Trial extended to 28 February: The Churchill Archives

Oxford users have an additional month to trial the online Churchill Archives .

The Churchill Archives provides access to nearly 800,000 documents such as speeches, private letters, telegrams, manuscripts and government transcripts. Accompanying the resource are specially-commissioned articles, as well as reading lists and bibliographies. Researchers can search the collection by topic, by person, by place or by period. This resource is relevant for students and researches of modern history, politics and international affairs.

A few have already sent their comments on the History eResources desiderata page. If anybody has any further comments, simply add your thoughts or email by 28 February.

Trials: Churchill Archive / The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels Online

Trials to two eresources are now available to Oxford users via OxLIP+ and History databases desiderata & trials webpage. Staff and students of the History Faculty are encouraged to leave comments on the History databases desiderata & trials webpage or to email the History Librarian. Feedback will be collated and presented to the Committee of Library Provision in History which advises on the prioritisation of funds.

The Churchill Archives

Churchill Archive

Churchill Archive

This provides access to nearly 800,000 documents such as speeches, private letters, telegrams, manuscripts and government transcripts. Accompanying the resource are specially-commissioned articles, as well as reading lists and bibliographies. Readers can search the collection by topic, by person, by place or by period. This resources is relevant for students and researches of modern history, politics and international affairs.

The trial ends 9 January 2013.

The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels Online

The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels Online (trial)

The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels Online (trial)

Thisinclude a transcription of all handwritten entries from the years 1923 to July 1941 and the subsequent dictations up until 1945. This edition, issued by the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, is based on the reproduction of the entire diaries on glass microfiches – commissioned by Goebbels himself – that was discovered by Elke Fröhlich in the former special archive in Moscow. For the first time, the database gives researchers the chance to access the diaries of Joseph Goebbels electronically using the valuable subject index that until now was available in print only.

Ignore the option to arrange a trial and click on “Search database” underneath the image.

The trial ends 30 November 2012.

New database: The Economy and War in the Third Reich, 1933-1944

Oxford users now have access to The Economy and War in the Third Reich, 1933-1944. It is relevant for those studying the Third Reich, military history, economic history and trade relations.

The Economy and War in the Third Reich, 1933-1944 (via Archives Unbound)

Monatliche Nachweise über den auswärtigen Handel Deutschlands (July 1937)

Sourced from the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science, it provides rare, this statistical source provides rare and detailed data on the German economic situation during the Third Reich up to and throughout World War II.  Consists of Monatliche Nachweise über den auswärtigen Handel Deutschlands (January 1933-June 1939), Der Aussenhandel Deutschlands Monatliche Nachweise (July 1939) and Sondernachweis der Aussenhandel Deutschlands (August 1939-1944).

These publications illustrate a number of major topics, including: the importance of German trade with Eastern Europe; effect of new trade treaties with Southeastern European states concluded in 1934 and 1935; Germany’s economic offensive beginning in 1934; growth of a “command economy” and the requirements of the Rearmament Program; balance of payments problem; and the defeat of “the traditionalists” with the dismissal of Schacht and Neurath and the appointment of Ribbentrop.

Sondernachweis der Aussenhandel Deutschlands is particularly important as it provides a thorough breakdown of German foreign trade by commodity, volume and value on a monthly basis. The December issue of each year gives a final listing of annual figures.

Publisher’s note: This collection comprises, in its entirety, the Primary Source Media microfilm collection entitled Statistics of the Third Reich Analyzed, 1933-1944.

New database: Cold War: Voices of Confrontation and Conciliation

Oxford users now have access to Cold War: Voices of Confrontation and Conciliation. The collection of oral history is relevant to those studying post-1945 history, military and diplomatic history, international relations, and conflict & conciliation.

Cold War: Voices of Confrontation and Conciliation (via Archives Unbound)

Source Library: Private Collection of Jim Thebaut (6,000 pages)
For almost fifty years, the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in the Cold War. This global stalemate emerged after both nations had been allies against Hitler during World War II. This collection of oral histories from the “behind-the-scenes” decision and policy makers helps research a wide range of questions surrounding this long period of political and military tension.

Covers c 1950s-1990s

List of interviewees include: Georgy Arbatov, Valentin Berezhkov, Robert Gates, Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara, and many others.

Related sources:

Declassified Documents Reference System

Provides online access to over 500,000 pages of previously classified government documents. Covering major international events from the Cold War to the Vietnam War and beyond, this single source enables users to locate key information underpinning studies in international relations, American studies, United States foreign and domestic policy studies, journalism and more.

