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L’Enfer (hell), from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, is one of the most storied and sought-after private case collections. The collection was created in the 1830s to protect and isolate works that were considered contrary to the morals of the time. As with later private cases, the entire collection was kept in a locked section of the library. L’Enfer actually refers to the shelf mark given to the collection.
Date range: 1531‒2012
Document types: printed books, pamphlets, broadsides
Source library: Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)
Languages: French, English, Italian, German
Subjects supported: gender studies, women’s studies, international studies, social history, anthropology, art, literature, and erotica
Digitized from the FO 17 series of British Foreign Office files at the UK National Archives, Part I of Imperial China and the West provides general correspondence relating to China from 1815 to 1881. With over 540,000 manuscript pages, the collection consists of a vast and significant resource in English for researching every aspect of Anglo-Chinese relations during the 19th century. Included in the collection are files relating to the diplomatic, political, mercantile, legal, and military relations among China, Britain, France, Russia, the United States, and other Western powers, as well as the relationships between these and China’s nearer neighbors, like Japan, Korea, Thailand, Burma, Malaya, India, and even Australia.
Date range: 1815–1881
Document types: handwritten manuscripts, clippings, and maps
Source library: UK National Archives
Subjects supported: British empire and colonialism in Asia, history of 19th century China, British-Chinese relations, Chinese intellectual history, translation studies, history of architecture and art, Chinese emigration and diaspora, and legal studies
Twentieth Century British Intelligence brings together files from the UK National Archives covering intelligence and security matters from 1905 to 2002. Material has been sourced from the UK Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office, the Colonial Office, MI5 (British Domestic Security Service), and the SOE (Special Operations Executive), and reflects an intelligence network that reached from the UK and Europe to Africa, the Middle East, Canada, Asia, and Australia during a century of global conflicts, high-stakes diplomacy, and political upheaval. These documents cover the development of British intelligence and its impact on policy from its earliest days, through Room 40 in the First World War and the activities of the Security Services throughout the British Empire during World War II to the geopolitics of the Cold War and decolonization.
Date range: 1905‒2002
Document types: handwritten and typed manuscripts, printed pamphlets, ephemera, telegraphs, government documents
Source library: UK National Archives
Subjects supported: 20th-century international relations, politics and history, imperial and colonial history, British history, intelligence and security studies, war studies, military history, World War II, the Cold War, global history, and transnational studies
The third module in Gale’s Women’s Studies Archive series, this collection contains more than a million pages of female-authored works sourced from the American Antiquarian Society, covering over a century of female writing. Featuring female voices in fiction, poetry, personal letters, recipe books, memoirs, pamphlets, personal papers, children’s literature, diaries, religious tracts, and more, Rare Titles from the American Antiquarian Society provides a canon of women’s literature that enables researchers to explore the different facets of the female experience. Titles have been carefully selected for their uniqueness with careful analysis to ensure no overlap with other Gale, American Antiquarian Society, or current open access digital archive resources. The collection will allow users to answer questions about women’s cultural contributions, provide insight into the female experience, and open up opportunities to discover overlooked works from the past.
Date range: 1820‒1922
Document type: Monograph
Source library: American Antiquarian Society
Subjects supported: women’s history, gender studies, American literature, cultural studies, history, American history, media and journalism, politics, and sociology
Building on the strength of Part I, Political Extremism and Radicalism, Part II: Far-Right Groups in America provides researchers with coverage that concentrates more closely on white supremacist and nationalist groups in the United States, including, the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, the American Nazi Party, and others. Material has been sourced from eminent institutions, such as the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of California, Davis; the University of Iowa; and Idaho State University, and features manuscripts, monographs, periodicals, and audio recordings. Covering a wide range of topics, like nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, Christian Identity, homophobia, political misinformation, and conspiracy theories, Far-Right Groups in America is an essential resource for scholars investigating the radical right as well as its impact on mainstream politics and conservative, right-wing thinking.
Date range: 1850‒2010
Document types: manuscript, monograph, newspapers, periodicals, audio (with transcript)
Source libraries: University of California, Santa Barbara; Federal Bureau of Investigation; University of California, Davis; University of Iowa; Idaho State University
Subjects supported: modern history, international studies, European studies, politics/political science/political sociology; international relations; government studies; human rights; terrorism studies; immigration studies; racial conflict; African American studies; and social studies
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Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500–1926
Based on Joseph Sabin's famed bibliography, this digital archive provides a firsthand account of 450 years of history in the Americas, including discovery and exploration, slavery and European colonization, native peoples, wars of independence, religion and missionary work, social and political reforms, economic development, westward expansion, notable individuals, and much more.
Smithsonian Collections Online
The Smithsonian, America's foremost research and cultural institution, has partnered with Gale, a Cengage company, to launch a series of collections from Smithsonian's vast archives. This partnership has yielded collections covering American history, science, world cultures, and more.
Women's Studies Archive
The Women's Studies Archive is an examination of the social, political, and professional aspects of women's lives and offers us a look at the roles, experiences, and achievements of women in society.
U.S. Declassified Documents Online
U.S. Declassified Documents Online offers unique insights into the inner workings of the US government. The collection brings together the most sensitive documents from all the presidential libraries and numerous executive agencies in a single, easily searchable database. This collection provides access to a broad range of previously classified federal records spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
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