Newly bookmarked: Hansard Corpus, Reformationsportal Mitteldeutschland, Database of Italian Academies, Digital Library of the Caribbean

delicious logoI’ve had a busy week bookmarking useful websites for historians our Delicious pages. If you are researching British modern history, German Reformation, the Caribbean, British Navy or Italian early printed books and more, then read on:

 

“This Hansard corpus (or collection of texts) contains nearly every speech given in the British Parliament from 1803-2005, and it allows you to search these speeches (including semantically-based searches) in ways that are not possible with any other resource. The corpus was created as part of the SAMUELS project (2014-2016), which was funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. “

 

Reformationsportal Mitteldeutschland
This portal brings together the digitised archives of records relating to the Reformation in Mitteldeutschland. Compiled from the archives from Thüringen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Hessen, Sachsen, Brandenburg, over 30,000 documents include records of visitations but also manuscripts of letters, reports and speeches. You can search the catalogue, browse by location, or use the map search where you can also limit by period and keyword search. The digital scans are accompanied by scholarly commentary.

 

Facsimile Finder facsimilefinder.com
Facsimile Finder is a supplier of books, specializing in facsimile editions. You can browse and search for collections by themes (astronomy to treatises), by country (Afghanistan to USA), period and more.

 

“A database of books published by Italian Academies between 1525 and 1700. The Italian Academies Themed Collection provides a detailed searchable database for locating printed material relating to the Italian learned Academies active in Avellino, Bari, Benevento, Bologna, Brindisi, Caltanissetta, Catania, Catanzaro, Enna, L’Aquila, Lecce, Mantua, Naples, Padua, Palermo, Rome, Salerno, Siena, Syracuse, Trapani, and Venice in the period 1525-1700 and now held in the collections of the British Library. Quick search: You can search the database for information on: Academies – their names, activities, interests, location, dates, emblems and mottoes Books – titles, authors, publication details, illustrations, censors Persons names, nicknames, dates, nationality, mottoes, emblems, portraits and roles Records may contain images in addition to text Historical, bibliographical and critical information is listed in a Notes field in each record.”

 

“The Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy from the year 1915 have been digitised and made available to search for free. Find relatives and loved ones via our database of over 39,000 crew lists, featuring over 750,000 names.”

 

Digitised Oxfordshire maps “produced in the nationwide valuation of property following the 1910 Finance Act. The District Valuation survey, sometimes called the Domesday survey, was carried out between 1910-1915 across England and Wales. The survey was overseen by the Valuation Office as result of the Finance Act 1910, which provided for the levy and collection of a duty across the whole country. Oxfordshire History Centre holds District Valuation records for the whole of the historic county of Oxfordshire. There are two main types of District Valuation records which are available here; the Valuation books and the working copies of the maps, which were based on the 1:2500 second edition ordnance survey maps. These records are an excellent source for people researching the history of their house or other properties and can be used with the 1911 census as well as earlier ordnance survey maps to build up an overall picture.”

Digital Library of the CaribbeanDigital Library of the Caribbean dloc.com

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative of partners within the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean that provides users with access to Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials held in archives, libraries, and private collections. dLOC comprises collections that speak to the similarities and differences in histories, cultures, languages and governmental systems. Types of collections include but are not limited to: newspapers, archives of Caribbean leaders and governments, official documents, documentation and numeric data for ecosystems, scientific scholarship, historic and contemporary maps, oral and popular histories, travel accounts, literature and poetry, musical expressions, and artifacts.

Newly bookmarked websites (digest of 3 April)

It is wonderful to see how many amazing websites are springing up all the time. I shall try to post regular updates of those which are particularly useful for historians and have been recently bookmarked on the HFL Delicious pages, our ever growing library of quality online resources.

BVMM homepage

Bibliothèque Virtuelle des Manuscrits Médiévaux (BVMM)

Digital library of a large selection of French medieval manuscripts held in French Bibliothèque municipales. There is no full-text searching. Search for the repository, town, etc.

e-manuscripta.ch

The digital platform for manuscript material from Swiss libraries and archives, e-manuscripta.ch is a presentation tool for manuscripts of all kinds. The spectrum ranges from text manuscripts (single and collective), through to correspondence by individuals and institutions, but also comprises music, manuscript maps and other graphic material. Includes manuscripts e.g. by Erasmus, Richard Wagner, Albert Einstein and many more. Strong for 16th , 17th and 19th century papers which are mostly, but not exclusively, in German or Latin.

