New resources for global history: Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Trans-Jordan (1836-1944) and SUR, 1931-1992

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 costing up to £125,000 which cannot easily be covered by recurrent budgets. The first tranche of purchases includes a number of important primary sources from Gale Cengage, including Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Trans-Jordan: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1836-1944, together with their new Gale Digital Scholar Lab, which will allow digital research methods to be applied across all the primary sources published by them and acquired by the Bodleian Libraries.

Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Trans-Jordan: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1836-1944 (Archives Unbound)

This collection covers U.S. perspectives on Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Trans-Jordan, from Ottoman rule to the era of British and French mandates following the First World War. The archive is sourced from the Central Files of the General Records of the Department of State. The records are under the jurisdiction of the Legislative and Diplomatic Branch of the Civil Archives, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

SUR, 1931-1992 (Archives Unbound)

In Public Domain. From Wikipedia (17 April 2019

SUR is one of the most important and influential literary magazines published in Latin America in the twentieth century. This collection includes images of the complete magazine, including covers, photographs and advertisements, more than 50,000 pages; a comprehensive electronic index of 6,300 entries, correcting mistakes and inconsistencies found in the index published in the magazine; and a set of images of manuscripts from the first issue as well as an unpublished set of letters by Victoria Ocampo.

Founded in 1931 by Argentine intellectual Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979), SUR is well known throughout Latin America and Europe. Over its long and distinguished history, SUR featured the writings of the leading figures in literature, philosophy, history and the plastic arts not only from Latin America, but also from North America and Western Europe. Contributors included LeCorbusier, Lacan, Sarte, and Woolf; and Argentine authors include Borges, Cortázar, Silvinia Ocampo, and Bioy Casares. Through Ocampo’s social commentary and choice of contributors, she advanced an Argentine version of Liberalism at a time when most Latin Americans confronted reactionary regimes, military rule, economic chaos and demagogues.

This important literary title featuring the century’s principal authors and intellectuals is vital for historical research.

While you are here:

Trial until 30 April: Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library

The Bodleian Libraries currently have trial access to the database Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library . Please do take advantage of this before the trial ends on 30 April.

Oliveira Lima Library trial - screenshotManoel de Oliveira Lima was a Brazilian diplomat, journalist, historian and book collector whose career spanned Brazil’s transition from empire to republic. He developed an early appreciation of the importance of primary sources, acquiring works on Portuguese philology and etymology to complement his core collections in the history and literature of the Luso-Brazilian world. The Oliveira Lima Library consists of rare and unique pamphlets covering key topics such as colonialism, the Brazilian independence period, slavery and abolition, the Catholic Church, indigenous peoples, immigration, ecology, agriculture, economic development, medicine and public health, international relations, and Brazilian and Portuguese literature.

Access is via SOLO or OxLIP+.

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New ejournal: Translating the Americas, 1 (2013)-

The University of Michigan’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has launched Translating the Americas (ISSN 2331-687X), a online open-access journal.Translating the Americas ejournal - cover

Translating the Americas supports collaborations between University of Michigan faculty and overseas colleagues. This journal makes UM faculty research about Latin America and the Caribbean available in Spanish, Portuguese or Kreyol and it provides English translations of important works originally written in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. ”

The journal can be accessed here. It is also listed in SOLO and OU eJournals.

Table of Content v 1 (Fall 2013):

  • Las migraciones de Arturo Schomburg: Ser Antillano, Negro y Puertorriqueño en Nueva York. 1891-1917 / Hoffnung-Garskof, Jesse
  • Slavery in Brazil: Brazilian Scholars in the Key Interpretive Debates / Hébrard, Jean M.
  • Affirmative Action: An Opinion Submitted to the Brazilian Supreme Court in the Case ADPF/186 / Felipe de Alencastro, Luiz
  • O Trabalho Escravo Contemporâneo e os Usos da História / Scott, Rebecca J.
  • Labor Analogous to Slavery: The Construction of a Problem  / de Castro Gomes, Angela
  • Re-enslavement, Rights and Justice in Nineteenth-Century Brazil / Grinberg, Keila

Latin American and Iberian Audiovisual Collections project updated

This is something worth looking at if you are working on Iberian and Latin American history.

Re-blogged from ACLAIIR

The Directory of Audiovisual Resources has recently been updated to include the latest additions and information regarding libraries with audiovisual collections in the UK. Many thanks to Sonia Morcillo-García for creating and maintaining this very useful directory.

Do you have an idea for an ACLAIIR project? Get in touch!

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Latin American Studies – now available

OBO - LAS logoIf you are working on Latin American history and you want to know which key books, journals, sources etc. to use, then you will be delighted to know that Oxford Bibliographies Online: Latin American Studies is available to Oxford users via SOLO or OxLIP+.

