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New resources – United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) archives

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:

  1. America in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1635-1928
  2. ‘Bray Schools’ in Canada, America and the Bahamas, 1645-1900
  3. Indigenous Cultures and Christian Conversion in Ghana and Sierra Leone, 1700-1850
  4. Colonial missionaries’ papers from America and the West Indies, 1701-1870
  5. The West Indies in records from colonial missionaries, 1704-1950
  6. Canada in records from colonial missionaries, 1722-1952
  7. Indian and Sri Lankan records from colonial missionaries, 1770-1931
  8. Australia in records from colonial missionaries, 1808-1967
  9. South Africa in records from colonial missionaries, 1819-1900
  10. New Zealand & Polynesian records from colonial missionaries, 1838-1958
  11. Tanzania and Malawi in records from colonial missionaries, 1857-1965
  12. Colonial women missionaries of the Committee for Women’s Work, 1861-1967
  13. Ghana in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1886-1951
  14. ‘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.

New resources – additional Archives Unbound collections

We have acquired ten additional collections of digitised archival documents through Gale’s Archives Unbound interface. This means Oxford users now have access to over 30 collections in Archives Unbound. The new collections are:
  • Aden: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1880-1906: Aden’s strategic location long made it a strategic asset. The British captured Aden in 1839, and it served as a key port on the route from the Mediterranean to India via the Suez Canal. The documents in this collection are sourced from the Central Files of the General Records of the Department of State.
  • Confederate Newspapers: A Collection from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama: This collection is a mixture of issues and papers from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Alabama ranging from 1861-1865. These newspapers “recorded the real and true history of public opinion during the war. In their columns is to be found the only really correct and indicative ‘map of busy life, its fluctuations and its vast concerns’ in the South, during her days of darkness and of trial.” From the collections of Western Reserve Historical Society.
  • The Dublin Castle Records, 1798-1926: The Dublin Castle administration in Ireland was the government of Ireland under English and later British rule, from the twelfth century until 1922, based at Dublin Castle. The records cover a crucial period which saw the rise of Parnell and the Land War in 1880 through to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1921. They cover Nationalist movements, the efforts of the authorities against the Nationalists, and personalities who figured prominently in the struggle.
  • Egypt: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1853-1962: This archive covers Egypt from the years before the opening of the Suez Canal through the era of British domination, Egyptian nationalism, and independence. The documents are sourced from the Central Files of the General Records of the Department of State.
  • Election of 1948: Documents and perspectives of the four base camps from the 1948 United States presidential election: Harry S. Truman, Thomas E. Dewey, Henry A. Wallace and J. Strom Thurmond. Sources include Papers of Harry S Truman, Thomas E. Dewey Papers, Papers of Americans for Democratic Action as well as selections from several southern newspapers.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt and Race Relations, 1933-1945: Materials for the study of the early development of the Civil Rights Movement from FDR’s Official File-concerned with the issues of Lynching, Segregation, Race riots, and Employment discrimination.
  • Global Missions and Theology: Documents the broad range of Nineteenth Century religious missionary activities, practices and thought in the United States through personal narratives, organizational records, and biographies. Includes materials on missionary activities among Native Americans and African Americans, both slaves and freedmen, and in regions and countries such as Africa, Fiji and Sandwich Islands, India, China, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Hawaii. From the collections of the Lost Cause Press.
  • Iraq: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1888-1944: Iraq, from Ottoman rule through British colonial occupation and independence, is treated here from the perspective of the United States. The documents are sourced from the Central Files of the General Records of the Department of State.
  • Libya: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1796-1885: This archive documents the American consulate in Tripoli. Included here are correspondences of Secretary of State James Madison during the Tripolitan War, 1801-1805, between the United States and the piratical North African Barbary States. Handwritten correspondences from Secretary of State William H. Seward in the Lincoln Administration, relating to the opening of the port of New Orleans in 1862, and exchanges from Secretary of State James G. Blaine, in the Garfield Administration, make this a rich resource in U.S. diplomatic history. The collection is sourced from the Central Files of the General Records of the Department of State.
  • The Persian Gulf States and Yemen, 1950-1959: U.S. State Department Central Classified Files relating to the internal affairs of the Persian Gulf states and Yemen, containing a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats. These documents highlight the structure and activities of the Persian Gulf States’ and Yemen’s political system, government, judiciary, laws, military, customs, economy, finance, agriculture, natural resources, industry, communications, and media.

New resource – C19: The Nineteenth Century Index

We now have access to C19: The Nineteenth Century Index through ProQuest.

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is a bibliographic resource for 19th century research, comprising tens of millions of records and providing integrated access to finding aids for books, periodicals, official publications, newspapers, archives, and reference material. Users can query its component indexes simultaneously or can conduct more detailed research using search pages for specific indexes or content types.

C19 includes records from The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900, which the Bodleian Libraries previously held as a separate database.

New resource – Taylor & Francis Evidence Based Selection 2023

Taylor & Francis Evidence Based Selection 2023 (access until 6 April 2024)

Hundreds of Taylor & Francis ebooks in the humanities published in 2023 will be available online via this EBA (evidence-based acquisitions) programme. This will include new publications as they come out during the year. Individual ebooks will be listed in SOLO.

At the end of the access period, we will make a selection of books based on appearance on reading lists and heavy use during the period. These selections will be added permanently to the ebook collection of the Bodleian Libraries.

New resource – Altmetric Explorer

Altmetric captures the social attention received by research outputs

Users are required to create a log in with their university email address as the explorer function expects users to set up preferences.


Altmetrics are alternative metrics to traditional metrics like citations. They are an indicator of the online attention received by a research output (eg journal article, conference proceeding, book, dataset), and can be used to support traditional metrics to highlight interest in research that could not be measured in a citation count.

Altmetric is a commercial tool that tracks the attention received by outputs using unique IDs to look for mentions in non-academic sources:

  • local and international news sources
  • social media
  • patent applications
  • policy documents
  • blogs
  • Wikipedia


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