Product Reviews

African American Communities

Reference Reviews, 2016

As Barbara Ehrenreich and others have often noted, the Civil Rights movement was more than the iconic leaders we regularly commemorate such as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Malcolm ......

American History, 1493-1945

Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty.

Visited Mar'15 - American History, 1493-1945 is a database for studying early to recent American history. Module 1 covers to 1859, while Module 2 extends coverage from 1860 to ......

American Indian Histories and Cultures

Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above.

Visited Dec'13 - American Indian Histories and Cultures (AIHC) provides access to a wealth of textual and visual materials drawn from the Edward E. Ayer Collection of Chicago'......

American Indian Histories and Cultures collection merits serious consideration as a research resource.

Visited June 2014 - American Indian Histories and Cultures (AIHC) makes available over 1,800 documents and document groups selected from the vast Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection of American ......

American West

Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty/researchers

The American West. Adam Matthew Digital. ISBN Contact publisher for pricing (based on Carnegie Classification and JISC); includes nominal hosting fee, payable every 5 years. Users will strike gold with ......

Highly recommended for academic, public, and special libraries serving American history researchers

This e-version of the Graff Collection of Western Americana contains over 300 original manuscripts; 120 zoomable maps; ephemera (trade cards, wanted posters, photos, claim certificates, and newssheets); printed sources (......

The American West provides a rare and fascinating insight into tales of frontier life

The American West has been awarded an 'Outstanding Academic Title' by Choice Magazine, America's leading academic review journal. One of just 40 electronic resources and 652 books selected, The ......

Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1980

Extraordinary collection available to students and scholars studying African history, apartheid, international relations, and global politics.

CONTENT: In its entirety, Apartheid South Africa (ASA) will make available British government files from the Colonial, Dominion, and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices spanning the period between 1948 and 1980. ......

China, America and the Pacific

Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above

Visited Apr'14 China, America and the Pacific provides core primary source text and image material from 13 major cultural heritage institutions in North America. Covering the 18th to ......

China: Culture and Society

Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.

China: Culture and Society. Adam Matthew. Contact publisher for pricing (based on Carnegie Classification and JISC); includes nominal hosting fee, payable every 5 years* [see Publisher's Note below]. Reviewed ......

Church Missionary Society Periodicals

The publications served the purpose of informing readers of mission activities, providing updates, instructing, and raising money in support of the missions

Church Missionary Society Periodicals illustrates Anglican evangelical missionary work from the 1800s to the twenty-first century through an online collection of the publications of the Church Missionary Society (CMS), ......

Excellent resource for research and teaching.

The missionary archive is vast and scattered. Missionaries were prolific writers, and the libraries of universities across the country hold collections of numerous mission organisations' newsletters, personal papers and official ......

Colonial America

Remarkable, multilayered product

When completed, Colonial America will offer all 1,450 volumes of the CO5 series (records of the British Colonial Office, class 5) from the National Archives, UK, spanning 1606 to ......

This unique scholarly resource is suitable for academic institutions that support researchers working in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American history.

This specialized academic database collects the 1450 volumes of the "CO 5" collection from the National Archives in the UK, covering the period 1606 to 1822. "CO 5" consists of ......

This database is a superb addition to any research collection.

Colonial America, a primary source database from Adam Matthew, features the entire archive of documents from the agencies that oversaw the British colonies in North America and the ......
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Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966

Recommended. Research libraries with an extensive Africana collection; lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty

This archive is a compilation of "Confidential Print"--significant documents issued by and circulated within the British Foreign and Colonial Offices and among high officials concerning Africa (excluding Egypt) during ......

Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969

Libraries supporting upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty in history, political science, and economics; general readers

Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969. Adam Matthew. ISBN Contact publisher for pricing (based on Carnegie Classification and JISC); includes nominal hosting fee, payable annually. This latest offering in ......

The broad range of items in the collection coupled with the clear, high resolution scans of the documents make Confidential Print a very user-friendly product that will appeal to scholars and students alike

The following excerpts are reproduced from Reference Reviews 27.6 item RR 2013/243. "The broad range of items in the collection coupled with the clear, high resolution ......

East India Company

Highly recommended. Undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers.

Visited Mar'17 - An interactive time line-a particularly helpful feature for novice users-not only provides rich historical context but also links to pertinent documents. Under the Documents tab, ......

