Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) trial access

Trial access to the entire 12 collections comprising Nineteenth Century Collections Online is provided to University of Cambridge members until 1st December 2022.

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online offers unique ways to explore and find as well as to discover new relationships previously buried in archives that were once accessible only to the few.

Textual analysis tools, public and private tagging, an annotation feature, and social media sharing help users to organize content for their own research and to share their findings with colleagues.

The nineteenth century was the first great age of industrialization and technological innovation, an age of political revolution and reform, nationalism and nation building, the expansion of empire and colonialism, growing literacy and education, and the flowering of culture. Summaries of each of the 12 collections encompassing these themes are given below:-

Asia and the West

Asia and the West features primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the nineteenth century. These invaluable documents—many never before available—include government reports, diplomatic correspondences, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more. Documents are sourced from The National Archives, Kew; The National Archives, United States; and other collections.

This unmatched resource allows scholars to explore in great detail the history of British and U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy; Asian political, economic, and social affairs; the Philippine Insurrection; the Opium Wars; the Boxer Rebellion; missionary activity in Asia; and many other topics. Asia and the West also includes personal letters and diaries, offering first-hand accounts and revealing the human side of international politics, as well as nautical charts, maps, shipping ledgers, company records, and expedition and survey reports for more than a century of world history.

British Politics and Society

Including papers of British statesmen, Home Office records, ordnance surveys, working class autobiographies, and other unique collections, British Politics and Society is a remarkable resource for scholars looking to explore the political and social history of Britain. Source libraries are the British Library, Oxford University, and The National Archives, Kew.

British Politics and Society enables researchers to explore such topics as British domestic and foreign policy, trade unions, Chartism, utopian socialism, public protest, radical movements, the cartographic record, political reform, education, family relationships, religion, leisure and many others. With this archive scholars have instant access to a range of never-before-available primary sources, including manuscripts, maps, drawings, newspapers, periodicals, government correspondence, letters, diaries, photographs, poster, pamphlets and more.

British Theatre, Music, and Literature

British Theatre, Music, and Literature features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts in the long nineteenth century, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. These rare documents, many of them never before available, are sourced from the British Library and other institutions. Curation is by experts in British arts history. Covering more than a century, and encompassing both the Georgian and Victorian theatre, British Theatre, Music, and Literature is without equal as a resource.

The collection provides a detailed look at the state of the British art world and includes manuscripts and musical compositions as well as documents such as personal letters, annotated programs, meeting minutes, and financial records. It offers scholars an unmatched glimpse into the inner workings of the world of the arts in Britain.

Children’s Literature and Childhood

Children’s Literature and Childhood provides a wide range of primary sources related to the experience of childhood in the long nineteenth century. Included in the archive are books and periodicals for children, primers and other material related to education, pamphlets produced by child welfare groups, documents and photos related to children and crime, newspapers produced by youths, and much more. This unique assemblage of material is sourced from such renowned institutions as the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library Collection of Historical Children’s Literature, the National Archives, Kew, and the British Library, among others.

Europe and Africa, Colonialism and Culture

Through a variety of official government documents, political papers of prominent individuals, and newspaper accounts, researchers can trace the development of British strategic imperatives, French and Belgian desire for the expansion of trade and raw materials, and Germany and Italy’s late entrance onto the imperial stage. Europe and Africa, Colonialism and Culture covers exploration, military and missionary activities, and economic and political imperialism in the ninetenth century. Documents are sourced from The National Archives, Kew; the U.S. National Archives; the Library of Congress; the National Library of Scotland; and Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

European Literature, the Corvey Collection, 1790–1840

European Literature, the Corvey Collection, 1790–1840 includes the full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles. The collection is sourced from the remarkable library of Victor Amadeus, whose Castle Corvey collection was one of the most spectacular discoveries of the late 1970s. The Corvey Collection comprises one of the most important archives of Romantic era writing in existence anywhere—including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more—with a focus on especially difficult-to-find works by lesser-known, historically neglected writers.

