Primary Source: 17th-18th century domestic recipe manuscripts digitzed at Wellcome Library

The Wellcome Library holds a fascinating collection of recipe manuscripts dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. One of their digitization projects has made available the 75 manuscripts dating from the 17th century, some of which span the 18th century.

All recipe books are available under a Creative Commons Attribution license; they can be freely downloaded in PDF format and reused in any situation, so long as attribution is given to Wellcome Library.


Trial: Berg Fashion Library

The Berg Fashion Library is a unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more.
The resources here may be of interest to students and scholars in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, art history, history, sociology, geography, folklore, museum studies, theater, and cultural studies as well as fashion and textiles.
Our trial runs from 23 January through 28 February 2015.
Send comments and feedback to Kathryn Wayne.

Primary Sources: Law and Society Since the Civil War

One last resource recently required through by the Law Library is ProQuest History Vault: Law and Society Since the Civil War

This module consists of 11 collections from the Harvard Law School Library. These are the papers of Albert Levitt, Felix Frankfurter, Livingston Hall, Louis D. Brandeis, Richard H. Field, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Roscoe Pound, the Sacco-Vanzetti Case, Sheldon Glueck, William H. Hastie, and Zechariah Chafee. Taken together, Frankfurter’s and Brandeis’s papers provide a behind-the-scenes view of the Supreme Court between 1919 and 1961. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Papers include Holmes’s correspondence from 1861 through 1935. Holmes was a prolific and brilliant correspondent and his letters have been acknowledged as an extraordinary record of a wide-ranging and imaginative intellect. The Sacco-Vanzetti case papers offer researchers an inside view of the legal strategy in this controversial case.


Primary Sources: Women’s Studies Manuscript Collections

Another recent purchase of the Law Library was ProQuest History Vault: Women’s Studies Manuscript Collections

This valuable collection of materials from the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College tells the story of the fight for voting rights for women at the national, regional, and local levels. The papers of key national leaders like Julia Ward Howe, Anna Howard Shaw, and Matilda Gage are included. Equally important are the papers of lesser known state and local leaders like Catharine Waugh McCulloch of Illinois, Olympia Brown of Wisconsin, and Nellie Nugent Somerville of Mississippi. In addition to the Voting Rights papers, this module also includes records on women involved in national politics, like Mary Dewson and Jeannette B. Rankin.


Primary Sources: NAACP Papers: Education, Voting, Housing, Employment

Another purchase of the Law Library gives us access to the NAACP Papers on Education, Voting, Housing, Employment

The Education files in this collection document the NAACP’s systematic assault on segregated education that culminated in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and subsequent efforts to implement the Brown decision. The 1916–1950 files in this collection document the NAACP’s campaign against the “white primary,” discriminatory registration practices, and the “grandfather clause.” Files from 1956–1965 chronicle the NAACP’s efforts to capitalize on the 1957 Civil Rights Act and the much stronger Voting Rights Act of 1965. This collection also documents the NAACP’s wide-ranging campaign regarding equal employment opportunities. The armed forces portion is an exceptionally rich documentary source on African Americans in the armed forces between 1918 and the early 1950s and includes the complete extant files of the NAACP’s Department of Veterans Affairs.


Primary Sources: NAACP Papers: Education, Voting, Housing, Employment

Another purchase of the Law Library gives us access to the NAACP Papers on Education, Voting, Housing, Employment

The Education files in this collection document the NAACP’s systematic assault on segregated education that culminated in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and subsequent efforts to implement the Brown decision. The 1916–1950 files in this collection document the NAACP’s campaign against the “white primary,” discriminatory registration practices, and the “grandfather clause.” Files from 1956–1965 chronicle the NAACP’s efforts to capitalize on the 1957 Civil Rights Act and the much stronger Voting Rights Act of 1965. This collection also documents the NAACP’s wide-ranging campaign regarding equal employment opportunities. The armed forces portion is an exceptionally rich documentary source on African Americans in the armed forces between 1918 and the early 1950s and includes the complete extant files of the NAACP’s Department of Veterans Affairs.


Primary Sources: NAACP Papers: The NAACP’s Major Campaigns

Thanks to the Law Library, we now have access to the ProQuest History Vault collection: NAACP Papers: The NAACP’s Major Campaigns–Scottsboro, Anti-Lynching, Criminal Justice, Peonage, Labor, and Segregation and Discrimination Complaints and Responses

The focus of this module is on the NAACP’s efforts to combat lynching, mob violence, discrimination in the criminal justice system, and white resistance to civil rights efforts. A particularly rich set of records in this module is the NAACP file on one of the most celebrated criminal trials of the 20th century—the case of the Scottsboro Boys. These files are supplemented by materials on segregation and discrimination complaints regarding public accommodations and recreational facilities sent to and investigated by the NAACP, and records on discrimination in employment.


Trial: The South Asia Archive

Until October 15, the Library has trial access to the South Asia Archive
The archive contains millions of pages of digitized primary and secondary material in a mix of English and vernacular languages dating back to the start of the eighteenth century, up to the mid-twentieth century. It is derived from original archive materials held by the The South Asia Research Foundation.
Also available are some online tutorials to help you navigate the South Asia Archive. A range of videos are available on topics including searching and filtering the archive content. 

Primary Source: British Pathé

(from their web site) “Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world….

“British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. It is now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in existence. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage – not only from Britain, but from around the globe – of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.”

A link to the British Pathe website with its content categorized by subject and type can be found under The Library’s Electronic Resources page.