The Library has acquired the online archive Foreign Office Files for Japan, 1919-1952, which is sourced from Foreign Office Files from the UK National Archives. We currently have access to Modules I & II; Module III will be added in the near future.
As described at the site, “these papers throw light on Anglo-Japanese ties in a time of shifting alliances. Documenting Japan’s journey to modernity, the files discuss a period in which the country took on an increasingly bold imperialist agenda. Strong relations following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles were tested then ultimately destroyed, and by December 1941, Japan and the United Kingdom were on opposing sides of the Second World War.
“These Foreign Office files cover British concerns over colonial-held territory in the Far East, as well as Japanese relations with China, Russia, Germany and the United States. Following surrender at the end of the Second World War, Japan was occupied by foreign forces for the first time in its history. The occupation resulted in disarmament, liberalisation and a new constitution as the country was transformed into a parliamentary democracy. Japan emerged once again as a player on the world stage.
“Consisting of diplomatic dispatches, correspondence, maps, summaries of events and diverse other material, this collection from the rich FO 371 and FO 262 series unites formerly restricted Japan-centric documents, and is enhanced by the addition of a selection of FO 371 Western and American Department and Far Eastern sub papers.”
The California Digital Library is piloting an arrangement with ProQuest that provides access to 52 historical newspapers (US and International titles). At the end of the calendar year, UC may elect to purchase perpetual access to some of this content. Your feedback on which resources are most useful to you is welcome.
In the Library’s A-Z databases list, these resources have been grouped geographically or thematically into these categories; in some cases there are links to individual titles that we previously purchased. Once on the ProQuest platform, you can search within a single source or across multiple sources.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers – allows you to search across all historical newspapers.
African American Historical Newspapers – Includes Atlanta Daily World, The Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Cleveland Call and Post, Los Angeles Sentinel, New Amsterdam News, Norfolk Journal and Guide, and Pittsburgh Courier
Canadian Historical Newspapers – Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, The Globe and Mail, Leader-Post (Regina), Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, The Province (Vancouver), Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Times Colonist (Victoria), Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Windsor Star
Civil War Era Newspapers – The Boston Herald, The Charleston Mercury, The Columbus Gazette, The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, VA), The Daily Ohio State Journal (Columbus), The Daily Picayune (New Orleans), The Louisville Daily Journal, Memphis Daily Appeal, and Morning Herald (New York). This resource also includes Pamphlets on the Civil War and Slavery & Anti-Slavery Pamphlets from the Libraries of Salmon P. Chase and John P. Hale.
Communist Historical Newspaper Collection – The Daily Worker (New York), Daily World (New York), The Ohio Socialist (Cleveland), People’s Daily World (New York), People’s Weekly World (New York), Sunday Worker (New York), and The Toiler (New York)
International Historical Newspapers – Chinese Newspapers Collection, The Guardian and The Observer, The Irish Times and The Weekly Irish Times, The Jerusalem Post, The Korea Times, The Scotsman, South China Morning Post, and The Times of India
Jewish Historical Newspapers – The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger, The American Israelite, The Jewish Advocate, and The Jewish Exponent
ProQuest Major Daily Newspapers (Historic & Current) – Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post
U.S. Regional Historical Newspapers – The Arizona Republican, The Atlanta Constitution, The Austin American Statesman, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Dayton Daily News, Detroit Free Press, Hartford Courant, Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier Journal, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Nashville Tennessean, Newsday, New York Tribune / Herald Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and St. Louis Post Dispatch
The California Digital Library is piloting an arrangement with ProQuest that provides access to 45 History Vault modules. At the end of the calendar year, UC may elect to purchase perpetual access to some of this content. Your feedback on which resources are most useful to you is welcome.
In the Library’s A-Z databases list, these resources have been grouped thematically into these categories; in some cases there are links to individual modules that we previously purchased. Once on the ProQuest platform, you can search within a single source or across multiple sources.
ProQuest History Vault – search across all ProQuest History vault collections
American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971 – Contains a large variety of collections from the U.S. National Archives, a series of collections from the Chicago History Museum, as well as selected first-hand accounts on Indian Wars and westward migration.