As a resource for Romantic literature and historical studies, the Corvey Collection is unmatched. It provides a wealth of fully searchable content with digital research tools that enable scholars to uncover new relationships among authors and works. The inclusion of texts from neglected writers further provides scholars with new topics for exploration. With the European Literature, the Corvey Collection, 1790–1840, scholars can research a range of topics, including Romantic literary genres; the mutual influences of British, French and German Romanticism; literary culture; women writers; the canon; Romantic aesthetics; and many other subjects.

Maps and Travel Literature

Spotlighting a distinguished array of historic atlases, gazetteers, travel narratives and a variety of maps, Maps and Travel Literature offers unique insight into the age of cartography and the rise of leisure travel. Sourced from the British Library, American Antiquarian Society, and the Bryn Mawr College Library, among others, the materials focus on travel and exploration during the nineteenth century, including a myriad of sketch maps created during colonial exploration and expansion.

Maps, historic atlases, and gazetteers offer unique city, town, and country information first used by the nineteenth century traveler, providing a window into the Age of Imperialism and the burgeoning middle classes. Featuring a multitude of both European and non-European travel narratives, the collection offers a glimpse not only of the lands and peoples these travelers encountered, but also valuable insight into how the Industrial Revolution changed people’s experiences in their ever-shrinking world.

Photography

Including images from Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, Photography assembles collections of photographs, photograph albums, photographically illustrated books and texts on the early history of photography from libraries and archives from across the globe.

Religion, Reform, and Society

Religion, Reform, and Society examines the influence of both faith and skepticism on the shaping of many aspects of society—politics, law, economics, and social and radical reform movements. In the nineteenth century, the intellectual work of Comte, Marx, Weber, Darwin, Freud, and others unleashed secularizing impulses that gave rise to both new humanist religious projects and new faith-based social reform movements. The heightened interest in the perfection of man, the power of science, and the confidence in social progress also had an impact. Alongside Comte’s positivist “religion of humanity,” utopian collectives, and settlement houses, there grew a new fascination with alternative spiritual and mystical practices.

The archive provides essential documentary materials that explore religious and philosophical movements in reaction to dramatic changes in culture and society wrought by the industrial revolution and modernity. Topics covered include positivism and anti-positivism, freethinking, the cooperative movement, alternative Christianities, and the application of the social principles of Christianity to everyday life by a variety of denominations.

Science, Technology, and Medicine, Part I

Science, Technology, and Medicine, Part I features more than 3.5 million pages of journals, books, reports, and personal documents that explore the rapid acceleration of scientific, technical, and medical knowledge during the nineteenth century. Source libraries include the Huntington Library, the Burndy Library, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Science, Technology, and Medicine, Part II

Science, Technology And Medicine, Part II, expands upon the subject coverage in Science, Technology And Medicine, 1780-1925, with an extraordinary gathering of European and British periodicals and American monographs from renowned sources. Collections include Natural History; The Rise of Public Health in England and Wales; and Academies of Science Publications.

The archive supports enhanced “scientific literacy,” and is sourced from the Huntington Library, the National Archives (Kew), and Brill, among renowned institutions. Using the archive, scholars will be able to analyze technical and conceptual dimensions of scientific knowledge—from physics to psychoanalysis to macroeconomics. Diversity of coverage ensures an expansive, integrated, global view of science and technology from a critical era of scientific development.

Women and Transnational Networks

Including a wide array of primary source documents—serials, books, manuscripts, diaries, reports, and visuals—Women and Transnational Networks focuses on issues at the intersection of gender and class from the late-eighteenth century to the era of suffrage in the early-twentieth century, all through a transnational perspective. Source libraries include the Library of Congress, the London School of Economics and Political Science Library, and the Library of the Society of Friends.

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JSTOR collections available until 30th June 2023 (Lives of Literature, Security Studies, Sustainability, Arts & Sciences XV)

Our access to the JSTOR collections that have been made available during the Covid-19 pandemic will continue until 30th June 2023.

