New e-resource: British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS): Collections on the advancement of science 1830-1970

The British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS): Collections on the advancement of science 1830-1970 is now available to for members of the University of Cambridge to access.

The British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) was founded in 1831. The Association was created to promote the advancement of science in all its aspects. Its main aim was to improve the perception of science and scientists in the UK.

Wiley Digital Archives: British Association for the Advancement of Science (Collections on the History of Science: 1830-1970)

The BAAS archive from Wiley Digital Archives contains an aggregation of collections from the BAAS and from archival collections related to the BAAS, contributed by various institutions across the United Kingdom.

The BAAS Collection

The BAAS collection documents the efforts of the British scientific community to establish science as a professional activity and make Britain into a globally competitive centre for science.

Many of the prominent names of British science since the early 19th century are associated with the BAAS. These include past Presidents such as William Ramsay; Norman Lockyer; John Scott Burden Sanderson; Albert, Prince Consort; Charles Lyell; William Fairbairn; Thomas Henry Huxley; and Oliver Lodge.

The BAAS collection contains a broad collection of document types: reports, manuscript materials, newspaper clippings, photographs, brochures and catalogues; field reports and minutes; annual reports.

WDA: BAAS includes reports; fieldnotes, correspondence and diaries; grey literature; photographs, artwork and illustrations; journal manuscripts; photographs; proceedings, lectures, and ephemera.

The collection spans a wide variety of interdisciplinary research areas, and supports educational needs in a broad range of subjects and disciplines including the History of Science, Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; Mathematics; Engineering; Area Studies; Colonial, Post-Colonial & Decolonisation Studies; Development Studies; Environmental Degradation; Historical Sociology; Geology; International Relations; Trade and Commerce, and Law and Policy relating to Science.

Text taken from the Wiley platform.

Photo by Clive Kim from Pexels

New e-resource: Bloomsbury International Encyclopedia of Surrealism

Cambridge University Library is delighted to inform University members now have access to the new online reference work Bloomsbury International Encyclopedia of Surrealism at the following URL.

The encyclopedia is listed in the Cambridge Libraries Databases A-Z.  As this is a new resource launched on 27 July 2020 there is no record yet in iDiscover.  We are working on providing a record for it shortly.

Bloomsbury International Encyclopedia of Surrealism is an exclusive digital resource presenting the first comprehensive and systematic overview of one of the most influential and enduring 20th-century art movements, from its beginnings to the present day.

Featuring a 3-volume major reference work, interactive timeline and rare archive images, portraits and artworks, this resource will be invaluable for academics and students in Art History/Theory, French Studies, Film Studies, Literary Studies, Photography and Visual Culture as well as Design/Fashion, Cultural History and Social/Cultural/Political Theory.

Content Highlights

  • 200 Survey Articles covering national surrealist movements; related artistic and intellectual movements; key journals, patrons and collections; detailed overviews of surrealism’s influence across the visual, applied and performing arts; and analyses of the key concepts which underpin surrealist theory and practice.
  • 500 A-Z articles covering the major and minor theorists, critics, novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, painters, collagists, object-makers, sculptors, and filmmakers.
  • 500 rare and archive documentary images, portraits, and artworks.
  • An interactive timeline from 1917 to present day that allows users to explore Surrealism by country, theme, period, media, as well as by individual surrealists.

Anonymous. Theo and Nelly van Doesburg in the studio on Rue du Moulin Vert, Paris. 1923. From Periszkop, vol. 1, nr. 4 (1925). : Trial access

Trial access to is now available on campus via

and off campus via is the website of Critical Collective, an initiative of the art critic Gayatri Sinha, to address the gap in writing on and preservation of visual arts in India, and particularly categories of art less well represented (such as video and photography).

We would like to know what you think about this resource, so please tell us using the feedback form here.  Thank you.


New improved site for the Index of Medieval Art

On 30 March 2018 the Index of medieval art will transition to a new site.  The old URL

will be replaced by the new URL:

The new platform promises to be much more user friendly and will include new features such as filtered searching, a date slider, and (mirabile dictu) immediately visible thumbnail images.

Read more about this change here:

Triple-faced Janus, detail of stained glass window of the Labors of the Months, Chartres Cathedral, ca. 1220.

Oxford Music Online and Oxford Art Online platform changes

Oxford University Press advises that on 7 December 2017 the location of articles and pages in the Oxford Music Online and Oxford Art Online will change.  OUP expect the “majority” of articles to re-direct.

We don’t know what the new URLs for the articles will be before the 27 November, so OUP advise that “pages within the site will need to be updated after the launch”.  You should update any bookmarks you may  have to articles when the new URLs are discoverable after 27 November.

The URLs for the platforms will remain the same:


Complimentary titles with Grove Art Online will no longer be available on the Oxford Art Online site.  Instead, these titles will be discoverable through cross-searching on Oxford Art Online.  A user clicking on one of the search results for these titles, will be taken to Oxford Reference to view the content.  The Oxford Reference links to these titles are here:

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

Encylopedia of Aesthetics

Oxford Companion to Western Art


Similarly, complimentary titles with Oxford Music Online will no longer be available on the Oxford Music Online site.  Instead, these titles will be discoverable through cross-searching on Oxford Music Online.  A user clicking on one of the search results for these titles, will be taken to Oxford Reference to view the content.  The Oxford Reference links to these titles are here:

Oxford Dictionary of Music

Oxford Companion to Music

The exception is Encyclopedia of Popular Music, which will no longer be available via Oxford Music Online and will only be accessible via Oxford Reference, here:


The Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z and iDiscover records will be updated over the course of the next two to three weeks.


