I am pleased to announce that Bodleian Libraries has been able to make a number of eresources purchases some of which will be of interest to historians.
The Bodleian Libraries have committed substantial external funding to a one-off set of purchases of electronic research resources deemed to be important to researchers in the University. This follows a project to identify desiderata across all subjects and to list suggestions from readers. The list includes items which cannot easily be covered by recurrent budgets.
This resource offers access to digitised primary source documents from the India Office Records, held at the British Library, a key archive for the history of South Asia from 1599 to 1947 and the most important collection for the history of the East India Company itself. The resource contains digitised royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings and reports of expeditions, among other document types, this resource charts the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1599 to 1947.
Also of interest:
- India, Raj and Empire [subscription resource]
- Empire On-Line (Colonial History) [subscription resource]
Women in The National Archives
This resource provides access to an online finding aid for women’s studies resources in The National Archives (TNA), Kew, covering 1559-1995. It also gives access to early 20th century original documents on the Suffrage Question in Britain, the Empire and Colonial Territories.The finding aid enables researchers to quickly locate details of documents relating to women held in The National Archives (TNA). It is still far more detailed and extensive than anything available elsewhere on the web and has the benefit of ranging across all of the classes held at TNA. The original documents will be valuable for those teaching courses on: The Campaign for Women’s Suffrage in Britain, 1903-1928 and The granting of women’s suffrage in Colonial territories, 1930-1962.
It’s a useful resource for those researching women’s history generally but particularly the history of abortion, clothing, conditions of service, divorce, domestic work, education and training, employment, equal opportunities and pay, health, marriage, maternity and child welfare, nursing and midwifery, prostitution, single parents, teaching and teacher training, trade unions, widows, women’s organisations, women’s suffrage and women’s rights and status.
Highlights of the collections include: The campaign for women’s suffrage in Britain and the British Empire; Biographical information on individual suffragettes; The ‘Cat and Mouse’ campaign; Police surveillance; Prison conditions; Parliamentary debates and committee reports.
Also of interest:
- Defining Gender, 1450-1910 [subscription resource]
- Gerritsen Collection–Women’s History Online, 1543-1945 [subscription resource]
- International Women’s Periodicals, 1786-1933: Social and Political Issues (Archives Unbound) [subscription resource]
- Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Women: Transnational Networks [subscription resource]
- Women, War and Society, 1914–1918 (Archives Unbound) [subscription resource]
Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981
This is an online collection of documents sourced from The National Archives, UK. It comprises formally classified British government documents, including correspondence, annual reports, dispatches, maps, minutes of ministerial meetings and printed leaflets. The documents relate to a number of topics including the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the Oil Crisis, the Lebanese Civil War and the Camp David Accords, the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War.
Also of interest:
- The Cabinet Papers 1915-1982 [subscription resource]
- Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) 1974-1996 [selections] [subscription resource]
- US Declassified Documents Online [subscription resource]
- Digital National Security Archive [subscription resource]
- Foreign Relations of the United States [subscription resource]