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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.
Date range: 1865-1905
Document types: manuscripts, maps, clippings, etc
Source library: The National Archives, UK. FO17 and FO83 files
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.
Date range: 1914–1985
Document types: government documents
Source library: The National Archives, Kew
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab allows colleges and universities to easily launch, enhance, or accelerate their digital scholarship programs, empowering researchers to successfully engage with the humanities. Its intuitive cloud-based environment was specifically developed for searching, analysis, organization, and sharing of primary source research material.
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Trusted by scholars and students to make research simpler, the Gale Primary Sources platform features archives with unique capabilities and tools to support deeper understanding and insights. Read how Sarah Horowitz, Ph.D. uses Gale Primary Sources to engage students in primary source research earlier in their academic career.
Learning Centers for Gale Primary Sources
Built with the student researcher in mind, the Gale Primary Sources Learning Centers orient new users with the content and topics available in a digital archive; spark inspiration for new research topics; and provide guidance and best practices for searching, browsing, citing, and reusing primary sources.
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.
Researchers can see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interact and develop over time.
By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections within search terms—helping to shape research by integrating diverse content with relevant information.
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