The website of The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA) provides information about the activities of the organisation as well as descriptions of online catalogues and collections of Islamic manuscripts. The organisation, founded in 2006, describes itself as 'an international effort to protect Islamic manuscripts', and runs projects related to issues of cataloguing, conservation, digitisation, and research and publishing. The website provides a number of resources on these themes that will be of interest to scholars and archivists working with Islamic manuscripts as well as to those working in manuscript studies more generally. It will also be of direct relevance to scholars of Islamic Studies looking for primary sources, as it includes links to: outside projects related to Islamic manuscripts; the UNESCO memory of the world register, which includes nine collections related to Islamic studies; eight online catalogues of Islamic manuscripts; 11 digital manuscript collections; and more general resources for research. This is a good first source for information on Islamic manuscript collections, with links that will lead researchers to further valuable resources.
The Quaker Archives Database from the University of Leeds Special Collections department is an online index of names from many of the older documents in the University Library's Carlton Hill archive. This archive relates mainly to Quaker records of West and North Yorkshire. Seventy minute books have been indexed; creating a total of almost 40,000 records. A list of the documents which have been indexed for inclusion in the database is available from the site. It is possible to limit searches to particular types of data, for example name, place or meeting. The results can be displayed by name or by meeting. The results provide references to the documents in the archive containing the search terms used. Online help on how to use the database is available from the site, as is a longer guide in PDF format.
The Ricci Roundtable database, maintained by the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco, provides a collection of electronic reference resources focused on the relationship and impact of Christianity and Christian missions in China during the past few centuries. The site contains an impressive guide to archival resources on this topic from all over the world, with each entry detailing the institution that houses the relevant archive and listing the documents in question. Users are able to search through the online database and isolate specific library holdings in China or the United States or locate a specific resource by employing the search and index utilities. The site itself is directed towards the larger academic community, including both students and scholars. Among the tools that will appeal to both groups is a strong collection of fully searchable bibliographic and biographic material. The biographies themselves are brief, but include helpful pointers to additional resources. In addition, for those at more advanced stages of research, there is are directories of both institutions and individuals interested in Chinese-Western cultural relations. Those with a serious interest in this field will also wish to explore the main site of the Ricci Institute, accessible through the link on the site's front page.
The United Church of Canada's Web page Archives and Record Keeping describes United Church archives across Canada, which the Church divides into regions, or conferences. All are connected in the national network to maintain cohesion, but each region has unique holdings and finding aids. Some distance research is supported. Rules for visiting and access are posted.
The division of the Church's Archives mirrors the history of the Church itself. Formed in 1925 from four Protestant Christian denominations, the Church's history varies according to the founding denominations in each region. Notably, Newfoundland boasts records Methodist records running back to 1794. The Maritime section has mainly Presbyterian documents. The Montreal and Ottawa section runs a heritage trust to protect historic churches along the St. Lawrence River; it additionally provides financial support for researchers working on its materials. The Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario section holds native congregation records, and the papers of Reverend Andrew Browning Baird (1855-1940), former president of the Manitoba Historical Society. Typical records include: baptisms; marriages; burials; membership rolls; communion rolls; church organisations' minutes (including women's groups); local annual reports; congregational newsletters; local church histories; correspondence; private papers; and photographs.
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 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.