Papers of early pioneers, explorers and hunters, including items such as the original manuscript journal and papers of James Audubon. Canada and the Pacific Northwest are well documented including accounts of the Gold Rush and of the landscape.
China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980
Unique manuscript material relating to the activities and observations of British and American diplomats, missionaries, business people and tourists in China from 1793 to 1980.
Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969
This collection covers a broad sweep of history from c. 1839 to 1969, taking in the countries of the Arabian peninsula, the Levant, Iraq, Turkey and many of the former Ottoman lands in Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt and Sudan.
Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961
The Confidential Print series issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices since c1820. The series originated out of a need for the Government to preserve all of the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices.
Defining Gender 1450-1910: Five Centuries of Advice Literature Online
Digital collection covering advice literature to women, 1450 to 1910.
Early Canadiana Online
More than 3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in literature, women's history, native studies, travel and exploration, and the history of French Canada.
Eighteenth Century Journals
Rare printed journals, periodicals and newspapers published between 1693 and 1835 illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life.
Over 70,000 images of original manuscripts and printed material, 1492-1969, taken from libraries and archives around the world, including Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Oceania, and South Asia. Currently divided into five thematic sections: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969; Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire; The Visible Empire; Religion and Empire; Race, Class, imperialism and Colonialism.
Foreign Office Files for China 1949-1980
Resource for our understanding of the early Cold War era in China. The documents combine eye-witness accounts, weekly and monthly summaries, annual reviews, reports and analyses with a synthesis of newspaper articles and conference reports, economic assessments and synopses on leading Chinese personalities.
Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement, and Colonial Encounters
This online collection captures the lives of people living on the edge of European settlement across the various frontiers of North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Through digitised primary source materials it documents the creation of new states, trade networks, and movements of people in these regions alongside the marginalisation and decline of indigenous peoples.
Mass Observation Online
Everyday British life in the 1930s and 1940s, papers of the Mass Observations Organization.
Medieval Travel Writing
Medieval manuscripts from libraries around the world and dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The main focus is accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China.
The collections of Edward S. Morse. The collection is divided into twelve main series: Correspondence; Diaries; Scrapbooks; Natural History; Archaeology Field Work; Ethnology; Japanese Pottery; Lectures; Publications; Inventions; Materials Collected by Morse; and Financial Records.
Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700
Manuscripts written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Points to the Past (Free to residents of British Columbia)
Includes primary source material: maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems, and more from Gale Digital Collections.
Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975
Original primary sources on society, music, politics, fashion and youth culture from 1950 to 1975.
Romanticism: Life, Literature, and Landscape
Presenting the manuscript collections of the Wordsworth Trust, this digital collection offers students and researchers of the Romantic period unique access to the working notebooks, verse manuscripts and correspondence of William Wordsworth and his fellow writers, including Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey and Robert Southey.
Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490 - 2007
Resource on trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition brings together original manuscript and rare printed material from dozens of libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. This resource provides access to many thousands of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images.
Victorian Popular Culture
An essential resource for the study of popular entertainment in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Contains sections on Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic; Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks; Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment; and Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema.