Saturday Opening – Hilary Term

Some good news for the new year!  Contrary to our previously published hours, the library will be open on Saturday mornings throughout Hilary Term, 10am-2pm (0th-8th week inclusive, or 15th January – 12th March).  This is a pilot to see if there is sufficient demand to justify extending Saturday opening outside of Trinity Term next year.   Please make use of the extra hours, and if you have any comments about Saturday opening, please let us know!

American Founding Era Collection – trial extended to 21st January

We’ve been given a two week extension on our trial access to the American Founding Era Collection until January 21st.  This collection offers digital access to the published papers of several major figures of the Early Republic:

  • The Papers of James Madison
  • The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution
  • The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
  • The Adams Papers
  • The Papers of George Washington
  • The Dolley Madison Digital Edition

For more information about this resource and how to use it, please see this post on our resources blog. 

Access is available via OxLIP+. Please send any feedback to

New e-resources: New York Amsterdam News and Pittsburgh Courier

Thanks to a generous donation in support of a research project, we now have access to the archives of two major black newspapers from the 20th century: The New York Amsterdam News, 1922-1993, and The Pittsburgh Courier, 1911-2002. Oxford has had access to The Chicago Defender 1910-1975 for some time now and we are the only institution in Western Europe to have access to three black newspapers. The receipt of the donation was managed by the History Faculty.

The New York Amsterdam News, 1922-1993
One of the leading black newspapers of the 20th century, which reached its peak in the 1940s. The New York Amsterdam News captured the vibrancy and cultural richness of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s, advocated for the desegregation of the U.S. military during World War II, and fought against discriminatory employment practices and other civil rights abuses in the 1960s. This resource provides full coverage of seventy years worth of the newspaper’s archive.

The Pittsburgh Courier, 1911-2002
The Pittsburgh Courier was once the most widely circulated black newspaper in the United States during the early 20th century. This resource provides access to more than ninety years of the newspaper’s archive, including columns and reports from writers such as W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, James Weldon Johnson and Zora Neale Hurston.

Both resources are available via OxLIP+ (use single sign-in for remote access).

Talks on Serial Set and FBIS, Friday 28th January

August Imholtz (Vice President, Government Publications, Readex) will be in Oxford on Friday 28th January, and will be giving two talks on Readex library resources available to Oxford users.   At 3pm he will be speaking about the US Congressional Serial Set, followed by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports at 3.45pm.  Both talks will take place in Seminar Room 2 at the Rothermere American Institute.

The US Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994 is a rich collection of primary source material detailing all aspects of American history. It contains all the reports and documents submitted to Congress, as well as the House & Senate Journals, and is a vast resource of over 415,000 documents, including over 70,000 maps.

The Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports include translated broadcasts and print media publications from all around the world, providing a commentary on many major world events from the second half of the 20th century.   Please note we do not have access to the full resource here in Oxford, but only certain regions from 1974-1996 (Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Soviet Union).

Both resources are available via OxLIP+.

All welcome!