• Academic Resources

    1. The British Library is the preeminent national library in England. They receive a copy of every publication in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Their collection is well over 150 million items in almost every language. This archive is a must visit.

      Fields Gender and Sexuality, Race, Political, Class, Economics, Military, Empire and Imperialism, Crime and Punishment
      Geographic Focus United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand , Canada, Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1400s, 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online / Physical
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    2. If you are studying anything that relies on the government or any of its departments, then you will need to book a seat here at some point in your career.

      Fields Gender and Sexuality, Race, Political, Class, Economics, Military, Empire and Imperialism, Crime and Punishment
      Geographic Focus United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand , Canada, Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1400s, 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online / Physical
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    3. Studies in Scarlet presents the images of over 420 separately published trial narratives from the Harvard Law School Library's extensive trial collections. This collection includes a number of celebrity cases, but the majority are the everyday stories of ordinary individuals.

      Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Gender and Sexuality, Legal
      Geographic Focus United States, Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    4. Massive collection of British & US children literature through the University of Florida (Gainesville)

      Fields Class, Empire and Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Religion, Science
      Geographic Focus United States, Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1900s
    5. This project has sought to recover the story of the English nuns who fled England after the Reformation. It traces their lives in Brussels, France, and the United States from 1600 to 1800 when many returned to England to escape religious persecution unleashed by the French Revolution.

      Fields Gender and Sexuality, Political
      Geographic Focus United States, Europe, Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1600s, 1700s, 1800s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    6. The Special Collections department at the University College London has digitized their vast collection of Jeremy Bentham manuscripts. Bentham was one of the most significant Enlightenment philosophers. He is best known for the panopticon and his concept of utilitarianism.

      Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Political
      Geographic Focus United States, Europe, Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1700s, 1800s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online / Physical
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    7. For those interested in social movements, especially Leftism, Unionism, Labor, and LGBT, the Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, is a great resource. They have also recently digitized 2,200+ posters out of copyright.

      Fields Class, Empire and Imperialism, Environmental, Gender and Sexuality, Political
      Geographic Focus United States, Europe, Africa
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s, 2000s
    8. This is an amazing resource with over 15 million pages digitized and 687 different newspapers. It is constantly expanding. This represents one of the best sources for studying Britain, the British Empire, and its relationship with the broader world.

      Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Military, Political, Race
      Geographic Focus United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Great Britain and Ireland, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
      Chronology 1700s, 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free / Paid
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    9. This is a pioneering digital humanities project that seeks to collect and promote resources related to trans-history.

      Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Political
      Geographic Focus United States, Canada, Europe
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    10. This is a digitized copy of Hansard, which is the official transcription of parliamentary proceedings in the UK from 1803-2005.

      Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Military, Political, Religion, Slavery
      Geographic Focus United States, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Great Britain and Ireland, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s, 2000s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    11. This is one of the most important newsreel archives in Britain, if not in the world. It contains over 85,000 films spanning the years 1896-1976. These are of immense social and cultural importance, and they are made freely available through the website listed above and on a dedicated YouTube channel.

      Fields Crime and Punishment, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Environmental, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Medicine, Military, Political, Race, Religion, Science
      Geographic Focus United States, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Great Britain and Ireland, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    12. Punch was one of the most popular and important newspapers of 19th Century Britain. The magazine began publication in 1841 and continued until 1992. There was a brief attempt to revive publication, but this failed in 2002. This archive seeks to digitize as many issues as possible.

      Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Environmental, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Military, Political, Race, Religion, Science
      Geographic Focus United States, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, France, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland, Italy, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    13. The Spectator first emerged in 1828 promising to "convey intelligence." This archive contains digitized copies of every edition of the newspaper from 1828 to 2008. This is an extremely important source for political and cultural information regarding Britain and its colonies.

      Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Environmental, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Medicine, Military, Political, Race, Religion, Science, Slavery
      Geographic Focus United States, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s, 2000s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    14. In 1808, over 200,000 people were emancipated in an attempt to abolish slavery in the Atlantic World. This project attempts to reclaim and tell their stories.

      Fields Crime and Punishment, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Legal, Military, Political, Race, Religion, Slavery
      Geographic Focus United States, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, Europe, France, Great Britain and Ireland, Africa, West Africa
      Chronology 1500s, 1700s, 1800s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    15. This database offers census data for the United States starting with the first census in 1790, as well as several other types of data. The site also offers state and county level shapefiles for all of the decades. This is an excellent as resource for anyone needing to construct custom maps of the United States.

      Fields Political, Race
      Geographic Focus United States
      Chronology 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, 2000s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • tupsarru

        Contributed By

        tupsarru
    16. This archive collects materials on World War II, including artifacts, oral history interviews, and various documents. The archive's website includes a limited number of digital collections as well. Most of the archive's materials center on the experiences of Americans during World War II.

      Fields Military
      Geographic Focus United States
      Chronology 1900s
    17. From 1830 until well after the American Civil War, Free Blacks and Fugitive slaves met in state and national "conventions" to discuss important issues. This new Digital Humanities project seeks to understand the social worlds and collective organizing potential of these conventions.

      Fields Class, Economics, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Political, Race, Religion
      Geographic Focus United States
      Chronology 1800s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    18. Reno, Nevada was the world's divorce capital for nearly six decades. This project contains hundreds of digitized images, publications, documents, and media.

      Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Political
      Geographic Focus United States
      Chronology 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    19. This digital history project sponsored by the University of Portsmouth provides a comprehensive vision of Britain from 1801-2001 using historical maps, census data, travel writing, and statistical data.

      Fields Gender and Sexuality, Political, Class, Economics
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s, 2000s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    20. This site has a number of digital tools and visualizations that tell the stories of women and men accused of witchcraft in Early Modern England.

      Fields Gender and Sexuality, Class, Crime and Punishment
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1500s, 1600s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    21. This is one of the most important new digital history projects in recent memory. It is by far the most comprehensive look at non-elite lives in Britain. The sheer amount of information available to scholars is astounding.

      Fields Gender and Sexuality, Class, Military, Crime and Punishment
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    22. London Lives makes available in a fully digitized and searchable form a wide variety of primary sources regarding life in 18th Century London. The site has a particular focus on Plebeian culture in 18th Century London.

      Fields Gender and Sexuality, Political, Class, Economics, Crime and Punishment
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1600s, 1700s, 1800s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    23. John Lane’s Masonic Records 1717-1894 is an authoritative listing of all the lodges established by the English Grand Lodges from the foundation of the first Grand Lodge in 1717 up until 1894.

      Fields Political, Class
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1700s, 1800s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    24. This is a full-text searchable digitized version of John Strype's 1728 manuscript "A Survey of the Cities of Westminster and London." It includes high quality maps and commentary on the rebuilding of the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666.

      Fields Class, Political, Religion
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1700s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    25. This database has the unabridged versions of John Foxe's "The Acts and Monuments." He published this work over the course of twenty years from 1563-1583. It is an extremely important work for anyone dealing with the English Reformation.

      Fields Crime and Punishment, Political, Religion
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1500s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
  • Filter Resources


      Indicate if the resource is accessible in person, online, or both. Hold cmd/ctrl on keyboard to select multiple items.

    • Select the fields of interest that this resource may cover. If something is missing please contact us. Hold cmd/ctrl on keyboard to select multiple items.

      Access cost for the resource.

    • Indicate in what geographic areas the resource has material. Hold cmd/ctrl on keyboard to select multiple items.
  • Why Sign Up?

    • Comment on resources and blog entries to add your own thoughts and experience
    • Get credit for resource reviews and blog entries you start
    • Feel good about contributing to the process of making research more accessible

    Sign Up Now