Digital National Security Archive

A comprehensive collection of significant primary documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. Over 60,000 of the most important, declassified documents – totaling more than 450,000 pages – are included in the database. Many are published now for the first time. Includes Henry Kissinger telephone recordings.

New: State Papers Online III-IV: The Stuarts & Commonwealth 1509-1714

Oxford users now have access to State Papers Online III and IV which covers the Stuart and Commonwealth Domestic and Foreign papers 1603-1714.

State Papers Online contains the Tudor and Stuart governments “domestic” and “foreign” papers – the equivalent of today’s documents from the Home and Foreign Offices and the Royal Archives. These everyday working papers of the British royal government reveal Tudor and Stuart society and government, religion and politics in all its drama allowing scholars to trace the remarkable – and frequently violent – transformations of the 16th & 17th centuries. This major resource re-unites the Domestic, Foreign, Borders, Scotland, and Ireland State Papers of Britain with the Registers of the Privy Council and other State Papers now housed in the Cotton, Harley and Lansdowne collections in the British Library.

The papers are digitised images and are accompanied by the Calendars. The Calendars State Papers are fully searchable, and each Calendar entry has been linked directly to its related State Paper. Among the Calendars included are the HMC Calendars and the Haynes/Murdin transcriptions of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House.

SPO is relevant to those studying Early Modern British and European history: diplomatic, political, social, cultural, local, legal, religious, kingship and queenship, exploration, travel and trade and early empire; Early Modern literature; Renaissance and Reformation Studies; Tudor & Stuart history.

Full details of the content, useful history of the archives, introductory essays to the Stuart period and supportive tools , are on  SPO.

Access is now via SOLO and OxLIP+.

Other useful databases covering the 17th Century:
Early English Books Online – Early European Books Online (Italian Collection) – Colonial State Papers – 17th-18th Century Burney Newspapers – Electronic Enlightenment – Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London, 1674-1913

New: Congressional Record (and predecessors) covering 1789-1999

A page from the February 12, 1999 edition of the Congressional Record, published during the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton. Formal citation: 1999 Congressional Record, Vol. 145, Page S (1457).

Vere Harmsworth Library has secured access to the full text access to the electronic archives of the Congressional Record and its predecessors via ProQuest. This archive covers over 200 years of activities in Congress, from 1789-1999, including the verbatim text of debates in both the House and Senate from the beginning of the Congressional Record in 1873 onwards. > More about the Congressional Record

The database offers browsing by Subject, Issuing source, Serial Set Map Terms and Popular Names (e.g. Acts).

Access for Oxford users is now available via SOLO/OxLIP+.

History database trials ending today and tomorrow

We having been running a number of history database trials since last month and they are now coming to an end.  Full details and links to the trials and feedback survey are available in our online trial guide.

Vogue Archive (c) ProQuest

The following trials will end today:

  • The Vogue Archive
  • The Cecil Papers (1540-1640)

The following trials will end tomorrow:

  • State Papers Online, 1509-1714 (Parts 3 and 4)
  • Witchcraft in Europe and America (Archives Unbound)
  • Actes royaux français, 1256-1794 (Archives Unbound)
  • Making of the Modern World; Part 2, 1851-1900
  • Journaux de la Révolution de 1848 (Archives Unbound)
  • L’Affaire Dreyfus et la Création de la France modern (Archives Unbound)
  • Evangelism in Africa: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1835-1910 (Archives Unbound)
  • The Dublin Castle Records 1798-1926 (Archives Unbound)
  • Northern Ireland:a Divided Community, 1921-1972 Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration
  • La Guerra Civil Española (The Spanish Civil War) (Archives Unbound)
  • The Economy and War in the Third Reich, 1933-1944 (Archives Unbound)
  • Testaments to the Holocaust
  • La France pendant la guerre 1939-1945 : journaux de la Résistance et de Vichy (Archives Unbound)
  • Conditions & Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940-1945
  • East Germany from Stalinization to the New Economic Policy, 1950-1963 (Archives Unbound)
  • Cold War: Voices of Confrontation and Conciliation (Archives Unbound)
  • Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957
  • The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991
  • Evangelism in Africa: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1835-1910

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Vote online for your favourite databases

You can vote online for your favourite databases until the end of July. The aim is that your feedback will assist me in constructing a prioritised list of purchases.

