Trial access to online resources for LGBT+ studies

The University Library has arranged trial access to online resources for LGBT+ studies: the Archives of Sexuality and Gender (Gale Cengage) and LTBT Life with Full Text (Ebsco).

Archives of Sexuality and Gender can be accessed from this link until 5 June 2017

Archives of Sexuality and Gender is an ongoing, growing series of archives comprising primary sources in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, health, political science, policy studies, human rights, gender studies, and more.  To date only Part I has been released: “LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940, Part I”. This collection presents important aspects of LGBTQ life in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond and illuminates the experiences not just of the LGBTQ community as a whole, but of individuals of different races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political orientations, and geographical locations that constitute this community. Historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals are featured, as well as publications by and for lesbians and gays, and extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis.  There is an overview of the collection described here.


LGBT Life with Full Text can be accessed from this link until 2 June 2017.

LGBT Life with Full Text provides an index to the world’s literature on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.  The index gives broad coverage of the world’s LGBTQ literature, for both academic & lifestyle publications and includes the full run of 190 of the most important & historically significant journals, magazines, and regional newspapers, both mainstream and grey, and more than 330 books & reference works. Topics include sociology, culture, civil liberties, individual lives, family, community, employment, history, politics, psychology, and religion.  Content lists in PDF, Excel and HTML format can be downloaded from the Ebsco site here.


The University Library welcomes your thoughts and feedback on these resources.  Please write to  It is helpful particularly to us to understand how the resources may be useful to you in your work (please identify which resource(s) in any specific comments).  Thank you.


Reproduction of the original painting in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Reproduction of the original painting of The Earth by Nicolas Lancret in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

The inscription to the engraving of The Earth does not change the weight of the signification.  (The inscription ends with these suggestive lines: “As the most beautiful Fruit takes form in her Breast, / Tearing it is necessary to render her fertile”.) Sexual desire is represented in the image in a highly decorous, coded manner, without any note of moral censure in the painting itself or in the pictorial or verbal parts of the engraving.

–Bellhouse, M. L. (1999). Crimes and pardons: Bourgeois justice, gendered virtue, and the criminalized other in Eighteenth-Century France. Signs: Journal Of Women In Culture & Society, 24(4), 981. (an example of a full text article in LGBT Life with Full Text)

Popular Medicine

The University of Cambridge now has trial access to the Popular Medicine resource until 10 November 2016.

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This unique collection showcases the development of ‘popular’ medicine in America during the nineteenth century, through an extensive range of material that was aimed at the general public rather than medical professionals. Explore an array of printed sources, including rare books, pamphlets, trade cards, and visually-rich advertising ephemera.

The collection illustrates the history of ‘popular’ remedies and treatments throughout the nineteenth century, using primary source material from the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The collection includes; trade cards, ephemera, pamphlets, printed books, posters, admission cards, anatomy guides and street guides.

The material covers key themes including; botanic medicine, the health of women and children, homeopathy, phrenology, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, sexual health and production and trade.   The increase in advertising by the commercial manufacturers of medical aids, highlights that the intended recipient of these materials was the ‘ordinary man’, rather than medical professionals.  The intention was to encourage him to help himself, and his family, using a vast array of different ‘self-help’ methods and fashionable techniques.



Mass Observation Online

The University Library is delighted to announce access is now available for the University of Cambridge to Mass Observation Online.

Mass Observation Online makes available original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features. A pioneering social research organisation, Mass Observation was founded in 1937 by anthropologist Tom Harrisson, film-maker Humphrey Jennings and poet Charles Madge. Their aim was to create an ‘anthropology of ourselves’, and by recruiting a team of observers and a panel of volunteer writers they studied the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. This resource covers the original Mass Observation project, the bulk of which was carried out from 1937 until the mid-1950s, offering an unparalleled insight into everyday life in Britain during these transformative years.

The vast content of the Archive can be divided into two main types: material collected by investigators, and material submitted by volunteers. This raw data was, in turn, summarised in the file reports (or in a few cases, the official publications). The material collected by investigators comprises thematic studies, undertaken by paid ‘observers’, and comprising surveys, collections of ephemera, accounts of ‘overheards’ and covert observations of the general public. The material submitted by volunteers, on the other hand, are deeply personal accounts of individual lives provided by the amateur observers from MO’s ‘National Panel’. The duality apparent in these two opposing methods of data collection was present from the very beginning of Mass Observation’s conception, and has been attributed to the conflicting aims of the co-founders of Mass Observation, Tom Harrisson and Charles Madge. From the very start Mass Observation’s methods were divided: Harrisson taking his anthropological, scientific approach to Bolton for the Worktown study, in which the invisibility of the Mass Observation observer was essential, while Madge remained in London to build up the collection of diaries and personal writings from the volunteer National Panel.

The Archive of Mass Observation, a pioneering social research resource, provides access to around 115,000 digital images of material generated by mass observation between 1937 and 1949, with a few later additions from the 1950s and 1960s.

This is an invaluable resource for sociologists, cultural historians and a wide range of other disciplines.

Pamela Slater of 8 Wellgarth Rd N & W. II Single Architect 25, writes [on Monday 8, July, 1940, two months to the day before the first mass air raid on London on 7 September]:

Started new architectural job at London Bridge …

Had lunch with caretaker of the building and her husband where I work-she is sure that London is not going to get bombed “has said so all along!” Much talk about new tea rationing-most people philosophical about it- doesn’t affect me as I don’t care for the stuff.

I can’t bear to think about France – its like having to get used to the idea of a great friend suddenly dying of hidden cancer-till now unsuspected.  What satisfaction can be felt at the Navy’s action against the French fleet, it just makes one feel sick inside.

