New e-resource: American Indian Newspapers

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of the digital archive American Indian Newspapers.

For this new acquisition, we are sincerely grateful to the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, whose endowment provides Cambridge with rich and diverse collections to support the study of the history of the United States in the University.

Image of the database from the Adam Matthew platform

From historic pressings to contemporary periodicals, explore nearly 200 years of Indigenous print journalism from the US and Canada. With newspapers representing a huge variety in publisher, audience and era, discover how events were reported by and for Indigenous communities.

American Indian Newspapers aims to present a diverse and robust collection of print journalism from Indigenous peoples of the US and Canada over more than 9,000 individual editions from 1828-2016.

Representing a huge variety in style, production and audience, the newspapers include national periodicals as well as local community news and student publications. The 45 unique titles also include bi-lingual and Indigenous-language editions, such as Hawaiian, Cherokee and Navajo languages.

A link to this database is included in the A-Z Databases Libguide. Records for titles included in this database are available in iDiscover.

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New eresource: Native American Indians, 1645-1819

The Readex Native American Indians, 1645-1819 database has been acquired from the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, who endowed the University Library with funds to support the study of the history of the United States in the University of Cambridge.

By the late 17th century, Britain had established colonies along the New England coast and Chesapeake Bay, alongside small groups of Dutch and Swedish settlers. Many of the region’s Indigenous inhabitants were pushed West, where they joined hundreds of other tribes whose lives were irrevocably changed by the arrival of Europeans. Likewise, the presence of Native Americans influenced almost every element of early American settler life, and an enormous number of books were printed about this relationship over the next century and a half. Every major book about Native Peoples from this period is included in Native American Indians, 1645-1819. This product also offers text analysis tools, author biographies, and suggested search paths for easy browsing and discovery.

A comprehensive record of Native America
The documents in Native American Indians, 1645-1819, include treaties, transcribed letters from Native American leaders, the minutes of tribal meetings, histories of numerous tribes, missionary reports, captivity narratives, firsthand accounts of battles, trading records, military rosters, expedition logs and maps, trial records, legislative bills, books on Native American languages and grammar, military rosters, governors’ and legislators’ reports, ballads, songs, plays and more. While such documents are invaluable for scholars and students of Native American studies and early American history, they also offer insight into numerous other fields, including natural history, border studies, military history, political science and linguistics. Additionally, a suite of tools aimed specifically at the Digital Humanities provides word frequencies, keywords in context and other functions that bring this unique content to life in ways never before possible.

Foundational works for understanding Native history
The documents in Native American Indians, 1645-1819, are derived from the holdings of the American Antiquarian Society, Library Company of Philadelphia and many other institutions. Among the seminal works included in this collection are “The Conference with the Eastern Indians, at the ratification of the peace…in July and August 1726,” “A Bill to Authorize the President of the United States to select such tribes of Indians as he may think best prepared for the change, and to adopt such means as he may judge expedient in order to civilize the same,” “Travels and adventures in Canada and the Indian territories between the years 1760 and 1776…” “A Treaty with the Shawanese and Delaware Indians…,” “A history of the voyages and adventures of John Van Delure. Giving an account of his being left on the N.W. coast of America…where he lived almost seven years and married the daughter of an Indian chief,” and more than 1,500 others.

Records will be made available in iDiscover for titles in this collection.

Trial access to new text mining tool : Readex Text Explorer (access until 30 June 2020)

University of Cambridge registered students and staff now have access to a new text and data mining tool from Readex called ‘Readex Text Explorer‘. This tool can be used to text mine three new collections (see below) until 30 June 2020.

Please send your feedback using this online form.

The three new collections on trial are:

American Sermons

This database covers a range of topics such as slavery and abolition, crime and sin, theology and religion, women and children, clerical and government leaders, holidays, entertainment and rites.

American Childrens Books

This database covers many topical categories such as education, race and ethnicity, conduct and manners, literary characters, labor, death and mortality, natural history and religion.

Native American Indians

This database covers many topics such as Native American displacement, literature, relations with pioneers and the government, tribes and nations, languages and treaties.


The Readex Text Explorer is a tool Readex has been developing which includes Voyant at its core, but the entire workflow—from text selection forward—is custom-built for Readex.  It allows users to:

  • find texts
  • choose texts to create a corpus/sample set
  • run exploration/analysis scripts against the corpus
  • change and revise the corpus on demand
  • export the results


How to use this tool on the Native American Indians database:

  • Open the database
  • Search in Suggested Searches on Wars and Conflicts
  • Narrow to French and Indian War
  • Select the first ten texts
  • View Snapshot
  • Reveal most common terms (use either Cirrus or Terms view in upper left panel)
  • Draw initial conclusions about most common concerns reflected in this corpus (land, water, people, Britain, France)
  • Change text views to modify exploration (eg, by phrase, or document, etc.)
  • Change Visualizations
  • Change Segmentations
  • Export your work

More information about this tool is available here.


Journal of American Ethnic History

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Journal of American Ethnic History

From the JSTOR website for the journal:

“Journal of American Ethnic History addresses various aspects of American immigration and ethnic history, including background of emigration, ethnic and racial groups, Native Americans, immigration policies, and the processes of acculturation. Each issue contains articles, review essays and single book reviews. There are also occasional sections on “Research Comments” (short articles that furnish important information for the field, a guide to further research or other significant historical items that will stimulate discussion and inquiry) and “Teaching and Outreach” (essays which focus on innovative teaching methods or outreach efforts). The journal has also published special issues on particular responses from authors on specific topics.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from the JSTOR Complete Current Scholarship platform from volume 19 (1999) to present. Access from vol 1 (1981) to volume 18 (1998) is available from the JSTOR Arts & Sciences V platform .

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

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