• Academic Resources

    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. This is a searchable database of over 14,000 cause papers for cases heard between 1300 and 1858 in York, England. This is the most extensive collection of cause papers in England. This is an amazing resource for social, ecclesiastical, legal, and economic historians.

      Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Religion
      Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1300s, 1400s, 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, 1800s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    10. 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
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. French Revolution artwork collection

      Fields Political
      Geographic Focus France
      Chronology 1700s
    14. French Revolution & Napoleonic pamphlets & periodicals

      Fields Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Legal, Military, Political
      Geographic Focus France
      Chronology 1700s, 1800s
    15. 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
    16. 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
    17. 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
    18. 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
    19. 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
    20. 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
    21. 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
    22. This is a project sponsored by the University of Cambridge, which provides full-text searchable records of over 8,500 letters Darwin wrote before 1871. There are an additional 6,500 letters that have not been fully digitized.

      Fields Environmental, Legal, Political, Religion, Science
      Geographic Focus Europe, Great Britain and Ireland
      Chronology 1800s
      • Price

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
    23. 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
    24. 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
    25. The Bodleian Library at Oxford sponsored this early digitization project. This is a digital library that focuses on popular 18th and 19th century British journals such as Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Notes and Enquiries, and Gentleman's Magazine.

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

        Free
      • Access

        Online Only
      • Jonathan

        Contributed By

        Jonathan
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