Adam Matthew Digital – new collections

Adam Matthew Digital is a publisher of  primary source collections and works with the leading libraries, archives and scholars from around the world.  The Library has recently acquired the following databases which are all available via the A-Z Database list and the Library Catalogue. 

Confidential print : Middle East 1839-1969.  The Confidential Print series, issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices since c. 1820, is one of the most important series produced by the British Government.  This collection covers such important events as the Egyptian reforms of Muhammad Ali Pasha in the nineteenth century, the Middle East Conference of 1921, the Mandates for Palestine and Mesopotamia and the Suez Crisis in 1956, to the partition of Palestine, post-Suez Western foreign policy and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Eighteenth Century Journals, 1685-1815.  This collection brings together rare journals printed between c1685 and 1815, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. Topics covered are extremely wide-ranging and include: colonial life; provincial and rural affairs; the French and American revolutions; reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and London coffee house gossip and discussion.

First World War : personal experiences.  This digital resource brings to life the reality of the First World War for the men and women who experienced it firsthand. Containing digital images of a wide range of original documents, including diaries, letters, personal narratives, trench journals, scrapbooks, objects, and a wealth of visual sources, this resource provides a rich seam of information on personal experiences of war. 

Foreign office files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  This collection covers the years from 1947 to 1980, encompassing files on all the countries of South Asia: principally India and Pakistan, but also Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ceylon/Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and the Maldives.

Rock’n’roll : counterculture, peace & protest.   This collection explores the dynamic period of social, political and cultural change between 1950 and 1975.  The resource offers thousands of colour images of manuscript and rare printed material as well as photographs, ephemera and memorabilia from this exciting period in our recent history.

Victorian popular culture.   The Library had previously purchased Pt. I – Spiritualism, sensation and magic.  The collection has now been expanded to include Pt. II – Circuses, sideshows and freaks and Pt. III – Music hall, theatre and popular entertainment.   The collections feature hundreds of posters, postcards, photographs, cabinet cards and illustrations. There are also handbills, pamphlets, manuscripts, printed ephemera and memorabilia.


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