The Harvard Library has an astounding number of resources, with new titles coming in every day! For help efficiently navigating it all, make an appointment to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.
Among our newest e-resources:
Note: “about” descriptions are taken from the resources themselves.
Afghanistan and the US, 1945-1963 : Records of US State Department Classified Files
About: Afghanistan’s history, internal political development, foreign relations, and very existence as an independent state have largely been determined by its geographic location at the crossroads of Central, West, and South Asia. In modern times, as well as in antiquity, vast armies of the world passed through Afghanistan, temporarily establishing local control and often dominating Iran and northern India. Islam has played a key role in the formation of Afghanistan as well. Although it was the scene of great empires and flourishing trade for over two millennia, Afghanistan did not become a truly independent nation until the twentieth century.
The U.S. State Department Central Classified Files are the definitive source of American diplomatic reporting on political, military, social, and economic developments throughout the world in the twentieth century.
This collection of U.S. State Department Central Classified Files relating to internal and foreign affairs contain a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats, including special reports, studies and statistics, court proceedings, interviews, and meetings of minutes.
Afghanistan in 1919: The Third Anglo-Afghan War
About: The Third Anglo-Afghan War began on 6 May 1919 and ended with an armistice on 8 August 1919. While it was essentially a minor tactical victory for the British in so much as they were able to repel the regular Afghan forces, in many ways it was a strategic victory for the Afghans. This collection of confidential correspondence, memoranda, orders, reports and other materials provide a broad spectrum of information on military policy and administration, including the organization, operations and equipment of the army during the war. Afghanistan has been called the “graveyard of empires” due to the negative experiences there by would-be British and Russian imperialists and now that the U.S. and NATO are embroiled in an enduring counter-insurgency campaign in that country themselves, a look at the mistakes of the past can prove edifying. This collection of India Office records provides an opportunity to assess the lessons learned by the British and apply them to the current situation.
American History, 1493-1945
About: This unique collection documents American History from the earliest settlers to the mid-twentieth century. It is sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the finest archives available for the study of American History.
Module I: Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
Module II: (coming soon) Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Artemis Primary Sources
About: Gale Artemis is a path-breaking research experience that unites Gale’s globally acclaimed digital archives. Artemis Primary Sources allows researchers to uncover primary source documents in archives where they may not have thought to look, greatly enhancing their research experience. By building a seamless research environment for multiple collections, Gale is creating the largest digital humanities and social sciences collection in the world.
Starting with Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), Gale began to incorporate our primary source collections into Artemis Primary Sources, enabling researchers, teachers, and students to cross-search these collections and discover and analyze content in entirely new ways.
This program continues to expand, with the addition of the following products and series incorporated into Artemis Primary Sources, all in one integrated research environment:
- Associated Press Collections Online series of archives
Smithsonian Collections Online series of archives
Indigenous Peoples: North America
The Making of the Modern World
The Making of Modern Law series of archives
Our historical newspaper vault
About: E-books and e-journals database where you will the best access to high quality content in Catalan language.
Thousands of books of the most prestigious publishers as well as the most relevant journals in different subjects.
About: Books of the most prestigious publishers and Portuguese universities, as well as the most relevant journals in different subjects.
The best access to high quality content in Portuguese.
DOCOMOMO Architecture routes
DOCOMOMO Registers database
About: La Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico elabora rutas de arquitectura sobre los edificios incluidos en sus registros. Se centran en una localidad o en un autor, e incluyen un plano guía, indicaciones de acceso, textos explicativos, fotografías, planimetría y otros recursos de interés.
The Iberian DOCOMOMO Foundation publishes these documents covering works included in the registers. In them are recent photographic reports on the buildings, images of the period, drawings and detailed bibliographies of the buildings.
Early American Imprints, Evans Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society, 1652-1800
Early American Imprints, Shaw-Shoemaker Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819
About: includes almanacs, broadsides, chapbooks, elegies, imaginary letters, maps, poems, sermons, treaties, and more.
Early American Newspapers, Series 11
About: Based on the renowned holdings of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), Series 11 provides online access to more than 130 titles from all 50 present states. Created for students and scholars in diverse academic disciplines, Series 11 offers new coverage of diverse facets U.S. history, culture and daily life, while significantly extending the political and geographical breadth and depth of the ten previous series. Among the titles in Series 11 are many of the better and more successful newspapers in each American region—publications that survived on their own merits after the first wave of less-popular titles in the region died out. Also included are elusive runs of especially noteworthy newspapers that have only recently become available.
European Colonialism in the Early 20th Century: Colonialism and Nationalism in the Dutch East Indies
About: The Dutch East Indies experienced the replacement of company rule by Dutch government rule and the complete transformation of Java into a colonial society and the successful extension of colonial rule to Sumatra and the eastern archipelago during the early 20th century. The boundaries of the modern state of Indonesia were defined during this time and the process of generally exploitative political, military, and economic integration began. This collection comprises correspondence, studies and reports, cables, maps, and other kinds of documents related to U.S. consular activities. U.S. Consulates were listening posts reporting on the activities of the Dutch colonial government and the activities of the native peoples. Includes 15,213 images covering 1910-1930.
Germanistick Online Datenbank
Germanistik, the leading international publication covering German Language and Literary Studies, is now available as online database. More than 50 years of German philology are searchable electronically. The history of the discipline – critically reviewed, systematized and keyworded – is accessible online in more than 60,000 abstracts and summaries. Altogether, approximately 350,000 monographic studies, collected volumes and journals from the areas of literature, theatre studies, media studies, cultural history, and linguistics are made accessible bibliographically.
