Selected Resources for: Early Modern History: Digital Resources


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Iter is a bibliography of over 230,000 articles and reviews drawn from over 475 medieval and renaissance journal titles.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

This project sets out to establish a German national bibliography of 17th-century imprints printed or published in the German-speaking countries of that century. Broadsheets are listed, but musical notations and maps are excluded.
The main contributing libraries are the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin State Library), the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Bavarian State Library Munich) and the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel (Duke August Library Wolfenbüttel).
The collection is projected to include some 300,000 imprints.


General Reference Sources

Encyclopedias

A six-volume survey of European history from 1450, the beginning of the print revolution, to 1789 and the French Revolution. Presents over 1,000 alphabetically arranged entries covering the period's most significant personalities and meaningful developments in the arts, religion, politics, exploration, and warfare. For students, scholars, and general readers.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation is a definitive source for information about the entire range of religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church polity and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature. This broadly cast, interdisciplinary definition allows for a comprehensive social and intellectual history of early modern Europe.


General Reference Works

Major correspondence centred on the "long 18th century," supporting critical apparatus, and additional research carried out by EE.

This resource brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.


Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

Every book, pamphlet, serial, and other printed work of significance published in America 1639 - 1800 with 36,000 items and 2. 4 million page images when complete. Based on Charles Evans, American Bibliography with additions from Roger Bristol's Supplement.

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) will contain 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.

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) will contain 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.

MEMSO is a digital library of books and other primary sources for the study of medieval and early modern Britain and Ireland. Some of the resources, like the Calendar of State Papers can be quite useful for the study of other regions of the world during these periods.


Gateways & Megasites

The gateway to the world's library web sites.
"Over 8000 pages from libraries in 146 countries," LibWeb enables you to search library home pages and in this case identify their open-access digital collections.


Open Access Resources

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.

An open-access service of the Biblioteca Nacional de España, with access to the full digital images of books, manuscripts, journals, engravings, maps, and many other formats of primary sources. The BDH features some 13,000 digitized books from 1450-1750, almost 2,000 published between 1450 and 1550.

The gateway to the Italian National Central Library in Florence's digital portal. Very much a work in progress, this site already has several sites available, including Galileo e l'Universo de suoi libri and Manoscritti in rete [Manuscripts on the Web] from the Library's collections. Searching is possible only in Italian.

A collection of six million digital images of paintings, music, films and books from Europe's galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Included are images, texts, sounds and videos.
Note: Searching this site can be tedious.

A digital library of important European royal collections of documents from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance that are representative of the political, cultural and artistic history of Europe.
Some 900 manuscripts are brought to this site from the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich (BSB), the Universitat de València Biblioteca Històrica (BHUV), the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttel (HAB) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België / Bibliothèque royale de Belgique (KBR).

"mille trésors de la Bibliothèque nationale de France" The BnF's digital archive features high-resolution digital images of manuscripts, documents, books, art works and other graphics, photos of physical objects from antiquity to the early 20th century, and audio-visual files. A detailed description of Gallica's contents can be found at http://gallicadossiers.bnf.fr/Anthologie/

Italy's open-access gateway to over 8 million digital files of books, manuscripts, maps, and other documents across many centuries. The resources come from over eighty partner libraries throughout Italy.
Searching – so far only in Italian – can be done by collection, across collections, and within a collection.

This JSTOR archive is the digital version of the Kraus Reprint edition of the Philosophical Transactions. These issues document the wealth of world-wide scientific discovery and discourse in the 18th century.
Note: Since 2011 JSTOR has made portions of its journal archive - journal issues from the late 19th century and earlier - freely available on the web.
Go to http://archive.org/details/jstor_philtran1665167 or to http://archive.org/details/jstor_philtran1683177 for access to Philosophical Transactions> for the 17th and 18th century.


Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary digital archive containing some 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools support a range of research uses including viewing and analyzing by zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.

Historical digital map images from the University of Minnesota James Ford Bell Library.


Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

ArchiveGrid is an important resource for identifying the location(s) of archives and other collections of historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and archival materials on a given topic or topics. ArchiveGrid is not a full-text digital archive, but it provides sophisticated search functions to identify, locate, and contact these institutions.

Contains the original full text of works by 1,482 authors and including over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, journals, maps, memoirs and accounts of early encounters.

The database has five sections offering approximately 60,000 images of original documents linked to essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. The sections cover Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969; Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire; The Visible Empire ; Religion and Empire; and Race, Class and Colonialism, c1783-1969. The ten contributing libraries are located in Britain, India, and Australia.

While not a digital archive, English History of the 17th Century contains thousands of items -- broadsides, pamphlets, newsletters, and books -- providing detailed accounts of the struggles between Parliament and Crown, the Civil War and the Restoration. The collection documents the religious controversies through the century, as well as innumerable matters of the changing social and cultural scene. Most of these items are accessible through the Libraries' catalog, MNCAT.

Provides full-text and full-page-image access to books from the 1460-1850 period, and pre-1906 serials. It focuses on economics interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, history, sociology, and special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing. It combines the strengths of two pre-eminent collections--the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London Library and the Kress Library of Business and Economics at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration--along with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and from the libraries of Yale University.


Government Documents

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers are vital to the historical record of Britain, its former Colonies and the wider world. They are among the richest and most detailed primary sources for the history of the past two centuries, and are fundamental to an understanding of current legislation, policy making and the political environment. features publications published officially by the House of Commons or the House of Lords from 1688 to 1834.

State Papers Online, 1509-1714 is a collection of English government documents originating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries--when the King or Queen acted as Prime Minister as well as Monarch. The papers feature the office archives and correspondence of the secretaries of state serving the Monarch as facsimile manuscript documents accessed directly or via the fully searchable Calendar entries (abstracts or transcriptions). This collection contains information on every facet of English government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions and intelligence gathering as well as Britain's international relations and foreign policy.


Historical Documents

Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Colonial State Papers integrates two important research tools as one service: Collection CO 1 from The National Archives (full name: Privy Council and related bodies: America and West Indies, Colonial Papers); and Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739. All of the documents from CO 1 have been reproduced as full-colour, high quality images. Users can limit their searches to records that include scanned documents or can search all documents recorded in the Calendar.

Primary Sources is a full-text searchable archive, including constitutional conventions and compilations (reports, journals, proceedings, and debates, and supplementary documents published by the conventions including, manuals, rules of order, and information for the use of delegates); city charters (the texts of enacted and proposed charters and ordinances in American jurisdictions); law dictionaries; early U.S. state codes; and colonial records. Includes Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources Part I (1620-1926) and Part II (1763-1979).

The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926 contains unofficially published accounts of trials; official trial documents, briefs and arguments reprinted or bound as separate publications; and official, separately published records of legislative proceedings, administrative proceedings, and arbitration cases. The focus is on America, England, and the British Empire.


Library Information

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309 19th Ave. S.
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Service Desk: 612-624-3321
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