Göttingische Gelehrte Anzeigen 1739-1922

The Göttingischen gelehrten Anzeigen is the oldest German academic review publication. This site compiles links to free digital versions for years 1739-1922 that are provided by GDZ Göttingen, Oxford Google Books, and Internet Archive. The book reviews are usually organised by subject and there are author registers.

Bildsuche (Digitale Bibliothek der BSB)Bildsuche Homepage

This service provides an image-based similarity search. The only criterion is the similarity of motifs based on characteristics such as colors, textures, shapes and contrasts. The image-based similarity search currently offers access to a growing portfolio of more than 75,000 digitized works from the Bavarian State Library out of 12 centuries (manuscripts, rare books, maps). These works belong to the absolute core and peak inventory of the cultural heritage of Bavaria and also to the national patrimony. Overall, more than 4 million images are available. Themes include: people, animals, architecture, plans, maps, cities, weapons, vehidles, technology, coat of arms, astronomy, etc.

Wilson Center Digital Archive

A digital archive of declassified official documents from nearly 100 different archives in dozens of different countries that provide fresh, unprecedented insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy.” Search and browse in a variety of ways. Documents are selected and in English. No facsimiles. Citations include the source of information.

Covers major events and themes in post-1945 history (in no particular order):

  • 1956 Poland and Hungary Wilson Centre homepage
  • Berlin Wall
  • Chinese Foreign Policy
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • 1953 East German Uprising
  • Economic Cold War
  • Geneva Conference of 1954
  • 1977-78 Ethio-Somali War
  • Indochinese War
  • Inter-Korean Relations
  • 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War
  • Mitrokhin papers
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • Sino-Soviet Relations
  • 1979 Afghanistan
  • US-Soviet Relations
  • Vietnam War
  • Warsaw Pact

Europeana Newspapers

This site aims to aggregate and refine newspaper content to the freely accessible online service Europeana (www.europeana.eu).

Welsh Newspapers Online

“Welsh Newspapers Online Beta is a free online resource from the National Library of Wales where you can discover millions of articles from the Library’s rich collection of historical newspapers. Welsh Newspapers Online Beta currently lets you search and access over 250,000 pages from 24 newspaper publications up to 1910 and will grow to over 1 million pages as more publications are added during 2013. ”

TOTAL HFL Delicous count: 865 websites.

Missing anything on our Delicious pages? If you would like to suggest quality websites relevant for history, feel free to make a suggestion.

delicious logo Other Oxford Delicious pages for historians:

 

History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Oxford

US Studies (Vere Harmsworth Library)

Recently bookmarked websites: Judaica, church history, maps, sound, political posters, German biography

Herewith a summary of some useful websites recently bookmarked on the HFL Delicious site:

Judaica Europeana

http://www.judaica-europeana.eu/

Hannukkah postcard 1920s, Hungarian Jewish Archive

Judaica Europeana works with cultural institutions to identify and provide access online to content which documents the Jewish presence and heritage in the cities of Europe.

Since its launch in 2010, Judaica Europeana partners have digitized and uploaded over 3.5 million items from their collections. They include 3,459,000 pages from books, newspapers and archives; 31,600 photographs, postcards and other images; 18,300 sound files of music and oral history; 2,000 moving image files. This content will continue to grow as associate partners provide access to their digital collections to be integrated in Europeana.

Old Maps Online

http://www.oldmapsonline.org/

The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world.

It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.

Searches the following map collections

  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Historical Map Library
  • British Library, Map Library
  • Cartography Associates, the David Rumsey Map Collection
  • Moravian Library, Mollova mapová sbírka
  • National Library of Scotland, Maps of Scotland

OldMapsOnline has been created by a collaboration between The Great Britain Historical GIS Project based at The University of Portsmouth, UK and Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland.

Cause Papers in the Diocesan Courts of the Archbishopric of York, 1300-1858

http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/causepapers/

Notarial sign circle

A searchable catalogue of more than 14,000 cause papers relating to cases heard between 1300 and 1858 in the Church Courts of the diocese of York. The original records are held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, and are the most extensive records of their type in the United Kingdom. They offer an extremely valuable resource for family and local historians and scholars interested in social, ecclesiastical, economic and legal history.

