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EARLY MODERN

HISTORY RESOURCES

Edited by Emma-Louise Hill, with contributions from Dr Rebekah Higgitt (University of Kent), Dr Amy Blakeway (University of St Andrews), Anna Turnham (MEMS), Graeme Millen (MEMS), Dr Suzanna Ivanič (MEMS), and Dr Marta Musso (King's College London)

Images

 

Art UK - A database of artworks held in UK public art collections, in collaboration with over 3,200 British Institutions. 

 

Artstor - A digital library of over 1.6 million high resolution images of artwork from all over the world. It provides straightforward access to curated images from reliable sources that have been rights-cleared for use in education and research.

 

Oxford Art Online - Coverage of over 1,700 artists and their work, plus coverage of art movements, theory, and criticism, regional and cultural surveys, and museums and galleries by city.

British Printed Images to 1700 - A digital library of prints and book illustrations from early modern Britain.

CODART: Dutch and Flemist Art in museums worldwide - This is an international guide to Dutch and Flemist Art in museums worldwide.

Compositor – A research project at the University of Birmingham providing a database of eighteenth-century printers’ ornaments. 



 

Digitised Texts

 

English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) - A digital archive of seventeenth-century broadside ballads, which are fully accessible as texts, art, music and cultural records.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) - A database of almost all works in English printed from 1473-1700 (Kent login required).

VD 16 - A database of early modern printed German works.

 

VD 17 - A database of early modern printed German works.

State Papers Online (SPO) 1509-1714 - A database of historical materials covering a wide range of historical concern. Predominately papers of the Secretaries of State from the reign of Henry VIII to the end of the reign of Queen Anne (Kent login required).

 

Early European Books: printed sources to 1700Traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the 17th century, offering full-colour facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.

British Library Newspapers 1600-1950 - 3 million pages of historic newspapers, newsbooks and ephemera; includes national and regional papers from the British Isles.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) - Database of nearly 150,000 titles and editions published in English, 1701-1800.

British Periodicals - This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.

 

17th & 18th Century Burney Collection - Newspapers and news pamphlets published mostly in London, plus some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.

Early Modern Letters Online - A combined finding aid and editorial interface for basic descriptions of early modern correspondence: a collaboratively populated union catalogue of sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century letters.

Sloane Letters Project - A project to digitise the correspondence of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) which consists of thirty-eight volumes held at the British Library, London: MSS 4036-4069, 4075-4078.  The letters are a rich source of information about topics such as scientific discourse, collections of antiquities, curiosities and books, patients’ illnesses, medical treatments and family history. 

Broadside Ballads Online - A digital collection of English printed ballad-sheets from between the 16th and 20th centuries, linked to other resources for the study of the English ballad tradition.

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 1600s-1800s Philosophical Transactions - the world’s first and longest-running scientific journal. It was launched in March 1665 by Henry Oldenburg (c.1619-1677), the Society’s first Secretary, who acted as publisher and editor. All historic editions are available digitally on their site.

Old Bailey Online - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.


Newton Project - A non-profit organisation dedicated to publishing in full an online edition of all of Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642–1727) writings — whether they were printed or not. The edition presents a full (diplomatic) rendition featuring all the amendments Newton made to his own texts or a more readable (normalised) version. Includes translations of his most important Latin religious texts.

Manuscriptorium - A digital library of written cultural heritage (Manuscripts, Incunabula etc.) based in Czechia but with resources relating to wider Europe.

London Lives 1690–1800: Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis - A project led by Professor Tim Hitchcock (University of Hertfordshire) and Professor Robert Shoemaker (University of Sheffield), which offers digitised access to 240,000 pages of manuscript materials reflecting on criminal justice and poor relief in eighteenth-century London.

The Grub Street Project - Founded by Allison Muri in 2005, this project aims “to visualize the literary and cultural history of London”, cumulatively mapping the city’s print trade, its representations in literature, and the lives of those who lived there.

The site offers interactive maps and views of London through the long eighteenth century, combined with digitised literary resources in which the city of London features prominently, including Pope’s Dunciad Variorum (1729), and texts by writers associated with the Grub Street circle, such as Ned Ward’s A Trip to Jamaica With a True Character of the People and Island (1698).

