Upcoming Archives in Gale Primary Sources

  • Archives of Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II

    The documented history of forced migration from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century is fully reported in Archives of Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement. The first in the series, Forced Migration and World War II, presents roughly 700,000 pages to document the causes, effects, and responses to refugee crises across the world before, during and immediately after the Second World War. Government records, refugee agency files, correspondence, and personal accounts provide the hidden history of those forcibly displaced from their homes and the relief, resettlement, and repatriation efforts that followed.  This archive can be searched by nationality and ethnicity, country fled, and settlement/resettlement destination. 

  • Making of Modern Law 11: Landmark Records and Briefs of the Appeals Courts

    While U.S. Supreme Court briefs are essential for legal doctrine, courts of appeals documents are equally valuable for their records of our lower courts. The latest collection in Gale’s Making of Modern Law series, Landmark Records and Briefs of the Appeals Courts provides a comprehensive review of trial history including depositions, transcripts, and arguments that never made it to the highest court. Addressing historical issues beyond legal theory and precedent, Landmark Records and Briefs unlocks material that was for the most part, previously inaccessible.

  • The Mirror Historical Archive

    Founded in 1903, the Daily Mirror initially launched as a newspaper for women, run by women. It was not well received by the public so the format was changed to a more illustrative approach with prominent use of photography to appeal to a broader readership. During the 1930s the newspaper established its status as the paper of the ordinary working man, and by the 1950s it was the UK’s bestselling newspaper. Now the UK’s only mainstream, left-wing tabloid, the Daily Mirror provides a contrast to the more conservative leaning UK newspapers. As such, Mirror Historical Archive provides an ideal counterpoint for students and researchers looking to compare left-wing journalism to right-wing counterparts such as the Daily Mail.


  • Archives of Sexuality and Gender: International Perspectives on LGBTQ Activism and Culture

    International Perspectives on LGBTQ Activism and Culture examines diversity in underrepresented areas of the world such as southern Africa and Australia, highlighting cultural and social histories, struggles for rights and freedoms, explorations of sexuality, organizations and key figures in LGBTIQ history, and countering the erasure of the stories and experiences of LGBTIQ people from official histories. Materials include the papers of Simon Nkoli, a prominent South African anti-apartheid, gay and lesbian rights, and HIV/AIDS activist; Exit newspaper (formerly Link/Skakel), South Africa’s longest-running monthly LGBT publication; Geographic Files, also known as “Lesbians in…” with coverage from Albania to Zimbabwe; and the largest available collection of Australian LGBTIQ periodicals.

    Key Facts
    Date range: 1828–2016; bulk of material 1970–2016
    Document types: manuscripts, periodicals, ephemera
    Source libraries: Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA); Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA); Lesbian Herstory Archives
    Subjects supported: gender studies, women’s studies, anthropology, international studies, twentieth-century social history, media and communications, and sociology


The advantages of Gale Primary Sources

Downloadable OCR

Manuscript materials are keyword and full-text searchable thanks to optical character recognition (OCR). Users can gain even more access to their research materials by downloading the OCR in a .txt format.

Digital Humanities Support

At request, Gale will deliver data and metadata associated with Gale Primary Sources collections for use in data mining and textual analysis, supporting the digital humanities as a growing area of scholarly research.

Integrated Workflow Tools

User-generated tags and annotations, Zotero compatability, and user accounts allow researchers to easily collect, cite, and group sources, tags, and annotations.

"Gale’s primary source collections have brought teaching African diaspora history to life. My students have access to thousands of original, first person accounts of the Black experience across time and space, affording them the opportunity to create innovative histories of their own."

- Dr Kerry Pimblott, Lecturer in International History, University of Manchester