Related Links: Database trials guide | Feedback survey

New: online Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL)

Oxford users now have access to the online version of Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL).

A well-known printed reference work, the Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) is a German biographical encyclopedia related to the history of the Church, founded 1975 by Friedrich Wilhelm Bautz. It contains more than 20,000 biographical articles with bibliographies of the person’s work and selected secondary readings.

It is listed in OxLIP+. If you are on-campus or have logged in with SSO, click on “Zugang für Bibliotheken” on the publisher’s website.

Other related biographical sources: Allgemeine / Neue Deutsche BiographieHistorisches Lexikon der Schweiz

Historical statistics and censuses on the web: suggestions

I’ve had occasion to research some online resources for historical statistics, usually digitised statistical series rather than proper databases. They tendcover vital statistics, population & demographic, economic and finance data. Some also include census data and census reports.

Screenshot from Annuaire statistique (1914-15): population numbers by region. (from Gallica: bibliothèque numérique, 3 April 2012)

Below is a listing of some of the findings. It is not comprehensive! Do make suggestions for anything important that I’ve missed.

Great Britain

Economic and Social Data Service: History (now part of UK Data Archive, use Discover to limit searches to History)

The Economic and Social Data Service is a national data archiving and dissemination service which came into operation in January 2003. The service is a jointly-funded initiative sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Includes data from UK Data Archive.

The data typically tends to be focussed collection, created often as part of research. ESDS is free to HE but requires individual registration first. More 100+ datasets are available and cover all periods.
Trans-national Database and Atlas of Saints’ Cults, c.700-2000
Glasgow Householders, 1832-1911
Wage Negotiations, British Coal Industry, 1870-1914
Aberdeen University Students, 1860-1920
British Speeches, 1870-1914 and German Speeches, 1871-1912
Interwar Trade Dataset, 1900-1939

Histpop – The Online Historical Population Reports Website

The Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. The collection goes far beyond the basic population reports with a wealth of textual and statistical material which provide an in-depth view of the economy, society (through births, deaths and marriages) and medicine during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These 200,000 pages of census and registration material for the British Isles are supported by numerous ancillary documents from The National Archives, critical essays and transcriptions of important legislation which provide an aid to understanding the context, content and creation of the collection.

A Vision of Britain through Time

An e-portal to over 12 million facts about places and lives in Britain, including new-to-view historic boundary maps, a land use survey that helped to defeat Hitler, unemployment and wage records, farm surveys from 1866. Includes two centuries’ worth of facts, figures, surveys, maps, election results and travel writing showing how 15,000 UK places have changed.


Census of Ireland 1901-11

View the Irish 1901 Census and perform a variety of searches under forename, surname and county as well as more advanced searches including religion, occupation, Irish language proficiency, specified illnesses and literacy status. Includes household returns and ancillary records for 32 counties for 1901-1911

HNAG Database of Irish Historical Statistics

The Database is intended as a common resource for all scholars working in the field of Irish economic history, covering largely 19th and 20th economic and social history.

Data sets are available for the following:


Statistisches Jahrbuch für das Deutsche Reich 1880-1941/2

The digital version of an important publication of German economic and trade statistics.

Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland

The website of Germanys’ national Statistisches Bundesamt. Not so much historical statistics but useful for contemporary historians. Check out the GENESIS-Online database.

Historische Datenbank (Lehrstuhl für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, Universität Münster)

Provides access to a wide selection of historical statistics on the economic history of Germany since 1850. You will need to download the excel file with the index and click on a data set to get the statistics.


Statistik Schweiz – Bundesamt für Statistik

The website of the Swiss governmental department for statistics.


Annuaire statistique (France) 1900-35

Digitised version of Annuaire statistique / Ministère du commerce, de l’industrie, des postes et télégraphes, Office du travail, Statistique générale de la France.

La Statistique Générale de la France
This survey includes the following historical statistical datasets relating to France:

Les recensements de 1901 à 1921.
Les mouvements de la population de 1836 à 1925.
L’enseignement primaire et secondaire de 1865 à 1906.
La statistique industrielle de 1861 à 1896.
Les recensements de 1851 à 1921.
Les mouvements de la population de 1800 à 1925.
L’enseignement primaire de 1829 à 1897.
Territoire et population de 1800 à 1890.

Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (INSEE)

The website of the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies which is responsible for the production and analysis of official statistics in France. It collects and publishes information on the French economy and society, carrying out the periodic national census. Located in Paris, it is the French branch of Eurostat, European Statistical System. The INSEE was created in 1946 as a successor to the National Statistics Service (SNS) created under Vichy during World War II.


Anuarios Estadísticos de España 1858-1997

Online statistical yearbooks for Spain covering 1858-1970. A link is provided to yearbooks for 1997-.

The yearbooks compile, with a great richness of content, statistical information from various sources, with the aim of offering a quantitative reflection of the economic, social and demographic reality of Spain and of its territories – both peninsular and insular – overseas provinces and all other territories over the last 150 years.

With the publication of these works, the INE offers an interesting radiography of Spanish contemporary history to all its users.

Unfortunately, the series of yearbooks presents big gaps in its first years of history, producing jumps that in some cases correspond to periods of more than 20 years, during which yearbooks where not published. In this way, we come across an interval of 24 years from the first yearbook of 1888 to the following, which was carried out in 1912. The series has not been interrupted since 1943.


Serie storiche

A beta version of historical statistics for Italy. The data, available in a downloadable format are organized into 22 subject areas. For some topics – such as health, justice, demographics, foreign trade – the time series ranging from 1861 to today. Each series is accompanied by a history of sources.


Dutch Censuses 1795-1971 (Volkstellingen)

The Volkstellingen 1795-1971 (Dutch Censuses) website enables you to view or download most of the Dutch census tables, published in the period 1795-1971. The original records were scanned and digitized and are now freely available as images as well as MS Excel tables. In addition to the Excel record tables, this site includes many of the original census documents in Adobe PDF format.

Since 1997, the digitization of the data was accomplished during the course of three projects: Dutch Census Digitization 1795-1971, Dutch Census Data and Life Courses in Context. As a result of these three projects over 40,000 record pages were made digitally available to the public. [from EHPS]

Dutch National accounts, 1800-1914

The website reconstructs national income data concerning income, prices, foreign trade, production, employment and capital formation from 1800 to 1913. As well as offering an interpretative research report, the website gives access to statistics in html and downloadable as excel files.


Dansk Demografisk Database (Danish Demographic Database)

In the Danish Demographic Database you can search for information in different sources.
Censuse: Danish census records from 1787 and onwards.
Emigrants: Information from the Copenhagen police on emigrants from Copenhagen or via Hamburg
Censuses from St. Croix
Probate Index from the counties: Thisted, Viborg, Aalborg, Randers
Other databases in Danish:
Dansk Ostindiske Personalia
Dannebrogsmænd: Personer nævnt i festskrift og fra 1864
Kirkebøger: Database med indtastede kirkebøger. Kirkebøgerne er opdelt efter begivenhed.


Historical Monetary Statistics of Sweden 1668-2008 (Historisk monetär statistik i Sverige 1668-2008)

A website which reconstruct historical monetary statistics of Sweden from 1668 (the founding year of the Riksbank) to the present. A preliminary version of a database is now online. Some of the time series stretch back to the early Middle Ages. The database is organised around the following sections: Prices. A Consumer Price Index is presented for the whole period 1290-2006 – Wages, from 1540 onwards. – Exchange rates. Contains exchange rates between various currency units existing in Sweden 1291-1834 and foreign exchange rates from 1658 onwards. – Money supply and closely related-related aggregates from 1871 onwards – Stock exchange and interest rates from 1856 onwards. – Central government loans from 1668 onwards. – is a portal for historical statistics, incl. National accounts 1800-2000 with the main focus on macroeconomic data on Sweden in the 19th and 20th centuries. Series are presented, for example, on GDP, inflation, employment, interest rates, exchange rates, population, money supply, capital stocks, worked hours, wages, profit rates and business cycle indicators.

Includes links to both Swedish and international data on historical statistics.

Related links:

Historical Statistics of the US [available to Oxford users]

European History Primary Sources: statistics

Major new Latin American databases plus Gale World Scholar trial

Oxford users now access to three recently subscribed new resources that may be of interest to historians working on Latin American topics:

Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)

PRISMA with HAPI Full Text (Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas)

Latin American Newspapers 1805-1922

Also, Oxford is currently trialling a major new Latin American Studies database, Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean Archive and Portal.

The trial lasts until 1st December 2011. In order to evaluate the usefulness of the database, Joanne Edwards would be very interested in feedback from you.  Also contact her for login details for the trial database.