• Academic Resources

    1. This is a project that collects and provides access to moving images made in or about Yorkshire, England. It contains materials from the 1890s to today. The collection currently holds about 50,000 titles. There are only about 80 hours worth of film online.

      Fields Empire and Imperialism, Environmental, Military, Political, Religion
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s, 2000s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online / Physical
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. This is a project that examines the role of charitable financing and the distribution of voluntary hospitals between 1890-1940s.

      Fields Class, Economics, Medicine
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    5. This is a searchable and downloadable database of 34,948 slave trading voyages from its beginnings in the fifteen hundreds to the end of the slave trade in the late nineteenth century.

      Fields Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Political, Race
      Geographic Focus France, Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, 1800s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • tupsarru

        Contributed By

        tupsarru
    6. 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
    7. This is an extremely small archive with really rich materials located inside the Tower of London complex. It has a really extensive collection of soldiers' diaries along with official regimental materials.

      Fields Empire and Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Military
      Geographic Focus Canada, Caribbean, Europe, France, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland, Italy, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
      Chronology 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Physical Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. This is an online version of "The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Carlyle." These individuals were extraordinarily important members of the British literary elite in the mid-19th Century.

      Fields Class, Economics, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Political, Religion, Slavery
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1800s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. This is a new digital humanities project that seeks to collect narratives and artifacts related to Canadian feminist activism from the 1970s to the 1990s.

      Fields Crime and Punishment, Economics, Gender and Sexuality, Legal
      Geographic Focus Canada
      Chronology 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    15. 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
    16. French Revolution & Napoleonic pamphlets & periodicals

      Fields Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Legal, Military, Political
      Geographic Focus France
      Chronology 1700s, 1800s
    17. This is a newly digitized collection of almost 160,000 maps of Scotland, England, Wales, and beyond. The level of detail provided by the digitization project is amazing, and it is well worth a look for anyone interested in cartography or the changing landscape of Britain between 1560 and 1964.

      Fields Class, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Military, Political
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    18. 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
    19. This is a recently reopened museum that traces the history of the British Army. The archive has a wealth of source material drawn from regimental museums and family donations of material.

      Fields Empire and Imperialism, Military
      Geographic Focus Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland, Asia, China, India, Japan, Africa, East Africa, Egypt, South Africa, West Africa, Australia and New Zealand
      Chronology 1700s, 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Physical Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    20. 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
    21. This archive is particularly strong in materials regarding military and defense policy from the Second South African War to the present. It has particular strengths in the First and Second World Wars.

      Fields Political, Military, Empire and Imperialism
      Geographic Focus Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand , Canada, Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1800s, 1900s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Physical Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    22. This is without a doubt one of the most significant new digital humanities projects to launch in the last year. It traces the history of British slave owners in great detail, and will have a massive impact on the way scholars teach and research the history of slavery in the Caribbean and abolition.

      Fields Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Legal, Political, Race, Slavery
      Geographic Focus Caribbean, Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 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. 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
    25. 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
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