Index to Rolls Series (ORB: The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies)

http://www.the-orb.net/rolls.html

An index to the Rolls Series. The official title of the Rolls Series is: Rerum Britannicarum medii aevi scriptores or The Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages.

The Rolls Series is a major collection of British and Irish historical materials and primary sources, published in the second half of the 19th century. Some 255 volumes, representing 99 separate works, were published. Many volumes are available via Google Books, archive.org or in MEMSO (Oxford users only).

Archival Sound Recordings (British Library)

http://sounds.bl.uk/

King George V – Silver Jubilee Message to the Empire 1935

Listen to a selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.

Of particular interest to historians are:
Accents & dialects
Oral history
Sound recording history
Sound maps

Biographieportal

http://www.biographie-portal.eu/search

A German meta search engine which searches 4 biographical databases for German-speaking countries simultaneously:

  • Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB)
  • Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB)
  • Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815-1950 (ÖBL)
  • Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz (HLS)

So Pretty – Till they burst (1929), CPA, Bodleian Library

Conservative Party Election posters, 1909-2007

http://bodley30.bodley.ox.ac.uk:8180/luna/servlet/ODLodl~6~6

Posters from the Conservative Party Archive representing election publicity throughout the 20th century up to recent times. The archive is held in the Bodleian Library.

Summary of bookmarked websites for Historians: Historical Statistics (9 May update)

Excerpt from Employment: structure by sector and sex, 1807-1909

This summary update of subscription and free websites booked on the HFL Delicious pages focuses on historical statistics, esp. for British and European countries such as Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden.

Subscription databases available to Oxford users:

Demographic Yearbook 1948-1997

Fifty years of data for 229 countries/areas from 1948 to 1997 covering:
World summary
*Population and vital statistics summary
*Population by sex, urban population and intercensal rate of increase
*Population by age and sex; derived measures of fertility

Fertility
*Live births by age of mother
*Live birth rates specific for age of mother
*Female population by age and number of children born alive
*Female population by age and number of children living

Mortality
*Expectation of life at exact ages
*Deaths by age and sex
*Death rates specific for age and sex

Nuptiality and divorce
*Population by age, sex and marital status, each census.

Elections in Western Europe since 1815

This CD-ROM contains the election results of 18 Western European countries from the nineteenth century until the present time (the last published election). The earliest election collected is the 1815 Norwegian election. Results have been collected at the level of the single constituencies. The information collected concerns the electorate, actual voters, and votes for single parties or candidates and is available in absolute figures and percentages (percentage distribution of votes by parties and percentage distribution of party votes by constituencies).

Historical Statistics of the United States

Historical Statistics of the United States has long been the standard source for quantitative indicators of American history. It has not been revised, however, since the Bicentennial Edition, which was published in 1975 and provided data through 1970. The period since then has witnessed an explosion of quantitative scholarship and the general expansion of the government’s statistical record keeping. By one estimate, more than three fourths of the data output of the U.S. government and more than 80 percent of the historical data series generated by scholars have been produced since 1970. No subject area and few data series have remained untouched by this phenomenal growth of the American quantitative record.

The revised, updated, and expanded Millennial Edition contains considerably more information than its immediate predecessor: five volumes rather than two, more than twice as many pages of data and documentation, and a tripling of the number of data series: 37,339 in the new edition. This expansion occurred along several dimensions. Most series from the previous edition were extended by roughly thirty years, and the coverage of most topics was enhanced. More than a dozen new topics were added: American Indians, slavery, outlying areas, poverty, non-profit organizations, and the Confederate States of America, to list a few examples. Finally, the chapters in the new edition are preceded by essays that introduce the quantitative history of their subject, provide a guide to the sources, and offer expert advice on the reliability of the data and the limits that might be placed on their interpretation.

Statistical Accounts of Scotland, The (1791-1845)

The ‘Old’ or ‘First’ Statistical Account of Scotland was undertaken in the 18th century under the direction of Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster (1754-1835), MP for Caithness. Known as ‘Agricultural Sir John’, he conceived a plan to ask parish ministers of the Church of Scotland all over Scotland to reply to a set of planned questions dealing with subjects such as the geography, climate, natural resources, and social customs of each parish. He defined his aim in 1790 as ‘to elucidate the Natural History and Political State of Scotland’. The returns from the parishes were published as they were received back from different parts of Scotland in a series of twenty-one volumes between 1791 and 1799.

