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BFI Player This link opens in a new window
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BFI Player is a video on demand service from the British Film Institute, streaming acclaimed, landmark and archive films. The focus is on British and European independent films, as well as international releases. BFI expert curators group most of our films into unique collections, which highlight their significance, whether theyre cultural, award-winning, by a renowned director or they represent a landmark moment in film.
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Black Thought and Culture is a landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leadersteachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figurescovering 250 years of history. In addition to the most familiar works, Black Thought and Culture presents a great deal of previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts. The ideas of over 1,000 authors present an evolving and complex view of what it is to be black in America. Subjects indexed include colonialism, socialism, Marxism, democracy, capitalism, the Labor movement, segregation, poverty, education, religion, sharecropping, Jim Crow laws, the New Deal, the World Wars, the Black Liberation movement, the South, the Scottsboro and Herndon trials, black nationalism, miscegenation, the black athlete, civil rights, apartheid, the Black Panther party, the Negritude movement, the NAACP, birth control, the vote, urban ghettoes vs. the rural South, strategies of protest and demonstration, and hundreds more.
Coptic Gnostic Library Online This link opens in a new window
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The Coptic Gnostic Library is the only authoritative edition of many of the Coptic writings of the Gnostics from the first centuries AD. It was originally published by Brill in fourteen hardback volumes as part of the Nag Hammadi (and Manichaean) Studies series between 1975 and 1995, under the general editorship of James M. Robinson. The Coptic Gnostic Library contains all the texts of the Nag Hammadi codices, both in the original Coptic and in translation. Each text has its own introduction, and full indexes are provided. The Coptic Gnostic Library is the result of decades of dedicated research by the most distinguished international scholars in this field.

The Coptic Gnostic Library continues where the Dead Sea Scrolls left off. Our main sources of information for the Gnostic religion are the so-called Nag Hammadi codices, written in Coptic. These were unearthed in 1945 near the town of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt. The texts literally begin where the Dead Sea Scrolls end. Their discovery is considered equally significant as the Dead Sea Scrolls themselves, bringing to light a long-hidden wealth of information and insights into early Judaism and the roots of Christianity. Furthermore, these writings clearly show that the Gnostic religion was not only a force that interacted with early Christianity and Judaism in their formative periods, but also a significant religious movement in its own right.

Empire Online This link opens in a new window
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Empire Online brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences. The materials span across the last five centuries and are accompanied by a host of secondary learning resources including scholarly essays, maps and an interactive chronology. Empire Online is a powerful and interactive collection of primary source documents, sourced from leading archives around the world. This project has been developed to encourage undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society. Material in the collection spans five centuries, charting the story of the rise and fall of empires; from the explorations of Columbus, Captain Cook, and others, right through to de-colonisation in the second half of the twentieth century and debates over American Imperialism. Material in Empire Online has been sourced from a wide range of reputable institutions, with a particularly strong core of documents and images from the British Library. There is a good balance between highly indexed manuscript and full text printed material, with a broad range of document types; written by women and men from the European and non-European perspective. By its very nature, Empire Studies is a global subject. In our selection of material we have endeavoured to cover all continents and did not feel it appropriate to focus on the British Empire in isolation. Thus, there are a number of documents and secondary resources which relate the story of the Empire from the French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German points of view, as well as that of indigenous peoples from Africa, India and North America.
Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (EIMA) This link opens in a new window
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Collection of primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. Core US and UK trade and mass market consumer magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theatre are included in the wide-ranging portfolio.
Gender: Identity and Social Change This link opens in a new window
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Gender: Identity and Social Change contains essential primary sources documenting the changing representations and lived experiences of gender roles and relations from the nineteenth century to the present. This expansive collection offers sources for the study of women's suffrage, the feminist movement, the mens movement, employment, education, the body, the family, and government and politics. Gender: Identity and Social Change includes primary sources for the study of gender history, womens suffrage, the feminist movement and the mens movement. Other key areas represented in the material include: employment and labour, education, government and legislation, the body, domesticity and the family. Explore records from mens and womens organisations and pressure groups, detailing twentieth-century lobbying and activism on a wide array of issues to reveal developing gender relations and prevalent challenges. Gain an insight into changing societal expectations about gender roles through pamphlets, speeches, newsletters, newspaper clippings and more, and explore the life and careers of key figures and pioneers in gender history through personal diaries and correspondence. Also featured is a rich selection of visual material, including photographs, illustrations, posters, scrapbooks and objects. Material has been sourced from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The earliest documents are from the nineteenth century and the latest from the early twenty-first century.
