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updated since 2006 though (2004) for some sections thus its role in disseminating news about seminars and conferences is obsolete, some useful resources remain.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 "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 website is a blog (The Ancient World Online - AWOL) published by Charles Ellwood Jones and listing several open access e-journals relevant to ancient studies. It is constantly updated and new additions are posted regularly. In addition to accessing the e-journals directly, it is also possible to search several of them through JURN (based on Google). Both researchers and students may find useful to follow the blog and have a handy list of links ready to use.
German and Austrian Exile Periodicals 1933-1945 is a research site posted by the German Section of the British Library. It provides a listing of German-language periodicals written and produced by Nazi-era exiles from Germany and Austria, which are held at the British Library. This resource will prove of interest to those researching the history of both German and German Jewish culture outside of Germany during the Nazi period. These periodicals were published in London, Paris, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, among other cities. The collection includes works by "Bertolt Brecht, Lion Feuchtwanger, Hugo Huppert, Berta Lask, Georg Lukacs, Heinrich Mann, Thomas Mann, Gustav Regler, Anna Seghers, Friedrich Wolf, and Paul Zech." Aside from complete runs, there is also a select list of isolated periodical issues which the library possesses. The site provides shelfmarks and locations of these resources in the British Library as well as further relevant research aids and links to external sites.
This website provides access to the online catalogue of the British Library's Manuscripts Department, which covers accessions from 1753 to the present day. In addition to the Catalogues of Additions, the catalogue incorporates such print catalogues as the following: Arundel, Burney, Blenheim, Cotton, Gladstone, Hargrave, Harley, Lansdowne, Plays, Sloane, Stowe, Egerton, Ashley, Cecil of Chelwood, G. K. Chesterton, Greek Catalogue, Guilford Catalogue, Medieval MSS, Music Loans, Music Miscellaneous, Music MSS, Petty, Royal Music Library MSS and Yelverton. The catalogue can be searched by manuscript number, or by name, subject, language, manuscript state or year. For each item a full description is given. The site also contains access to the Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, and the IDP Catalogue of Silk Road Manuscripts. To consult the manuscripts users need to visit the British Library, based in London. Information on how to gain a library pass and its location are provided elsewhere on the website.
The Guildhall Library is one of the Corporation of London's libraries. It is a public reference library which specialises in the history of London, especially the City, as well as having other significant collections. The printed books collection includes such categories as London and its history, marine history, clocks and clockmakers, and family history. The marine history category includes information on merchant vessels and shipping casualties, and there are links to leaflets of information on Titanic resources, shipping loss sources, and shipping records of ownership and salvage. Leaflets with the holdings of the library, such as: family history records; business history records; English law reports; parliamentary material; wine and food collections; and marine history can be downloaded in PDF format. Visitor information is included.
This collection, about the rise of steamship transportation, includes extensive documentation of the history of 352 American steamship companies. It is held at the Mariners' Museum, Virginia and contains thousands of photographs, extensive notes, ephemera, and clippings from nautical publications, newspapers, and other media. The database relating to this collection can be searched electronically. Each record describes the contents of the file on that company and other information, such as ports touched, regions served, and types of cargo and passenger service. There are also records for each of the vessels operated by these companies which include highlights of the vessel's history, including any name changes, military service or involvement in disasters. Database search tips are provided.
The European Library portal offers a search service which spans the 47 national libraries of Europe. A replacement for the Gabriel service, it is a multilingual online service, which enables users to search for books, journals etc., both digital and non-digital. Users are offered a simple search and an advanced search, which allows them to specify national collections or search for online materials. The site also features news, exhibitions and a treasures section, which shows digital images of artifacts, rare books, manuscripts and drawings.
The European Library website is a portal which aims to give access to the collections, both digital and non-digital, of the 48 national libraries of Europe. It allows users to conduct searches across the European collections of participating libraries, and delivers bibliographical details and digital materials in full where available. Searches can be broad or confined to the collections of the user's choosing (which may be selected by library or by subject), and represent a fast and effective way of locating materials from across Europe. Of particular interest is the site's collection of treasures, which features facsimiles of individual valuable manuscripts, books, journals and images from the various European libraries. The European Library is based at the Koninklijke Bibliothek, the National Library of the Netherlands, and is an ambitious project with already impressive results. Anyone interested in the history and culture of Europe is recommended to explore this portal as searches will yield a wide range of results, and give free access to valuable material. The site's interface is available in a number of European languages.