Eighteenth Century Drama

Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and Stage is an extensive collection of primary performance documents that solidify historical, societal, and recreational themes in the world of early theatre production in England

At a time when primary sources are providing significant value to scholarly studies, Adam Matthew Digital continues to digitize fragile and valuable documents. Adding to its 2016 databases is Eighteenth ......

Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners. ...

I strongly recommend this database for all academic libraries that serve theatre and history departments with courses that focus on any aspect of public or personal life in eighteenth-century English-speaking societies

RR 2017/232Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the Stage, Adam Matthew Digital, Marlborough, 2016. Last visited May 2017. Review summary: This very specialized database contains unique content that is ......

Everyday Life and Women in America, c1800-1920

Highly recommended. Upper division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

Everyday Life and Women in America. Adam Matthew Digital. ISBN Contact publisher for pricing (based on Carnegie Classification and JISC); includes nominal hosting fee, payable every 5 years. A collaboration ......

Foreign Office Files for Japan, 1919-1952

A valuable tool for exploring the British Government’s fraught relationship with its Japanese counterpart

Date reviewed: 2017. In 1919, following the Treaty of Versailles that concluded World War I, Great Britain and Japan were close allies, though their relationship was fraying. By 1952, the ......

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981

It is a very unique primary resource tool that will be especially useful for serious scholars and teachers

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East 1971-1974 brings together files from the UK Foreign Office, Prime Minister's Office, and the Ministry of Defence and makes them available ......

The functionality of the interface is od tn par with other digitized document archives, and the collection can easily be browsed and searched

Visited Sep'16 - This first module-focused on the Arab-Israeli war and the early 1970s, to be supplemented by two additional modules covering the Lebanese Civil War, Camp David ......

Frontier Life

Highly Recommended

Frontier is a term that ignites ideas of adventure, exploration, and going where no man has gone before. Through a collection of original documents, Adam Matthew has developed Frontier Life: ......

Recommended. Undergraduates through researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners.

Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates through researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners. Read the full review here. ...

Global Commodities

Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above.

Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Exchange. Adam Matthew. ISBN Contact publisher for pricing (based on Carnegie Classification and JISC); includes nominal hosting fee. payable annually. URL: http://www.......

India Raj and Empire

Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.

The India, Raj and Empire database is an extremely valuable resource for scholars and students of South Asian history/studies. It focuses on the manuscript collections of the National Library ......

Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954

Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.

CONTENT Jewish Life in America c1654-1954 is a digital archive of original manuscript materials from the holdings of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) in New York. Materials to ......

Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars; knowledgeable general readers.

Jewish Life in America is a rich collection of archival materials and primary sources documenting the history of Jewish settlement and life in the US from colonial times through the ......

Leisure, Travel and Mass Culture

Suitable for historical research by high-school and college students and for scholarly research.

This resource is a multi-archive collection that explores the evolution of European and American working-class tourism from the mid-nineteenth to late twentieth centuries. Sources include the collections ......

Useful starting point for scholars interested in developing particular case studies within this history.

The History of Mass Tourism is a multi-archival, interactive, online resource, which allows students and researchers to trace the emergence of mass tourism in Britain and America, from the ......

This is highly recommended for academic libraries.

Adam Matthew Digital's History of Mass Tourism database has been described as a "scrapbook." Containing many scans of original source material, I would agree that this is an apt ......
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Literary Manuscripts Berg

Highly recommended. Undergraduates through advanced scholars.

CONTENT This is a unique collection of original (many holographic) Victorian manuscripts, rare printed materials (including early editions annotated by authors themselves), literary drafts, correspondence, unpublished poems, diaries, working notebooks, ......

Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above.

This database features the original manuscripts of 15 Victorian authors--Matthew Arnold, Emily Bronte (along with material on the other Brontes), Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Wilkie Collins,,Joseph Conrad, ......

Literary Print Culture

Highly recommended. Graduate students through faculty.

While humanities and history scholars are the most likely users, Literary Print Culture: The Stationers’ Archive, 1554–2007 covers material in all disciplines wrote A. Haigh Widder for CC Advisor. ......

Indispensable for those interested in English history and the history of the book in Europe.

Visited Jan'18 - In partnership with Adam Matthew, London’s Stationers’ Company has made digitally available more than 400 years of its archival records, which are of indisputable value to ......

ARBA Online 2017

Date reviewed: 2017. This new database from Adam Matthew presents numerous types of documents from The Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers, which was first established in 1403 and ......

London Low Life

Engaging and timely resource

Metropolitan underworlds, where the illicit and illegal rub up against the grime and extreme poverty of those at the bottom of society, have always fascinated contemporaries and later audiences. This ......

Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general audience.

London Low Life is a digital collection of fiction, cartoons, maps, posters, ballads, advertisements, broadsides, and reform literature relevant to the social history of London from 1800 to 1910. The ......

Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965

A unique insight into the world of buying, selling, and advertising in pre- and post-war America

CONTENT Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965 contains complete market research reports from the Ernest Dichter collection at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE. These documents are ......

Highly recommended. Students at all levels; researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners

Visited Feb'15 - This appealing database provides cultural insights into the American consumer boom dating from the mid-1930s through the sixties, with a few items dating from the twenties. ......

Recommend this database to any library or individual interested in the historical aspects of consumer culture, motivations and materialism.

Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965, an Adam Matthew digital database, features valuable insight into people's purchasing behaviors and the impacts of marketing in the ......

Mass Observation Online

Mass Observation Online is a superb resource

The formation of Mass Observation, conceived as a programme for the scientific study of human social behaviour in Britain or, in other words, as an 'anthropology of ourselves', was publicly ......

A remarkable combination of superb content and effective delivery that will serve researchers at all levels

CONTENT Mass Observation Online (MOO) is derived from the Archive of Mass-­Observation, founded in 1937 by three Englishmen, "anthropologists, documentary film makers, and surrealist poets," aiming to create an "......

Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above.

Much of this mammoth archive, subtitled British Social History, 1937-1972, has been available for many years in paper and microfilm formats. Mass Observation, a British sociological and anthropological research ......
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Medical Services and Warfare

A unique collection of primary source materials in a resource full of interactive features that makes research into this somewhat grim field almost enjoyable.

This particular online resource brings together digitized primary source material from diaries, hospital records and logs, letters, and photos that outline the numerous medical advances that have come about as ......

Rich content on the evolution of medicine

This database provides rich content on the evolution of medicine within the setting of warfare, from the middle of the nineteenth century to the late 1920s. As with its other ......

Medieval Family Life

MFL contains a treasure trove of significant primary source material that will inform the scholarship of all medieval researchers.

Content Medieval Family Life (MFL) is a collection of manuscripts from the fifteenth century. The collection, created from source material from the British Library, Chetham's Library, the National Archives, ......

Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.

This database brings together letters and documents from the four major 15th-century English family collections, along with a range of complementary resources. The families included represent different social groups, ......

Migration to New Worlds

Recommended. For serious upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

The Modern Era does a great job creating an online archives experience that comes close to recreating the experience scholars have when traveling to physical libraries and special collections. Students ......

Perdita Manuscripts, 1500-1700

Recommended. Graduate students and faculty/researchers.

The Perdita Project, based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University, encompasses early modern British women authors who were "lost" because their writing exists only in manuscript form (......

Recommended for a wider audience than one might first think.

The Perdita Project was established in 1997 by the Nottingham Trent University. It is a microfilm collection of approximately 400 manuscripts created by women in the British Isles during the ......

Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

Recommend the database enthusiastically to public, academic, and special libraries serving serious American and British cultural and historical researchers.

CONTENT Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest (RRCPP) collects international archival materials. The database offers original manuscripts and typescripts; photo graphs; letters; pamphlets; advertisements; clippings; censorship documentation; leaflets; government ......

Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.

The content of this online collection of original archival material extends well beyond rock and roll, documenting youth culture, counterculture, and cultural change with pamphlets, letters, government files, fanzines, underground ......

Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900

Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900 will be a valuable resource.

Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900 gives access to an incredible collection of over 5,000 primary documents (pamphlets, books, advertisements, posters, ephemera, etc.) marketing medicines ......

Race Relations in America

Race Relations in America is a significant, well-curated, proprietary digital archive for scholars and students conducting research on civil rights.

The database provides several tools for teaching and research. Of particular note, it includes an interactive map to relate survey and studies documents to the dates and places across the ......

Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape

Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty.

Produced in partnership with the Wordsworth Trust, Romanticism focuses on primary and supplementary materials pertaining to William Wordsworth and other British Romantic literary figures such as Dorothy Wordsworth and Samuel ......

Shakespeare in Performance

Recommended for academic libraries.

Adam Matthew Digital's Shakespeare in Performance provides a useful resource for exploring how Shakespeare's works have been interpreted from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. The database uses ......

Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty; professionals/practitioners.

Few broad-range works like this exist, even in printed collections, and none offer global access to these often-fragile materials. Charles Shattuck's The Shakespeare Promptbooks: A Descriptive Catalogue (......

