[This blogpost will continually be updated with new online primary collections as they become available to Bodleian readers.]
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Bodleian Libraries have been sourcing online collections to assist Oxford students and researchers in their studies. This blogpost contains newly available primary resources that may be of interest to those studying American History, Politics and Culture.
Please note that the resources listed here are separate to the online collections which have already been purchased by the VHL or Bodleian. You can view these collections on our online guide to US Studies at Oxford.
You can also visit our Diigo page to view our recommended open access resources.
Gale Primary Sources (25/03/2020)
Gale Primary Sources have opened up the a significant number of their collections to readers of the Bodleian Library, without restriction or cost, until the 1st September.
The new resources include thematic collections focused on diverse topics such as legal history, sexuality and gender and forced migration. Individual collections which may be of interest include:
- American Amateur Newspapers
- American Historical Periodicals from the American Antiquarian Society
- International Herald Tribune Historical Archive, 1888-2013
- Liberty Magazine, 1924-1950
- Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500-1926
- Making of Modern Law (MOML): specifically:
Visit Gale Primary Sources at Oxford to view all the collections now available to Bodleian readers.
Bloomsbury Collections (26/03/2020)
Bloomsbury have kindly provided access to Bodleian readers to their Bloomsbury Collections and Drama Online. This includes over 2,000 e-books which have been added into Solo, on topics as diverse as History, Constitutional and Administrative Law, International Relations and Literature.
Drama Online also includes interviews, critical works and text on key American dramas, such as the works of Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller. It also includes audio-recordings and texts of key performances.
Bloomsbury has also opened up a number of their digital platforms for Bodleian readers to access. These collections include edited titles regarding key topics and primary resources, and can be limited by place, time period or themes. Of particular interest includes:
- Bloomsbury Cultural History
- Bloomsbury Popular Music
- Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies
- Bloomsbury Architecture Library
- Bloomsbury Food Library
Access to these resources will be available until 31st May 2020.
The Literary Encyclopedia (01/04/2020)
“The Literary Encyclopedia is a dynamic, online world-literature resources, providing useful introductions to authors, texts and contexts. It has in-depth coverage of the literatures of the English-speaking world and excellent coverage of… other world literatures.” (Quoted from the Database A-Z.)
The Literary Encyclopedia is a continually evolving online resource. Coverage includes in depth articles on American literature and culture, from colonial writings to contemporary literature. Extensive coverage is also provided for writings from specific cultures and identities within the United states, including African American, Chicano/Latino and indigenous cultures.
Access to these resources will be available until 30th June 2020.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers (03/04/2020)
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune (1849-2010)
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times (1881-2010)
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922)
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Arizona Republican (1890-2007)
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Austin American Statesman (1871-1980)
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Christian Science Monitor (1908-2006)
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Nashville Tennessean (1812-2002)
- ProQuest Recent Newspapers: U.S. West Collection (2009-Recent- delayed by 3 months)
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser (2010 – Recent)
- Reno Gazette-Journal (2009 – Recent)
- The San Francisco Examiner (2009 – Recent)
- The Spectrum (2012 – Recent)
- The Spokesman-Review (2010 – Recent)
- Statesman Journal (2009 – Recent)
ProQuest Congressional (06/04/2020)
To support academic research, ProQuest Congressional has opened up it’s complete collections to Bodleian readers for a temporary period.
Currently the Vere Harmsworth Library are subscribed to (and will continue to subscribe to) Congressional Hearings Part A (1824-1979) and Congressional Record Part A (1789-1997) only. Access to the complete ProQuest Congressional platform now includes access to:
- Congressional Record 1998-2009
- Congressional Research (CRDC), 1830-2015, 2020
- Congressional Hearings, 1980-2015
- Digital U.S. Bills and Resolutions, 1789-2015, 2017, 2019-2020
- US Congressional Serial Set 1 (1789-1969)
- US Congressional Serial Set 2 (1970-2017)
And much more!
Access the ProQuest Congressional platform here, and search across all the resources, or narrow your search to specific documents or time periods.
Full access to ProQuest Congressional (except for the exceptions mentioned above) will end May 31st, 2020.
ProQuest History Vault (06/04/2020)
I am pleased to announce that the VHL has organised temporary access to the ProQuest History Vault, to support our readers wishing to access primary resources to support their studies and research during the current COVID19 situation.
The ProQuest History Vault offers our American historians a significant collection of primary resources, covering many different eras, topics and mediums within American history and culture. Resources range from the papers of presidential administrations, FBI classified files, organisation records of key movements and organisations and individual eyewitness accounts from the general public.
Resources can be accessed here: https://congressional.proquest.com/historyvault
Each resource is organised under the following eight modules.
- Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle
- Southern Life, Slavery and the American Civil War
- American Indians and the American West
- American Politics and Society
- International Relations and Military Conflicts
- Revolutionary War and Early America: collections from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
- Women’s Studies
- Workers, Labour Unions and Radical Politics
Please view our separate blog post to see more information on the variety of resources within the History Vault.
This resource will be accessible to Bodleian readers until 31st May 2020.
Readex Historical Newspapers and The American Slavery Collection
II am pleased to announce that the VHL has organised temporary access to Readex American Slavery Collection and several key collections in their Historical Newspapers series. This is to support our readers wishing to access primary resources to support their studies and research during the current COVID19 situation.
The American Slavery Collection is the digital version of the American Antiquarian Society’s incredible collection of historical material. The collection includes over 3,500 books, pamphlets, ephemera and graphic material tracing the history of slavery from the Missouri Compromise of 1820, to the birth of Jim Crow and segregation in the 1920s.
The VHL has also organised temporary access to the following Historical Newspaper Collections and Titles.
- Early American Newspapers Series 13 & 14
- Series 13 represents the largest online collection of 19th-century U.S. newspapers from the American West. It delivers more than 2,300 titles published in all 24 states west of the Mississippi River, plus a number of titles published east of the Mississippi for valuable political and economic context.
- Early American Newspapers, Series 14, 1807-1880, offers digital editions of many of the most notable 19th-century newspapers from America’s urban centers. It delivers long runs of 48 major titles published in 34 towns and cities in 15 states and the District of Columbia.
- Hispanic American Newspapers 1808-1980
- One of the largest collections of Spanish language newspapers printed in the United States from the 19th-20th centuries. With several bilingual titles available, this is a great opportunity for researchers looking at Hispanic identity and voices.
- Washington Evening Star (1852-1981)
- Until its demise in 1981, The Evening Star was universally regarded as the “paper of record” for the nation’s capital. Published under such titles as Washington Star-News and The Washington Star, this long-running daily afternoon paper was one of the highest profile publications in the nation. Founded in 1852, by the 1930s its coverage of national politics–including the daily activities of every branch of government–made it the nation’s number one paper in advertising revenue.
Access to these collections will be available until 30th May 2020.
If you have any questions about the collections listed above, or would like us to consider purchasing a particular online primary resource, email email@example.com