Where next after the Queen Victoria’s Journals project?
The Bodleian Libraries have recently collaborated with the Royal Archives and ProQuest to publish a complete digital edition of Queen Victoria’s journals. All 141 volumes are now available online as part of the Queen Victoria’s Journals resource.
Opportunity for grad students to identify further collections for the Bodleian Library and Royal Household to collaborate on
Following on from the success of the project, the Bodleian Libraries will be holding a focus group workshop to discuss ideas for future collaboration with the Royal Household. The workshop will consider related collections from the ‘long’ 19th century held at Oxford, Windsor and further afield, and will attempt to surface areas of scholarship which new collaborative initiatives might support.
What? Focus group workshop to discuss ideas for future collaboration with the Royal Household
Who? History graduate students with an interest in the long nineteenth century
Where? The Rothermere American Institute, Oxford
When? Thursday 11 July 2013
1pm: buffet lunch
4pm: closing drinks
How? Please register your interest in attending by contacting David Tomkins or Amanda Flynn firstname.lastname@example.org
The database of the month for May is Confidential Prints: Africa 1834-1966.
What is this database?
Confidential Print: Africa offer full text access to complete volumes of all British Government Confidential Print for Africa, from the Colonial, Dominion, Foreign and War Offices from the National Archives. The series originated out of a need for the Government to preserve all of the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. Some of these were one-page letters or telegrams; others were large volumes or texts of treaties. All items marked ‘Confidential Print’ were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet and to heads of British missions abroad.
The introduction to the database provides an overview of the collections covered within the database and also gives some examples of the types of material included. There are telegrams noting the South African government’s support for sanctions against Italy after the Italian conquest of Abyssinia and despatches discussing newly independent Ghana’s slide into authoritarianism.
An example map result of British Somaliland in 1926
The collections include
Descriptions of leading personalities
hundreds of colour maps
How can I access it? University of Oxford members can access this subscription resource on and off campus via OxLIP+. Remember to sign on to OxLIP+ with your single sign on when accessing the database off-campus.
Our database of the month for April is ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
Historical Newspapers offer full text searching and access to the archives of some key British, Irish, Indian and US newspapers, incl. a selection of black newspapers, from the 1800s to the 2000s:
A search result from The Scotsman
The Guardian 1821-2003
The Observer 1791-2009
The Times of India 1838-2002
The Irish Times 1859-2010
The Weekly Irish Times 1867-1958
The Scotsman 1817-1950
The Chicago Defender 1910-1975
The New York Amsterdam News 1922-1993
The New York Times 1851-2009
The Pittsburgh Courier 1911-2002
The Washington Post 1877-1996
The archive offers access to primary source material with full text search and also the original print layout of the article so that you can see the context of the article within that edition of the newspaper.
Advanced search tools allow cross-searching with other ProQuest databases (e.g. Dissertations and Theses) and also narrowing results to specific dates, publications and types of newspaper article. Results can be limited to images or editorial content and advertising and obituaries can also be searched.
How can I access it?
University of Oxford members can access this subscription resource on and off campus via OxLIP+. Remember to sign on to OxLIP+ with your Single Sign-On (SSO) when accessing the database off-campus.
The database includes a variety of primary sources, including video, images and printed material covering the period 1950 to 1075 in the UK and US. It also has some material on other parts of Europe (for instance Mai ’68 student protests in France). The collection can be browsed by type of material, topic and date and also searched for key words. The main themes covered by the material are:
Changing Lifestyles, 1950-1975
Student Protests across Europe and the US
Popular Culture; TV; Music; Movies
Book, Magazine and Film Censorship
Civil Rights; Women’s Liberation; Minority Groups
The Space Race
Consumerism; Credit Cards; Computers
The Vietnam conflict
In addition to the primary sources, chronologies, essays by specialists such as Robert Opie, a dictionary of key terms and links to other online resources are included in the database.
How can I access it?
University of Oxford members can access this subscription resource on and off campus via OxLIP+. Remember to sign on to OxLIP+ with your single sign on when accessing the database off-campus.
Other useful databases on 20th century popular culture
These books are now nestling between other House of Commons texts in the HFL’s quick reference section at shelfmark B403 Hist in the Maitland Room.
(c) The History of Parliament
The History of Parliament project also has a corresponding free online resource. It includes biographies of over 20000 Ministers of Parliament, more than 2800 constituency surveys and articles about various parliaments from 1386 to 1832.
The trial of Documents on British Policy Overseas (DBPO) was very well received. We are pleased to announce that thanks to special funding we have secured access this database. DBPO provides users with access to a wide range of primary source documents from Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Selected and edited by the official historians of the FCO it includes many documents specifically de-classified for inclusion in the series. The resource contains three distinct collections, which together form a continuous exploration of British foreign policy and diplomatic history: British Documents on the Origins of the War 1898-1914; Documents on British Foreign Policy 1918-1939 and Documents on British Policy Overseas. Please note that DBPO is not yet complete and that content is regularly being added to. Access is via OxLIP+. Use SSO for remote access.