Region-focused Collections

Guide for African digital libraries and resources for finding digital collections on Africa

African Online Digital Library  (AODL) (Michigan State Univ) offers photographs, videos, archival documents, maps, interviews and oral histories in numerous African languages.

African Activist Archive (1950s-1990s) includes: pamphlets, newsletters, leaflets, buttons, posters, photographs, and audio/video recordings relating to social justice activism in supporting Africans.

Liberia and the United States: Nation-Building in Africa, 1864-1918 and 1918-1935

Apartheid South Africa 1948-1980

Black Short Fiction and Folklore: From Africa and the African Diaspora

Akkasah Photographic Archive at NYU Abu Dhabi offers over 9000 photographs of hte Middle East and North Africa 

OurLagosHistory.com offers pamphlets, newspaper articles amd other material on the history of Lagos.

The Liberated Africans Project contains information on Africans liberated by international efforts, 1808-1896, to abolish the Atlantic slave trade. Includes material in the British National Archives and the Sierra Leone National Archives

Arabic literature of Africa online, edited by J.O.Hunwick, R.S. O'Fahey. Leiden, The Netherlands; Boston, MA : Brill

Black short fiction and folklore from Africa and the African diaspora offers stories, folktales, and short fiction by African, African American, and Caribbean authors.

BrillOnline primary sources. Western travellers in the Islamic world online covers travelogues on the Ottoman Empire, Ethiopia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, North Africa, and Iran.
Full text content in English, German, French, Italian, and Latin.

African blue books of statistics, 1821-1953

Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement and Colonial Encounters

Early Experiences in Australasia covers the arrival of the first settlers through Australian Federation.

Frontier Life: Borderlands and Colonial Encounters includes archival documents, maps, and photographs from several archives pertaining to the lives and colonial encounters of people living at the edges of the Anglophone world from 1650-1920. Geographic scope includes North America as well as Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The Glenbow Archives online collections- Canda's largest non-governmental archival repository.

houses a wide-ranging collection of unpublished archival records (such as diaries, letters, minute books, photographs, scrapbooks, speeches, membership lists, films, and sound recordings) for over 3,000 individuals, families, clubs, businesses, schools, and organizations in Calgary, southern Alberta and Western Canada. The records, which take up five kilometres of shelf space, date from the 1860s to the 1990s, and document not only the people who created them, but also the broader social, political, and economic history of this region. Areas of special focus are indigenous history or history of the First Nations (especially Blackfoot), Mounted Police, pioneer life, ranching and agriculture, the petroleum industry, politics (especially the farmers movement), labour and unions, women, the arts (especially theatre), and businesses.

Society, culture & politics in Canada: Canadiana pamphlets from McMaster University, 1818-1929

Translations of the Peking Gazette Online (1793-1912) includes English translations of Qing dynasty official edicts and memorials. Content from several publications, including the Indo-Chinese Gleaner, the Canton Register, the Chinese Repository, and the North China Herald is included creating a comprehensive collection of Peking Gazettes.

Party and Government Documents in English (PGDiE) includes official documents in English, covering various levels of Chinese government, Communist Party of China (CPC) and National People's Congress (NPC), 1921 onwards.

Foreign Office files for Japan, 1919-1952 includes Japan-specific files from the FO 371 and FO 262 series and the Western and American Department papers in FO 371. Section I: Japanese Imperialism and the War in the Pacific, 1931-1945 -- Section II: Occupation of Japan, 1946-1952 -- Section III: Japan and Great Power Status, 1919-1930.

Propaganda and the Chinese Press : global perspectives, 1946-1996 Contains articles from Xinhua, the official news agency of the People's Republic of China, covering foreign and domestic affairs from 1946-1996, translated into English. 

German foreign relations and military activities in China, 1919-1935. Records from Record Group 242: National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized, T-1141: Records of the German Foreign Ministry Pertaining to China, 1919-1935.

U.S. intelligence on Asia, 1945-1991 offers declassified documents on U.S. intelligence community. Covers People's Republic of China, North Korea and North Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia.

Japan at War and Peace, 1930-1949: U.S. State Department Records on the Internal Affairs of Japan

Meiji Japan: The Edward Sylvester Morse Collection

China: Culture and Society: The Watson Pamphlet Collection, Cornell University

The Minutes of the Shanghai Municipal Council

China, Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980

British Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980

China, America and the Pacific: Trade and Cultural Exchange

Guide for European digital libraries and resources for finding digital collections on Europe

Austria

Occupation and Independence: The Austrian Second Republic, 1945-1963

Eastern Europe

Socialism and National Unity in Yugoslavia, 1945-1963: Records of the U.S. State Department

Czechoslovakia from Liberation to Communist State, 1945-63: Records of the U.S. State Department Classified Files

France

Journaux de la Revolution (Newspapers of the French Revolution, 1848)

L'Affaire Dreyfus (The Dreyfus Affair in the Making of Modern France)

Foreign relations and colonial documents on particular regions are listed under the regions concerned.

