Resource trials 2022

We are trialling 13 new resources until the end of July. These include newspapers, and archives on women and social movements. There are limited funds for new materials, so your feedback is essential in helping us decide which resources we should look to purchase. Please take some time to explore the content and interfaces of these resources and let us have your comments on them by completing our trial feedback form. The full list of resources is available on our trials webpage, and all resources can be accessed from FindIt@Bham.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

This resource is devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America and the rest of the world from the seventeenth century to the late nineteenth century.

The full archive is made up of four parts. We have permanent access to Parts 1 and 2, and trial access to Parts 3 and 4 until 31 July 2022.

Part 3: The Institution of Slavery

This part of the resource explores the inner workings of slavery from 1492 to 1888. Through legal documents, plantation records, first-person accounts, newspapers, government records, and other primary sources, this collection reveals how enslaved people struggled against the institution. These rare works explore slavery as a legal and labor system, the relationship between slavery and religion, freed slaves, the Shong Massacre, the Dememara insurrection, and many other aspects and events.

Part 4: Age of Emancipation

This part of the resource Part IV: Age of Emancipation includes numerous rare documents related to emancipation in the United States, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. This collection supports the study of many areas, including activities of the federal government in dealing with former slaves and the Freedmen's Bureau, views of political parties and postwar problems with the South, documents of the British and French government on the slave trade, reports from the West Indies and Africa, and other topics.

Women’s Studies Archive Part 1: Issues & Identities

The first module in the Women's Studies Archive, Issues and Identities traces the path of women's issues from past to present—pulling primary sources from manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and more. It captures the foundation of women’s movements, struggles and triumphs, and provides researchers with valuable insights, focusing on the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. Along with providing a closer look at some of the pioneers of women’s movements, this collection offers scholars a deep dive into the issues that have affected women and the many contributions they have made to society.

Newspapers, magazines and periodicals: UK

The Daily Mail Supplement 2005-2016

The Daily Mail has been at the heart of British journalism since 1896, regularly changing the course of government policy and setting the national debate. As well as providing access to the regular edition of this newspaper, this archive also contains the Atlantic Editions, printed on board the transatlantic cruise liners between 1923 and 1931. Please note the University of Birmingham has permanent access to 1896-2004 archive, and trial access to 2005-2016 archive.

Financial Times Historical Archive 2011-2016 Supplement

This archive makes available a complete searchable facsimile run of the world's most authoritative daily business newspaper. Every item ever printed in the paper, from 1888 to 2016, can be searched and browsed article-by-article and page-by-page. Please note we have permanent access to the 1888-2010 archive, and trial access to the 2011-2016 archive until 31 July 2022. 

The Economist Historical Archive, 2016-2020 Update

A fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist, essential reading for anyone engaged in politics, current affairs, and all aspects of business and trade worldwide. EHA offers full-colour images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and surveys, and exportable financial tables.

The Mirror Historical Archive, 1903-2000

Founded in 1903, the Mirror plays a pivotal role in the history of journalism. Peaking in 1967, with a daily circulation of 5.25 million, the newspaper has had a history full of highs and lows. Today, it is the only mainstream left-wing tabloid remaining in the UK. Gale's Mirror Historical Archive, 1903-2000 features more than 800,000 pages of brand-new, full text searchable, scans of the complete run of the Mirror from 1903-2000, including the Sunday Mirror.

The Sunday Times Historical Archive, 1822-2016

"Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the LIBERTY OF THE PRESS is the PALLADIUM of all the Civil, Political and RELIGIOUS RIGHTS of an ENGLISHMAN."

With these words, The Sunday Times launched itself on the world on 20 October 1822, promising to instill "an invigorating spirit" in its readership, and uphold the freedom of the press against those "emperors, kings, and their ministers" who would stifle it. Since that first issue, the newspaper has consistently provided thoughtful analysis and commentary on the week's news and society.

The Telegraph Historical Archive 1855-2016

Launched in 1855 as an affordable newspaper (it quickly cut its price to a penny), by 1876 The Telegraph was the largest-selling newspaper in the world, with a circulation of 300,000. The newspaper was directed at a wealthy, educated readership and is commonly associated with traditional Toryism, despite its more "liberal" beginnings. However, this shifted in the late 1870s, when the newspaper began to support British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli over the Eastern Question.

The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, Supplement 2015-2019

This resource contains every page of every copy of the TLS published from 1902 to 2019. This resource is a witness to the cultural revolutions of the last 100 years and offers unparalleled opportunities for tracking the views of influential opinion makers, the response of their peers, and the controversies of the day and how they developed. Please note we have permanent access to the  1902 - 2014 archive and trial access to the 2015 - 2019 archive until 31 July 2022.

Primary source archives

Chatham House Online Archive Module 2

This resource provides a searchable, browseable research environment that allows access to the research, publications, speeches and archives of the leading international affairs think tank, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London. It includes a 'behind the doors' insight into the real movers and shakers, influencers and deal brokers. This is a resource for researchers of international affairs, economics, law, and business, diplomacy, security and terrorism, environment, development, and war and peace studies. Please note we have permanent access to Module 1: Publications and Archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1920-1979 and trial access to Module 2: Publications and Archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1980-2008.

State Papers Online: 18th Century Part 1

State Papers Domestic, Military, Naval and Registers of the Privy Council is a large digital manuscript archive of four parts linking original historical manuscripts to their fully text-searchable calendars. Users can cross-search almost 3 million documents housed in separate collections from The National Archives and the British Library.

Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and WWII

Current refugee crises figure prominently in world media. However, the history of refugee crises throughout the twentieth century remains largely untold through primary sources. With Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II, Gale chronicles the plight of refugees and displaced persons across Europe, North Africa, and Asia from 1935 to 1950, bringing together over 590,000 pages of pamphlets, ephemera, government documents, relief organization publications, and refugee reports that recount the causes, effects and responses to refugee crises before, during and shortly after World War II.



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