Nineteenth Century Collection: accesso gratuito ai contenuti della banca dati fino al 20 gennaio 2013

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La banca dati di fonti storiche Nineteenth Century Collection distribuita da Gale® è in prova gratuita fino al 20 gennaio 2013.

La banca dati contiene migliaia di fonti primarie a testo pieno che aiutano a ricostruire il clima culturale e politico dell’Ottocento e dedica particolare attenzione alla storia della Gran Bretagna.

I documenti sono suddivisi in quattro aree tematiche (leggi la pagina di presentazione):

  • British Politics and Society
  • European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection
  • Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
  • British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture

Per accedere ai contenuti della banca dati è necessario registrarsi qui.

Connected Histories: ricerca integrata su risorse digitali di storia inglese (1500 – 1900)

Connected Histories è un nuovo strumento che consente di condurre ricerche integrate su 15 risorse digitali che contengono documenti, fonti primarie e fonti bibliografiche utili a chi conduce studi relativi alla storia inglese moderna (dal XV al XIX secolo).

Connected Histories brings together a range of digital resources related to early modern and nineteenth century Britain with a single federated search that allows sophisticated searching of namesplaces and dates, as well as the ability to save, connect and share resources within a personal workspace.

Il motore di ricerca è stato sviluppato dal Humanities Research Institute (HRI), Università di Sheffield. Il sito web è gestito dall’Institute of Historical Research di Londra. Si tratta di un progetto non-profit realizzato con il contributo del JISC.

Qui è disponibile un breve filmato di presentazione che illustra tutte le potenzialità di ricerca offerte dal sito.

Molto belli anche i percorsi di ricerca guidati, dedicati ad aree tematiche specifiche: crimine e giustizia; storia della famiglia; storia di Londra; storia imperiale e coloniale; storia locale; storia dell’istituzione parlamentare; povertà e opere di carità; storia religiosa; storia attraverso le immagini.

Riportiamo l’elenco delle risorse e delle banche dati digitali al momento interrogabili attraverso il motore di ricerca (purtroppo molte di queste risorse sono a pagamento, quindi i dati sono accessibili solo per le istituzioni che hanno sottoscritto un contratto di abbonamento):

  • British History Online: the digital library of primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain, from the Middle Ages to c.1900 (banca dati a pagamento).
  • British Museum Images: the collection provides searchable access to almost 100,000 images, relating to early modern and 19th-century Britain (free).
  • British Newspapers, 1600-1900: the most comprehensive digital historic British newspaper archive in existence, with 3 million pages of historic newspapers, newsbooks and ephemera from national and regional papers (banca dati a pagamento).
  • Charles Booth Online Archive: it provides access to guides, digitised images and maps from the Booth archive collections at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of London Library (free).
  • Convict Transportation Registers Database: information on more than 123,000 of the 160,000 convicts transported to Australia between 1787 and 1867 included in the Convict Transportation Registers Series (HO 11) held in The National Archives of the UK (free).
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers: it gives access to page images and searchable full text for over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers and supplementary information from 1688 onwards (banca dati a pagamento).
  • John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera: the collection provides access to more than 67,000 scanned items from the Bodleian Library’s holdings documenting various aspects of everyday life in Britain from the 18th to the early 20th century (banca dati a pagamento).
  • John Strype’s Survey of London Online: this is a full-text electronic version of John Strype’s enormous two-volume survey of 1720, complete with its celebrated maps and plates, which depict the prominent buildings, street plans and ward boundaries of the late Stuart capital (free).
  • London Lives 1690-1800: it provides a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscript pages from eight London archives and 15 datasets, giving access to 3.5 million names (free).
  • Origins.net: it offers online access to some of the richest ancestral information available. The collection searchable through Connected Histories focuses on the early modern history of London (banca dati a pagamento).
  • The Proceedings of Old Bailey Online, 1674-1913: it contains accounts of the trials conducted at London’s central criminal court between 1674 and 1913; and also the Ordinary’s Accounts – detailed narratives of the lives and deaths of convicts executed at Tyburn, published between 1676 and 1772 (free).

URL: <http://www.connectedhistories.org>

 

Un sito dedicato alla storia del Parlamento inglese

The History of Parliament Online è il sito collegato al monumentale progetto The History of Parliament, un’opera a stampa ancora in corso di lavorazione (28 i volumi finora pubblicati) che raccoglie tutta la documentazione relativa alla storia del Parlamento inglese, dal XIII secolo ai nostri giorni.

La versione online contiene più di 21.000 biografie e circa 3.000 documenti già pubblicati nella versione a stampa, oltre a materiali inediti (una raccolta di immagini + articoli introduttivi e di approfondimento che aiutano il lettore a focalizzare i concetti chiave e i principali eventi della storia parlamentare dell’Inghilterra).

The History of Parliament Online contains the 21,420 biographies and the 2,831 constituency surveys so far published by the History of Parliament. New material added for the online version includes a growing collection of images, some new introductory articles on individual parliaments, and interpretative articles on events and concepts of significance for parliamentary history.

