Primary Sources for the Humanities: Europe & UK
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A collection of approximately 6 million digitized items including books, paintings, films, sound recordings, museum objects and archival records.
An index of scholarly websites that offer access to digitized primary sources on the history of Europe, and categorized according to country, language, period, subject, and type of source.
A vast collection of digitized documents, books, manuscripts, maps, images, periodicals, sound recordings, and scores.
A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts divided into three main areas:
London Lives 1690 to 1800 - Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis
A collection that features a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on plebian Londoners.
Perseus Digital Library - Tufts
A collection of digitized primary sources in the humanities that includes Greek and Roman, Arabic, Germanic, 19th-Century American, and Renaissance materials.
Significant English-language and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Includes books, broadsides, Bibles, tract books, sermons, and printed ephemera.
An excellent resource managed by Yale Law Library. Contains digitized historical documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
Digital library of more than 125,000 individual titles from 1475-1700. Online digital images are available for every page.
A collection of some of the most important documentary evidence from the French Revolution, including 338 texts, 245 images, and a number of maps and songs.
Documents and interpretive essays on women's involvement in World War I, primarily in Britain.
Digital access to the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1852.
This resource features themed collections of radio and TV programmes, documents and photographs from the British Broadcasting Corporation.
This collection provides online access to the entire run of the Illustrated London News from 1842-2003.
The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. The collection of over 11 million historical government and public records is one of the largest in the world. From Domesday Book to modern government papers and digital files, the collection includes paper and parchment, electronic records and websites, photographs, posters, maps, drawings and paintings.
The ARTstor Collection currently contains over one million images. The Collection documents artistic traditions across many times and cultures and embraces architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.
Digital Image Collections - Cambridge University Library
Digitized images of several important Cambridge University Library collections.
Classical Music Library
A fully searchable, comprehensive database of distinguished classical recordings. It includes tens of thousands of licensed recordings that users can listen to over the Internet. This resource includes music from Medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas, and the avant-garde.
Smithsonian Global Sound
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries is an online encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection includes over 35,000 recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels.
Victorian Popular Culture: Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment
An essential resource for the study of popular entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
A collection of television programmes and stills from audiovisual archives across Europe.