The Albani archive project makes available online digital reproductions of some archival fonds originating from the private archive of Pope Clement XI (1700-1721), born Giovanni Francesco Albani (1649-1721). The Archive consists of documents dating from the XVI to the XVIII centuries. A dedicated database can be searched or browsed online. At the time of this review the digital archive is estimate to hold 4.000 documents, totaling in the region of 20.000 images. The entire collection has never been fully classified and only a summarised and incomplete inventory was made in 1939. The online archive contains documents of various typologies, such as: correspondence, memorials, petitions and administrative papers. Present too is a biography of Giovanni Francesco Albani and a short history of the private library of the Albani Family of Urbino.
This website provides details of the archives held by the Archivio storico del patriarcato di Venezia [Historical archive of the patriarchate of Venice]. The archive's contents relate to the Church in Venice and an alphabetical list of the parishes, religious organisations, and religious figures, whose papers are held, are made available. A short description of the history of parishes and churches is included. The site describes the Archive's library and gives a link to enable catalogue search. Details of conferences and events related to the Archive's activities are included, as is a bibliography of relevant works. A brief history of the Archive is available, together with information on its involvement with local schools. A site map facilitates navigation of the site. This resource would interest anyone wishing to obtain information about the history of the Church in Venice generally or on specific parish churches.
The website 'Art of Newar Buddhism' is part of the website of the Huntington photographic archive of Buddhist and related art at Ohio State University. The site starts off with a number of texts about Buddhism and its links to Nepal and then proceeds into images of art works, including some showing the manufacture of sacred arts during their production. The images, available as both thumbnails and large copies, show ancient artefacts, architectural features, modern works and the festivals and rites in which they feature today. These are all presented in sections which cover ongoing artistic traditions, festivals and pujas, early sculpture, Asokan Caityas/Stupas, Bahas and Bahis, Avalokiteswara/Macchendranath/Lokesvara shrines and Yogini shrines. The site is easy to navigate, (although the first time you enter a gallery it is a little confusing, as most of the page is blank waiting for a thumbnail picture to be selected so that the larger image can be displayed in the empty space) and gives excellent access to an important collection.
The website of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin's library and archives provides an overview of the material available to be consulted there and in related collections. The contents of the archives themselves are not available online. Brief information is given about the documents housed in the Cathedral, which include a rich collection of printed music and and secondary works on the Cathedral's history, plus microfilm versions or photocopies of material held in other repositories. A more detailed catalogue is given of Cathedral material held by the nearby Representative Church Body Library, which includes: volumes; deeds; maps; plans and drawings; loose papers; and printed materials. Access to the archives is by arrangement: for those interested in visiting, the Cathedral website's home page provides links to visitor information (including how to find the Cathedral) and a contacts page.
The Doukhobor collection is a database of primary sources held at Simon Frazer University, relating to a Russian religious sect ('the spirit-wrestlers') which emigrated to Canada in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Over 260 digitised primary sources (500+ images) dating from 1898 to 1975 may be browsed or searched by keyword. These include: letters; photographs; postcards; books and book chapters; magazine articles; documents; interviews. The site is structured around the following topics: Doukhobor History to 1930; the 1932 perjury trial of Peter Verigin (1881-1939); Veriginís 1932 incarceration on Piers Island; Schism after the Death of Peter Verigin, 1859-1924; Conflict with the Government over the Vital Statistics Act; Count Leo Tolstoy and the Doukhobors. Topics include links to digitised sources and/or a bibliography based on materials in the collection. There is also a bibliography on the Sons of Freedom, a Doukhobor sect, and a further page of links to other sources of information on the Doukhobors in Canada. Images are of excellent quality, and include rare publications such as a translated letter from Tolstoy written to the Doukhobors in 1900. A fascinating resource for researchers of Russian religious history, and of potential interest for Tolstoy scholars.
The website of Lambeth Palace Library provides information about the principal library and record office for the history of the Church of England, which is also one of England's oldest public libraries. The site offers an overview of the library's holdings, plus information about facilities and services, and how to go about accessing the collections. Online access is provided to the library's printed book catalogue (listing over 130,000 works held by the library), the catalogue of archives and manuscripts, and the Church Plans Online database, which offers digitised images of over 13,000 plans. Details of the Church of England Record Centre are also given. A valuable site for those interested in the history of this branch of the church.
These web pages outline the special collections held at Lancaster University Library. Of particular note are the collections of rare (mainly theology) books and pamphlets, many from Parish libraries in Lancashire. Elsewhere the collectionís local importance is indicated with material relating to Royal Lancastrian ceramics, detailed archives of material relating to specific areas within the county, and to the 2001 Foot and Mouth epidemic in Cumbria. Of particular significance is the Jack Hylton Archive, which contains material relating to the bandleader, impresario and influential Advisor to Light Entertainment at ITV.
The Methodist Collections Web page provides information about the Methodist Archives and Research Centre (MARC), located in the John Rylands University Library at the University of Manchester. This site's chief function is to describe the library's extensive collection of papers and correspondence from the Wesley family and other prominent evangelists, which is focused primarily on the development of the Methodist movement in the United Kingdom during the 18th century. The contents of the archives are not themselves available online, although the site does offer some useful electronic resources, including an index of Methodist ministers, and a bibliographic index providing brief notes on some 1,300 significant figures. The Online Virtual Library section also offers a large collection of links to relevant material elsewhere on the Web.
This web page lists the special collections held by the University of Huddersfield library. Each collection is described, and linked documents contain a wide variety of other information, varying from simple lists of items held in the collection, to searchable databases of the material. Key collections include: the extensive social and economic history library of statistician G.H. Wood; historical books on diet and nutrition donated by nutritionist John Yudkin; collections of Yorkshire parish histories, records, maps and theses; the Wesley Historical Society (Yorkshire Branch)ís nationally important collection of 12,000 printed items and manuscripts relating to the regionís Methodist history; a collection of twentieth century socialist and labour history. Other collections are mainly in the areas of architecture, social, health and education history, and radical and left-wing literature.
The World Religions Photo Library is a website that is the work of Christine Osborne, a writer and photographer specialising in travel and lifestyles in developing countries. The site is both a showcase for her work on world religions and a commercial venture as images can be bought and downloaded from the site. However, the images may be viewed on the site without charge, and offer some unusual and fascinating visual insights into religious beliefs and practice worldwide. It may be of interest to researchers in all aspects of religious studies and also in art history, social studies, and media and communications studies. The archive covers over 50 countries with images of the major religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, as well as lesser known faiths. There is also a section on cults and the range of material included is very comprehensive. The archive is divided into sections for each major religion, but may also be searched by keyword. Images include traditional and contemporary religious life in various contexts and locations worldwide, include marriages, war situations, meal rituals, pilgrimage locations and schools. Each religion included as a section on the site has an opening page which explains its major beliefs and development. The site also includes a 'further reading' page, and information about religious tourism.