Note on presence of playable Sibelius examples

Grove Music Online used to offer playable musical examples supported by the Scorch browser plugin, which (as of March 2016) was no longer supported by all Internet browsers. In light of this, OUP has temporarily converted the playable examples to static images. The new Grove Music Online site retains the static images. OUP appreciates that playable musical examples have been a valued resource on Grove Music Online, and apologize that this functionality is currently not available: “Our editors and technical teams have begun work to identify and implement a suitable replacement for the Scorch plugin that supports the scholarly needs of the Grove Music Online community and will be sustainable as we continue to build our playable example library in the years ahead. This is currently a rapidly evolving area of web technology, and we appreciate your patience”.


If you have any questions please write to  Thank you.

History of Humanities

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : History of Humanities.

From the University of Chicago Press website for the journal:

History of Humanities, along with the newly formed Society for the History of the Humanities, takes as its subject the history of a wide variety of disciplines including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments, through their formalization into university disciplines, and to the modern day.

“By exploring the history of humanities across time and civilizations and along with their socio-political and epistemic implications, the journal takes a critical look at the concept of humanities itself.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2016) to present.

Access History of Humanities via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Index of Christian Art Name Change

As of July 1, 2017, the Index of Christian Art became The Index of Medieval Art, a decision made after careful thought and consultation with Princeton faculty, students, administration, and the wider scholarly community.

“The change reflects the broad evolution of our institution’s scope and mission since its founding in 1917, when its work was limited to cataloguing religious themes and subjects in early Christian art up to 700 C.E. A century later, our records have expanded to encompass both religious and secular imagery, including Jewish and Islamic works, from the first centuries of the Common Era until the sixteenth century. The scholarly activities that we support and generate have also evolved over the years, reflecting the broad interpretive and interdisciplinary analysis that has become fundamental to the study of medieval images. Our new name signals more accurately our expanded holdings, mission, and goals, as well as our institution’s broad potential to serve researchers in multiple fields of study.”

The Index of Medieval Art can be accessed via this link or via the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z.  (Note that though the name has changed, the URL remains the same.)

Image credit: Courting couple on horseback with falcon, Morgan Library M.73, fol. 3r. (Paris, c. 1470).

Etruscan Studies

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Etruscan Studies.


From the Ovid website for the journal:

Etruscan Studies: Journal of the Etruscan Foundation is the leading scholarly publication on Etruscology and Italic Studies in the English language. The journal details activities in all areas of research and study related to the Etruscan and pre-Roman civilizations and publishes articles as well as reviews of meetings and publications of interest to the professional community.”

Articles are formatted as annual and multi-year archaeological site reports

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 2 (1995) to present.

Access Etruscan Studies via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Image credit: ‘etruscan amphora’ by mararle on Flickr –

New Oxford Bibliography Online: Art History

The University of Cambridge now has access to the New Oxford Bibliography Online: Art History available via the Cambridge Databases A-Z.

Originating as a study much informed by ancient art, and then by the art of the Renaissance, the historical dimension of the discipline has also continuously advanced with time. More and more works and types of objects are made throughout the world, and art historians’ interests have increasingly shifted to more recent art. In the past half century art historians have also engaged more and more with questions of theory, method, and the history of the discipline. New approaches, often borrowed from other fields, have proliferated.

As a result of all this flux and ferment, it has become progressively more difficult to grasp the literature of the field, and to gain an orientation to current and perennial problems. Oxford Bibliographies in Art History responds to these needs and offers a trustworthy pathway through the thicket of information overload. Whether an expert in contemporary European art needs to read up on the art of ancient China for a book project or an undergraduate student needs to start a research paper on iconography in Renaissance art, Oxford Bibliographies in Art History will provide a trusted source of selective bibliographic guidance.

Image credit: Aby Warburg (see:

OBO’s bibliography on Warburg can be found here.


JSTOR Arts & Science XIII Archive Collection

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z: JSTOR Arts & Science XIII Archive Collection


“late byzantine cross-in-square” by fusion-of-horizons (on Flickr)

From the JSTOR website:

“The Arts & Sciences XIII Collection adds an increasingly international set of journals in disciplines including Language & Literature, Art & Art History, Philosophy, and Religion. Represented subdisciplines include European church history and the literature of the American West.

The collection offers a global scope. European countries including Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands each contribute several titles, with an additional title published in South Korea, the Journal of Korean Religions.

The Arts & Sciences XIII Collection also complements JSTOR content in History, Music, and Classical Studies. The collection will contain at least 125 titles by completion.”

Notable titles include:

A full title list for the package can be found on the JSTOR website.

Access the various titles from JSTOR Arts & Science XIII Archive Collection via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z. Records for the titles in this archive will be available in LibrarySearch in the new year. Access to the articles will be available in LibrarySearch+ next week.