The ‘New’ or ‘Second’ Statistical Account was suggested to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1832 by the Committee of the Society of the Sons and Daughters of the Clergy. Broadly, the ‘New’ Statistical Account followed the structure of the ‘Old’, but it also differed in that it included maps of the counties, and while the parish reports in the ‘Old’ were mostly prepared by the parish ministers, the ‘New’ Statistical Account also included contributions from other local figures such as schoolmasters and doctors. It was mostly written in the 1830s and published in fifty-two quarterly parts from 1834, culminating in being issued in 15 vol. in 1845. When it was published, the Committee presented it as ‘in great measure, the Statistical Account of a new country’.

Together, the Statistical Accounts provide vitally important reference sources for a critical half century spanning the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. They are locally created and factually based; the two Accounts allow comparisons to be made parish by parish at a time of rapid and significant change; and they offer a unique reference and research source for the study of local and national life in Scotland in this period.

Free web resources

Statistik-Links

A portal listing governmental statistical departments in the world. It’s not comprehensive, but still a good list.

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, the biggest e-library of historic British travel writing and – with pointers for Gordon Brown and his rivals – the results of every Parliamentary election since 1833. Includes two centuries’ worth of facts, figures, surveys, maps, election results and travel writing showing how 15,000 UK places have changed. The changing story of Britain’s towns and villages can be explored in new depth online, which unites more than 200 years worth of official documents, maps and travel stories.

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.

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

Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration (DIPPAM)

DIPPAM is an online virtual archive of documents and sources relating to the history of Ireland and its migration experience from the 18C to late 20C. Includes Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland, Irish Emigration Database and Voices of Migration and return:
EPPI is a database of 15,000 official publications relating to all aspects of Irish affairs during the period of the Union, including bills, reports, commisions of inquiry, and the published census reports. It is a rich source for the social history of Ireland, as well as for statistics relating to population, emigration and other subjects. The IED is a virtual library of 33K+ emigration-related primary sources, principally letters to and from emigrants. It covers a wide time period, but with a concentration on the period between c.1780 and c.1920. VMR comprises over 90 life-narrative interviews conducted with returned and non-returned migrants from Ulster.

Allen – Unger Global Commodity Prices Database

The Database presents price data, published in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in machine-readable form. The original goal was to examine changes in prices and their relation to international trade in early modern Europe. Price series were then expanded from just staple grains and beyond a limited number of years to the entire period ranging from the earliest known series from the High Middle Ages and down to 1914. The geographical range as well as that of commodities continues to expand with continued research and coding of published data.

Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration (DIPPAM)

DIPPAM is an online virtual archive of documents and sources relating to the history of Ireland and its migration experience from the 18C to late 20C. Includes Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland, Irish Emigration Database and Voices of Migration and return: EPPI is a database of 15,000 official publications relating to all aspects of Irish affairs during the period of the Union, including bills, reports, commisions of inquiry, and the published census reports. It is a rich source for the social history of Ireland, as well as for statistics relating to population, emigration and other subjects. The IED is a virtual library of 33K+ emigration-related primary sources, principally letters to and from emigrants. It covers a wide time period, but with a concentration on the period between c.1780 and c.1920. VMR comprises over 90 life-narrative interviews conducted with returned and non-returned migrants from Ulster.

Data Library (Nuffield College Library, Oxford)

The purpose of Nuffield’s Data Library is to store and maintain many of the important socio-economic datasets that are available for further analysis, and to facilitate access to the wealth of data that these contain.

Europa – Gateway to the European Union

A portal of EU information and documentation, statistics and opinion polls, archives, etc. Includes also the EU Bookshop Digital Library whcih includes all publications edited by the Publications Office on behalf of the EU institutions, agencies and other bodies since 1952. Some 110 000 EU publications are freely available.

Global Price and Income History Group – Europe

Maintained at the University of California , GPIH (Global Price and Income History Group) lists accessible primary source data’s for the history of Income and Prices including European Countries. Seems to cover medieval to modern history but is particularly strong in 19th and 20th centuries. Files are in excel format.

List of Datafiles of Historical Prices and Wages (International Institute of Social History)

International Institute of Social History (IISH) offers a “moderated list of datafiles of historical prices and wages.” The focus will be on data bases related to Europe and on non-European (in particular Asian) countries in the period before 1914. All data bases will not only include the data themselves, but also descriptions of the way in which they are constructed, the sources which are used, and relevant publications in which the data are analysed. Covers statistics relating to agriculture, finances, industry, prices and population.