The History of Parliament is a research project creating a comprehensive account of the parliamentary politics in England, then Britain, from their origins in the thirteenth century. Unparalleled in the comprehensiveness of its treatment, the History is generally regarded as one of the most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched projects in British history.

It consists of detailed studies of elections and electoral politics in each constituency, and of closely researched accounts of the lives of everyone who was elected to Parliament in the period, together with surveys drawing out the themes and discoveries of the research and adding information on the operation of Parliament as an institution.

Twenty-eight volumes covering eight periods have already been published. They deal with 1386-1421, 1509-1558, 1558-1603, 1660-1690, 1690-1715, 1715-1754, 1754-1790 and 1790-1820: in all about 20million words, 20,000 pages, 17,000 biographies, covering 281 years of parliamentary history.

With the exception of the 1690-1715 volumes published in 2002, the other twenty-three volumes with revisions and additional material were reissued in 1998 as a CD-ROM in collaboration with Cambridge University Press.

URL: <http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/>

bpi1700: British Printed Images to 1700

Segnaliamo bpi1700, una bellissima collezione digitale di stampe, incisioni e illustrazioni prodotte in Inghilterra prima del 1700.

This website, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, makes available a database of thousands of prints and book illustrations from early modern Britain in fully-searchable form. It also offers ancillary facilities aimed to enhance users’ understanding and appreciation of the material it presents, such as various resources contextualising prints and printmaking, as well as original research on British prints to 1700.

The project began in April 2006, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under their Resource Enhancement Scheme. Led by Professor Michael Hunter from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London, bpi1700 is a collaboration between Birkbeck and technical staff at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s College, London. The project has also involved the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, and the Department of Word and Image at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The core of the project is the database, a fully searchable library of several thousand printed images. The image records have been organized in such a way that copies and variations of the same print are gathered together within a single record (for further information on the rationale of the database, click here). Prints can be searched for by producer, by name of person depicted, and by subject, and it is possible to combine various search criteria. The subject search is based on a systematically organized thesaurus arranged by topic, based on and largely compatible with ICONCLASS (for further information see >>The subject index).

URL: <http://www.britishprintedimagesto1700.org.uk>

[via Stefan Heßbrüggen]

London Lives 1690-1800: vivere a Londra nel Settecento

London Lives 1690–1800: Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis è un progetto delle Università di Sheffield e Herefordshiren che rende disponibile l’edizione digitale di 240.000 manoscritti e consente di effettuare ricerche incrociate per gli oltre 3 milioni di nomi di persona citati nei singoli documenti.

Si tratta di una risorsa preziosa per gli studiosi di storia sociale perché offre uno spaccato della vita quotidiana dei ceti meno abbienti nella Londra del XVIII secolo e permette di ricostruire la biografia di uomini e donne altrimenti dimenticati dalla storia.

London Lives makes available, in a fully digitised and searchable form, a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners. This resource includes over 240,000 manuscript and printed pages from eight London archives and is supplemented by fifteen datasets created by other projects. It provides access to historical records containing over 3.35 million name instances. Facilities are provided to allow users to link together records relating to the same individual, and to compile biographies of the best documented individuals.

Qui una bella recensione alla risorsa: http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1001

URL: <http://www.londonlives.org>

Living The Poor Lives: documenti di archivio di epoca vittoriana

Il progetto inglese Living The Poor Lives, curato da The Nationial Archives, mette a disposizione in rete migliaia di documenti d’archivio di epoca vittoriana del Poor Law Board che aiutano a far luce sulle condizioni delle classi indigenti nell’Inghilterra del XIX secolo.

Dalla pagina di presentazione del progetto:

Thousands of pages of Victorian workhouse and poor law records have been made available online today following the conclusion of a major project by The National Archives.

Living the Poor Life involved more than 200 volunteers across the country, including local and family historians, researching and cataloguing 19th century records from the huge Ministry of Health archive (MH12).

The records comprise letters, reports and memos passed between local and national poor law authorities and help shed light on the lives and experiences of the Victorian poor.

You will see details of individual paupers, cases of neglect and cruelty, and workhouse staff as well as source material to study indoor and outdoor poor relief, education, building work, local politics and labour history, such as trade unions, Chartism and friendly societies. The material is very strong on public health and contains accounts of both physical and mental health matters.

URL: <http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/workhouse.asp>

The Archives Hub: fondi archivistici delle istituzioni di ricerca del Regno Unito

The Archives Hub è un portale che dà accesso alla descrizione di migliaia di fondi archivistici conservati presso oltre 180 istituzioni universitarie e di ricerca del Regno Unito.

The Archives Hub è un progetto finanziato dal JISC.

Dalla pagina delle FAQ:

The Archives Hub provides descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges and a number of research institutes and museums. It does not hold any archives but rather provides a means to cross-search descriptions of archives. In order to find out more about a collection and about access arrangements, you will need to contact the repository that holds the material. The Hub descriptions always include a link to the contact details from the repository name. Click on this link to get to the Archon entry for the repository, which provides email, telephone number, website and address details. Archon is The National Archives’ directory of archive repositories.

URL: <http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/index.html>

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