Adam Matthew Digital Collections

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The Library recently acquired dozens of important online primary source databases in the Adam Matthew Digital Collections*. Covering a wide variety of eras, locations and events from around the world, these collections include historic posters, pamphlets, photos, diaries and much more. History Librarian Jennifer Dorner will be introducing each new collection in depth on her UCB History Collection News blog as the semester progresses, but here are a few highlights:

American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business (1935-1965) provides unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst, market research pioneer and widely-recognised ‘father’ of Motivational Research.

Empire Online brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of ‘Empire’ and its theories, practices and consequences. The materials span across the last five centuries and are accompanied by a host of secondary learning resources including scholarly essays, maps and an interactive chronology.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980 answers the need for clear, intelligible and informative English-language sources relating to China and the West by providing first-person written accounts, maps, paintings, manuscripts and letters. Learn about China’s history during the two centuries of monumental social and political upheaval that ultimately recreated the country into a modern power.

Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape offers scholars an in-depth examination of Romantic period artists, poets and writers. This database offers unique access to rare and priceless literary sources that are indispensable for scholars and students studying the Romantic period, and in particular the literary figures William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey and Robert Southey.

The full list of newly purchased Adam Matthew Digital Collections:

* This post is the third in a series to highlight important additions to our online resources. These purchases were made possible in large part with new library funding that resulted from the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library charged under EVCP George Breslauer and Chair, Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, Elizabeth Deakin. For more information read the Commission Report and Response.