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  • Anglo-American Legal Tradition
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    Documents from Medieval and Early Modern England from the National Archives in London.
  • Bibliography of British and Irish History
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    The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present. The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present.
  • British History Online
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    Access to freely-accessible information and "Calendar of State Papers".
  • British Library Holocaust recordings
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    The testimonies now available are drawn from a major oral history programme - The Living Memory of the Jewish Community - which between 1987 and 2000 gathered 186 audio life story interviews with Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and their children. It was initiated by National Life Stories based in the BL's oral history section and funded by a number of organisations including the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the John S Cohen Foundation and the Porjes Charitable Trust.
  • British Pathe Archives
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    British Pathe is the world's leading multimedia resource with a history stretching back over a century.
  • Calendar of Close Rolls complete
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    The 62 volumes of this key series are now live. Covering three centuries from Henry III to Henry VII, they are a fundamental source for the history of medieval government.
  • Calendars of State Papers
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    Included within the larger electronic resource British History Online,is the Calendar of State Papers, a fundamental finding aid for the study of British history. The Calendar is essentially on index to the content of the collected State Papers _which the Libraries are in the process of acquiring in digital form upon its release. British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, its aim is to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research. Approximately 80% of the documents included in British History Online are available at not cost. Access under British History Online and then select State Papers from the top menu bar.
  • Cecil Papers
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    The Cecil Papers are a privately held archive, consisting principally of the correspondence of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) and his son, Robert, the 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612). These two men dominated the administration of government during the reign of Elizabeth I, to the extent that critics suggested that England was becoming a regnum Cecilianum. The collection documents their various official roles.
  • Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966
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    This resource contains papers issued by the British Government between c. 1820 and 1970. These are the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices and include single-page letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports, and texts of treaties. The documents in Confidential Print: Africa cover the whole of the modern period of European colonization of the continent.
  • Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969
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    The Confidential Print: Latin America series offers in fulltext the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Office, from one-page letters or telegrams to large volumes or texts of treaties. These items were printed and circulated to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet and to heads of British missions abroad. The documents cover Latin America and the Caribbean, from just after the final Spanish withdrawal from mainland America in the 1820s to the height of the Cold War in the 1960s. Covering revolutions, territorial changes and political movements, foreign financial interests, industrial and infrastructural development (including the building of the Panama Canal), wars, slavery, immigration from Europe and relations with indigenous peoples.
  • Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969
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    Confidential prints issued by the United Kingdom Foreign and Colonial Office since approximately 1820.
  • Europeana Virtual Library
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    World War I, Hildegard of Bingen, Art Nouveau, and the Euro are all covered in the multilingual Europeana archive. This prodigious site includes over 15 million digital items culled from about 1,500 institutions throughout Europe, including the National Archives of Finland, the Germanisches National Museum, the British Library, and the Slovak National Gallery. Content includes images, videos, and film clips both individually and in curated online exhibitions
  • First World War Portal
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    The First World War Portal provides a rich seam of information across three modules, Personal Experiences, Propaganda & Recruitment and Visual Perspectives & Narratives. This resource showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the First World War, from personal narratives and printed books to military files, propaganda pamphlets and strong visual documents. The material is complemented by a range of contextual secondary material, including scholarly essays, case studies and interactive maps.
  • Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980
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    Complete British Foreign Office Files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in this period.
  • Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980
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    Sourced from the British Foreign Office files, this resource covers the political and social history of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in this period with additional content on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Kashmir, as well as other frontier regions. The threat posed by China and the Soviet Union is analyzed in detail. Other files look at the impact on United Kingdom, US and European trade, industrial policy, education and the media. There is a variety of material including diplomatic dispatches, telegrams, newspaper cuttings and transcripts, maps, photographs, political and economic reports, minutes of meetings, conference proceedings, letters, and other ephemera. This project comprises the following three sections: Independence, Partition and the Nehru Era, 1947-1964; South Asian Conflicts and Independence for Bangladesh, 1965-1971; Afghanistan and the Cold War, Emergency Rule in India, and the Resumption of Civilian Rule in Pakistan, 1972-1980.
  • Grand Tour
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    Taking the phenomenon of the Grand Tour as a starting point, this resource explores the relationship between Britain and Europe between c1550 and c1850, exploring the British response to travel on the Continent for pleasure, business and diplomacy. Includes manuscripts, visual materials and printed works.
  • Henry III Fine Rolls Project
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    Between Magna Carta and the Parliamentary State: The fine rolls of King Henry III 1216--1272: A fine in the reign of King Henry III (1216--1272) was an agreement to pay the king a sum of money for a specified concession. The rolls on which the fines were recorded provide the earliest systematic evidence of what people and institutions across society wanted from the king and he was prepared to give. They open a large window onto the politics, government, economy and society of England in the hinge period between the establishment of Magna Carta at the start of Henry's reign and the parliamentary state which was emerging at its end. While the originals are in Latin this site presents them in English translation.
