|British Studies: Finding Digital Archives and Collections of Primary Sources|
Acta Sanctorum (Acts of the Saints)
The Acta Sanctorum Database is an electronic version of the complete printed text of Acta sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur (Antwerp; Brussels: Society des Bollandistes, 1863- (68 vols.) and found in Wilson Library Annex Folio 270 Ac8). It is a collection of documents examining the lives of saints, organised according to each saint's feast day, and runs from the two January volumes published in 1643 to the Propylaeum to December published in 1940. The Database contains the entire Acta Sanctorum, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indices. Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers are also included.
ANNO - AustriaN Newspapers Online
ANNO is the virtual reading room of the Austrian National Library.
This archive is not full-text searchable; one can search by newspaper title and/or by a specific date, and page through the particular newspaper title and issues. Coverage begins in the middle of the 16th century, but unfortunately the 17th century has scarcely been scanned and digitized.
British Newspapers 1600-1950
The most significant digital collection of British historic newspapers. New conservation and imaging techniques and a new cross-searchable platform adopted by the British Library offers unparalleled access and discoverability to this valuable historical and cultural archive. In addition one will find specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.
OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online offers art images that are rights-cleared for educational use. CAMIO is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums.
Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse
The Humanities Text Initiative intends to develop the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse into an extensive and reliable collection of Middle English electronic texts. HTI wants to include in the corpus all editions of Middle English texts used in the MED, and the more recent scholarly editions which in some cases may have superseded them. Large scale expansion of the Corpus will not take place until the MED and the HyperBibliography are further advanced, but text conversion continues at a modest rate as time and money permit.
Dictionary of Old English Corpus
The Dictionary of Old English electronic corpus is a complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts.
EEBO: Early English Books Online (Page Images)
From the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War, Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661). Among the thousands of titles featured in EEBO are works by Malory, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, Galileo; musical exercises by Henry Purcell and novels by Aphra Behn; prayer books, pamphlets, and proclamations; almanacs, calendars, and many other primary sources.
EEBO: Early English Books Online: TCP (Book Texts)
Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO TCP) contains searchable, marked-up text for over 60,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661). EEBO TCP covers a subset of the titles available in Early English Books Online (Page Images).
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
ECCO allows full-text searching of over 180,000 titles English-language titles and editions -- in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. It includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more.
Georgian Papers Online
The Georgian Papers Programme is a partnership between the Royal Archives, Royal Library and King's College London.
By 2020 the collection will document the entire Hanoverian Dynasty (1714-1837). Forthcoming additions will include the papers of George I, George II and William IV, the official papers (or calendar) of George III, additional selections of George IV's bills and account books (or mensils) showing supplies of food and household goods to royal residences in the Georgian period.
Major correspondence centred on the "long 18th century," supporting critical apparatus, and additional research carried out by EE.
U.K. Parliamentary Papers (ProQuest)
Encompasses all areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, showing how issues were explored and legislation was formed. Includes House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. Includes Records of proceedings, the Debates (Hansard), and the House of Commons journal; Sessional papers providing information to parliament on matters of policy and administration: Bills, House papers, and Command papers. Also includes those Papers of the House of Lords presented to the Commons, such as reports prepared by Lords Select Committees.
Illustrated London News
The Illustrated London News Historical Archive provides online access to the entire run of the ILN from its first publication on 14 May 1842 to its last in 2003. Each page has been digitally reproduced in full colour and every article and caption is full-text searchable with hit-term highlighting and links to corresponding illustrations.
Making of the Modern World
Provides full-text and full-page-image access to books from the 1460-1850 period, and pre-1906 serials.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies Online
Provides a large and growing resource of essential medieval and early modern sources online. MEMSO is a library of books concerning the study of medieval and early modern Britain and Ireland.
Nineteenth Century British Newspapers
Digital archive of 48 nineteenth century British newspapers.
Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks.
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Burney Collection
Digital archive covering British news media from 1757-1817. The archive contains about 700 newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney. The contents were published mostly in London, and some were published in English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.
Times Digital Archive
Digital Archive of The Times of London for the years 1785-1985. Full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories.
Travel Writing, Spectacle, and World History
Brings together hundreds of accounts by women of their travels across the globe from the early 19th century to the late 20th century.
Universal Databases (East View Information Services)
Full-text electronic versions of major Russian and many NIS periodicals on the same day they are published. In Cyrillic or LC-transliterated Russian.
World News Digest
This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.
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