Klemperer online : Tagebcher 1918-1959 This link opens in a new window
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The database covers the entire four-decade period (from 1918 to 1959) in which Klemperer kept his diaries. Klemperer, who primarily identified as "German," was the son of a reform rabbi and converted to Protestantism in 1912. For the Nazis, however, he remained a Jew and was persecuted as such. His careful observations and analyses from the Weimar Republic, the National Socialist era, and the German Democratic Republic illuminate what it meant to live under these three regimes. As the Nazis rose to power, he adopted the role of a "cultural historian of the catastrophe," documenting the ongoing withdrawal of rights from Jews. These observations are accompanied by a minute account of his day-to-day life under National Socialism. His post-1945 diaries testify to a desire for a radical new beginning - both for himself and for Germany. Though less well known than his other diaries and until now never published in full, these provide significant insights into the divided post-war Germany and early East Germany, as well as Klemperer's engagement with Communism and Zionism.
Library Stack This link opens in a new window
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Library Stack is an archive and lending library for new digital projects across visual art, design, architecture, film and theory. Library Stack works directly with artists and publishers, and many items are openly available.
Music Online : Classical Scores Library This link opens in a new window
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Music Online: Classical Scores Libraryis a reliable and authoritative destination for in-copyright digital scores of the classical canon, as well as a resource for the discovery of diverse and lesser-known contemporary works. This large five-volume digital collection encompasses all major classical musical genres and time periods from the Middle Ages to the 21st century and includes full, study, piano, and vocal scores. Classical Scores Librarys extensive collection of scores enhanced by powerful educational platform tools supports the teaching and learning of music history, performance, composition, and theory for todays music scholars. Music Online: Classical Scores Library meets music students and facultys diverse needs for digital scores in one destination with more than 57,000 titles and 1.4 million pages of the most important scores in classical music from a wide range of genres and time periods. The collection offers works from more than 4,600 classic and contemporary composers from traditionally studied composers such as Mozart and Tchaikovsky to contemporary artists including Kaija Saariaho, Peter Maxwell-Davies, and John Tavener. Classical Scores Librarys wide range of genres and time periods means that users dont need to search multiple resources to find the scores they need saving valuable time. Detailed semantic indexing allows quick discovery via search or browse by title, genre, instrument, people, publisher, time period, or composer.. More information available via the ProQuest LibGuide for Music Online: Classical Scores Library.
Oberon Books Collection (Drama Online) This link opens in a new window
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Eventually encompassing 900 (individually indexed) titles from a key publisher of plays and books on theatre practice and theory and accessible through Drama Online. In additional to canonical texts, the portfolio incorporates an unparalleled range of new and diverse writing from the contemporary era.
Paris Peace Conference and Beyond, 1919-1939 This link opens in a new window
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The Paris Peace Conference was a meeting of Allied diplomats that took place in the aftermath of the First World War. Its purpose was to impose peace terms on the vanquished Central Powers and establish a new international order. This collection contains archival material relating to this tumultuous period in European and world history. The documents cover the treaties of Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Trianon, Svres, Lausanne, and Locarno, as well as the foundation of the League of Nations. Together, these treaties severely curtailed German power and influence, redrew national boundaries in Europe and the Middle East, and led to the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. Most of the files, including FO 608 (Foreign Office: Peace Conference; British Delegation, Correspondence and Papers), are drawn from the UK National Archives, while the British Library provided the personal papers of Lord Robert Cecil and Sir Arthur Balfour.
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This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
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During the Second World War, the Nazi state was responsible for the systematic enslavement and extermination of millions of Jews. Other groups, such as Russian prisoners of war, Slavs, Sinti and Romani, homosexuals, the disabled, and political opponents of the regime were also targeted. After Germanys surrender, Allied forces established a series of military tribunals, known as the Nuremberg Trials, to bring the architects and perpetrators of these crimes to justice. Drawn from The National Archives (UK) and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this collection contains a wealth of information regarding the British government's efforts to investigate and prosecute Nazi crimes during the period 1944-1949. The evidence gathered sheds light on almost every aspect of the Holocaust, from the concentration camp system to the mass murder of the incurably sick in psychiatric hospitals. More importantly, it gives a voice to the victims of these atrocities, many of whom testified about their experiences immediately after the war. The files include materials from the WO 309 (War Office: Judge Advocate General's Office; British Army of the Rhine War Crimes Group), WO 311 (War Office: Judge Advocate General's Office; Military Deputy's Department), and WO 235 (War Office: Judge Advocate General's Office; War Crimes Case Files) series.