American Politics and Society – includes the collections: Thomas A. Edison Papers, Law and Society since the Civil War: American Legal Manuscripts from the Harvard Law School Library; Progressive Era: Reform, Regulation, and Rights; Progressive Era: Robert M. LaFollette Papers; Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930; Records of the Children’s Bureau, 1912-1969; New Deal and World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Office Files and Records of Federal Agencies; American Politics in the Early Cold War: Truman and Eisenhower Administrations, 1945-1961; FBI Confidential Files and Radical Politics in the U.S., 1945-1972; Students for a Democratic Society, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the anti-Vietnam War Movement; American Politics and Society from Kennedy to Watergate
Civil rights and the Black Freedom Struggle – includes the collections: Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Federal Government Records and Supplement; Organizational Records and Personal Papers Parts 1 & 2; and the NAACP Papers
International Relations and Military Conflicts – includes the collections: U.S. Military Intelligence Reports, 1911-1944; U.S. Diplomatic Post Records, 1914-1945; World War I: British Foreign Office Political Correspondence; World War I: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces, and Diplomacy in the World War I Era; Creation of Israel: British Foreign Office Correspondence on Palestine and Transjordan, 1940-1948; World War II: U.S. Documents on Planning, Operations, Intelligence, Axis War Crimes, and Refugees; Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, 1941-1961; Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, Africa and Middle East, 1960-1969, Asia, 1960-1969, Europe and Latin America, 1960-1969; and Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975
Southern Life, Slavery, and the Civil War – includes the collections: Slavery and the Law; Slavery in Antebellum Southern Industries; two modules of Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantations Records; Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals and the Union Army; and Reconstruction and Military Government after the Civil War.
Women’s Studies – includes the collections: Struggle for Women’s Rights: Organizational Records, 1880-1990; Women’s Studies Manuscripts from the Schlesinger Library: Voting Rights, National Politics, and Reproductive Rights; Women at Work during World War II: Rosie the Riveter and the Women’s Army Corps; and Margaret Sanger Papers: Smith College Collections and Collected Documents
Workers, Labor Unions, and Radical Politics – includes the collections: Labor Unions in the U.S., 1862-1974: Knights of Labor, AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO and
Workers, Labor Unions, and the American Left in the 20th Century: Federal Records
The Library has recently acquired the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library from Liverpool University Press. This resource currently includes 72 titles produced between 300-800 C.E. translated into English from Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Georgian, Armenian, and Old Irish. The geographic range covers Syria, Arabia, Armenia, Georgia and Egypt in the East; North Africa; major cities of the Roman Empire (Antioch, Alexandria and Constantinople); and Spain, Gaul, Italy, Britain and Ireland in the West. Each work includes an introduction setting the text into context, and annotations on content, interpretation, and debates.
The Library has recently acquired the digital archives of three Academic Societies:
The collections include research data, correspondence, photographs, drawings, and writings of society members, as well as administrative records, proceedings, reports, and a wide variety of other materials.
Trial access to the digital archives of these two London newspapers is available until June 18, 2020.
Described by the New Yorker as “the newspaper that rules Britain,” 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. It currently boasts a circulation of over 2 million, and its website is the most visited news site in the world. (See the fact sheet)
Started in 1903, the Daily Mirror was influential in changing the course of British newspapers in the second half of the twentieth century, becoming Britain’s bestselling daily newspaper by 1949. Editorially left-leaning and populist to reflect the views of its target working class audience, it offers a counterpoint to the more conservative newspapers that dominated the late nineteenth- and early-twentieth centuries, such as The Times and The Telegraph. (See the fact sheet)
Open Access Latin American and Caribbean Studies Digital Resources: Episode 1
La Biblioteca va a su casa: Fuentes para la investigación sobre los estudios latinoamericanos.
One of the students asked a reference question: What should I do to access the primary resources while the library remains open virtually during this pandemic? The student’s question served as a stimulus to an idea of these episodes was born. Twice a week, the librarian will provide information on open access to a digital resource in Latin American Studies. In this first episode, we want to introduce you to Open Access Digital Primary Sources that are being indexed by the SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials), and these can serve as a starting point for your research. Below is the screenshot of the landing page of the resource. Please click on the icon to get access to the website. The SALALM effort is a collaborative effort, and one can recommend any additional digital resources here.
Until July 16, the Library has trial access to Literary Studies, a digital archive of literary manuscripts, rare printed works, and personal papers of a range of leading literary figures.
- Holograph copies and early editions of books by George Eliot, including several volumes of the seminal work of English literature Middlemarch
- Autograph manuscript of The Ring and the Book and several early editions of Robert Browning’s poetry
- Personal papers, literary manuscripts and correspondence of Charlotte, Maria and Emily Brontë
- Manuscripts and correspondence of Henry David Thoreau, including early draft versions and corrected proofs of Walden, or Life in the Woods
PDF download options are not available during the trial.
New resources from Bloomsbury and ProQuest were added today.
The Bancroft Library has announced that “over 500 photographs from the Julian P. Graham collection are now available via the Library’s Digital Collections site.
“This Bancroft Library collection of film negatives from Monterey area photographer Julian Graham has been the subject of ongoing interest over the years. It documents early years of the Pebble Beach and Cypress Grove golf courses, and the recreational life of California’s “high society” of the 1920s and 1930s, chiefly around the famous Hotel del Monte. The negatives, unfortunately, are largely on hazardous nitrate-based film, so are not available for library users until digitized.”