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Art, Architecture and Design; British and Commonwealth History
"The approximately ten thousand cartoons in the British Cartoon Collection at the Library of Congress were published primarily between 1780 to 1830, an era dominated by the prodigious talents and prolific efforts of such famous caricaturists as James Gillray and George Cruikshank. The cartoons highlight aspects of British political life, including tensions with its colonies and other nations, as well as society, fashion, manners, and theater. Currently descriptions for about twenty-five per cent of the British Cartoon Collection are available online. A portion of the online records are accompanied by digital images--generally those for which reproductions have been requested."
Database topics
British and Commonwealth History
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
Database topics
British and Commonwealth History; Ancient Greek and Roman Culture; Medieval Studies
"Mission statement: to bring the wealth of Irish literary and historical culture (in Irish, Latin, Anglo-Norman French, and English) to the Internet in a rigorously scholarly project that is, at the same time, user-friendly for the widest possible range of readers and researchers ... texts are presented in immediately usable form and accompanied by introductions, translations (where possible and necessary), and scholarly bibliographies. Images will be an integral part of text presentation"--About us page.
Database topics
Religious Studies; British and Commonwealth History
A database documenting the careers of all Church of England clergymen between 1540 and 1835. This website not only gives access to the Database, but also provides a range of supporting materials about the Church and its clergy.
Database topics
African Studies; British and Commonwealth History
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1 online resource
  • Contents as of January 29, 2016: Basutoland (Lesotho), 1926-1946
  • Cape of Good Hope, 1821-1909
  • Gambia, 1828-1945
  • Gold Coast, 1846-1939
  • Kenya, 1901-1946
  • Nigeria, 1862-1945
  • Northern Rhodesia, 1924-1948
  • Nyasaland, 1904-1938
  • Sierra Leone, 1824-1943
  • Southern Rhodesia, 1906-1953
  • Tanganyika, 1921-1948
  • Uganda, 1901-1945
  • Zanzibar, 1913-1947.
Digitized copies of some of the standardized annual Blue Books submitted by British colonial administrators in Africa to the British Colonial Office and containing statistics about the colony.
"The Blue Book was a key item of considerable standing in 19th century colonial administration, Colonial Regulations of the time state that: "The Annual Blue Book containing accounts of the Civil Establishment, of the Colonial Revenue and Expenditure and of various statistical particulars etc. must be completed as early as possible after the close of each year. The various returns which it comprises must be filled up with the greatest possible accuracy and the Statistical Tables must be full and complete, blank copies of the book in sheets will be annually transmitted to each Colony from the Colonial Office". The bare statistical material which the Blue Book provided was somewhat daunting, and the annual report was intended to present in a readable form the gist of the information which the book contained. The directions given in the Colonial Regulations referred to above to colonial governors as to the compilation of the annual report were somewhat terse: "The Governor, in transmitting the 'Blue Book' to this Department, must accompany it with a report which should be written on one side of the paper only, exhibiting generally the past and present state of the Colony and its prospects under the several heads specified in the Book ..." Not all governors, however, provided reports of the required standard, In 1887 governors were informed that, whereas hitherto it had been the practice to wait until a sufficient number of reports had been received, to form a volume, it was now proposed to publish reports separately as they arrived, but, it was added, "It has been decided only to publish the more interesting and important Reports, ..because in some cases the Reports contain too little to be worth producing separately". With the quality of the Annual Reports so variable, the more rigorously standardised Blue Books gain an increased significance through their increased level of, though certainly not absolute, reliability. In May, 1904 the Foreign Office decided that something must be done about the annual reports "to put the condition of our Protectorates more clearly before the House and the Public". The Indian "small Blue Book" was examined as a possible model and rejected as too detailed; in any case it was felt that it would "be preferable for our Protectorates, which must before long be handed over to the Colonial Office, to follow Colonial, rather than Indian, models. We have already in working order the annual Blue Book. All we do now is to assimilate our annual reports to the Colonial Report on the Blue Book. The Blue Book remains in manuscript. But the Colonial Office experience is the publication of the report on the Blue Book induces those people who genuinely desire information to go to the Office and consult the manuscript volume which is there open for such inspection. It is this system which we thought of introducing as otherwise we find that the information contained in the Blue Book is not made use of to its fullest extent." The Annual Reports, currently available on microfilm, do assist with the interpretation of the data in the Blue Books; however, data such as income and expenditure can be analysed and comparisons between countries can be made, through use of these books alone. This collection is a digital extraction from our existing microfilm series, Government publications relating to African countries prior to independence."--Collection metadata page.
With a particular focus on the latter nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the focus of these Blue Books is upon economic development; imports, exports and each territory's balance sheets are a recurring theme throughout. Ecclesiastical records, public works and population statistics are also common themes. The enforcement of the Blue Book structure upon various territories has resulted in some degree of standardisation where administrations were compliant. Analysis of the data within these documents and the different emphases as governments changed, reveals patterns of social change during a period for which limited other records are available.
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British and Commonwealth History; Government Information: International and Foreign; Islam and the Middle East; Jewish Studies; Religious Studies
The collection covers Middle Eastern history from 1812-1958; countries included are: Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan, Persia, Suez Canal, Turkey, Jordan, Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Syria. The series originated out of a need for the British 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 circulated to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet, and to heads of British missions abroad.