The database will be continually expanded to include the current volume containing about 8,000 new entries and over 1,000 short papers. It provides a category-specific, full-text and detailed search and differentiated and convenient access to authors, editors, article and review writers, titles, papers, publication years and keywords. All relevant data are cross-linked. The online edition provides access to extensive subject coverage for every entered title with information on the content of the respective book or article.
Global Times 环球时报 newspaper
India from Crown Rule to Republic, 1945-1949: Records of the U.S. State Department
About: Independent India’s first years were marked with turbulent events – partition, a massive exchange of population with Pakistan, the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 and the integration of over 500 princely states to form a united nation. This collection identifies the key issues, individuals, and events in the history of the Subcontinent between 1945 and 1949, and places them in the context of the complex and dynamic regional strategic, political, and economic processes that have fashioned India in the postwar period.
The Indian Army and Colonial Warfare on the Frontiers of India, 1914-1920
About: For generations of British and Indian Officers and men, the North-West Frontier was the scene of repeated skirmishes and major campaigns against the trans-border Pathan tribes who inhabited the mountainous no-man’s land between India and Afghanistan. This collection contains Army Lists; Orders; Instructions; Regulations; Acts; Manuals; Strength Returns; Orders of Battle; Administration Summaries; organization, commissions, committees, reports, maneuvers; departments of the Indian Army; and regimental narratives. This collection is a welcome addition to the new-flourishing literature on the military history of South Asia and the growing field of serious study of the British military experience in India.
India-Pakistan Conflict: Records of the U.S. State Department, February 1963-1966
About: Over 16,000 pages of State Department Central Files on India and Pakistan from 1963 through 1966 make this collection a standard documentary resource for the study of the political relations between India and Pakistan during a crucial period in the Cold War and the shifting alliances and alignments in South Asia.
Late Qing Dynasty Periodical Full-text Database (1833-1911) 晚清期刊全文數據庫
About: It covers around 280,000 pieces of historical documents from 302 periodicals published during 1833~1911. The extensive collection has covered almost all the periodicals published during such critical periods later known as the Opium Wars, Westernization Movement, Reform Movement of 1898 and Revolution of 1911. It contains the Women’s Periodicals that advocated women’s liberation and mental enlightenment, the Four Major Late Qing Dynasty Novel Journals as emerged during the great flourishing period of novels of the late Qing Dynasty, the Vernacular Chinese Periodicals founded to explore the people’s mind and spread new knowledge, and the Science and Technology Periodicals which introduced new technologies and spread scientific knowledge. The search terms of the database include title, author and periodical, etc. Users may have access to some 280,000 pieces of historical documents and browse or download them in full text.
Making of the Modern World Part 2
About: With approximately 5,000 titles, this collection takes The Making of Modern World series into the early 20th century. Comprised mainly of monographs, reports, correspondence, speeches, and surveys, this collection broadens Gale’s international coverage of social, economic, and business history, as well as political science, technology, industrialization and the birth of the modern corporation.
Researchers of world history, political science, philosophy, business/economics, law, and women’s studies, this collection provides a unique and in-depth view into the late half of the 19th century world.
Cross-searchable with the first installment of The Making of the Modern World series, this collection, combined with Part I, will provide access to 450 years of world history.
About: The database Nietzsche Online provides researchers and readers complete online access to the editions, interpretations and reference works on one of the most important philosophers. Users thus obtain access to a comprehensive database containing the research results of the last forty years. In addition to the authoritative editions of the works (KGW) and the letters (KGB), Nietzsche Online contains all De Gruyter publications on Nietzsche. Due to the cross-referencing to the full texts and the further interpretations, the headwords of the Nietzsche dictionary have become an even more indispensable basis for the research and understanding of Nietzsche’s work.
Romanische Bibliographie Online
About: The online version of Romance Studies Bibliography, the only comprehensive specialist bibliography for this discipline, provides electronic access to the approximate 460,000 entries of the volumes 1965–2013, categorized according to the tried-and-tested structure tree (system key). Approximately 10,000 new entries will be added on a continuous basis every year.
The database features a category-specific and detailed search with differentiated and convenient access to the authors, editors, article and review writers, titles, publication years, keywords, and system keys.
Sukarno and the Army-PKI Rivalry in the Years of Living Dangerously, 1960-1963
About: The records in this collection cover the internal and foreign policies, personalities, and events in a pivotal period of Indonesian history. The charismatic leader of Indonesia, Achmed Sukarno, steered his country between the political machinations of the Army Staff and the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). These records consist of essential memoranda, correspondence, telegrams, memoranda of conversations, reports, and news articles and cover all aspects of U.S. relations with Indonesia, Indonesian internal affairs, and Indonesia’s relations with its neighbors.
Very Short Introductions Online
About: Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory. [Note: it also includes a few legal topics!]
Since the series was launched it has continued to offer new books each year for students and scholars, and the avidly curious, offering a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.
Vossische Zeitung Online, 1918-1934
About: The Vossische Zeitung is one of the most outstanding sources for the study of political reporting and public opinion in Germany. The Vossische Zeitung Online. 1918 – 1934 database contains every issue of the Berlin daily newspaper from the end of World War I to the beginning of the “Third Reich” with all of the newspaper’s coverage and commentaries on the political, social and cultural events of that epoch.
The database contains approx. 10,500 issues with more than 127,000 pages, spanning the period from 1918 until 1934.
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