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New primary source digital collections

Author: Michelle Breen and Ken Bergin
Categories: Primary Source Digital Research Collections
When: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 15:30

The Glucksman Library is pleased to make available new digital resources to support research and research-led teaching in the areas of literature, drama, early modern studies, history, politics, gender studies and social sciences. The primary source digital collections, detailed below, will supplement the library’s existing online databases and the unique and distinctive collections held in the University’s Archives and Special Collections.  Librarians will assist faculty to integrate these resources into their teaching and research and introductory sessions to the new resources will be provided in March and April.

State Papers Online  

State Papers Online offers original historical materials across the widest range of government concerns, from high level international politics and diplomacy to the charges against a steward for poisoning a dozen or more people. The correspondence, reports, memoranda, and parliamentary drafts from ambassadors, civil servants and provincial administrators present a full picture of Tudor and Stuart Britain and its place in the Early Modern world.

The Burney Collection

The Burney Collection is a collection of newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757- 1817) and are the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library.

Eighteenth Century Drama  

Eighteenth Century Drama is primarily a collection of digitized play manuscripts; it includes nearly every play submitted for license in the United Kingdom from 1737-1824. This interdisciplinary resource is rich in the breadth and scope of eighteenth-century material available, and will appeal to researchers working on theatre and drama, literature, history, politics, music, censorship, gender and Romanticism.

Perdita Manuscripts 

The Perdita Manuscripts consist of the writings of women from the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Full-text facsimile reproductions of these manuscripts bring together little known material from archives across the UK. Some of the women featured include Sarah Cowper, Mary Evelyn and Katherine Philips. The content of the manuscripts includes letters, biography, drama, notebooks, sermon notes, travel writing and much more.