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. [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.

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.

Centre de Données Socio-Politiques CDSP

“Centre de Données Socio-Politiques (CDSP) is responsible for archiving and storing social science survey data in France. Its stores include results of national and local elections in France since 1958, EU surveys and survey data on political attitudes and regionalisation in France. The website provides information on the aims and remit of the centre. It includes free access to a catalogue of recent surveys, an increasing number of which can be directly downloaded from the website (after prior registration) These include political barometers (containing data on voting intentions and trends) Observation interrégionale du politique surveys on regional government and regionalisation in France. Most information is offered in French only. ” (Intute)

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.

L’Enquête agricole (1852)

This survey contains the datasets and questionnaire of the agricultural survey of 1852.

Enquête postale de 1848, L’

This survey contains the dataset of the postal survey of 1848.

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.

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.

Statistik Schweiz – Bundesamt für Statistik

The website of the Swiss governmental department for statistics.
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Are we missing important websites for historical statistics? Let us know.

Summary of bookmarked websites for Historians (mid-April update)

Here is latest summary of recently bookmarked websites. There is something for everyone: federated searches across early modern & modern British sources, a Spanish digital library, Irish sources online, German historical newspapers, etc. See our Delicious pages for a total 499 bookmarked websites. Look out for our 500th addition soon!

Connected Histories: British History Sources, 1500-1900

Connected Histories brings together a range of digital resources related to early modern and nineteenth century Britain with a single federated search that allows sophisticated searching of names, places and dates, as well as the ability to save, connect and share resources within a personal workspace.
Note: you can only access subscribed content if the institution you are affiliated with has a subscription. Oxford readers should check OxLIP+. Check also Connected Histories blog post.

Colecciones de la Biblioteca Digital Hispánica (Biblioteca Nacional de España)

The Biblioteca Digital Hispánica (BDH), the Spanish Digital Library, is an online resource of the National Library of Spain. The BDH currently offers online access to books, manuscripts, drawings, prints, brochures, posters, photographs, maps and atlases, as well as journals and newspapers, from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

The BDH can be searched by title, author, material, collection and description through the search page. A full text search is available too.

Monasterium.Net

The archives of central Europe document the political, economic, and cultural development of the region from back to the Middle Ages. Monasterium.net collects many of these historical documents as digital copies for free access. In the virtual archive, you can access a content of more than 200,000 primary sources from more than 50 European archives.

digiPress (Digitalisierte Zeitungen Bayerns)

A portal giving access to digitised Bavarian newspapers, incl. Sudetendeutsche Zeitung, Neue Fränkische Zeitung, Münchener Stadtanzeiger, and others. Coverage is still sparse but will be improved over time.

Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration (DIPPAM)

DIPPAM is an online virtual archive of documents and sources relating to the history of Ireland and its migration experience from the 18C to late 20C. Includes Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland, Irish Emigration Database and Voices of Migration and return:

EPPI is a database of 15,000 official publications relating to all aspects of Irish affairs during the period of the Union, including bills, reports, commisions of inquiry, and the published census reports. It is a rich source for the social history of Ireland, as well as for statistics relating to population, emigration and other subjects.

The IED is a virtual library of 33K+ emigration-related primary sources, principally letters to and from emigrants. It covers a wide time period, but with a concentration on the period between c.1780 and c.1920.

VMR comprises over 90 life-narrative interviews conducted with returned and non-returned migrants from Ulster.

DHO: Discovery [of Irish digital collections]

DHO:Discovery is a gateway to Irish digital collections and resources, information and knowledge. Discovery supports the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional sharing of knowledge throughout the HSIS (Humanities Serving Irish Society) consortium and digital research collections of Irish interest. Covers all periods.

 

Summary of bookmarked websites for Historians (end of March update)

Something for everyone: archival resources, medieval resources, online maps, 17th century England, 18th century Italy and a nice portal for historical newspapers online. See our Delicious pages for 488 bookmarked websites.

Archives Portal Europe

A pilot installation of the future Archives Portal Europe. It provides access to information on archival material from currently 17 European countries as well as information on archival institutions throughout the continent. Will provide overview of finding aids and digital holdings. Includes directory of national archives.

Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilisations (beta)

Digital Atlas of Roman & Medieval Civilisations

The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC) makes freely available on the internet the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. DARMC allows innovative spatial and temporal analyses of all aspects of the civilizations of western Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era, as well as the generation of original maps illustrating differing aspects of ancient and medieval civilization. DARMC’s coverage begins under the Roman empire and extends nearly a thousand years toward the present by encompassing the medieval world. Although the initial post-Roman focus has been on medieval Europe, Byzantium and the Crusades have not been neglected, and we have begun to include the essential third leg of the tripod of medieval civilization, the Islamic world.

Digital Scriptorium

A growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. As a visual catalog, DS allows scholars to verify with their own eyes cataloguing information about places and dates of origin, scripts, artists, and quality. Special emphasis is placed on the touchstone materials: manuscripts signed and dated by their scribes.

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts offers a simple and straightforward means to discover medieval manuscripts available on the web. Very much a work in progress, the database will initially provide links to hundreds of manuscripts, which we expect quickly to grow to thousands. Basic information about the manuscripts is fully searchable, and users can also browse through the complete contents of the database. As the project develops, a richer body of information for each manuscript, and the texts in these codices, will be provided, where available.

Hearth Tax Online: Householders in late 17th century England

Hearth Tax Online is a web site dedicated to providing data and analysis of the records of the hearth tax which was introduced in England and Wales by the government of Charles II in 1662.

Opera omnia di Giambattista Vico

Digitisation of 11 vols. Laterza (collana “Scrittori d’Italia”).

List of online newspaper archives (Wikipedia)

This is a list of free and pay wall blocked digital online newspaper archives. Most are scanned from microfilm into pdf, gif or similar graphic formats and many of the graphic archives have been indexed into searchable text databases utilizing optical character recognition (OCR) technology. Some newspapers do not allow access to the OCR-converted text until it is proofread. Older newspapers are still in image format, and newer newspapers are available as full text that can be cut and pasted. Most text is in ASCII, some are using Unicode for diacritical marks not available in ASCII. Google now indexes many newspaper archives.

Summary of bookmarked websites for Historians (mid-February update)

Something for everyone: medieval, early modern, modern, economic history, portraits, statistics, radio transcripts and more! See our Delicious pages for the 450 more websites.

digiberichte.de [travel accounts of late medieval Europe]
Digitized travel accounts of late medieval and early modern Europe. This project provides digitized editions and research literature on approx. 375 different travels and pilgrimages through Europe in historical times. The bibliographical database allows quick reference for the travel accounts. Due to copy right restrictions only literature from the 19th century and earlier is provided in full text.

Die Rechtssprechung des Reichskammergerichts (1495 – 1806)

The Reichskammergericht or Imperial Chamber Court was one of two highest judicial institutions in the Holy Roman Empire. This is a complicated database recording the judgements.

Digital libraries ” Rechtshistorie

A collection of links to digital libraries with a special interest for legal history. Ordering them by country is a rather random affair, in particular when modern borders do not fit with historical frontiers. The links collections on the pages for the different law systems mention relevant digital libraries. On the page for common law you will find information for Great-Britain. The Netherlands and Belgium are treated on the page for Old Dutch Law.

Early Modern Thought Online
“Early Modern Thought Online” (EMTO) is a database offering access to about 13.500 digitized source texts from early modern philosophy and related disciplines like history of science and history of theology provided by libraries in Europe and overseas. In the present stage of its development, EMTO presents mainly links to external resources. Search interface is in German. There is no subject searching.

Digitaler Portraitindex
An index of portraits printed in early printed books, largely published in Germany. Search or browse by occupation (writer, philosopher, musician, women, etc.). Searching is apparently hit and miss.

Mapping the Republic of Letters: Exploring Correspondence and Intellectual Community in the Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
A project which maps data relating to correspondence of European thinkers, scientists, philosophers and writers from the early modern period. The data comes from a number of other sources, e.g. Electronic Enlightenment (EE), Cultures of Knowledge, and others.

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. [EHPS]

The Rothschild Archive
“Rothschild Archive” introduces this institution based in London. It holds over two million items drawn together from the history of the Rothschild banks and family. At the core of the Archive lie the records of the firm of NM Rothschild & Sons, the London branch of the banking dynasty. The Archive represents possibly the most detailed surviving record of an international banking operation in the 19th and early 20th centuries and of a family with artistic, charitable and scientific interests at the heart of European society. Includes bibliography of works on the Rothschild family, details of bursaries available for study at the archive and key dates in the history of the family. The guide to the archival papers is divided up: Nathan Mayer Rothschild in Manchester; Accounts; American; Bookeepers; Bullion; Cashiers; Correspondence; Estates; Loans; Stock; Family Records; and Records of Other Houses. This archive is of great use to those researching economic, social, and family history.

