New E-Resource : Making of the Modern World, Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450–1850

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Making of the Modern World, Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450–1850 via this direct link.

Please note we have only Part 1 of multiple parts.

The Making of the Modern World is an extraordinary series which covers the history of Western trade, encompassing the coal, iron, and steel industries, the railway industry, the cotton industry, banking and finance, and the emergence of the modern corporation. It is also strong in the rise of the modern labor movement, the evolving status of slavery, the condition and making of the working class, colonization, the Atlantic world, Latin American/Caribbean studies, social history, gender, and the economic theories that championed and challenged capitalism in the nineteenth century. In addition, the archive offers resources on the role of finance and taxation and the growth of the early modern monarchy. It features essential texts covering the function of financial institutions, the crisis of the French monarchy and the French Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century, and the connection between the democratic goals of revolutionaries and their legal aspirations.

Part I

The Making of the Modern World: Part I, The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850 offers ways of understanding the expansion of world trade, the Industrial Revolution, and the development of modern capitalism, supporting research in variety of disciplines. This collection follows the development of the modern western world through the lens of trade and wealth – the driving force behind many of the major historical events during the period (1450-1850). Users have access to an abundance of rare books and primary source materials, many of which are the only known copy of the work.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Access to this archive is enabled initially up to 31 December 2022 only.

New E-Resource : State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782, Part 1

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782, Part 1 via this direct link.

Please note we have only Part 1 of multiple parts.

State Papers Online (SPO) offers a completely new working environment to researchers, teachers and students of Early Modern Britain. Whether used for original research, for teaching, or for student project work, State Papers Online offers original historical materials across the widest range of government concerns, from high level international politics and diplomacy to the charges against a steward for poisoning a dozen or more people. The correspondence, reports, memoranda, and parliamentary drafts from ambassadors, civil servants and provincial administrators present a full picture of Britain from the period of Henry VIII to the reign of George III.

This major resource overcomes the fragmented experience of much historical research by re- uniting the Domestic, Foreign, Borders, Scotland, and Ireland State Papers of Britain with the Registers of the Privy Council.

The Calendars are fully searchable, and each Calendar entry has been linked directly to its related State Paper. For series lacking Calendars, the National Archives volume-level or item- level cataloguing has been used. With these links, the difficulty of locating and identifying individual manuscripts has been substantially overcome.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Access to this archive is enabled initially up to 31 December 2022 only.

New E-Resource : Slavery and Anti-Slavery Part I-3

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Slavery and Anti-Slavery Part I-3 via this direct link.

Please note we have only three of four parts published.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America and the rest of the world from the 17th century to the late 19th century. Archival collections were sourced from more than 60 libraries at institutions such as the Amistad Research Center, Bibliothèque nationale de France, the National Archives, Oberlin College, Oxford University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Yale University; these collections allow for unparalleled depth and breadth of content.

Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition sheds light on the abolitionist movement, the conflicts within it, the anti- and pro-slavery arguments of the period, and the debates on the subject of colonization. It explores all facets of the controversial topic, with a focus on economic, gender, legal, religious, and government issues.

Part II: Slave Trade in the Atlantic World charts the inception of slavery in Africa and its rise as perpetuated on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, placing particular emphasis on the Caribbean, Latin America, and United States. More international in scope than Part I, this collection was developed by an international editorial board with scholars specializing in North American, European, African, and Latin American/Caribbean aspects of the slave trade.

Part III: The Institution of Slavery expands the depth of coverage of the topic. Part III explores, in vivid detail, the inner workings of slavery from 1492 to 1888. Through legal documents, plantation records, first-person accounts, newspapers, government records, and other primary sources, this collection reveals how enslaved people struggled against the institution. These rare works explore slavery as a legal and labor system, the relationship between slavery and religion, freed slaves, the Shong Masacre, the Dememara insurrection, and many other aspects and events.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Access to this archive is enabled initially up to 31 December 2022 only.

New E-Resource : British Literary Manuscripts Online, Medieval and Renaissance

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to British Literary Manuscripts Online, Medieval and Renaissance via this direct link.

Please note British Literary Manuscripts Online is published in two parts. We have access to the earlier part only (Medieval and Renaissance).

From the publisher website:

British Literary Manuscripts Online, Medieval and Renaissance presents facsimile images of a range of literary manuscripts — including letters, poems, stories, plays, chronicles, religious writings, and other materials — from roughly 1120 to 1660.

Consisting primarily of works in Middle and Early Modern English, British Literary Manuscripts Online: Medieval and Renaissance is an essential resource for any student of those historical eras. Scholars can have online access to the original manuscripts of seminal literary, religious, and philosophical texts and trace the prevailing social and cultural attitudes of the times through important historical documents like the letters of Alcuin and Lanfranc and the chronicles of Waverly, Glastonbury, St Martin’s, and Lichfield.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Access to this archive is enabled initially up to 31 December 2022 only.

