further details about visiting the newspaper collections can be obtained from the main British Library Collection website, which also has an online catalogue of newspapers held in the British Library.
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 Yukon Archival Union List (YAUL) offers descriptions of publicly-accessible archival material held in repositories in the Yukon Territory, Canada. YAUL was created by the Yukon Council of Archives with the assistance of the Archives Association of British Columbia. This powerful archival catalogue brings up fonds level documents through a search engine. Users can search by name, repository, provinance, title or record number. Browsing features are limited: researchers must have an idea of their topic to search the database effectively. To that end, they should look at the site to which YAUL is connected, the Yukon Council of Archives. The latter posts its mandate, newsletter, archival research assistance and professional development and teaching aids for educators. The Yukon Council of Archives also posts a number of virtual exhibitions, with good teaching tools, to showcase archival material which can be located in YAUL.
The Yorkshire Quaker Heritage Project aims to increase access to and awareness of collections of Quaker material relating to Yorkshire. The project's website offers two online databases: one provides descriptions of Yorkshire Quaker collections and their locations; the other is a name index. The website also provides some background information on the project and on Quakerism in general. Other features of the site include a news and events section, a guide to sources for those interested in researching Yorkshire Quaker history, and a list of links to other Quaker sites. The Yorkshire Quaker Heritage Project receives funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP).
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.
These are the archives of Yukon Territory, Canada. A list of finding aids and bibliographies with itemised information is posted online, including topics such as: the Alaskan Highway; Anglican Church, Yukon Diocese; the Beaufort Sea; the Canadian Mine Workers Union; Genealogy sources; and the United States' Air Force Distant early warning system. The archive also possesses private papers, sound recordings, records and photographs related to local businesses, utilities, industries, government, civil festivals and families. The site describes local exhibitions hosted by the archive. It presents a series of virtual exhibitions covering subjects as varied as the oil and gold discovery, the military, transport and Black history. These exhibits also demonstrate a unique, regional Canadian-American relationship that is somewhat different from the one observed along the long main border between the two countries. The archive maintains a library with over 21,000 volumes, maps, newspapers, corporate and government records, and microfilms. There are good thematic and author-based catalogues for the archive's whole collection and a separate catalogue for the library. The site offers a small but relevant links list.
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.