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.
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.
Gender and Sexuality, Race, Political, Class, Economics, Military, Empire and Imperialism, Crime and Punishment
United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand , Canada, Great Britain and Ireland
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.
Charles Booth's London enables you to search the catalogue of over 450 original notebooks from the Inquiry into Life and Labour in London (1886-1903), view 41 digitised notebooks and explore the London poverty maps.
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.
Empire and Imperialism, Environmental, Military, Political, Religion
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.
Class, Empire and Imperialism, Environmental, Gender and Sexuality, Political
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.
Empire and Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Military
Canada, Caribbean, Europe, France, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland, Italy, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
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.
Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Military, Political, Race
United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Great Britain and Ireland, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
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.
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.
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.
Gender and Sexuality, Class, Military, Crime and Punishment
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.
Gender and Sexuality, Political, Class, Economics, Crime and Punishment
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.
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.
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.
Class, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Military, Political
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.
Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Religion
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.