Trial access: British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries

Trial access to the British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries has been made available until 14th May 2021.

This collection includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. The collection now includes primary materials spanning more than 300 years. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database.

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Featured content includes:

Letters of Mary, Queen of Scots

Browse a collection of letters from Mary, Queen of Scots during her imprisonment in England until her execution.  Correspondence include letters to King Philip II, Constable de Montmorency, Archbishop of Glasgow, Queen Elizabeth, Catherine de Medicis, Queen of France, and her last letter and will written the evening before her execution.

Occupation: Nurses

Read letters and diaries from women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries documenting their experiences nursing in a variety of medical settings.


War Diaries

Many women throughout history have survived numerous wars and conflicts. Read through various dairies written by women who lived through the French Revolution, Crimean War, and the Great Wars of the 20th century, including the diary of Anne Jane Walker Shepperd, a 26-year-old mother of three, describing daily life in London during the Blitz.

Travel

Browse letters and diaries from women as they document their travels throughout the world from fashion to food to new landmarks discovered. Countries visited and explored include: Italy, Norway, Russia, Egypt, Syria, South Africa, India, and New Zealand.

Trial access: Soviet Woman & Cumhuriyet Digital Archives

Trial access to the Cumhuriyet Digital Archive has been extended to 26 February. We are grateful to the publisher East View Information Services for this extension of access at this time. Cumhuriyet is Turkey’s oldest daily and leading opposition newspaper. For the original blog post on this trial please see here.

Trial access has also been enabled to the Soviet Woman digital archive via this link until 26 February.

Established in the aftermath of WWII in 1945, the magazine Soviet Woman proclaimed on the cover of its first issue its fundamental mission: “A magazine devoted to social and political problems, literature and art…” Published initially under the aegis of the of Soviet Women’s Anti-Fascist Committee and the Central Council of Trade Unions of the USSR, it began as a bimonthly illustrated magazine tasked with countering anti-Soviet propaganda by introducing Western audiences to the lifestyle of Soviet women, including their role in the post-WWII rebuilding of the Soviet economy, and their achievements in the arts and the sciences. Originally published simultaneously in Russian, English, German and French, the magazine went on to add more foreign language editions aimed at reaching an even wider audience both in the West and elsewhere to balance the Western narrative about the Soviet Union in these countries with a pro-Soviet ideological counterweight.

The Soviet Woman digital archive contains all obtainable published issues from the very first issue, comprising more than 500 issues and over 7,500 articles.

The Soviet Woman digital archive offers scholars the most comprehensive collection available for this title, and features full page-level digitization, complete original graphics, and searchable text, and is cross-searchable with numerous other East View digital resources.

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‘Sovetskaia kul’tura’ digital archive

Following acclaim from the trial Cambridge builds on its Slavonic archival collections with the ‘Sovetskaia kul’tura’ digital archive.

The archive comprises Kul’tura (Culture), 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).  This new digitization from EastView is a digital archive of the newspaper, from its earliest days up to late 2013. Only a very few issues of the newspaper are available in physical form in the University Library.

EastView describe the newspaper as 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-garde 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.”