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).
This website documents an AHRC-funded collaboration between the University of Liverpool’s School of History and the Liverpool Record Office to computerise the city’s unique local studies sheaf catalogue and create resource finding guides, essays and commentaries around the most important historical writing about Liverpool. These are available online (as will the catalogue be, on its completion in 2009) and cover seven different topics: Archive Sources – introductions to conducting research in the record office; Culture; Maritime and port history, including shipping companies, emigration and the slave trade; Politics; Society; Urban history, building and planning, including the city’s architecture; Work, business and the economy. The project builds on the 2006 publication ‘Liverpool 800: Culture, Character and History’. This website is a very useful resource for anyone embarking on the study of the city of Liverpool.
London's Past Online is a bibliographical database of publications on the history of London. The database can be searched by discipline, subject, author, title, journal name, date, place and person. There is also a facility to save searches. The bibliography contains over 30, 000 records and will greatly facilitate research by students, postgraduates, archaeologists, local historians and academics as well as anyone with a passing interest in the history of London and urban development. For further ease there is an explanation of field names and how to use the database. The bibliography has been produced by the Centre for Metropolitan History (Institute of Historical Research, University of London) in association with the Royal Historical Society (RHS). The database received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Resource Enhancement scheme.
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.
This finding aid was produced by the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Canada, and was originally intended for the use of museum staff. It is a long narrative description of most of the archival material in the collections from Vickers. The file describes: the establishment of Canadian Vickers; the company's production (such as, submarines, subchasers, armed trawlers and drifters) during World War I; the depression era of the 1920s; World War II production (frigates and corvettes); peacetime contracts and the 1950s; and finally the closure of the shipbuilding division in the 1970s. The file goes on to list from the collection ship plans, manuals and material from shipyard filing cabinets. The file ends with details of material from the George T. Davie Group of Ship Plans that has been incorporated into this collection.
The Great Lakes Marine Collection is a website of original maritime materials located at the Milwaukee Public Library, USA. The collection includes log books, vessel plans, and shipwreck reports. The site consists of ship photographs and Ship Files of data on more than 7,000 ships including ships from 1679. There is also a link to Nautical Charts as the Library is an official US government depository library. International maps are included. The site also has links to Great Lakes Marine Magazines and the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society.
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.
The North East Bibliography website is a database of publications on the history of Northumberland, Durham and Cleveland by the University of Sunderland. The bibliography, funded by a grant from the Marc Fitch Fund, currently collects mostly publications on post 1066 resources, but plans to extend its coverage to antiquity in the near future. The bibliography can be browsed by theme, which include topics such as: agriculture; crime and punishment; customs and tradition; gender; health; language; place names; religion; trade; and transport. More general themes such as: archaeology; economy; military; and others are also available. In addition, it is possible to search the bibliography by title, author or journal. The results are neatly presented and the coverage of the bibliography is coherent, though still small. Some publications are presented with short notes to clarify the contents, but there is no direct link to libraries that actually posses a copy of the journals or books. Students and members of the public interested in the region will find this bibliography a useful tool.
The website "Library and Digital Archive Online Catalogs" is published by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organisation based in Los Angeles, particularly concerned with the history of the Holocaust. The site is a repository of photographs, diaries, letters, artwork, artifacts and rare books, which can be searched by keyword, category and date. It is also possible to browse the content by collection, which includes a photograph album from the liberation of Buchenwald, photographs of forced labour camps, artwork from Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, goodbye letters written by Jews, and an album of anti-Semitic signs in Germany. The Digital Archive has a facility for users to save items they are interested in, enabling users to create their own collection. Images have good descriptions and copies can be ordered via the site. The site also contains the link to the Center's library catalogue. The digital archives and the library catalogue can be searched together thanks to a recent feature of the site.
The 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.
The USS Constitution Museum is situated next to the USS Constitution and is focused upon bringing to life the stories of those who 'authorized, built, served on and preserved' the warship. The Museum has a collection of the ship's artefacts including, logs, journals, charts, weapons, decorative arts and paintings. There is information about lectures and events run by the museum, and visitor information is included.
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.