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Award-winning primary source collections for teaching and research.

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    Frontier Life
    Through a large array of unique documents, this multi-archive collection captures the lives, experiences and colonial encounters of people living at the edges of the Anglophone world from 1650-1920. It ranges across the various colonial frontiers of North America before touching on the settlers of Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
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    Gender: Identity and Social Change
    19th to 21st centuries

    Explore the changing representations and lived experiences of gender roles and relations.

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    Global Commodities
    17th-20th century

    Discover the histories of fifteen key commodities that changed the world through a wide range of manuscript sources, rare books, maps, advertising memorabilia, paintings, photographs and ephemera. Explore themes of exploration and discovery; imperialism and attempts at monopoly, trade Wars, translocation and economic geography, slavery, mass production, luxury, taste and the evolution of global branding.

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    India, Raj and Empire
    17th-19th century
    The National Library of Scotland has wonderful collections documenting this history from the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 to the granting of independence for India and Pakistan in 1947. They are made available online through this collection.
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    Interwar Culture

    From entertainment and technology to relationships and current affairs, explore everyday life and society on both sides of the Atlantic through popular and lesser-known periodicals.

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    J Walter Thompson: Advertising America

    The online version of the J Walter Thompson Company archive - the single most complete and informative corporate record of the history of modern advertising. It includes the account files of some of the world’s biggest brands, such as Kraft, Kodak, Oscar Mayer and Pan Am.

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    Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954
    17th and 20th century
    Material is sourced from the American Jewish Historical Society, New York. It contains primary sources on the history of Jewish immigration to the United States, life and culture among the Jewish population there, and records of business and trade from Jewish-owned companies.
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    Leisure Travel and Mass Culture
    Primary sources on the history of tourism. Bringing together collections from multiple archives, including Thomas Cook, this resource presents an untapped multi-national perspective on the evolution of affordable tourism around the world.
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    Life at Sea: Seafaring in the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1600-1900

    Explore three centuries of life at sea through the individual histories of ships’ crews during the Age of Sail and into the era of steam.

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    Literary Manuscripts Berg
    19th century
    The Berg Collection is recognised as one of the finest literary research collections in the world, and the Victorian holdings are the undisputed jewel in its crown. This collection makes them available online, and includes unpublished poems, working notebooks, holograph manuscripts and drawings that trace the inspiration and genesis behind the period’s greatest works.
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    Literary Manuscripts Leeds
    17th - 18th centuries
    Materials include 17th and 18th century poetry from the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.
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    Literary Print Culture

    The digital version of the Stationers' Company Archives, London. Explore the history of printing, publishing and bookselling dating from 1554 to the 20th century. Includes a complete run of the Stationers' Register, an essential resource for book history and a record publications prior to 1927.

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    Literary Studies
    18th and 19th centuries
    Literary manuscripts, rare printed works, and personal papers of a range of leading literary figures, as well as rare and obscure literary texts and genres. This collection covers both British and US Literature.
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    London Low Life
    19th century
    From salacious ‘swell’s guides’ to scandalous broadsides and subversive posters, the material sold and exchanged on London’s bustling thoroughfares offers an unparalleled insight into the dark underworld of the Victorian city.
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    Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963
    Mid-20th century

    This digital collection casts new light on Britain's relationship with the EEC, Anglo-American ties, the Cold War, Decolonisation, and issues of public and political morality.

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    Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965

    Delve into the pseudo-psychological world behind the advertising of some of America’s biggest brands. What motivates women and men to buy and how can knowing that be used to sell?

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    Mass Observation Online

    The Archive of Mass-Observation, a pioneering social research organisation, has been described as a "treasure trove", "an invaluable resource for sociologists and cultural historians" and "a fascinating source of precious data for researchers across the widest range of disciplines". Mass Observation Online makes the Mass Observation Archive available to researchers in its entirety, included diaries, surveys and questionnaires that reveal everyday life in Britain between the 1930s and 1960s.

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    Mass Observation Project

    Explore the history of Britain through three turbulent decades, written by those living through it.

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    Medical Services and Warfare

    Explore the history of illness, treatment and disease on international front lines from 1850 to 1949.

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    Medieval and Early Modern Studies
    12th to 18th centuries

    A huge range of primary sources covering social, cultural, political, scientific and religious perspectives, from the 12th to early 18th centuries.

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    Medieval Family Life

    Only five major letter collections exist from fifteenth century England and they are all available online for the first time in this digital resource.

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    Medieval Travel Writing
    The Middle Ages

    An extensive collection of manuscript materials for the study of medieval travel writing in fact and in fantasy.

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    Meiji Japan

    Manuscripts for the study of Meiji society, culture, ethnology and education from the papers of Edward Sylvester Morse (1838-1925).

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    Migration to New Worlds
    A selection of original documents that tell the story of European and Asian migration to North America, Australia and New Zealand during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Official records from governments, shipping lines and agencies are found alongside the letters, oral histories and diaries of the migrants themselves. The resource includes material on life for successive generations, refugees and displaced persons, and those who were transported as criminals.