Oxford Bibliographies Online “offers more than other bibliography initiatives on- and offline by providing expert commentary to help users find, negotiate, and assess the large amount of information readily available to them. It facilitates research in a way that other guides cannot by providing direct links to online library catalogs and other online resources. Organizing the resource around discrete subject entries will allow for quick and easy navigation that users expect when working on screen.”

A series of bibliographical review essays focus on aspects of Latin American studies, e.g. Black Experience in Colonial Latin America. In each review essay, publications are arranged in categories and bibliographical details of suggested readings listed. Categories are for instance General Overview, Primary sources & translations, and some thematic arrangement.

“Though the scholarly study of Latin America, a region of 20 countries and over 569 million people, is not new, the bringing together of various disciplinary approaches according to a single geographic region represents a fairly recent shift. Latin American studies includes a vast range of disciplinary perspectives, including history, sociology, economics, anthropology, and political science. Area studies in general have proliferated in the latter half of the twentieth century and Latin American studies in particular has been propelled forward as a distinct field of study by major international changes, such as the end of the Cold War.”

Looking for more online bibliographies

There are many more online bibliographies available in Oxford. Key ones are:

Other modules in the Oxford Bibliographies Online series are:

OBO Medieval Studies: “The field of Medieval Studies explores European and Mediterranean civilization from the 4th to the 15th centuries. This period, which has a critical importance for the understanding of Western culture, can best be approached through a combination of several disciplines from history to English literature. “

OBO Reformation and Renaissance: “The period of the Renaissance and Reformation, which spans roughly from the 14th through 17th centuries, is rich in history and culture. The field of Renaissance and Reformation studies, which has a critical importance for the understanding of Western culture, can best be approached through a combination of several disciplines including history, the arts, and literature.”

OBO Atlantic History:  “The study of Atlantic History examines the transnational interconnections between Europe, North America, South America, and Africa, particularly in the early modern and colonial period. Through this lens, a wide range of national perspectives must be considered. Thus, there are consistently new discoveries, new interpretations, and new theoretical ideas to take into account.”

OBO Military History: “The study of military history has evolved into a multidisciplinary effort to go beyond the history of military operations to consider broader political, cultural, and social questions. It spans across several disciplines and genres, including sociology and political science, biography, war and battle narratives, the history of technology, foreign affairs and international relations, and various national histories. From ancient military history to contemporary studies of international conflict, a great deal of this work has moved online with the most recent scholarship, research, and statistics appearing in online databases and often only discoverable through online search tools.”

HFL Delicious lists also many free and specialists online bibliographies.

Trial until 9 February:Latin American Newspapers, Series II (1822-1922)

We are pleased to announce that we now have temporary trial access to the following collections: Latin American Newspapers, Series II (1822-1922)

Oxford users already have access to the first series (Latin American Newspapers (1805-1922)

This important online collection provides more than 30 fully searchable Latin American newspapers published in the 19th and 20th centuries. Featuring titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and elsewhere, the collection offers unprecedented coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped the region between 1805 and 1922. Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, matrimony notices and obituaries, this unique collection chronicles the evolution of Latin American culture and daily life over two centuries.

El Pais (Mexico City) titlepage: 14 Jan 1899

El Pais (Mexico City) titlepage: 14 Jan 1899

The second series of digitized Latin American Newspapers dramatically expands the number of searchable titles available from this region. Providing issues from more than 250 additional titles, this online series includes newspapers published in English, Spanish and Portuguese from 20 countries, including some countries and cities not represented in the inaugural collection of Latin American Newspapers. Together, both series of Latin American Newspapers offer unprecedented coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped this vital area during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Access is via OxLIP+. Series II is available for trial until February 9, 2013.  Please note that access is from within the University network only.

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History Thesis Fair in 3rd week

Thesis Fair: Thursday 3rd Week in Trinity Term – 10 May 2012, 2-4pm, Exam Schools

picture from previous thesis fairAll 2nd year history undergraduates are encouraged to drop in on the Thesis Fair which will give you the opportunity to discover the University’s vast information resources including library, archive and electronic materials.

Library experts and academic historians will be on hand to provide expert assistance and tips on the information available to you for your research and how to search through it.

Stalls cover a range of information including:

  • Medieval sources
  • Early modern & Modern sources
  • British & European sources
  • African & Commonwealth sources
  • Latin American sources
  • Indian sources
  • US sources
  • History of Science & Medicine
  • History of Art & Visual resources

And many more…

Meet 2 History Finalists at the Top 10 Tips stall to learn from their experience. They will also give a talk in Room 1, School, 14:45-15:00.

Further courses

Courses to help prepare you for writing your thesis will be run later in the term.  These include:

  • Online resources for historians
  • Information sources for African Studies
  • Manuscripts
  • US studies sources for historians
  • Medieval sources for historians
  • Using RefWorks for your dissertation
  • Information Skills Minimum Kit – a session designed to help you use a variety of information sources and tools to search effectively and carry out your literature review

More information about these sessions and online booking is available from:

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.