All of our JSTOR databases are listed in the A-Z Databases.

Please send your feedback about these collections via the online form.

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Arts & Sciences Collection XV

Collection XV has been added to our library in addition to collections I to XIV that are already available to us. A title list for this collection is available here. Now, when you search the JSTOR platform, you will have full text access to all of the collections.

Lives of Literature

JSTOR Lives of Literature is a collection of academic journals devoted to the deep study of writers and texts associated with core literary movements. Key topics include: Medieval Authors & Texts; Modernist Authors; Victorian, Edwardian & Gothic Authors; and Literary Theorists.

A complete title list is available to view here.

Security Studies

Explore a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of security studies. This content looks at security studies through a broad lens, encompassing research on international security and peace and conflict studies from all corners of the globe.

Sustainability

Discover a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of sustainability. The subjects of resilience and sustainability are explored broadly, covering research on environmental stresses and their impact on society.

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Max Weber Studies

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Max Weber Studies

From the journal website:

Max Weber Studies seeks an engagement with the fundamental issues in the social and historical sciences: the dilemmas of life-conduct and vocation in the contemporary world, the tracking of rationalization processes and their impact, disenchantment and the return of magic, the ‘uniqueness of the West’ and multiple modernities, the analysis of the stratification of power and its modalities, and the validity of an interpretative science of social reality. The journal asserts the continuing place of Weber in the conversation of both classical and contemporary social and cultural theory.

“The journal is an indispensable source for the translation of new Weber texts and the publication of unpublished correspondence. It offers extensive reviews of every new volume published by the Max Weber Gesamtausgabe and analyses the emerging work-history of Weber’s writings. It is very much interested in milieu analysis of European intellectual thought 1880-1920, in particular movements of social reform, the women’s movement, cultural currents, family history, the universities, and politics both nationally and internationally. The journal also undertakes the reflexive analysis of the reception of Max Weber in different language communities.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2000) to present.

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

New E-Resource : Black Newspaper Collection (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

The University of Cambridge has acquired the Black Newspaper Collection from Proquest.

This collection offers essential primary source content and editorial perspectives of the most distinguished African American newspapers in the U.S. Each of the ten Historical Black Newspapers provides researchers with unprecedented access to perspectives and information that was excluded or marginalized in mainstream sources. The content, including articles, obituaries, photos, editorials, and more, is easily accessible for scholars in the study of the history of race relations, journalism, local and national politics, education, African American studies, and many multidisciplinary subjects. Examine major movements from the Harlem Renaissance to Civil Rights, and explore everyday life as written in the Chicago DefenderThe Baltimore Afro-AmericanNew York Amsterdam NewsPittsburgh CourierLos Angeles SentinelAtlanta Daily WorldThe Norfolk Journal and GuideThe Philadelphia TribuneCleveland Call and Post, and Michigan Chronicle.

Each of the ten Historical Black Newspapers are cross-searchable with all other ProQuest Historical Newspapers–including The New York TimesChicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times and The Guardian–allowing researchers to evaluate history from multiple points view from various places throughout the world.

The ProQuest platform offers powerful and easy-to-use tools, including complete cover to cover full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format, and the ability to search many different article types.

Atlanta Daily World (1931-2010)

Baltimore Afro-American  (1893-1988)

Chicago Defender (1909-2010)

Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1962); Call and Post (1962-1991)

Los Angeles Sentinel  (1934-2005)

Michigan Chronicle

New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)

Norfolk Journal and Guide (1916-2003)

Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)

Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2010)

Also available to access via iDiscover and the Databases A-Z .

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Art show takes visitors to Mali village: N. Y. exhibit has spiritual tone. Roth, Katherine.  Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001); Philadelphia, Penn. [Philadelphia, Penn]. 30 Dec 2001: 1_D. 

JSTOR collections available until 30th June 2022 (Lives of Literature, Security Studies, Sustainability Arts & Sciences XV)

We have access to 4 further JSTOR collections until 30th June 2022.

