BIUM offers a tastefully-designed and visually appealing site on the history of medicine that will interest researchers in the sciences as well as in the humanities and social sciences. The site offers access to a catalog of its holdings and recent acquisitions, an image database, a biographical database, online journals, conference proceedings, bibliographies and a few theses. The availability of digitized texts (ancient history, medical specialties and varia) and links to other scholarly online documents makes this site a very valuable resource.
Not affiliated to an academic institution but the material selected could of interest to scholars. "The site was conceived as a gateway site for any one interested in studying the early modern period (c.1500-1800), offering the widest possible range of (free-to-use) links arranged in a user-friendly manner." The site is maintained by Sharon Howard, PhD in History from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth.
"WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalog of the Web." "Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web."
The aim of this program "is to advance the scholarship of young historians of many nations interested in aspects of Atlantic history in the formative years; to help create an international community of scholars familiar with approaches, archives, and intellectual traditions different from their ownl and ultimately to further international understanding."
Selected Internet Resources for History (Associations and Societies):
"AHA is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies, the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, and the dissemination of historical research."
"Foundation has been dedicated to preserving and promoting the complex and centuries-old culture of the Sephardic communities of Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, Europe and the U.S. Emigration, and the devastation of the Holocaust, have combined to weaken historic communities which had resisted assimilation, where Ladino, the Sephardic language, was used continuously and unique cultural traditions were practiced."
"Full text of classics of historiography, works of methodology, theory and philosophy of history, key works of the historiographical debates, classics of historical erudition, travel literature, historical narratives of the rise and development of particular sciences, arts or techniques, literary works of historiographical relevance, handbooks of history for schools and universities, belonging to modern intellectual history (XVI-XXth centuries)." Description taken from the Italian History Index.
"AHDS History is the national service provider for the acquisition, dissemination and preservation of electronic historical materials and is one of the five centres of the Arts and Humanities Data Service." Based at the University of Essex.
"The Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank is a project established at Rutgers University and originally cosponsored by the Research Libraries Group (RLG), Inc. Its aim is to provide scholars with an expanding library of information in electronic format on the medieval and early modern periods of European history, circa 800-1815."
Selected Internet Resources for History (Electronic Projects):
Sponsored by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Gallica is a vast and growing collection of digitized resources in French and other Western European languages. It currently offers 70,000 digitized texts. The emphasis of the site is on documents of historical or cultural value. Some sections of the site focus on literary collections such as Gallica classique or on specific themes such as Proust or utopia.
"The present collection in hypertext format inspired by the Spanish and Portuguese Historical Society (SPHP) and sustained by Lynn Nelson (University of Kansas), Jack Owens (Idaho State University), and Ignacio López Martín (European University Institute) is since 1996 the first step of a wider project regarding the use of Internet to study Early Modern Iberian history."
"The Monastic Database is being constructed at the University of Hong Kong under the direction of Dr Peter Cunich in the Department of History. Its principal aim is to gather together in one place as much data as possible concerning the monks, nuns and friars of England and Wales who were alive in the period from 1500 until the dissolution of the monasteries (1536-40). It will also include data concerning the later careers of these religious from the time of the dissolution until the early years of the seventeenth century."
"The Bristish Library holds 90,000 old pamphlets, many published in the 19th century or the early part of the 20th century. This is primary source material, published and written by pressure groups, political parties and individual campaigners. Much of the original collection was donated to the Library in its early years. It is therefore a unique resource for historical research."
Full-text historical documents. "The Avalon Project is dedicated to providing access via the World Wide Web to primary source materials in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. "
Selected Internet Resources for History (Electronic Projects -- Medieval History):
"LIBRO is a joint project of the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain and the University of Central Arkansas. A growing full-text online resource of "recent, but out-of-print university press monographs."
"This site sets out all the documents available and will help you find the document you need. It is divided into three sections and contains links to legislation, activity reports, brochures, audio-visual material, internal documents, archives, etc."
International Bibliography of Historical Demography. Maintained by the Laboratoire de démographie in the Université de Liège. "the project has been funded by the French Société de Démographie Historique (S.D.H.), the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (I.U.S.S.P.), and the International Committee of Historical Sciences (I.C.H.S.)."
"The archival holdings of the university comprise some 3,700 discrete collections which contain some 250,000 individual items, most of them relating to the history and culture of the North-east of Scotland." "The printed holdings of Department of Special Libraries and Archives consist of some 150,000 items. About one third of these were published prior to 1800. These include some 231 incunabula, over 4200 16th-century continental imprints, a similar number of early English and Scottish printed books, and larger numbers from the 17th and 18th centuries."
"Created by Stewart Lloyd-Jones in September 1998. Originally named the Contemporary Portuguese History Research Centre, our initial intention was to use the global reach of the internet to provide a store of documentary material related to the history of the Portuguese Republic - to use new technology to facilitate and to promote the study of Portugal."
"The Erasmus Center For Early Modern Studies at the Faculty of History and Arts Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, provides the organizational focus for research in Early Modern Social, Political, Cultural and Intellectual History (15th to 18th centuries), in particular in relation to the rich collections of Early Modern books and broad-sheets at the Public Library, Rotterdam. These comprise 30,000 volumes of Early Modern books and broad-sheets, among them the ca. 10,000 volumes of Erasmus� works and of contemporary work on Erasmus at the Erasmus Collection, one of the most complete collections in the world."