  • Illustrated London News Historical Archive (1842-2003)
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    With its debut in 1842 the Illustrated London News became the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, sparking a revolution in journalism and news reporting. The publication presented a vivid picture of British and world events - including news of war, disasters, royalty, social affairs, the arts and science. Containing over 260,000 full colour pages, fully searchable and browseable, the ILN Historical Archive 1842-2003 provides users with unprecedented access to the entire run of this unique historical record.
  • London Low Life
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    Primary source materials for the study of London life, popular culture and entertainment in nineteenth century England.
  • Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963
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    Provides access to documents from the highest level of Government during the Macmillan Administration. With some 30,000 images of original documents, taken from CAB 128 and CAB 129 as well as selected files from PREM 11 and CAB 124 this project is as important a source for world history as it is for British politics.
  • Mass Observation Online
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    Original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organization, together with printed publications, photographs and interactive maps. The social research organization, Mass Observation, was founded in 1937. The aim was to create an 'anthropology of ourselves', and by recruiting a team of observers and a panel of volunteer writers, they studied the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. This resource covers the original Mass Observation project, the bulk of which was carried from 1937 until the mid 1970s. Includes surveys, diaries, directives, File Reports and monographic publications issued as a result of the project.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)
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    19th Century Collections Online is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on archival collections of primary sources providing full-text, fully searchable content. The collection includes monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more in both Western and non-Western languages. Currently available are over 10,000,000 pages in the following modules: Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange;British Politics and Society;British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High & Popular Culture//European Literature, 1790-1840.
  • Parliament Rolls of Medieval England
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    The rolls of parliament were the official records of the meetings of the English parliament from the reign of Edward I (1272 - 1307) until the reign of Henry VII (1485 - 1509), after which they were superseded by the journals of the lords and, somewhat later, of the commons. The rolls, which amount in total to over four million words, were first edited in the eighteenth century and published in 1783 in six folio volumes. This new edition reproduces the rolls in their entirety, plus those subsequently published by Cole, Maitland, and Richardson and Sayles as well as a substantial amount of material never previously published, together with a full translation of all the texts from the three languages used by the medieval clerks It also includes an introduction to every parliament known to have been held by an English king (or in his name) between 1275 and 1504.
  • Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700
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    This collection contains digital images of about 400 manuscripts from the 16th and 17th centuries compiled by women in the British Isles. The texts consist of poetry, religious writing, autobiographical material, cookery and medical recipes, and accounts.
  • Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957
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    The Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957 consists of the complete, fully searchable facsimile archive of The Picture Post, the iconic newspaper published in Britain from 1938-1957 that defined the style of photojournalism in the 20th century. The Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957 provides students and researchers with online access to a unique visual record of the 1930s to 1950s - from the humorous and light-hearted snapshots of daily life to the serious and history defining moments of domestic and international affairs.
  • Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913
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    A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.
  • Publications of the Pipe Roll Society
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    The Pipe rolls are a collection of financial records maintained by the English Exchequer, or Treasury. The earliest date from the 12th century, and the series extends, mostly complete, from then until 1833. The Pipe Roll Society, formed in 1883, has published the Pipe rolls up until 1223.
  • Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest
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    Britain and America saw dramatic changes in the period from 1950-1975. This collection of primary source materials covers such topics as the Vietnam war, student protests, consumerism, music, fashion, etc. It includes the Social Protest Collection from UC Berkeley, a wide range of zines and alternative press publications, posters, and multimedia.
  • Royal Historical Society Bibliography
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    The Royal Historical Society bibliography is an authoritative guide to what has been written about British and Irish history from the Roman period to the present day. The Bibliography is hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, which is part of the University of London.Over 420,000 entries Updated three times a year (last data upgrade: 31 October 2006) Separate records for articles in journals and in collective volumes, as well as for books; 580 journals are searched for relevant material.
  • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007
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    Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007* This resource is an important portal for slavery and abolition studies, bringing together documents and collections from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. Close attention is being given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.
  • State Papers Online
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    (1509-1782) This digital collection covers the reigns of the Tudors, the Stuarts, and the Hannovers (up to George III’s rule in 1782). The State Papers are the official records of the Secretaries of State serving the ruling monarch of the day; they contain correspondence, reports, memoranda, parliamentary drafts and depositions from ambassadors, civil servants and provincial administrators on almost every subject. This online collection gathers in one place the Domestic, Foreign, Borders, Scotland, and Ireland State Papers of Britain with the Registers of the Privy Council and other State Papers, making it easier to research 16th-18th century British history.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.