RetroNews This link opens in a new window
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RtroNews (1631-1951) is the platform of the French national library (Bibliothque nationale de France) housing digitised historical printed press materials and offers a vast online archive of French and francophone periodicals. The collection features over 2000 newspapers, journals, magazines and reviews published over three centuries, including both important dailies - Le Petit Parisien, Le Journal, Le Matin - but also a variety of periodicals across the political spectrum, together with regional publications and satirical magazines. Full title listings are readily available. The collection is dynamic, increasing monthly to provide a large plurality of sources covering all of France, including its former territories, from the first newspapers up until the 20th century.
Rolling Stone Archive and Magazine This link opens in a new window
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The backfile of Rolling Stone covers the magazine from its launch in 1967 to the present. One of the most influential consumer magazines of the 20th and 21st centuries, it initially sought to reflect the cultural, social and political outlook of a generation of students and young adults. It soon became a leading vehicle for rock and popular music journalism, shaping and chronicling new trends and movements. Also notable for its commitment to reporting on controversial topics that were largely absent from mainstream media, Rolling Stone was closely identified with a multifaceted 1960s-70s counterculture. Major journalists and authors have contributed including Hunter S. Thompson, Patti Smith and Tom Wolfe. From the 1980s, coverage expanded to encompass more entertainment topics, such as film and television, making it a leading resource for contemporary reporting and reviews pertaining to wider popular culture. This period also saw the successful serialization of Wolfes The Bonfire of the Vanities and the publication of one of the first national magazine features to address AIDS. The archive supports research in 20th and 21st century history, politics, music, cultural studies, media studies, sociology and more.
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) This link opens in a new window
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Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) was founded in 1830. The learned Society promotes the advancement of geographical science in all its aspects. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) – Part I includes content in the date ranges of 1485 through 1899, and Part II includes content in the date ranges of 1900 through 1983. The Society’s archive contains vast collections of documents, maps, photographs, expedition reports, manuscript materials and books, and span 500 years of geography, travel and exploration. The RGS holds one of the largest private map collections in the world. It includes one million sheets of maps and charts, 3000 atlases, 40 globes (as gores or mounted on stands) and 1000 gazetteers. The earliest printed cartographic item dates back to 1485. Since its founding, the RGS-IBG has served as an information exchange for geographers and geography. The Society’s extensive map collection has been continuously developed from its foundation in 1830 and accessible to all users from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Historically, as today, the Society sponsored and supported expeditions and fieldwork; in the past it has loaned survey and photographic equipment to explorers and published early guidance on how to conduct expeditions and gather data. The geographical information compiled and gathered by Society-backed fieldwork and exploration covering over almost 200 years has made a monumental impact. Today, collections material from the RGS enables contemporary researchers to critically re-assess and re-evaluate these contributions to our understanding of the world.
The Making of the Modern World This link opens in a new window
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The Making of the Modern Worldis an extraordinary series which covers the history of Western trade, encompassing the coal, iron, and steel industries, the railway industry, the cotton industry, banking and finance, and the emergence of the modern corporation. It is also strong in the rise of the modern labor movement, the evolving status of slavery, the condition and making of the working class, colonization, the Atlantic world, Latin American/Caribbean studies, social history, gender, and the economic theories that championed and challenged capitalism in the nineteenth century. In addition, the archive offers resources on the role of finance and taxation and the growth of the early modern monarchy. It features essential texts covering the function of financial institutions, the crisis of the French monarchy and the French Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century, and the connection between the democratic goals of revolutionaries and their legal aspirations. The majority of the material within The Making of the Modern World was collected by one man, Herbert Foxwell (1849-1936), a preeminent British economist and one of the most important collectors of economics literature. His two main collections form the nucleus of two of the greatest economics libraries in the world, Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature (Senate House, University of London) and Kress Library of Business and Economics (Harvard University), and the basis of this digital series.
World news in Indian newspapers, 1782-1908 This link opens in a new window
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Part of our wide-ranging Power and Preachers series, this collection contains copies of three English language newspapers published in India during the period 1782-1908: The India Gazette (1782-1834); The Bengal Hurkaru and Chronicle (1822-1866); and The Bengal Times (1876-1908). These newspapers were primarily sold to colonial businessmen, merchants, and administrators with an interest in regional and international trade. Editors and reporters therefore focussed on providing readers with an overview of significant political, military, economic, scientific, and societal trends, as well as their potential impact on stocks, commodities, and other investments. Subjects covered range from the American Revolution and the Crimean War to British parliamentary debates on the India Act of 1858 and the dramatic industrial and pharmaceutical breakthroughs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. India, England, France, Ireland, Italy, the United States, and China receive the most attention, though items regarding other nations also feature.
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