Allen – Unger Global Commodity Prices Database
The Database presents price data, published in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in machine-readable form. The original goal was to examine changes in prices and their relation to international trade in early modern Europe. Price series were then expanded from just staple grains and beyond a limited number of years to the entire period ranging from the earliest known series from the High Middle Ages and down to 1914. The geographical range as well as that of commodities continues to expand with continued research and coding of published data.

Pre-War Television 1936-1939 (Radio Times Archive)
Online archive of the Radio Times for period 1936-1939.

Summary of bookmarked websites for Historians (mid-Jan update)

These websites were recently bookmarked on the HFL Delicious site:

Manuscripta Mediaevalia
Online catalogue and finding aid to over 75000 medieval manuscripts and mss collections held in German libraries. Project in progress. > View

The Paradox of Medieval Scotland 1093-1286 – Social Relationships and Identities before the Wars of Independence
POMS contains all information that can be assembled about every individual involved in actions in Scotland or relating to Scotland in documents written between the death of Malcolm III on 13/11/1093 and the death of Alexander III on 19/03/1286. For the sake of consistency, the database covers all the territory that had become part of Scotland by the death of Alexander III. The Isle of Man and Berwick are included, but Orkney and Shetland are not. Also, the database is not simply a list of everyone who is ever mentioned. It is designed to reflect the interactions and relationships between people as this is represented in the documents. The database is focused on the 6016 documents from this period that are directed by one or more individuals to others. This allows the database to be structured according to the formal aspects of these documents, giving it the potential as a means of investigating the ways in which social relationships were mediated by the documents themselves. > View

Die Chroniken der deutschen Städte vom 14. bis ins 16. Jahrhundert (Wikisource)
Digitised version of most of the volumes in the series “Chroniken der deutschen Städte vom 14. bis ins 16. Jahrhundert” (1862-1968). > View

Mapping the Republic of Letters: Exploring Correspondence and Intellectual Community in the Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
A project which maps data relating to correspondence of European thinkers, scientists, philosophers and writers from the early modern period. The data comes from a number of other sources, e.g. Electronic Enlightenment (EE), Cultures of Knowledge, and others. > View

Rektoratsmatrikel der Universität Basel (1460-1764)
Digitised handwritten matriculation records of Rektors and students of the Unversity of Basel dating 1460 to 1764. > View

Schweizer Plakatsammlung / Swiss Posters Collection
This collection comprises a wide variety of affiches created by artists from Switzerland and elsehere. The materials you will view span decades and provide a snapshot from the end of the 19th Century until today. They cover tourism, exhibitions, publicity, cultural activities, sport, and political campaigns among many others. The affiches described here come from the collections of the Swiss National Library, the Bibliothèque de Genève, the Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, the Médiathèque Valais, the Museum of Transport, the Abbey of Saint-Maurice and the Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire Fribourg. > View

Liechtensteiner Vaterland (1914-2005)
Free access upto 1950 to the digital version of Liechtensteiner Vaterland, which started out as Oberrheinische Nachrichten (25 April 1914-30 August 1924), then became Liechtensteiner Nachrichten (3 Sept. 1924-28 December 1935) and finally morphed into Liechtensteiner Vaterland (1 Jan. 1936 -31 Dec. 2005). > View

KOOP-POSTER (Datenpools)
A project to compile a listing of searchable digital poster collections. Currently covers Austria, Germany, Switzerland and US collections. > View

recensio.net
A Europe-wide, multi-language platform for reviews of historical literature. The site focusses on work published in Europe and featuring European topics. Navigational languages are English, German and French, while the reviews may be written in any European language. > View

Summary of newly bookmarked websites for historians 9/12/10

Cartes et plans conservés à la Bibliothèque municipale du Havre

Digitised historical maps from the Bibliothèque municipale du Havre. Search by area/ town, by period, etc.

Kleine Zeitungen der Partei DIE LINKE und ihres Umfeldes

A list of small party political newspapers of Die Linke. Just gives titles and the editor or publisher.

