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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.

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New Gale Primary Sources Collections:

  • Religions of America

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    Founded on the ideal of freedom, North America had a unique role as a birthplace for and spread of new religious movements. Religions of America presents more than 660,000 pages of content that follow the development of religions and religious movements born in the United States 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 a variety of religious traditions with a particularly heavy emphasis on the role and emergence of religious movements after World War II. 

  • Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part III

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    The third collection in the award-winning series Archives of Sexuality & Gender features more than one million pages of content that have been locked away for years, generally only available via restricted access. Comprised of more than 5,500 rare and unique books covering sex, sexuality, and gender issues, it examines patterns of fertility and sexual practice; prostitution; religion and sexuality; the medical and legal construction of sexualities; and the rise of sexology. The collection covers a wide range of previously taboo topics and provides context to the twentieth-century materials covered in Parts I and Parts II with unique perspectives on history, society, social mores, and changing views of sexuality.

  • China and the Modern World: Diplomacy and Political Secrets

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    Diplomacy and Political Secrets is comprised of more than 4,000 rare China-related historical documents carefully selected from three series within the India Office Records now held at the British Library: the Political and Secret Department Records, the Burma Office Records, and the Records of the Military Department. Included documents reflect the security concerns of British India with a significant amount of material coming from Xinjiang (Chinese Turkestan), Tibet, and Yunnan, collected by the Political and Secret Department of the India Office, Military Department, and the Burma Office.

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

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    Ideal for those seeking to explore and understand the critical role of public health policy and practice on the American experience, Public Health in Modern America, 1890-1970 documents the evolution of public health legislation, policies, and campaigns at local, national, and federal levels. Rare content also explores urbanization and industrialization; the rise of public advocacy; the transformation of domestic life; the role of state control in the care of its populations; the challenges presented by differences of and social attitudes respecting race, ethnicity, gender, citizenship, age, ability, and class; and finally, the means, methods, and mechanisms for organizing and financing public health policy initiatives. 

  • Mirror Historical Archive, 1903-2000 (Trials Available Summer 2019)

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    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.

  • China and the Modern World: Hong Kong, Britain, and China (Trials Available Summer 2019)

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    Based on the British Colonial Office records grouped under the CO 129 Series titled “War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Hong Kong, Original Correspondence,” China and the Modern World: Hong Kong, Britain, and China consists of original correspondence relating to Hong Kong. Specifically, it covers dispatches and correspondence between the governors of Hong Kong and the Colonial Office, as well as letters and telegrams of other government departments and organizations including the Foreign Office, Home Office, and War Offices. This collection provides the essential reference material for researching the history of Hong Kong, the history of modern China, British imperial history, and Sino-British relations from 1841 to 1949.

  • China and the Modern World: Imperial China and the West 1815-1905 (Trials Available Summer 2019)

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    Digitized from the FO 17 series held at the UK National Archives and consisting of more than one million pages, China and the Modern World: Imperial China and the West 1815–1905 supports teaching and research in the history of nineteenth-century China’s relations with the West, diplomacy, trade, and economy. It provides one of the largest and most significant collections of historical documents in English on the history of China and East Asia (Korea and Japan) and Sino-British relations throughout the nineteenth century in terms of diplomacy, trade, economy, politics, military, and many other aspects.

  • Making of Modern Law 11: Landmark Records and Briefs of the Appeals Courts (Trials Available Fall 2019)

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    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.

  • Archives of Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II (Trials Available Spring 2020)

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    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. 

  • Women's Studies Archive: Women’s Voice & Vision (Trials Available Spring 2020)

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    The second installment to the award-winning Women's Studies Archive series, Women’s Voice & Vision provides valuable primary source materials on the evolution of feminism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Coverage of women’s political activism such as suffrage, birth control, pacifism, civil rights, and socialism spans multiple geographic regions. Women creating a voice for themselves in various mediums and social movement organizations will be of particular interest to researchers.

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, 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 in one intuitive environment, enabling innovative new research connections.

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