Please send your feedback about these collections via the online form.

Lives of Literature

JSTOR Lives of Literature is a collection of academic journals devoted to the deep study of writers and texts associated with core literary movements. Key topics include: Medieval Authors & Texts; Modernist Authors; Victorian, Edwardian & Gothic Authors; and Literary Theorists.

A complete title list is available to view here.

Security Studies

Explore a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of security studies. This content looks at security studies through a broad lens, encompassing research on international security and peace and conflict studies from all corners of the globe.

Sustainability

Discover a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of sustainability. The subjects of resilience and sustainability are explored broadly, covering research on environmental stresses and their impact on society.

Arts & Sciences Collection XV

Collection XV has been added to our library in addition to collections I to XIV that are already available to us. A title list for this collection is available here. Now, when you search the JSTOR platform, you will have full text access to all of the collections.

Photo by Oladimeji Ajegbile from Pexels

Photo ’15’ by Duncan C from Flickr.

New e-resource: Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa

Key online e-resource to support African studies, and related interdisciplinary studies: World Heritage Sites: Africa

Cambridge University now has access to Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa.

The liberation of Southern Africa and the dismantling of the Apartheid regime was a major political development in the 20th century. This collection focuses on the complex and varied liberation struggles in the region, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa is a multifaceted resource for institutions supporting teaching and research in African studies, anthropology, art and art history, ethnicity and race relations, gender studies, history, international studies, language and literature, law, political science, and sociology.

This collection consists of 76 sub-collections of primary source materials focusing on colonial rule, the dispersion of exiles, and international intervention, and it comes from archives and libraries around the world, including: Periodicals, pamphlets, and local newspaper reports; Nationalist publications; Records of colonial government commissions; UN documents; Personal papers and correspondence; Out-of-print and other relevant books; Photographs; Speeches and interviews

This new digital archive has been made available through special funding provided by the University to support teaching and learning impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the unavailability of library resources on campus.

See for more information on African studies resources, the African Studies Library LibGuide.

Black Newspaper Collection (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) : access until 21 October 2020

The University of Cambridge now has trial access until 21 October 2020 to the Black Newspaper Collection 

Please send your feedback using the online form.

ProQuest Historical Black Newspapers offer essential primary source content and editorial perspectives of the most distinguished African American newspapers in the U.S. Each of the ten Historical Black Newspapers provides researchers with unprecedented access to perspectives and information that was excluded or marginalized in mainstream sources. The content, including articles, obituaries, photos, editorials, and more, is easily accessible for scholars in the study of the history of race relations, journalism, local and national politics, education, African American studies, and many multidisciplinary subjects. Examine major movements from the Harlem Renaissance to Civil Rights, and explore everyday life as written in the Chicago DefenderThe Baltimore Afro-AmericanNew York Amsterdam NewsPittsburgh CourierLos Angeles SentinelAtlanta Daily WorldThe Norfolk Journal and GuideThe Philadelphia TribuneCleveland Call and Post, and Michigan Chronicle.

Each of the ten Historical Black Newspapers are cross-searchable with all other ProQuest Historical Newspapers–including The New York TimesChicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times and The Guardian–allowing researchers to evaluate history from multiple points view from various places throughout the world.

The ProQuest platform offers powerful and easy-to-use tools, including complete cover to cover full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format, and the ability to search many different article types.

Michigan Chronicle

Chicago Defender

Pittsburgh Courier

LA Sentinel

Norfolk Journal and Guide

Cleveland Call and Post

New York Amsterdam News

The Baltimore Afro-American

Atlanta Daily World

The Philadelphia Tribune

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

JSTOR collections available until 31st December 2020 (Struggles for Freedom South Africa, World Heritage Sites, Lives of Literature, Security Studies, Sustainability)

We have access to 6 further JSTOR collections until 31st December 2020.

Please send your feedback about these collections via the online form.