In lunch time today I walked along Eastcheap to Tower HIll where hundreds of people were standing round a tough, shirt-sleeved, perspiring individual high up on a buttress wall of the higher terrace.  After listening to him with much enjoyment for some time I realised that he must be the famous Donald Soper who I have only seen once before, respectably churchy at a public meeting.  He was grand- held the audience in the hollow of his hand, and kept everyone good-tempered inspte of saying all the time exactly what he wanted to say.  A wind was blowing over the Thames and, what with the new atmosphere of city workers in black coats, and the smells of warfs and granaries and store houses unimaginable goods, I came back to work most cheerfully.  It is really a sign of something healthy in our civilisation that in wartime a pacifist can stand up and talk Christian Pacifism for an hour to a mixed audience and get down amid the affectionate plaudits of that audience.

New journal backfiles for Politics

Cambridge University Library is delighted to announce the new acquisition of journal backfiles in the subject area of Politics.  The titles are currently published by Wiley-Blackwell but were formerly published by Blackwell Publishing, university presses and institutes and associations of political science.

All the titles are listed in the ejournals@cambridge A-Z and will be retrievable in Library Search by mid-November 2014.

From Sir Gwilym Gibbon, ‘The Civil Service and the War‘, Public Administration, 18:4, 219-289, one of the titles in the collection:

“There is, of course, behind all this an even greater problem, tragically illustrated by the present titanic struggle of war-whether, and how, man can match the fertility of his discoveries and inventions in material things with a similar fertility in the adaptation of himself and his institutions to the new conditions, or whether he must stay the pace of his mastery over the material to the slower progress of himself, in his character, outlook and habits. It must suffice here to say that it seems doubtful whether the slackening of the pace of advances in the material world is possible without reverting to a lower level of civilisation, which would happen if Hitler and his crowd were victorious, and that, if freedom is to prevail, man can scarcely resist the challenge of his opportunities and must ‘labour to find means by which the pace of advance in his own make-up, in the individual and in the group, shall keep reasonable step with that of his material conquests. This is one of the basic crises of our civilisation.”

The old Chamber of the House of Commons built by Sir Charles Barry was destroyed by German bombs during the Second World War. The essential features of Barry’s design were preserved when the Chamber was rebuilt.

For your information now, the titles are listed below:

Australian journal of public administration
Canadian Public Administration
European Journal of Political Research
Government and Opposition
GPSA journal
Journal of Common Market Studies
Journal of contingencies and crisis management
Journal of public administration (London, England)
Middle East Policy
Nations and Nationalism
New Economy
Pacific Focus
Peace & change
Policy Studies Journal
Policy Studies Review
Political Quarterly
Political Studies
Public administration
Public administration (Sydney)
Scandinavian Political Studies
Southeastern political review

Historical geography

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Historical geography

Sample an article Negotiating Displacement during the Colonial and Early Independence Period along the Zambia-Mozambique Border

From the publisher’s website for the journal:

Historical Geography is an annual journal that publishes scholarly articles, book reviews, conference reports, and commentaries. The journal encourages an interdisciplinary and international dialogue among scholars, professionals, and students interested in geographic perspectives on the past. Concerned with maintaining historical geography’s ongoing intellectual contribution to social scientific and humanities-based disciplines, Historical Geography is especially committed to presenting the work of emerging scholars.

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

Access Historical geography via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

American Vogue Archive

Access is now available thanks to an agreement between ProQuest and JISC Collections to the entire archive of American Vogue, from 1892 to the current month.

Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

In addition to the editorial content, all covers, advertisements and pictorial features have been captured as separate documents to allow for searching and discovery. For advertisements, the featured company and brand names have been assigned to the document records, and all image captions are captured to a high accuracy, allowing accurate retrieval of photographs and illustrations. Contributor names that appear in image credits, such as photographers, stylists and illustrators, are also indexed. You can also limit your search by journal editor, to find items published during the editorship of, say, Diana Vreeland (1963-71) or Anna Wintour (1988-present).

The Vogue Archive also features specialist indexing of full-page images from photo features. This has been newly created by Condé Nast, with expert indexers using controlled lists to apply keywords to each separate image within a document. There are separate designated fields for Fashion Item (e.g. kimono, Breton jacket, scoop neckline), Person Pictured, Company/brand, Designer Name and Material (e.g. chiffon, wool, taffeta).

Sovetskaia kul’tura Digital Archive (1929-2013)

Trial access is now available for Kul’tura (Culture) until 28 February 2014.

Moscow subway station, Okhotny Ryad, escalator ca. 1935, Municipal Archives of Trondheim, Flickr :

Kul’tura (Culture) is an important Russian weekly newspaper previously published under the titles Rabochii i iskusstvo (1929-1930), Sovetskoe iskusstvo (1931-1941), Literatura i iskusstvo (1942-1944), Sovetskoe iskusstvo (1944-1952) and Sovetskaia kul’tura (1953-1991).

In 1944, only 8 issues of Sovetskoe iskusstvo were published. The lack of database content for this period is not a gap, but reflects the publication schedule during these challenging years.

An indispensable source of information on the developing and ever changing attitudes towards arts and culture in the Soviet and Russian societies. Throughout the years the newspaper articles reviewed major events in Russian cultural life, in literature, theater, cinematography and arts. In the Soviet period it published critical diatribes against dissident writers Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Aksyonov and others, infamous articles condemning modern art exhibitions, chastising avant-guard composers and abstract painters. In modern Russia its reviews and event listings often focus on the cultural life of Moscow and regions, it is known for its topical commentaries on popular culture and politics.

Access the trial now via this link.

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