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice

Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007. Adam Matthew Digital. ISBN Contact publisher for pricing (based on Carnegie Classification and JISC); includes nominal hosting fee, payable every 5 years. Slavery, ......

Socialism on Film

Highly recommended. Undergraduates through professionals/practitioners

Geographically, most of the films offered here are from or about the former Soviet Union, although there are also a substantial number from Vietnam, China, Latin America, and the former ......

The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour represents a valuable and, what will surely prove to be a much-utilized, digital resource on this popular subject.

The Grand Tour was 'a phenomenon which shaped the creative and intellectual sensibilities of some of the eighteenth century's greatest artists, writers and thinkers'. So reads the opening paragraph ......

Recommended for comprehensive electronic collections, as well as for college and university libraries serving European historians

The Grand Tour is a collection of manuscripts, visuals, and printed works, including account books, architectural drawings, diaries, guidebooks, journals, letters, maps, paintings, and sketches detailing English men and women ......

Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above

The Grand Tour is an electronic gateway to a wide selection of literature, art, and in particular archival material useful in gaining a greater understanding of the grand tour--a ......

The Nixon Years, 1969-1974

Recommended. Academic libraries supporting upper-level undergraduates and above

Publisher Adam Matthew Digital, working with the UK's National Archives, has digitized the complete British Foreign and Commonwealth Office 7 and 82 files from the years of the Nixon ......

Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History

Essential for academic libraries supporting strong gender studies and history programs, and for large public libraries with extensive history collections

CONTENT Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History (TWSWH) is a digitized, full-color collection of correspondence, diaries, journals, manuscripts, photographs, postcards, and ephemera created by 19th- and 20th-century American ......

Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers

Adam Matthew Digital conjures up a dynamic digital collection of unique primary sources describing popular entertainment in the US, the UK, and Europe in the period from 1779 to 1930. ......

Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers

This database is an excellent resource for scholars and students of world history, tourism and travel history, and ethnic and cultural studies. Moreover, it would be a useful source for ......

Victorian Popular Culture

Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers

Adam Matthew Digital conjures up a dynamic digital collection of unique primary sources describing popular entertainment in the US, the UK, and Europe in the period from 1779 to 1930. ......

Victorian Popular Culture, which can be easily used by both novice readers and scholars, offers a very large slice of American and British history and culture

CONTENT Victorian Popular Culture (VPC) is a portal into digitized primary source materials on popular entertainment in North America, Britain, and Europe between 1779 and 1930. Material (most of which ......

Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above

The relaunch of Adam Matthew Digital's resource of English, British, and European popular entertainment from the 19th and early-20th centuries is as engaging as the material it presents. ......
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Virginia Company Archives

Highly recommended. Graduate students and above; interested upper-level undergraduates

Spanning 200 years of English colonial history, the Virginia Company Archives documents the Ferrar family's interest in the settling of North America (1590-1790) and the Virginia colony's ......

World's Fairs

Recommended for all libraries as a vital research tool for teachers and students of globalisation, imperialism, anthropology, mass communication and design

CONTENT This unique digital collection provides "researchers with full-color primary source material from hundreds of Fairs" spanning 1851-2015, using "official records, monographs, publicity, artwork and artifacts." Material is ......

World's Fairs is highly recommended due to its uniqueness, depth, scope, and quality of presentation

The World's Fairs archive is a delightful treasure trove of information dedicated to World Fairs and Expositions. World Fairs and Exhibitions were the impetus and stage for experimentation, innovation, ......

World's Fairs offer an interesting insight into modern history

World's Fairs offer an interesting insight into modern history. They serve as a snapshot of the times. This resource offers artwork, monographs, official documentation and records, publicity materials, and ......
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World's Fairs

Recommended for all libraries as a vital research tool for teachers and students of globalisation, imperialism, anthropology, mass communication and design

CONTENT This unique digital collection provides "researchers with full-color primary source material from hundreds of Fairs" spanning 1851-2015, using "official records, monographs, publicity, artwork and artifacts." Material is ......

World's Fairs is highly recommended due to its uniqueness, depth, scope, and quality of presentation

The World's Fairs archive is a delightful treasure trove of information dedicated to World Fairs and Expositions. World Fairs and Exhibitions were the impetus and stage for experimentation, innovation, ......

World's Fairs offer an interesting insight into modern history

World's Fairs offer an interesting insight into modern history. They serve as a snapshot of the times. This resource offers artwork, monographs, official documentation and records, publicity materials, and ......
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