French Revolutionary Opinions Online presents the entire corpus of public interventions by representatives in the National Convention during the trial of King Louis XVI together with other sources concerning the trial

Révolution et l'Empire includes works by Aulard, Barante, Louis Blanc, Buchez, Jaurès, Lamartine, Michelet, Quinet, Thiers ou Tocqueville and others.

The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe (1769-1794) tracks the dissemination of over 400,000 copies of almost 4,000 editions of 3,600 works by Swiss publisher-bookseller, the Société typographique de Neuchâtel (STN).

Digital Correspondence of Voltaire project

Bibliotheque Diplomatique Numerique (Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères) offers digitized diplomatic documents

Actes royaux français, 1256-1794

French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) 

Germany

Foreign relations and colonial documents on particular regions are listed under the regions concerned.

East Germany from Stalinization to the new economic policy, 1950-1963 contains largely instructions to and despatches from U.S. diplomatic, and consular personnel regarding political, military, economic, social, industrial, and other internal conditions and events in East Germany.
Digitization of the microfilm Records of the U.S. Department of State Relating to the Internal Affairs of East Germany

The Economy and War in the Third Reich, 1933-1944

German Folklore and Popular Culture: Das Kloster

Illustrated Magazines of the Weimar Republic

Ireland

The Dublin Castle Records, 1798-1926

Guide for Latin American digital libraries and resources for finding digital collections on Latin America

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. It is organized into thematic collections (including a science and medicine themed clustering), a full list of which you can find here.'

Caribbean Literature (19th-20th centuries) includes published works, manuscripts, archival and other kinds of materials in various languages.

Cuban culture and cultural relations, 1959- offers ca. 45,000 documents from the Casa de las Américas in Havana, documenting the culture and cultural relations of Revolutionary Cuba and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Conde de Montemar website provides open access to a collection of letters from the family of Diego José Carrillo de Albornoz y Bravo de Lagunas, V Count of Montemar from Lima, Perú. The collection, housed in Illinois’s RBML, comprises some 280 letters between 1761 and 1799.

Latin American & Caribbean Digital Primary Sources is a link collection of open access resources.

Feminism in Cuba: Nineteenth through Twentieth Century Archival Documents

Latin American Women Writers

Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture

World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean

SUR, 1931-1992 (Argentine literary magazine)

Guide for Middle Eastern digital libraries and resources for finding digital collections on the Middle East

Akkasah Photographic Archive at NYU Abu Dhabi offers over 9000 photographs of hte Middle East and North Africa 

 Jewish Press (1850s-1990s, largely 1900-1950) includes Jewish and Hebrew periodicals in Hebrew, French, Yiddish, English, Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-Arabic, Russian, and Hungarian published in Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Confidential print. Middle East, 1839-1969. Marlborough, UK : Adam Matthew Digital. Confidential prints were informational documents printed by the British Foreign and Colonial Offices and distributed privately to their officials. Includes Egypt.

BrillOnline primary sources. Western travellers in the Islamic world online covers travelogues on the Ottoman Empire, Ethiopia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, North Africa, and Iran. Full text content in English, German, French, Italian, and Latin.

U.S. and Iraqi Relations: U.S. Technical Aid, 1950-1958

U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009

The Cyprus Crisis in 1967

Anarchist periodicals (Russian anarchist periodicals of the early 20th century)

The Russian Civil War and American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, 1918-20 reproduces letters, reports, memoranda, cablegrams, maps, charts, and other kinds of records.

Alexander III and the policy of "Russification," 1883-1886 offers documents from the British Foreign Office Records of General Correspondence for Russia (F.O. 65).

Cult of Body Online offers primary sources on sports and physical culture in Russia, 1891-1919

Early Russian Cinema Online

Commercial and Trade Relations Between Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union and the U.S., 1910-1963

World War I and Revolution in Russia, 1914-1918

Illiustrirovannaia Rossiia Digital Archive, 1924-1939

Stalin Digital Archive

Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System

India-Pakistan Conflict: Records of the U.S. State Department, February 1963-1966

Afghanistan and the US, 1945-1963: Records of US State Department Classified Files

Afghanistan in 1919: The Third Anglo-Afghan War. From the India Office records.

Balochistan Archives includes a catalog of holdings of books, maps,and manuscripts, as well as finding aids to archival collections, together with a digital collection of books, manuscripts, maps, and genealogies concerning Balochistan Province, Pakistan.

European Colonialism in the Early 20th Century: Colonialism and Nationalism in the Dutch East Indies (1910-1930) offers US State Department documents, including correspondence, studies and reports, cables, maps, etc., related to U.S. consular activities.