"This project is intended to assist researchers who are planning to use European libraries and archives. The focus is on materials found in western European repositories from the Atlantic area eastward. Included are all kinds of archival and library resources available in western Europe."
"The Institute of Historical Research is part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study. Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, close to the British Library and other centres of specialist research, it is an important resource and meeting place for scholars from all over the world."
"The Library of Congress (LC)collections from or pertaining to Europe began with the acquisition of Thomas Jefferson's personal library, which contained representative works of European culture in many subjects." The LC European "holdings are especially strong in history, literature, and the social sciences. The French, German, and Russian collections, an estimated 3,500,000 volumes, are the strongest among the European collections."
Established by Royal Charter in 1902. "It is an independent, self-governing fellowship of c. 750 scholars, elected for distinction and achievement in one or more branches of the academic disciplines that make up the humanities and social sciences."
"With the Archives Portal, UNESCO provides a single interactive access point to information for archivists and users of archives worldwide. Visitors can browse through pre-established categories or search for specific words."
"The Newberry Library is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts."
Copac is a union catalog in the UK. It "is formed by merging the online library catalogues of members of the Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL), plus a few other specialist databases and collections. There are 26 CURL libraries currently contributing their catalogue to Copac, including the British Library and National Library of Scotland."
The HOLLIS Catalog is a "database containing over 9 million records for more than 14 million books, journals, manuscripts, government documents, maps, microforms, music scores, sound recordings, visual materials, and data files."
"For qualified scholars, the Huntington Library is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization. Collections include rare books and manuscripts principally in the areas of British and American history and literature, 15th century European books, history of science, maritime history, and Renaissance exploration and cartography."
The département des Manuscrits of the Bibliothèque nationale de France offers a world-class collection of medieval resources. Western European manuscripts are housed in the division occidentale. The image database Mandragore of the département contains 100,000 records to date (see link under "Electronic Projects" below).
"The collections of early Western printed books at the British Library have their origins in the foundation collections of the British Museum Library. These include the libraries of such great collectors as Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), King George III (ruled 1760-1820) (The King's Library), Charles Burney (1757-1817), Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), and Thomas Grenville (1755-1846)." "The Early Printed Collections department develops and provides access to materials printed in Britain and Ireland before 1915, and elsewhere in Western Europe before 1851. Besides books, these collections include periodicals and pre-1801 London newspapers, fine bindings, decorated papers, early original photographs, and many kinds of printed ephemera."
"A searchable illustrated catalogue of all the western illuminated manusripts in the British Library. The Library holds one of the richest collections of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in the world."
A Library of Congress site. "Compiled in Lisbon in 1630, this manuscript atlas was the work of Jo�o Teixeira, who served as cosmographer to the king of Portugal and is considered the most prolific Portuguese cartographer of the seventeenth century."
A collaborative project of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze and the Istituto Universitario Europeo, with the participation of the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza di Firenze and the Istituto Geografico Militare.
A Newspaper digitisation project from the British Library. It will offer user "Free access to a virtual library of nationally, regionally and locally important digitised British newspapers from 1800 to 1900."
EUFeeds is a special-purpose RSS aggregator for European newspapers that provides access to more than 300 papers from the European Union. Provided by the European Journalism Centre in the Netherlands, this site lets you quickly browse the print media from each EU member nation.
"A joint project by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, conducted under the auspices of the eLib (Electronic Libraries) Programme. It aimed to digitise substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals, and make these images available on the Internet, together with their associated bibliographic data. The project finished in 1999, and no additional material will be added."
Selected Internet Resources for History (Programs and Seminars -- Medieval Studies):
"One of the UK's largest communities of medievalists. In addition to its teaching and thriving research, the Institute produces the International Medieval Bibliography (IMB), hosts the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Europe's largest annual gathering of medievalists, and offers expert resources and networking facilities in all fields of medieval studies worldwide."
"The British Museum holds in trust for the nation and the world a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures. Housed in one of Britain's architectural landmarks, the collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning two million years of human history. Access to the collections is free."
FRAME is a project based at the Universities of Leeds and Durham (UK) which aims to compile an extensive and regularly updated database of Narratives of War and Occupation in France from 1939 to the present.
"BISS collects the history of science writings published in Italy: monographs, periodical articles, articles of miscellaneous works and book reviews. Articles published in monthly or less-frequent periodicals and publications with a popular or educational aim are excluded."
"Through purchases in 1927 and 1929, the Library of Congress acquired the nucleus of its general book collections in Portuguese history and literature and an important group of documents now in available to researchers in the Manuscript Reading Room. Like the books and pamphlets, the majority of the 600 manuscripts can be traced to the private libraries of two Portuguese collectors, conde de Olivais e Penha Longa and Antonio Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro."
Selected Internet Resources for History (Resources -- Spain):
"WESS represents librarians and others who specialize or are otherwise professionally involved in the acquisition, organization, and use of information sources originating in or related to Western European countries. WESS' aim is to promote the improvement of library services supporting study and research in Western European affairs from ancient times to the present."