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In the last blog entry I wrote I briefly mentioned the 15 electronic resources Connected Histories accesses via its searches, and here I will give a little more detail on each so you know what to expect when using the website.
British History Online
British History Online is a digital library which contains more than 1000 primary and secondary sources from Medieval through to Modern periods in Britain, though Connected Histories only makes use of the primary materials from the 1500-1900 period it covers. British History Online was created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust with the view to support users from both academic and more personal backgrounds. The good news, then, is that the vast majority of these materials are freely accessible to everybody, with only a few resources requiring subscription. British History Online is particularly rich in local history, as well as legal and diplomatic sources, however there is relatively little on social or cultural history
British Museum Images
The British Museum database houses over two-million digitized objects, of which Connected Histories accesses images of both works on paper and objects related to British history between 1500-1900. Particularly interesting are the collections’ range of maps of London as well as examples of the works of Turner, Hogarth and Blake. Full free online access has been available to the public since 2007 and is constantly growing, as the digital capture of the collection continues.
British Newspapers, 1600-1900
British Newspapers brings together two collections of newspapers: The 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection and British Newspapers 1800-1900, with the result of over four-million pages of newspaper articles. The earlier collection consists of mainly articles from London, however the latter contains newspapers from a wider national level as well as a small number of papers from Scotland, Ireland and elsewhere in Europe. Although there are some missing copies, British Newspapers represents the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media.
Cause Papers in the Diocesan Courts of the Archbishopric of York, 1300-1858
The Cause Papers is a searchable archive listing more than 14,000 cause papers listing disputes over matrimony, defamation, tithes, probate, breach of faith by the clergy and church rights. The material provides excellent information on not only ecclesiastical history, but also social, economic and legal history as well as a rich collection of personal and place name data. Usefully, spelling variants for place names and surnames and searchable under the standard forms for ease of use.
Charles Booth Archive
The Charles Booth Online Archive gives access to archive material from the Booth collection at the London School of Economics Archives and the Senate House Library. The Booth collection at LSE Archives contains the original records from Booth’s survey into life and labour in London, dating from 1886 to 1903. Including 450 original survey notebooks, the resource contains some 7000 individual documents, primarily concerning metropolitan London. The 450 notebooks are particularly interesting, containing interviews with individuals which were never published in the survey volumes for reasons of privacy.
Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835
Established in 1999 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Clergy of the Church of England Database enables the searching of principle records of clerical careers from the Reformation through to the nineteenth century, using over 50 English and Welsh archives. The CCEd is thus a comprehensive resource detailing the recorded professional lives of all clergymen during this period. Given the prominence of the Church throughout the Early Modern period, the sources available are extremely far reaching. Access is free and so it is an invaluable resource for both academic and amateur historians.
Convict Transportation Registers Database
A project of the State Library of Queensland, this database provides universal online access to the British Home Office records which are otherwise held on microfilm in the UK National Archives. Details of over 123,000 of the estimated 160,000 convicts deported to Australia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries can be found, including their names, year of exile, details of the trial amongst other information. The Convict Transportation Registers Database is an invaluable resource for those interested in law and crime and it can be used to great effect alongside London Lives and the Old Bailey Proceedings Online.
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
The HCPP houses over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, as well as supplementary material dating back to 1688, however Connected Histories has access to papers only up until 1900, to fit in with its purpose. Usefully, the full text of each paper is further searchable and documents presented in an original language which isn’t English, for example French or Italian, are accompanied with an English translation, which makes its use to Connected Histories invaluable. People learning about the British Empire will be particularly impressed by the HCPP, as it contains a vast amount of material concerning colonial administration and foreign policy.
John Foxe’s The Acts and Monuments Online
Only recently finished in 2011, John Foxe’s The Acts and Monuments Online is a searchable framework for the four editions of the Acts and Monuments which were written under Foxe’s guidance during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The four editions, published in 1563, 1570, 1576 and 1583, were intended as an ecclesiastical history and martyrology, presenting a revised history of Britain and Europe through Protestant eyes. Being online, TAMO offers, for the first time, a comparison of the four editions, allowing the varied differences to be understood more clearly. Easy to navigate, TAMO can be used as both an instrument of scholarship and a tool for anybody interested in this fascinating body of work.
John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera
This collection of images provides access to more than 67,000 items selected from the Bodleian library of Oxford University and it is widely hailed as the post significant single collection of ephemera in the UK. The broad categories of images include; Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising. The resulting online collection provides an invaluable resource for researchers interested in the histories of consumption, leisure, gender and popular culture, amongst other social histories. Unfortunately, due to copyrights, some items in the collection have not been digitized, and access to the collection is available via subscription only.
John Strype’s Survey of London Online
Produced by the Stuart London project also initiated by the Humanities Research Institute, John Strype’s Survey of London is a fully searchable, online version of the book of the same name published in 1720. This itself was based upon the two-volume survey of London produced in 1598 by John Stow, which gives copious information on the city, its customs, monuments, and institutions. Strype’s version extends this, covering new suburbs and new events such as the Great Fire, the creation and workings of the Bank of England and public health, all of which has been made available for free online.
London Lives 1690-1800
London Lives is a fully searchable, digitized archive of primary sources about 18th Century London, primarily focussing upon Plebarian Londoners and so it is particularly useful for researching ‘ordinary’ and non-elite people. Its access to historical records provides over three and a half million name instances, and users have the facility to link together the records of an individual, creating a bibliography or ‘a life’. London Lives provides access to the largest body of transcribed manuscripts ever created, which have an accuracy rate of well over 99% which is more than sufficient for those with an interest in history.
Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets