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Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
The Atlas presents in maps and text complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. It also includes non-county areas, unsuccessful authorizations for new counties, changes in county names and organization, and the temporary attachments of non-county areas and unorganized counties to fully functioning counties. The principal sources for these data are the most authoritative available: the session laws of the colonies, territories, and states that created and changed the counties. The historical scope covers every day, starting in the early 1600s and extending through the end of the year 2000.
Faulkner at Virginia: an audio archive
Audio recordings and transcripts of William Faulkner’s sessions with audiences at the University of Virginia in 1957 and 1958, during his two terms as UVA’s first Writer-in-Residence. The site also includes an introduction to the archive as well as essays, news articles, photographs and other materials to provide backgrounds to the writer, the times and the place.
Frontier to Heartland: Four Centuries in Central North America
255 selected images from the collections of the Newberry Library in Chicago, illustrating the history of Central North America. Includes thematic galleries and ‘perspectives’ – commentary on the images from various points of view.
North Carolina Maps
North Carolina Maps is a comprehensive, online collection of historic maps of the Tar Heel State. Featuring maps from three of the state’s largest map collections — the North Carolina State Archives, the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Outer Banks History Center — North Carolina Maps provides an unprecedented level of access to these materials. North Carolina Maps contains more than 3,000 maps, ranging in date from the late 1500s to 2000, and including detailed maps for each of North Carolina’s one hundred counties.
University of Houston Digital Library
The Digital Library makes available digital collections of materials documenting the University of Houston, city of Houston, and state of Texas, as well as other historically and culturally significant materials.
Commonwealth College Fortnightly
Commonwealth College Fortnightly is the 14-volume run of the newsletter of Commonwealth College, a controversial labor college that operated near Mena, Arkansas, from 1924 to 1940. Digitized by the Special Collections Department of the University of Arkansas Libraries, the newsletter affords an inside look at an institution devoted to cooperative living and labor education, for which the FBI investigated it, eventually cleared the college of promoting free love, Bolshevism, and Communism. Among its “Commoner” graduates was future six-term Arkansas governor Orval E. Faubus, who fought the desegregration of Little Rock Central High in 1957. (Description from ALA Digital Library of the Week blog)
The University of Arizona Library Digital Collections
Digitised special collections from the University of Arizona Library, including many historic papers and photographs. Collections can be browsed or searched, and items can be saved into favourites.
Text of agreements reported to Congress under Case Act
Full text of treaties and international agreements as reported to Congress, covering 1982- (incomplete and unedited prior to 2006).
Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS)
Online version of TIAS. Incomplete, but contains full-text of treaties and other agreements from 1996-2001

Print, Copy & Scan: new services, new procedures

From 9 August 2010, Bodleian Libraries are introducing a new system for photocopying, printing and scanning.   Readers will have access to a range of new services across all libraries: scanning, colour copies, self-service online accounts, discounted double-sided, and print jobs that can be collected from any photocopier in any Bodleian Library. 

To use the new system, you will need to set up an online account, to which you can add credit using a credit or debit card.   When you first come to use the photocopier, your library card will be linked to this account.  Once linked, you will just need to swipe your card to pick up print jobs and access copying and scanning.  You will be able to set up your account from 9th August, and instructions on how to do so will be available then.

What will happen to credit on my existing photocopy card?
Once you have set up an account, library staff can transfer credit from the old system to your new account. Simply set up an account and present your old card to library staff. We will need your PCAS username to complete the transaction.

For more information, go to

New electronic resource: Historical Annual Reports, 1844- present

Thanks to the Sainsbury Library at the Said Business School, Oxford library users now have access to ProQuest’s Historical Annual Reports database, which provides access to over 160 years of annual reports of over 800 US companies. The collection includes digital reporductions of over 1.3 million pages found in more than 43,000 reports. Key data (financial, Fortune 500 ranking, industry classification, key people, geographic location, auditor, and related companies) are indexed in the citation and can be searched. Reports can be browsed by company name, industry or date.

Access via OxLIP+.

Mezzanine reserved week beginning 19th July

The RAI is welcoming the UNIQ History Summer School for sixth-form students in the week beginning 19th July.  During the afternoons the students will be working in the library, and we will be reserving the seating on the mezzanine level for them.  Other readers are welcome to sit there in the mornings, but please move to one of the desks upstairs in the afternoons from Monday-Thursday.   There may also be some low-level discussion, so apologies in advance if there is any disruption for these few hours during the week.

Missouri Historical Review archives now online (1906-2001)

The State Historical Society of Missouri has digitised the archives of the Missouri Historical Review and made it freely available online.

From their announcement:

This award-winning scholarly journal is published quarterly and has been the cornerstone of the Society’s publication division for over one hundred years.  Richly illustrated and featuring contemporary scholarship on all facets of state and regional history, the journal also contains reviews of recently published books and offers notes and short pieces on local culture and Missouri life.  Users will find within each issue a wealth of information on significant events and persons in Missouri history as authors have explored the political culture of antebellum days, Civil War battles and politics, religious and ethnic heritage in the state, and a wide variety of other topics.   

Researchers can search the online Missouri Historical Review by keyword or browse through pages for more general findings.  Volumes are added to the online database once they are ten years old.  

You can access the archives at:

OULS-reader wireless network: name change week beginning 20th July

The Bodleian Libraries’ wireless service will be changing its name during the week beginning 19th July, from ouls-reader to Bodleian-Libraries.  The login procedure will not change: when you open your web browser you will be prompted for your University card barcode number and your OLIS password as before.

The other wireless networks available in the library (OWL and Eduroam) are unaffected.   If you encounter any problems when the change takes place, please ask library staff for assistance.