India from Crown Rule to Republic, 1945-1949: Records of the U.S. State Department

Southeast Asia Digital Library

The Indian Army and Colonial Warfare on the Frontiers of India, 1914-1920 concerns the area between India and Afghanistan. Includes over 5,000 images and a wide variety of military records and regimental histories. From the British Library

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Section II: South Asian Conflicts and Independence for Bangladesh, 1964-71. Sections on additional subjects will be added in the future.

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Section II (1947-1980) contains the DO 133, DO 134, FO 371 and FCO 37 files from The National Archives, Kew.

Online Burma/Myanmar Library is an index to over 30,000 full texts of individual Burma documents on the Internet. It also houses articles, conference papers, theses, books, reports, archives and directories. Includes the Burma Press Summary archive).

Sukarno and the Army-PKI Rivalry in the Years of Living Dangerously, 1960-1963 includes US Department of State records consisting of memoranda, correspondence, telegrams, memoranda of conversations, reports, and news articles concerning U.S. relations with Indonesia, Indonesian internal affairs, and Indonesia’s foreign relations.

East India Company. Module 1, Trade, governance and Empire, 1600-1947 offers documents from the India Office Records at the British Library.

U.S. intelligence on Asia, 1945-1991 offers declassified documents on U.S. intelligence community. Covers People's Republic of China, North Korea and North Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia.

South and Southeast Asian literature :classic and postcolonial writers in English, 1825 to present
Summary: The collection comprises literature written originally in English by writers who either were born in or identify themselves culturally with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Fiji. Because the South and Southeast Asian Diasporas are so widely cast, the collection also includes the work of writers living or working in Africa, the United Kingdom, North America, and the Caribbean. The collection will focus upon literature written during the late-colonial and postcolonial eras, but it will also include earlier work that is essential to scholarship in this area.

India, Raj and Empire

Area Studies: India

The International Women's Movement: The Pan Pacific / Southeast Asia Women

South and Southeast Asian Literature: Classic and Postcolonial Writers in English, 1825 to Present

See also: Guide for UK digital libraries and resources for finding digital collections on the United Kingdom.

Foreign relations and colonial documents on particular regions are listed under the regions concerned.

Victorian Popular Culture: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema offers sources for Victorian and Edwardian optics, magic lantern shows, panoramas, dioramas, early photography, and early motion pictures. Includes objects, ephemera, books and journals. Material is from the collections of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, University of Exeter.

Queen Victoria's Journals

British Printed Images to 1700 is a searchable database of prints and book illustration.

John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera (18th-20th centuries). Collection, housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, documents everyday life in Britain. Currently consists of five categories: Nineteenth-Century Entertainment; The Booktrade; Popular prints; Crimes, murders and executions; and Advertising.

Old Bailey Online - Proceedings of the Old Bailey

Mass Observation Online (social research on everyday life in Britain)

The Papers of Joseph Chamberlain

The Papers of Neville Chamberlain

The Papers of Sir Austen Chamberlain

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries, from 1500-1950

The Grand Tour: British Travel on the Continent

Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975: Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest

London Low Life: Street Culture, Social Reform, and the Victorian Underworld

Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets

State Papers Online: Early Modern Government in Britain and Europe

Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972

This page lists subject-specific digital collections.  For general US digital libraries and other lists of digital collections

Foreign relations, State Dept., and intelligence documents on particular regions are listed under the regions concerned.

American History, 1493-1945 (The Gilder Lehrman Collection)

China, America and the Pacific: Trade and Cultural Exchange

Law and Society Since the Civil War: American Legal Manuscripts from the Harvard Law School Library

Victorian Popular Culture

Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement and Colonial Encounters

The American West

Overland Journeys: Travels in the West, 1800-1880

This list of eras is rough and intended to loosely group the resources

Colonial America to 1763

Colonial North America at Harvard Library

Colonial America (Correspondence between the British government and the American colonies)

The Virginia Company Archives

Revolutionary America, 1763-1789

The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution

Early Republic 1789-1836

Alexander Hamilton Papers

Tocqueville's Democracy in America: Editions, Translations, Sources, Interpretation

Antebellum 1836-1860

Civil War/Reconstruction, 1860 to 1875

Gilded Age/Progressive, 1876 to 1929

Progressive Era: Reform, Regulation, and Rights (1872-1934) and Voices of Reform (1875-1945)

The Gilded Age

Victorian Popular Culture

Depression/WWII, 1929 to 1945

Cold War era, 1946 to 1990

The Nixon Years, 1969-1974: Complete FCO 7 and FCO 82 Files from the National Archives, Kew

Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975: Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest

The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives, 1960 to 1974

Post-Cold War era, 1990- .