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  • 20th Century German History Online
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    Includes two databases. National Socialism, Holocaust, Resistance and Exile, 1933-1945, is a database containing fundamental primary sources on the Nationalist Socialist State and the NSDAP, Nazi ideology and propaganda, National Socialist justice and legislation, on resistance and persecution, and annihilation and expulsion in the “Third Reich”. These carefully compiled and digitized documents contain total of approximately 40,000 sources with about 450,000 pages.Daily Reports of the Gestapo Headquarters in Vienna 1938-1945 is a research database containing all 741 surviving reports outlining the mood, the political environment and security measures in Vienna and the surrounding region. Published, for the first time, the individual reports are published as first time facsimiles. The photo collection is compiled from the (once confidential) records department of the Gestapo in Vienna.User Interface: English and German; Language: German.
  • Abbreviationes
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    Abbreviationes currently comprises over 70,000 entries containing a total of 80,098 references to manuscripts. It is based on a large number of manuscripts from all fields, held at a wide variety of libraries throughout Europe and the U.S. Entries cover the period from the 8th century up to and including the 15th century. It is a tool for deciphering and transcribing medieval Latin manuscripts. Individuals may use the Personal Edition.
  • Archives Unbound
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    This Gale database includes the following digitized archival collections: 1) Correspondence from German Concentration Camps and Prisons; 2) County and Regional Histories & Atlases: California; 3) Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life; 4) Jewish Underground Resistance: The David Diamant Collection; 5) Nuremburg Laws and Nazi Annulment of German Jewish Nationality.
  • Bibliographie de Civilisation Medievale Online: International
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    Bibliographie de Civilisation Médiévale (BCM) is a bibliography of books that can be searched together with or separately from the IMB (Brepols International Directory of Medievalists.
  • 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.
  • Brepols International Directory of Medievalists
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    The International Directory of Medievalists will contain the names and addresses of specialists from over 70 different countries for the majority of their fields of study. It was compiled by means of international collaboration in the context of the work undertaken by the Fé́dération Internationale des Instituts d'Etudes Médiévales (F.I.D.E.M.) under the auspices of UNESCO.
  • Brill's New Pauly
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    The online equivalent of the print edition of both New Pauly and Neue Pauly (available in Doheny Reference/Classics, Call No. DE5.N4813 2002).This work provides authoritative coverage of the ancient world, from the prehistory of the Aegean (2d millennium BCE) to late antiquity, with a special section devoted to the history of the classical tradition and the history of classical scholarship. Scholarly articles, many illustrated with maps, site plans, genealogical tables, and photos.It is automatically updated whenever a new print volume is published.If you need to make extensive use of this database, you should read "Fonts, special characters, and appearance of the text," on the Welcome page.
  • British School at Rome Library & Archive
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    A collection of 27,000 images from 4 collections held by the British School of Rome: Ward-Perkins photographic collection (archaeological sites in Libya, South Etruria Survey, and WWII damage in Italy); Ashby (archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome); Mackey (19th century images of Rome, Sardinia, and Sicily); and Bulwer (19th century views of Italy, France, and Greece).
  • Collecting and Provenance Research, Getty Research Institute
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    The Getty Research Institute is one of the richest resources for the study of provenance and the history of western European art collecting. Holdings include an extensive collection of dealer and auction catalogs, primary source material, etc. The Getty produces and maintains databases which index transcriptions of material from auction catalogs and archival inventories of European art works. Includes several Research Guides and Bibliographies. Nearly one million records cover art from the late 16th to the early 20th century. The databases are: Getty Provenance Index, Collectors' Files, Payments to Artists
  • Daily Reports of the Gestapo Headquarters Vienna 1938-1945
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    Daily Reports of the Gestapo Headquarters in Vienna 1938-1945 is a research database containing all 741 surviving reports outlining the mood, the political environment and security measures in Vienna and the surrounding region. Published, for the first time, the individual reports are published as first time facsimiles. The photo collection is compiled from the (once confidential) records department of the Gestapo in Vienna.
    User Interface: English and German; Language: German.
