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Gale Primary Sources brings the thoughts, words, and actions of past centuries into the present for a comprehensive research experience. With authoritative content and powerful search technologies, this platform has been thoughtfully designed to help students and researchers examine literary, political, and social culture of the last 500 years and develop a more meaningful understanding of how history continues to impact the world today. All of the collections on the Gale Primary Sources platform are meticulously indexed to improve discovery, analysis, and workflow for every user who is looking to push past the traditional boundaries of research. Learn more about our curation practices >>

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New Gale Primary Sources Collections:

  • China and the Modern World: Imperial China and the West Part II, 1865–1905

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    Digitized primarily from the British Foreign Office Files FO 17 Series together with several volumes of Law Officers’ reports from the FO 83 series, this archive is a continuation of Imperial China and the West Part I, 1815–1881, providing scholars with valuable insight and detail into every aspect of Chinese-Western relations during 1865–1905, ranging from diplomacy to trade/economy, politics, military, Chinese emigration, law, and translation and language studies.

    Key Facts
    Date range: 1865-1905
    Document types: manuscripts, maps, clippings, etc
    Source library: The National Archives, UK. FO17 and FO83 files

  • Declassified Documents Online: Twentieth-Century British Intelligence, Monitoring the World

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    Unique for its high-level of centralization and inter-departmental communication, the British intelligence and security services reached every corner of the world during a century of global conflicts, high-stakes diplomacy, and political upheaval. The files contained in Declassified Documents Online: Twentieth-Century British Intelligence, Monitoring the World cover the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and Central Intelligence Machinery at the Cabinet Office. The collection places the all-important work of signals intelligence in the Second World War alongside the central machinery of intelligence at the Cabinet Office. This unique archive provides extensive detail on the work of GCHQ, vital for the study of military history, intelligence and security, international politics and diplomacy of the twentieth century, and the global history of the Second World War.

    Key Facts
    Date range: 1914–1985
    Document types: government documents
    Source library: The National Archives, Kew

  • Indigenous Peoples of North America, Part II: Indian Rights Association, 1882–1986

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    Indigenous Peoples of North America, Part II: The Indian Rights Association, 1882–1986 provides the complete papers of the first organization to address Native American interests and rights. The collection, which is newly digitized, thoughtfully illustrates and contextualizes the story of indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada with a depth and breadth of content that is unprecedented. Because of the source collection’s origins in the late 1800s, a portion of the correspondence was handwritten. Gale’s HTR (Handwritten Text Recognition) technology enables full text searching of the early history of The Indian Rights Association.

    Key Facts
    Date range: 1882–1986
    Document types: correspondence, organizational records, pamphlets, legislation drafts, news clippings, photographs, manuscripts, field reports, and more
    Source library: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

  • The Making of Modern Law: Landmark Records and Briefs of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Part II: 1891–1950

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    This unique collection, digitized for the first time ever, brings together records and briefs from 1891–1950 that have most influenced modern writing and thinking about American law and American legal history. The Making of Modern Law: Landmark Records and Briefs of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Part II: 1891–1950 aims to address questions concerning the administration of justice, the adversary process, and the developing relationship between law and the social sciences, humanities, and sciences.

    Key Facts
    Date range: 1890–1950
    Document type: depositions, transcripts, arguments, records
    Source libraries: New York City Bar Association Library, Yale University Law Library, University of Iowa Law Library

  • Women's Studies Archive: Female Forerunners Worldwide

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    This fourth installment of the Women’s Studies Archive program focuses on female forerunners (both individuals and organizations) who have impacted society through social reform, popular culture, healthcare, and more. Women's Studies Archive: Female Forerunners Worldwide highlights contributions of African American women with collections sourced from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Smithsonian Institution, and Amistad Research Center. This archive will cover individual women and organizations around the world who have broken new paths in society through business, social reform, popular culture, healthcare, and more.

    Key Facts

    Date range: 1741–1986
    Document types: personal papers, periodicals, journals, manuscripts, and more
    Source libraries: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library), Amistad Research Center (Tulane University), Smithsonian Institute, Library of Congress, Mitchell Library (State Library of New South Wales), Senate House Library (University of London), Royal College of Nursing, The National Archives, Kew, London Metropolitan Archives

Public Health Archives: Public Health in Modern America, 1890-1970

Public Health in Modern America, 1890-1970 provides scholars with materials that explore the fight for a national health care plan from the end of the Depression well into the 1960s. Content covers medical economics and sociology, medical care, legislation, and the role of key organizations and individuals. The collection’s documentation of the evolution of public health legislation, policies, and campaigns at local and federal levels supports the examination of our past while considering outcomes for our future.

Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II

Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II chronicles the plight of refugees and displaced persons across Europe, North Africa, and Asia from 1935 to 1950 through correspondence, reports, studies, organizational and administrative files, and much more. It is the first multi-sourced digital collection to consider the global scope of the refugee crisis leading up to, through, and after World War II.

Religions of America

Religions of America presents scholars and researchers with more than 660,000 pages of content that follow the development of religions and religious movements born in the U.S. from 1820 to 1990. Derived from numerous collections, most notably the American Religions Collection at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Religions of America traces the history and unique characteristics of movements through manuscripts, pamphlets, newsletters, ephemera, and visuals.

Platform Features & Tools

Term Frequency

Researchers can see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, places, events, and ideas interact and develop over time.

Term Clusters

By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections within search terms—helping to shape research by integrating diverse content with relevant information.

Cross-Search Capability

Search across the content of complementary primary source products, including books, in one united, intuitive environment, enabling innovative new research connections.

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