8. East India Company [2017 - ]

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Asian Studies (East, South & Southeast Asia; Middle East); British and Commonwealth History; Economics and Business; History; Government Information: International and Foreign
Journal/Periodical
1 online resource
  • Module 1: Trade, Governance and Empire, 1600-1947
  • Module 2: Factory Records for South Asia and South-East Asia
  • Module 3: Factory Records for China, Japan and the Middle East.
Offers access to a unique collection of India Office Records from the British Library, London. Containing royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings and reports of expeditions, among other document types, this resource charts the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1600 to 1947.

9. The Economist [1843 - ]

Database topics
Economics and Business; News; British and Commonwealth History
Journal/Periodical
v. 33 cm.
Green Library, SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving), SAL3 (off-campus storage)
Database topics
British and Commonwealth History; Language; British and Commonwealth Literary Studies; General and Reference Works
Journal/Periodical
CD-ROMs : col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 operation manual (1 v. (loose leaf) ; 30 cm.)
CD-ROM version of the Index to English literary periodicals, 1681-1914, designed to work with the microfilm collection, English literary periodicals series. Features include keyword and title searching as well as the ability to print selected references.
Database topics
British and Commonwealth History; British and Commonwealth Literary Studies; French and Italian Studies
"These accounts of the English abroad, c1550-1850, highlight the influence of continental travel on British art, architecture, urban planning, literature and philosophy. This collection of manuscript, visual and printed works allows scholars to compare a range of sources on the history of travel for the first time, including many from private or neglected collections. We include letters; diaries and journals; account books; printed guidebooks; published travel writing; paintings and sketches; architectural drawings and maps. The Grand Tour is a wonderful source of information about daily life in the eighteenth century, highlighting such everyday issues as transportation, money, communications, food and drink, health and sex. The material also covers European political and religious life, British diplomacy; life at court, and social customs on the Continent, and is an invaluable resource for the study of Europe's urban spaces. There is a wealth of detail about cities such as Paris, Rome, Florence and Geneva, including written accounts and visual representations of street life, architecture and urban planning."--About page.
Database topics
British and Commonwealth History; Government Information: International and Foreign; Law
Journal/Periodical
1 online resource
"The Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada portal provides a centralized, streamlined means of accessing historical debates of the Senate and House of Commons, in both official languages. The Senate and House of Commons Debates, commonly known as the Debates, or Hansard, contain the transcribed, edited and corrected record of full deliberations of both Houses of Parliament ... This portal includes reconstituted debates, which represent debates for the years prior to the adoption of official reporting. These reconstituted debates are an unofficial version of the debates, drawn from newspaper reports of the day. Finally, the portal also includes translated debates for the Senate of Canada, which began its official report in English only. All of the reconstituted and translated content can be identified in the records"--About page.

13. The Illustrated London news [1842 - 2003]

Database topics
News; British and Commonwealth History; British and Commonwealth Literary Studies
Journal/Periodical
v. ill. (part col.), ports. 38-43 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)

15. The Listener [1929 - 1991]

Database topics
British and Commonwealth History; British and Commonwealth Literary Studies; Communication and Journalism; Film and Media Studies
Journal/Periodical
v.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)

16. The London gazette [1665 - ]

Database topics
Political Science; British and Commonwealth History; News
Journal/Periodical
v. 29-31 cm.
Green Library
Database topics
General and Reference Works; British and Commonwealth History
Online bibliography of published material relating to the history of the Greater London area. Core data for the project has been taken from Heather Creaton's bibliographies of London history and coverage is being extended to the present day.
Database topics
British and Commonwealth History; Germanic Studies; French and Italian Studies; Language; American History; Economics and Business; Government Information: International and Foreign; Government Information: United States
  • Part 1. The Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature, 1450-1850
  • Part II. 1851-1914
  • Part III.1890-1945.
Digital facsimiles of literature on economics and business published from the last half of the 15th century to the mid-19th century from the collections of the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London, England, and the Kress Collection of Business and Economics at the Harvard Business School; with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University, and from Sterling Library at Yale University. Collection contains materials on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport; documents the dynamics of Western trade and wealth; focuses on economics interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, history, sociology; special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing. Includes facsimiles of rare books and primary source materials such as political pamphlets and broadsides, government publications, proclamations, and a wide range of ephemera.
Database topics
British and Commonwealth History; General and Reference Works
Journal/Periodical
v. ; 25 cm.
Index with coverage from 1906 to 1980.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving), SAL3 (off-campus storage)
Database topics
History; American History; African Studies; British and Commonwealth History
Journal/Periodical
1 online resource.
Offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on the transnational interconnections between Europe, North America, South America, and Africa, particularly in the early modern and colonial period. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable. Contains a "My OBO" function that allows users to create personalized bibliographies of individual citations from different bibliographies.