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To support libraries, researchers, and educators, we regularly commission academics to write contextual essays that explore topics using our digital primary source archives. These essays cover a broad range of topics, including

  • explorations of notable figures 
  • histories of publications 
  • important events and themes throughout history

Whether you're interested in Chartism, Fredrick the Great, LGBTQ collections, or the Alt-Right, we have essays in our collection that cover these topics and many more.

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