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.


Resource: HathiTrust collections

Here are a few updates on HathiTrust’s collection and tools:

HathiTrust currently contains over 11 million volumes, digitized from the partnering library collections:

  • 11,135,776 total volumes
  • 5,801,121 book titles
  • 290,893 serial titles
  • 3,897,521,600 pages

Visualizations of holdings by call number, by language, and by publication date are available.

 Embed codes are available for the books, allowing you to insert them into any webpage (please note that you may need to update the URL to https for iframes to work properly in recent versions of browsers).

This title came from the “Copyright Review project (CRMS) little gems” collection.

Another way to see some featured titles is to visit HathiTrust on pinterest.


Primary Sources: British Online Archives

British Online Archives (BOA) consists of eleven thematic series, each containing individual collections of archival contents. The series are largely oriented toward British and British colonial history and new collections are added as they become available. The eleven series comprising BOA are:

  • Anglo-American Relations
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • British Records on the Atlantic World, 1700-1900
  • Colonial & Missionary Records
  • Communist Party of Great Britain
  • Industrial Revolution
  • People & Protest in Britain and Abroad, 1800-2000
  • Twentieth Century Political History
  • Records of the Raj
  • Religion
  • Science & Medicine

Some of the collections are listed in more than one thematic series.

The digital collections have been converted from microform sets distributed by Microform Academic Publishers, a few of which the Library already owns. There are guides associated with each collection, which will assist researchers in browsing. Basic and advance searching are offered; the advanced search function allows a choice between searching “all collections” or selecting only one collection at a time. Search results can be frustrating, because while the system will indicate where in a document the search terms appear, the terms are not highlighted in the document.

A major inconvenience is that the documents currently can only be printed or downloaded one page at a time. With Adobe Acrobat (free to all students, faculty and staff, remember) individual pages can be stitched together into one PDF, but I’m well aware of the extra effort that entails.

Despite these drawbacks, these collections can be of great value to researchers here. In future posts, I’ll be describing a few of them in more detail.


Primary Sources: Freely available digitized newspapers

A librarian at Bowling Green State University has created some truly excellent portals to digitized historical newspapers freely available on the web.

Historical U.S. Newspapers Online
The home page includes links to sites that provide access to newspapers from multiple states, the remaining links are organized by state.

Historical Canadian Newspapers Online
The home page includes links to National and multi-province papers, the rest are organized by province.

Historical Newspapers Online
The guide provides links to digitized newspapers from countries around the world.


Primary Sources: Historical U.S. Newspapers Online

This guide to Historical U.S. Newspapers Online, created by a librarian at Bowling Green University, attempts to provide links to every publicly accessible digitized historical newspaper in the United States. It is organized by state, and then city — click on a letter to go to the state. There are also links to some resources, like Chronicling America, that allow you to search across many newspapers at once.


Primary Sources: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study Digital Archive

The Bancroft Library is pleased to announce the publication of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study Digital Archive.

The result of a two-year digitization project generously funded by the National Park Service as part of the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, the digital archive makes available nearly 100,000 original manuscript items from The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study initiated in 1942 at the University of California, Berkeley. This research project sought to document the mass internment of Japanese Americans by embedding Nisei social science students recruited from the Berkeley campus into selected internment sites.

 The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study Digital Archive website provides access to this massive collection of research materials through various means, including textual searches and browsing options, visual mechanisms such as GIS tagging and interactive maps, a timeline, and pointers to related resources. The collection comprises daily journals, field reports, life histories, extensive correspondence between staff, evacuees, and others, and secondary research materials collected and compiled by the research staff.

Margo Padilla
Digital Project Archivist
The Bancroft Library


Primary Sources: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study Digital Archive

The Bancroft Library is pleased to announce the publication of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study Digital Archive.

The result of a two-year digitization project generously funded by the National Park Service as part of the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, the digital archive makes available nearly 100,000 original manuscript items from The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study initiated in 1942 at the University of California, Berkeley. This research project sought to document the mass internment of Japanese Americans by embedding Nisei social science students recruited from the Berkeley campus into selected internment sites.

 The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study Digital Archive website provides access to this massive collection of research materials through various means, including textual searches and browsing options, visual mechanisms such as GIS tagging and interactive maps, a timeline, and pointers to related resources. The collection comprises daily journals, field reports, life histories, extensive correspondence between staff, evacuees, and others, and secondary research materials collected and compiled by the research staff.

Margo Padilla
Digital Project Archivist
The Bancroft Library


Primary Sources: Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876

Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876, is a fully searchable collection of over 130 18th- and 19th-century newspapers from twenty-two Caribbean islands. Most newspapers were published in the English language, but a number of Danish-, French-, and Spanish-language titles are included. Essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce and relations, New World slavery, and related topics.

This resource has only recently been released and new content will be added each month until the end of 2014.

Caribbean Newspapers can also be searched as part of Archive of Americana, a collection of primary source collections that include Early American Imprints, Early American Newspapers, American State Papers, and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set.


Trial: British Online Archives

Until November 22nd, The Library has trial access to the British Online Archives, which includes 38 collections of primary historical sources. Main areas of coverage include missionary and colonial records through the archives of the East India Company and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. There is a strong emphasis on slavery and the Triangular Trade as well as a large collection of material concerning Anglo-American relations. There are many collections concerning twentieth century British politics, including the papers of the Parliamentary Labour Party and the British Union of Fascists, as well as a separate archive dedicated to the Communist Party of Great Britain.

You can select either the Advanced Search link in the menu, or Start in the black navigation bar to access the Advanced Search page. Enter your search or category criteria here, and select any of the filter options. You can also perform a Quick Search of the archive by entering up to five keywords in the menu search field.

Search results will come up with any collections which contain the keywords searched for in their metadata. To narrow down your search and home in on your desired result, click the collection you would like to see the results for, you can then search within the collection, the results will show only the series that are relevant to your search, within the series a document that is relevant, and within the document individual images that contain the search criteria. If only one document matches, the search will take you straight to it. At the image level your search ‘hits’ will be highlighted red in the left hand panel of the document viewer.

Please send your comments about this source to dorner@berkeley.edu or comment here.