We are pleased to announce that Oxford researchers now have online access to 14 collections of the Anglican missionary archive, the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG), via the British Online Archives platform. Previously only available in the Weston Library, the digitised material can now be accessed throughout the University and remotely with the Oxford SSO.
The USPG is a UK-based Anglican missionary organisation, founded in 1701, which sent missionaries to many parts of the world and was involved in educational, charitable and medical work as well as evangelization. The material also throws light on social conditions, travel and daily life abroad from the view point of British missionaries and their families.
The digitized material is relevant to British, Commonwealth and global history, covering the 17th to mid-20th centuries. It has been organised into 14 collections which can be found via SOLO or Databases A-Z:
- America in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1635-1928
- ‘Bray Schools’ in Canada, America and the Bahamas, 1645-1900
- Indigenous Cultures and Christian Conversion in Ghana and Sierra Leone, 1700-1850
- Colonial missionaries’ papers from America and the West Indies, 1701-1870
- The West Indies in records from colonial missionaries, 1704-1950
- Canada in records from colonial missionaries, 1722-1952
- Indian and Sri Lankan records from colonial missionaries, 1770-1931
- Australia in records from colonial missionaries, 1808-1967
- South Africa in records from colonial missionaries, 1819-1900
- New Zealand & Polynesian records from colonial missionaries, 1838-1958
- Tanzania and Malawi in records from colonial missionaries, 1857-1965
- Colonial women missionaries of the Committee for Women’s Work, 1861-1967
- Ghana in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1886-1951
- ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’: Missionaries in Asia during the World Wars, 1914-1946
Read more about the types of materials, topics covered, and geographical reach on the History Faculty Library blog post.
The Google Scholar search engine allows you to find academic and scientific content from a wide range of sources, including academic publishers, professional societies and pre-print archives. You can set Google Scholar to display a “Find it @ Oxford” option alongside search results, which will display links to full texts in the Bodleian Libraries’ extensive collection of online resources.
If you enabled “Find it @ Oxford” in Google Scholar before an upgrade to Bodleian Libraries systems in summer/autumn 2023, you may need to reactivate it. Whether you are activating this option for the first time or reactivating an earlier setting, the process is simple:
- Open the Google Scholar home page.
- Select the triple bar ≡ , then from the menu select Settings.
- Open the Library links section and search for “Oxford”.
- Ensure that the “University of Oxford – Find it @ Oxford” box is checked, then select Save.
Now you will start seeing the “Find it @ Oxford” links in Google Scholar’s search results.
We have trial access to BioDigital Human Platform from Wolters Kluwer until 24 October 2023. This resource alllows you to explore anatomy, conditions and treatments in interactive 3D.
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We have trial access to Records from Bethlem Royal Hospital, 1559-1932 through British Online Archives until 12 October 2023. This resource is useful for the study of mental health care throughout the ages.
Bethlem Royal Hospital is a psychiatric facility in London. It was established as a priory of the Order of St Mary of Bethlehem in 1247, before beginning to care for mentally ill patients sometime in the 14th century. Often referred to colloquially as ‘Bedlam’—and generally accepted to be the origin of the very same noun—past incarnations of the institution were infamous for their questionable diagnosis of mental illness and poor treatment of patients.
This collection contains four centuries’ and 130,000 images’ worth of records from Bethlem. The records are diverse in both form and subject matter. They include: voluntary and criminal admission registers; discharge and death registers; male and female patient casebooks; minutes of the Court of Governors; and staff salary books. All handwritten items have been fully transcribed.
Scholars and students alike will find that, together, the records provide a unique insight into the evolution of so-called lunacy laws—from an early reliance on control of the mentally ill through coercion and restraint to the later emergence of doctrines of self-discipline and moral management.
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Oxford users have access to all books on the Numérique Premium platform. Numérique Premium have made this material available to celebrate the release of their new platform.
Numérique Premium contains over 600 French-language Humanities e-books. The main focus is on medieval and modern history, but the collection also covers politics, history of French-speaking literature, and history of cinema.
Please send feedback to Nick Hearn.