  • Diaries of Joseph Goebbels Online
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    The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels Online include a transcription of all handwritten entries from the years 1923 to July 1941 and the subsequent dictations up until 1945. This edition, issued by the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, is based on the reproduction of the entire diaries on glass microfiches -- commissioned by Goebbels himself -- that was discovered by Elke Fröhlich in the former special archive in Moscow. For the first time, the database gives researchers the chance to access the diaries of Joseph Goebbels electronically using the valuable subject index that until now was available in print only.
  • Dictionary of Irish Biography
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    The Dictionary of Irish Biography includes the lives of 9,000 Irish men and women who made a significant contribution in Ireland and abroad, as well as those born overseas who had noteworthy careers in Ireland from James Ussher to James Joyce, St Patrick to Patrick Pearse, St Brigit to Maud Gonne MacBride, Shane O'Neil to Eamon de Valera, Edward Carson to Bobby Sands. It is a collaboration of Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy.
  • Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations (DARMC)
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    The ///DARMC/ makes freely accessible the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. //It allows innovative spatial and temporal analyses of all aspects of the civilizations of western Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era, as well as the generation of original maps illustrating differing aspects of ancient and medieval civilization.Coverage begins with the Roman Empire (based on the /Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World /and the Pleiades, the online gazetteer and bibliography of classical sites), continues through the Byzantine Empire and medieval Europe. Plans to include the Islamic world in the future.//Draws on the cartographic achievements of the as well as Pleiades, the online gazetteer and bibliography of classical sites.
  • Digital Monumenta Germaniae Historica (dMGH)
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    As part of the dMGH be in one of the DFG -funded joint project between the MGH and the Bavarian State Library in Munich, all volumes of the MGH edition digitized and made ​​available for open access. Neue Bände werden nach einer Schutzfrist von drei Jahren in die dMGH aufgenommen („moving wall“). New books are recorded after a copyright term of three years in the dMGH ("moving wall").
  • Digital Scriptorium
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    The DS is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscriptions from a variety of U.S. institutions http://www.scriptorium.columbia.edu/about/project.html (Huntington Library, Jewish Theological Seminary, Grolier Club, UC Berkeley, etc.). The images include extensive catalogue data. It is useful for art historians, musicologists, classicists, medievalists, diplomatists, and paleographers. Hosted by Columbia University.
  • Economy and War in the Third Reich
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    This official statistical source provides rare, detailed data on the German economic situation during the Third Reich up to and throughout World War II. Consisting of Monatliche Nachweise-ber den Auswartigen Handel Deutschlands (January 1933-June 1939); Der Aussenhandel Deutschlands Monatliche Nachweise (July 1939); and Sondernachweis der Aussenhandel Deutschlands (August 1939-1944)
  • Electronic Enlightenment
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    Unrivaled online access to 18th century primary sources is provided with Electronic Enlightenment. It is updated twice yearly with new materials. It currently includes cross-searchable letters from nearly 6,000 correspondents as published in the best critical editions. Over 53,000 letters and documents are included. Includes letters in French, German and Italian as well as English. Over 230,000 scholarly annotations are also cross-searchable. An expanding network of external links to other online resources, from Chambers' Cyclopaediato the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography are provided.
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  • 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
  • Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
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    Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.
  • 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.
  • German Concentration Camp and Prison Camp Correspondence
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    This collection consists of items originating from prisoners held in German concentration camps, internment and transit camps, Gestapo prisons, and POW camps, during and just prior to World War II. Most of the materials are letters written or received by prisoners, but also included are receipts for parcels, money orders and personal effects; paper currency; and realia, including Star of David badges that Jews were forced to wear.
  • 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.
  • Hitler. Quellen 1924-45
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    Hitler’s written legacy as contained in the database represents a unique source for studying Hitler’s world-view and his political ambitions. The most important resource for the database is a volume published by the Institute of Contemporary History (IFZ) titled “Hitler – Speeches, Writings, Proclamations” (1925–33). It focuses on Hitler’s speeches, by far the most effective propaganda tools for the National Socialist movement up to 1933.
  • Jewish Question: Records from the Berlin Document Center
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    This collection comprises documents from a wide variety of sources, including the Gestapo, local police and government offices, Reich ministries, businesses, etc., pertaining to Jewish communities. These records are organized into various sub-collections, i.e., Archiv Schumacher, Streicher, Hans Frank, Hauptarchiv der NSDAP, Geschaedigte Juden, etc., and Ordner, or folders, and include newspaper clippings, letters, manuscripts, pamphlets, reports and other documents originating with the Sturmabteilung (SA), Schutzstaffel (SS), Gestapo, Reich Ministry of Justice, and Reichskulturkammer (RKK, Reich Chamber of Culture) from 1920- 1945.
  • Medieval Travel Writing
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    Provides direct access to a widely scattered collection of original medieval manuscripts that describe travel - real and imaginary - in the Middle Ages.
  • Monastic Matrix
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    A scholarly resource for the study of women's religious communities from 400 to 1600 CE.
  • National Socialism, Holocaust, Resistance and Exile, 1933-1945
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    National Socialism, Holocaust, Resistance and Exile, 1933-1945, is a database containing fundamental primary sources on the Nationalist Socialist State and the NSDAP, Nazi ideology and propaganda, National Socialist justice and legislation, on resistance and persecution, and annihilation and expulsion in the “Third Reich”. These carefully compiled and digitized documents contain total of approximately 40,000 sources with about 450,000 pages.
    User Interface: English and German; Language: German.
  • Nuremburg Laws and Nazi Annulment of German Jewish Nationality
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    This collection consists of index cards listing the name, date and place of birth, occupation and last address of Jews whose German citizenship was revoked in accordance with the "Nuremberg Laws" of 1935, including Jews from Germany, Austria and Czech Bohemia. The cards are generally in alphabetical order. Suffix names "Israel" for men and "Sara" for women were added by law in 1936 to readily identify persons of Jewish descent.
  • Post War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950
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    Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950 provides a unique perspective on the lives of the survivors — Jewish and non-Jewish — of the Holocaust and World War II. The collection contains documents from British government files as well as those of the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad and the Jewish Relief Units — including surveys, leaflets, reports of relief workers, U.S. zone reports, War office memos, Exodus Camp records, Displaced Persons Assembly Centre weekly reports and correspondence of relief organizations. It covers the international politics leading the administration, care, repatriation and emigration of Displaced Persons (DPs) and the daily plight of the refugees themselves.
  • Prosopography of the Middle Byzantine Period Online
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    The Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit Online is a comprehensive biographical dictionary for the Byzantine Empire in the early Medieval Period (641-1025 AD) documenting more than 20,000 persons. PMBZ Online is based on the print edition of the Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit which appeared in two parts 1998 and 2013. PMBZ Online documents all persons mentioned either by name or anonymously in the relevant Byzantine and non-Byzantine sources, and secondly all persons mentioned in the Byzantine sources both from Western Europe and from the Arabic and Slavonic areas, together with those from the Christian East. The individual articles/lemmata offer the reader a summary of a person's biography (where possible) and state all sources pertaining to this person as well as relevant modern scholarship. The contents of an article/lemma include: name in translation and in Greek, title/occupation, place, period, sex, clergy/laity, life, works, sources, and references.
  • 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.
  • Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive
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    Presents nearly 52,000 testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, representing individuals from 56 countries, speaking in 32 languages. While the majority of the interviews are with Jewish Holocaust survivors (around 49,000), the archive also includes the testimonies of political prisoners, Sinti and Roma (Gypsy) survivors, Jehovah's Witness survivors, survivors of eugenics policies, and homosexual survivors as well as rescuers, liberators, and participants in war crimes trials.
  • 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.
  • U.S. Relations with the Vatican and the Holocaust, 1940-1950
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    Correspondence, reports and more explore America’s relations with the Vatican during World War II and the Holocaust. This collection consists of the State Department’s records of the personal representative of the President to Pope Pius XII, including the Decimal File, Confidential Correspondence File and the Airgrams File.
  • 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.
  • World Newsreels Online (1929–1966)
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    World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966, a streaming video product which captures full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century. These films, produced from 1929 right through to the early post-war period, provide a unique – and until now largely neglected, resource that will give scholars a real insight into how people learned about, and lived through the events that occurred during this period of history