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As the third collection in the award-winning series Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part III features more than one million pages of content that had long been limited to 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 II, with unique perspectives on history, society, social mores, and changing views of sexuality.
Date range: 1550–1981
Document type: monographs, manuscripts, pamphlets, and ephemera
Source libraries: The British Library, The New York Academy of Medicine, The Kinsey Institute
Subjects supported: biology, medicine, psychology, psychiatry, literature (the classics, modern fiction, poetry, and erotica), art, law, religion, and anthropology
Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part IV 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.
Date range: 1828–2016; bulk of material 1970–2016
Document type: 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
This collection is ideal for those seeking to explore and understand the critical role of public health policy and practice within broader scope of 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 and their impact on public health; the rise of public advocacy; the transformation of domestic life; the role of government in the care of its populations; the challenges presented by differences of, and social attitudes toward, patients and practitioners in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, citizenship, age, ability, and class; and the means, methods, and mechanisms for organizing and financing public health policy initiatives.
Date range: 1890–1970
Document type: manuscripts, pamphlets, correspondence, reports, and ephemera
Source libraries: New York Academy of Medicine, The National Archives and Records Administration
Subjects supported: American studies, economics, law, history, sociology, psychology, urban studies, and public health
This collection explores the unique role North America had as the birthplace of and catalyst for 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.
Date range: 1820–2000
Document type: manuscripts, serials, newspapers, and monographs
Source libraries: University of California, Santa Barbara; Brown University; Library of Congress; FBI Library
Subjects supported: American studies, religion, history, sociology, and psychology
While U.S. Supreme Court briefs are essential for legal doctrine, courts of appeals documents are equally valuable for records of U.S. lower courts. The latest collection in the 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, this collection unlocks material that was once mostly inaccessible to researchers.
Date range: 1950–c.1980
Document type: amicus briefs, appendices, memoranda, petitions, plaintiff statements, reply briefs, transcripts, writs of mandamus, and more
Source libraries: Library of the Bar of the City of New York, Yale University Law Library, University of Iowa Law Library, Hastings College of Law
Subjects supported: American history and law
China and the Modern World: Diplomacy and Political Secrets is comprised of more than 4,000 rare, China-related historical documents that were 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. The documents included in this collection reflect the security concerns of British India, with a significant amount of material coming from Xinjiang (Chinese Turkestan), Tibet, and Yunnan. They were collected by the Political and Secret Department of the India Office, Military Department, and the Burma Office.
Date range: 1869–1950
Document type: intelligence and diplomatic mission reports, accounts of political and scientific expeditions, correspondence, official diaries, memoranda, pamphlets, gazetteers, and maps
Source library: The British Library
Subjects supported: Western imperialism and colonialism in the Far East, Chinese politics and diplomacy, global and international relations, Sino-British relations from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, border studies and politics, ethnic minorities in China and its bordering regions, and the Silk Road and trade history
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 related 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 Office. This collection provides the essential reference material to researching the history of Hong Kong, the history of modern China, British imperial history, and Sino-British relations from 1841 to 1951.
Date range: 1841–1951
Document type: manuscripts, including dispatches, correspondence, letters, and telegrams
Source library: The National Archives, Kew
Subjects supported: history of colonial Hong Kong, history of modern China, imperial history and colonialism, and Sino-British relations before 1949
During the Second World War, some 60 million individuals across Europe, North Africa, and Asia were forcibly displaced from their homes. Archives of Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II includes approximately 700,000 pages of unpublished manuscript records that document the causes, effects, and responses to refugee crises across the world immediately before, during, and shortly after World War II. Government records, refugee agency files, and correspondence reveal the hidden history of those uprooted within and across national borders as well as the relief, resettlement, and repatriation efforts that followed. This archive can be searched by nationality and ethnicity, country fled, and settlement and resettlement destinations.
Date range: 1935–1950
Document type: manuscripts, pamphlets, ephemera, government documents, relief organization records, and refugee reports
Source libraries: The National Archives, United Kingdom; The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration; The British Library; World Jewish Relief Archive
Subjects supported: history, economics, psychology, public health, sociology, religion, and international studies
Women’s Voice & Vision is the second installment of the award-winning series, Women’s Studies Archive. It provides valuable primary source materials on the evolution of feminism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Coverage focuses on women’s political activism such as suffrage, birth control, pacifism, civil rights, and socialism across multiple geographic regions. Particular attention has been paid to the mediums through which women have created a voice for themselves, be it through periodicals, books, female-run presses, or forming social movement organizations.
Date range: 1820–2007
Document type: periodicals, monographs, manuscripts
Source libraries: American Antiquarian Society; Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University; California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, University of California, Santa Barbara; Swarthmore College Peace Collection; The National Archives, Kew; The British Library
Subjects supported: women’s history, gender studies, sociology, nineteenth- and twentieth-century studies, media and journalism, international history and politics, and European studies
Founded in 1903, the Daily Mirror pursued an illustrative approach to the news, with photography taking a more prominent role than in other papers. This helped the newspaper appeal to a broader readership. During the 1930s, the Daily Mirror established its status as the paper of the ordinary working man, and by the 1950s it was the United Kingdom’s bestselling newspaper. Now the United Kingdom’s only mainstream, left-wing tabloid, the Daily Mirror provides a contrast to the more conservative-leaning UK newspapers. As such, Mirror Historical Archive, 1903–2000, provides an ideal counterpoint for students and researchers looking to compare left-wing journalism to right-wing counterparts like the Daily Mail.
Date range: 1903–2000
Document type: newspaper
Subjects supported: twentieth-century history, politics, economics, media and journalism, and social history
This collection offers definitive coverage of the “Age of Capital,” the industrial revolution, and the High Victorian Era, when the foundations of modern-day capitalism and global trade were established. It completes Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature at the University of London. It is especially strong in “grey literature” and nonmainstream materials rarely preserved by libraries—including pamphlets, plans, ephemera, and private collections. It covers much more than economics. With access to all four of the Making of the Modern World modules users will have the world’s greatest economic literature collection at their desktops.
Date range: 1800–1890
Document type: Monographs, pamphlets, grey literature
Source library: Senate House Library, University of London
Subjects supported: history; economic history; world history; and history of technology, economics, and finance
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Sabin Americana, 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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