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  2. The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature through the George A Smathers Library at the University of Florida (Gainesville) has a massive collection of British and US texts intended for children, primarily from the mid to late 19th century. They have digitized over 6,000 of them so far for public access.
  3. The Labadie collection emphasizes movements from below, primarily from the late 19th c. into recent decades. Originally specializing in anarchism, the collection has since obtained materials on student protests, the Spanish Civil War, freethinking and antitheism, pacifism, anti-colonialism, LGBT rights, civil rights, unionization, etc.
  4. The Newberry Library (Chicago) has 30,000+ pamphlets and 23,000+ issues of 180 periodicals published between 1780 and 1810 during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era, primarily from Paris but also including many from the French provinces. They have done extraordinary work digitizing these to Internet Archive, You can also search the physical catalog on VuFind. All pamphlets in this collection have individual catalog records. Call numbers begin with "Case FRC" and are followed by a number. You can search by author name or title, or browse by subject with the phrase “Pamphlets–France.” They are held in the Special Collections Reading Room.
  5. Brought to you by Standford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the free-access French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) contains over 14,000 images brought together from the Archives Parlementaires and the 1989 Images de la Revolution française. The database can be searched by date, event, artistic theme, and medium.
  6. The National Endowment for the Humanities has just launched a brand new website called "NEH For All." This is a detailed collection of all projects using NEH grants across the country demonstrating just how valuable this organization is for the humanities in the United States. It is well worth some time exploring the fascinating programs benefitting from these grants. The site allows you to search by state or by type of program. Go visit their site today to see how the NEH supports cultural programs in your state!
  7. Hello, Everyone, The semester is in full swing, and I am sure that like me you are extremely busy. I thought I would take a minute to talk about a recent assignment I assigned my students utilizing a digital humanities project. This is also a request for others to share their experiences using digital humanities to get students engaged in our fields. Briefly, I recently asked my students to use the Slave Voyages website. I assigned them a particular ship, which in this case was one that left from Boston, Massachusetts. They were then asked to compare and contrast this ship to others from roughly the same period answering the question "Was the voyage of the Neptune indicative of the slave trade as a whole?" This was intentionally open-ended to allow them to pursue their investigation in any way they saw fit. The results were pretty mixed. Many students felt that the assignment needed more structure, or they found the database confusing. Oftentimes, they became frustrated by the lack of information available. After some reflection, I think that this assignment is useful but requires a lot more preparatory work before setting students loose in the database. So, I am curious. Have any of you ever had an assignment that you thought would be really great, and it ended up not working out quite as well as you expected? I am curious to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
  8. Hello, Everyone! A friend of mine posted an article on Facebook the other day about obscure Medieval texts which have been translated and posted online as part of Stanford's Global Medieval Sourcebook. As I am teaching a section of History of Civilization to 1500 this semester it immediately caught my attention. What is really exciting about this project is its attempt to offer a global perspective. This first release has material from China to France. The images alone are fantastic! It is also a collaborative project that seeks to have scholars help supply context to the documents. If you are interested, check out the project here. Let me know what you think about this new resource in the comments below. We will be adding a full review of this new resource in the near future!
  9. I am going to call this a preliminary review because I visited very soon after the museum reopened after a multi-year £20 million renovation, and it was clear that there were still some kinks to figure out. The museum itself is essentially brand new, and if you are a military history buff absolutely worth a visit in itself. I am going to confine my comments to my interactions with the Templar Study Center, the archival portion of the museum. First, the staff at the Templar study center are extremely helpful even those who are volunteers. The primary archivist is intimately aware of the materials the museum holds, and I found him really open to my project and research. I was really pleased with every interaction with the employees here. Location: The museum is located right by the historic Chelsea Hospital for military veterans. It is about a 10-15 minute walk from Sloane Square Tube stop, and it is easily accessible via bus if you do not want to walk. The Templar Study Center is well lit, even though it is located in the basement of the building. There is a sky light that lets lots of light into the room. The seating is limited, so it would be best if you email ahead of time to reserve space. I got lucky and was able to just walk in, but I would not count on that in the future as more people become aware of the museum. What to Know: The online catalog is not very helpful. This is a military museum, and they do not have much mention of gender/sexuality. For example, I was looking through an officer's personal papers and discovered a trove of correspondence written by his wife. There was no mention of this in the archive's catalogs. The system for requesting documents is still a bit old-school. You have to fill out a separate request form for each document, which a volunteer will then go try to find. Despite being recently reopened, there are still a number of items that I requested which did not exist or could not be found. The staff is rather slow to respond to emails. This poses a difficult challenge for international researchers. This is something that I feel will improve with time, but for now be sure that you give them at least a month to respond to your emails. It is important to note that I do believe that these issues will improve with time. The staff was extremely helpful, and I strongly recommend this archive for anyone interested in the history of the British Army. It is an invaluable resource.
  10. It has been a while since I have blogged for this site. The spring semester got crazy, and then I spent quite a bit of my summer visiting archives and working on research projects. I spent two weeks at the end of May working in the National Army Museum archive in London and back at the British Library. I wanted to take a quick moment to encourage you all to provide a review for any archives you may have visited recently. In other news, I am preparing two new classes for the Fall semester, so I will be adding more US focused digital archives over the next couple of months. I hope you have had a productive summer filled with research and writing, or just relaxation. Please contact us for information about contributing to the site!
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