Early American Newspapers : trial access

Cambridge University members now have trial access to more recently published collections in the Early American Newspapers series.

Access is from 9 February to 11 March 2022 and is available via this link.

The University Library acquired collections 1 through 13 in 2019/2020. Access is now enabled to collections 14 through 21:

  • EAN, Series 14: 1807-1880: The Expansion of Urban America-Content
  • EAN, Series 15, 1822-1879: Immigrant Communities-Content
  • EAN, Series 16, 1800-1877: Industry and the Environment-Content
  • EAN, Series 17, 1844-1922: American Heartland-Content
  • EAN, Series 18: 1825-1879: Racial Awakening in the Northeast
  • Ethnic American Newspapers (Balch), 1799-1971

We want to know how you used these resources on trial, how useful they were to you, and if longer term access would be important to you. Please use this feedback form to tell us about your use and need for these digital archives. Thank you.

An essential digital record of American history, culture and daily life
This expanding digital collection of early American newspapers is the most extensive resource of its kind. Currently featuring more than 6,000 titles from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Early American Newspapers provides an unparalleled record of daily life in hundreds of diverse American communities. Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative updates, letters, poetry, advertisements, election returns, matrimony and death notices, maps, cartoons, illustrations and more, these historical newspapers offer researchers essential local and national perspectives on American history, culture and daily life across three centuries.  Advanced capabilities allow users to search or browse by date or era, by language, by place of publication or individual title. Users can easily view, magnify, print and save digital images of whole issues, pages and individual articles. – Read more about EAN collections 14-18 on the Readex website.

Two centuries of immigrant life in the U.S.
Spanning the Early Republic’s Open Door Era to the Era of Liberalization in the mid-1960s, Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection covers two centuries of immigrant life in the United States. Nineteenth-century topics include the denial of citizenship to “nonwhites”; the founding of nativist political movements, including the anti-immigrant “Know-Nothing” party; the 1849 discovery of gold in California, which lured people from all over the world; New York City’s place as the world’s largest Irish city in 1860 with more than 200,000 Irish-born citizens; and the Immigration Act of 1882, which levied a tax on all immigrants landing at U.S. ports. – Read more about the Balch collection on the Readex website.

“Burning of Old South Church, Bath, Maine” by John Hilling, circa 1854

E-resources update : RIPM Jazz Periodicals New Journals – New Search Features

  RIPM Jazz Periodicals Now containss 119 full-text jazz journals and magazines with the addition of six new titles and one with expanded coverage: Bright Moments (Newark, NJ, 1985) Different Drummer (Rochester, NY, 1973-1975) Down Beat’s Yearbook of Swing (Chicago, IL, 1939) Expansions (New York, NY, 1971-1975) Radio Free Jazz (Washington, DC, 1975-1980) Sabin’s Radio Free Jazz! USA (Washington, DC, 1972-1975) The Second Line (New Orleans, LA, additional years 1964-2009 added)   [The new titles will be made available via iDiscover in future updates] Two new search features have also been added to the RIPM Jazz database:
  • Citation Search searches author and article title records. RIPM has created more than 138,000 citation records for titled journal content, including articles, news items, columns, sheet music, and record reviews.
  • Browse Tables of Contents permits users to view each journal issue’s author-title records. Each citation record is linked to the corresponding full-text journal page.
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Kikuzo II Visual : Changes to “Asahi Shimbun Cross-search” from 1 April 2022

Kikuzo II Visual for Libraries is a news retrieval service from the publisher of Japan’s second largest circulation newspaper, Asahi shimbun. Coverage includes many thousands of full text articles from 1945 to the present. It includes image data of the pages of the Asahi Shimbun Reduced-size Facsimile Edition from 1879 to 1989, as well as articles from AERA and Shukan Asahi, two leading weekly magazines.

From March 1, 2022 Kikuzo II Visual will be available from a new URL for its successor platform now called Asahi Shimbun Cross-search:

The official release date is April 1, 2022, but early access will be available from March 1. Please note that the above URL is not valid until March 1, 2022. To help ensure a smooth migration, the current URL for Kikuzo II Visual will continue to be valid until April 30, 2022.

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Poetry Review

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Poetry Review

Cambridge University members now have online access to the Poetry Review (2013 to present) on the Exact Editions platform.

The archive can be access on-campus here or off-campus here.

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From the publisher website:

The Poetry Review, published quarterly by The Poetry Society, is home to the world’s best contemporary poetry and writing about poetry. Since first publication in 1912, it has featured new poems, essays and reviews by internationally renowned and emerging poets, both Nobel Prize winners and newcomers. Famous contributors include T.S. Eliot, Allen Ginsberg, Derek Walcott, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay and Alice Oswald.

Also available to access via iDiscover.