Aluka : Struggles for Freedom Southern Africa

The liberation of Southern Africa and the dismantling of the Apartheid regime was one of the major political developments of the 20th century, with far-reaching consequences for people throughout Africa and around the globe. This collection focuses on the complex and varied liberation struggles in the region, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. It brings together materials from various archives and libraries throughout the world documenting colonial rule, dispersion of exiles, international intervention, and the worldwide networks that supported successive generations of resistance within the region.

Aluka : World Heritage Sites Africa

World Heritage Sites: Africa is a versatile collection of more than 86,000 objects of visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage and rock art sites.

It offers more than 86,000 objects in 30 sub-collections, providing visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage sites.

Lives of Literature

JSTOR Lives of Literature is a collection of academic journals devoted to the deep study of writers and texts associated with core literary movements. Key topics include: Medieval Authors & Texts; Modernist Authors; Victorian, Edwardian & Gothic Authors; and Literary Theorists.

A complete title list is available to view here.

Security Studies

Explore a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of security studies. This content looks at security studies through a broad lens, encompassing research on international security and peace and conflict studies from all corners of the globe.

Sustainability

Discover a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of sustainability. The subjects of resilience and sustainability are explored broadly, covering research on environmental stresses and their impact on society.

Arts & Sciences Collection XV

Collection XV has been added to our library in addition to collections I to XIV that are already available to us. A title list for this collection is available here. Now, when you search the JSTOR platform, you will have full text access to all of the collections.

Photo by Oladimeji Ajegbile from Pexels

Photo ’15’ by Duncan C from Flickr.

British Archives Online : trial extended until 30th June 2020

British Archives Online have generously been made accessible to the University of Cambridge by Microform Academic Publishers until 30th June 2020.

Please send us your feedback about this, and any of our other trials, via the online form.

British Online Archives is one of the United Kingdom’s leading academic publishers.

The richness and diversity of BAO’s 89 collections (currently and growing) both for the study of British and global history is staggering and will provide an online library of great value to researchers at Cambridge.

The Archive hosts over 3 million records drawn from both private and public archives. These records are organised thematically, covering 1,000 years of world history, from politics and warfare to slavery and medicine.

Whether you’re an individual interested in your family’s history, a librarian looking for ways to adapt in the digital age, or a professor in search of innovative teaching tools, we have something to meet your needs.

Newsbank databases : available until 30th June 2020

A number of newspaper databases have been made available on the Newsbank (Readex) platform for access until 30th June 2020.

Please send your feedback about these eresources via the form.

Collections included in our access are:

Evans Digital Edition (Web)

  • Books, pamphlets, and broadsides published during the 17th and 18th centuries
  • From the bibliography by Charles Evans and Roger Bristol’s Supplement
  • Published in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society

Shaw-Shoemaker Digital Edition (Web)

  • Books, pamphlets, and broadsides published during the early 19th century
  • From the bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker
  • Published in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society

Rand Daily Mail, 1902-1985

Quintessential reporting on South Africa from the Boer Wars to the apartheid era

African Newspapers: The British Library Collection

More than 60 African historical newspapers from the nineteenth century

African Newspapers, 1800-1922

African Newspapers, Series II, 1835-1925

Explore African History and Culture during the 19th and 20th Centuries

South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922

Historical Newspapers from South Asia
Explore South Asian History and Culture during the 19th and 20th Centuries

Latin American Newspapers (Series I)

Latin American Newspapers (Series II)

Historical Newspapers from Latin America
Explore Latin American History and Culture during the 19th and 20th Centuries

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Digital Collection All Regions, 1941-1996

  • An archive of 20th Century news from around the world
  • Global views on United States foreign and domestic policy after World War II
  • Covers the Cold War, China, the Middle East, Latin America, the Soviet Union, and more

Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees, 1941-1996

Translated and English-language radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, government documents and books providing global insight on immigration in the mid-to-late 20th century

Pravda Archive: Global Perspectives, 1959-1996

Articles published by Pravda during the Cold War and the years immediately following, from 1959 to 1996, collected and translated into English by the CIA