Matrikel der Universität Rostock: 1791 Juli – 1841 Juli

Digitised matriculation records of Rostock University from July 1791 to July 1841

Hamburger Adressbücher

Digitised address and phone books for 1787 to 1903 and for the area of Altona from 1802-1903.

Europäische Geschichte Online (EGO)

A general portal of t4rans-European history and culture by the Institut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz. Still under construction, it covers the histories by history of themes and events as well as theory & methods.

Repertorium deutscher wissenschaftlicher Periodika des 18. Jahrhunderts

Repertory of German scientific periodicals of the 18th century is an an instrument for research on the history and philosophy of science and technology during the Enlightenment. It contains the table of contents of most 18th century periodicals that published scientific articles and/or reviews in the German speaking countries. These include the (Nova) Acta Eruditorum, and other important periodicals published under the auspices of Academies of Science and early professional journals. A total of over 400 volumes and more than 13.000 articles have been made accessible in this project.

Petite presse ouvrière lyonnaise, 1831-1835 (La)

The digital library La petite presse ouvrière lyonnaise (Lyon, France) opens a window on the history of a short period after the 1830 so-called Liberty Revolution in France, from 1831 to 1835. The project digitised local newspapers for the study of the working-class. It focuses on left radical newspapers. These newspapers give voice to silk workers debates about “industrial association”, “mutual teaching”, “social economy”, “hygiene”, “jurisprudence”, etc.

The website contains PDF images of the newspapers and text translations. For L’Echo de la Fabrique (1831-1834), L’Echo des Travailleurs (1833-1834), L’Indicateur (1834-1835), La tribune Prolétaire (1834-1835) and Le Nouvel Echo de la Fabrique (15 août 1835) entirely digitised versions of the newspapers issues are available as PDF image files together with a text translation of the former for text mining activities.

Summary of newly bookmarked websites for historians 1/12/10

The latest online primary sources sites added to HFL Delicious are:

William Godwin’s Diary: Reconstructing a Social and Political Culture 1788-1836

A digital edition of the diary of William Godwin (1756-1836). The first entry is for 6 April 1788 and the final entry is for 26 March 1836. The diary is a resource of immense importance to researchers. It maps the radical intellectual and political life of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as well as providing evidence on publishing relations, conversational coteries, artistic circles, etc. over the same period. One can trace the developing relationships of one of the most important families in British literature, Godwin’s own, which included his wife Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), their daughter Mary Shelley (1797-1851) and his son-in-law Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822). Many of the most important figures in British cultural history feature in its pages, incl. Anna Barbauld, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles James Fox, William Hazlitt, Thomas Holcroft, Elizabeth Inchbald, Charles and Mary Lamb, Mary Robinson, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, William Wordsworth, and many others.

Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 (Foster) British History Online

Lists members of the University of Oxford from 1500 to 1714, along with brief biographical details such as ecclesiastical positions held and family relationships among the alumni. Digitisation is in progress

Staten-Generaal Digitaal: parlementaire documenten uit de periode 1814 tot 1995

The Dutch portal to find all Acts (House Reports, Papers and parliamentary questions) for the years 1814 to 1815 session until January 1, 1995. Includes name index.

Die Matrikel der Universität Gießen 1608 – 1707

Digitised matriculation records of the University of Giessen 1608 to 1707

Stampa (La) – Archivio Storico dal 1867

This Digital Historical Archive of La Stampa contains a copy of the entire newspaper collection. The first issue available is the one of February 9, 1867, when the newspaper was still called Gazzetta Piemontese. The database archive reach the year 2005. All the newspaper pages for a period of 138 years are published not only as images but also as digital texts available for e-text-mining queries. This is true for the more than 12 million articles indexed with the ability to search contents and highlight all keywords within the database.

Repertorium deutscher wissenschaftlicher Periodika des 18. Jahrhunderts

Repertory of German scientific periodicals of the 18th century is an an instrument for research on the history and philosophy of science and technology during the Enlightenment. It contains the table of contents of most 18th century periodicals that published scientific articles and/or reviews in the German speaking countries. These include the (Nova) Acta Eruditorum, and other important periodicals published under the auspices of Academies of Science and early professional journals. A total of over 400 volumes and more than 13.000 articles have been made accessible in this project.

Bundesgesetzblatt online (Bundesanzeiger Verlag)

Free online access to the history of Germany legislation as published in the Bundesgesetzblatt (Archiv BGBl Teil I und II) and dating from 1949 (1951 for Teil II) to the present.