Maps

Map of Early Modern London (MoEML) - Civitas Londinum is a bird’s-eye view of London first printed from woodblocks in about 1561. Widely known as the Agas map, from a spurious attribution to surveyor Ralph Agas (c.1540-1621), the map offers a richly detailed view both of the buildings and streets of the city and of its environment. The map allows users to visualise, overlay, combine, and query the information in the MoEML databases.

Layers of London - A map-based history website developed by the Institute of Historical Research. The website allows you to interact with and contribute to many different 'layers' of London's history from the Romans to the present day.


Locating London  - This website allows you to search a wide body of digital resources relating to early modern and eighteenth-century London, and to map the results on to a fully GIS compliant version of John Rocque's 1746 map.

 

Crace Collection of Maps of London - hosted by the British Library, this digital image collection collects a range of printed and hand drawn maps of London from 1570-1860.  

Scottish History

Bridging the Continental Divide - Database with a major new translation of Scottish Latin poetry from the early seventeenth century.

Campbell Papers 1559-1583 - These form part of the Breadalbane Collection (GD112) in the National Records of Scotland. They relate to Colin Campbell, 6th laird of Glenorchy.

National Library of Scotland - A wide range of materials including Scottish and wider interest. ‘Scottish History’ and then on ‘Publications by Scottish Clubs’ or ‘Scottish History Society Publications’ gives you access to scans of lots of decent nineteenth century editions of sources.

Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 - Complete transcription of the records of Scotland’s Parliament until Union with England in 1707.

Scotland in Renaissance Diplomacy, 1473-1603 - List of Scottish diplomats. 

Survey of Scottish Witchcraft - Online database of all known Scottish Witchcraft trials.

Scottish Economic History Database - A regionally-specific economic dataset, which provides information about crop yields, demographic data, prices, wages, and weather statistics for 1550 – 1780.

Scottish Handwriting - This website offers online tuition in palaeography for scholars working on early modern Scottish records.

Reference

 

Oxford Bibliographies - Listings of accurate and reliable resources for a wide range of topics collated by academic experts, with articles about current scholarship. 

 

British History Online (BHO) - A not-for-profit digital library based at the Institute of Historical Research. It brings together material for British history from the collections of libraries, archives, museums and academics. These primary and secondary sources, which range from medieval to twentieth century, are easily searchable and browsable online.

 

Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) -Provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present (Kent login required). 

 

British Book Trade Index (BBBI) - Aims to include brief biographical and trade details of all those who worked in the English and Welsh book trades up to 1851.

Cambridge Core - An essential reference collection spanning 350 volumes in 10 subject areas with a concentration on political and cultural history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, music and the arts.

Grand Tour - A unique collection of primary and secondary sources, artworks, photographs and maps the study of travel c.1550-1850.

Miscellaneous

Archives Portal Europe - contains the online catalogues of hundreds of archives in 30 countries across the UK and Europe, as well as the links to the digitised collections when available. Archives Portal Europe makes it possible to search in institutions all over Europe with a single term or topic search.

Black Central Europe (1000-1500) “The mission of Black Central Europe is to further knowledge about the Black Diaspora in German-speaking Central Europe in order to challenge racialized presumptions about history, national belonging, and citizenship in the region”. BCE offers resources for teaching and research and facilitates conversation. This page is a collection of primary source material, both literary and historical, which focus on the figure of the “Moor”, on Africa as perceived by medieval Europe, and the intersection between Islam and Christianity.

Fashioning the Early Modern was a HERA-funded project that investigated the creativity and innovation that lay behind the creation and spread of fashionable goods in early modern Europe.

Historic Calendar - The multi-country Historical Calendar enables a comparison of both the Julian and Gregorian calendars for thirteen Western countries between 1000 and 2100. Includes an explanation of the two calendars.

The History of Parliament - Provides detailed descriptions of Parliament's history from the thirteenth century to the present day. This database also offers studies on individuals who were elected to Parliament.

Intoxicants Project - This project investigates the importance of intoxicants and intoxication to the economic, social, political, material and cultural life of early modern England.

The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England - This is an AHRC-funded project that examines petitioning at all levels of English government during the whole century. The project includes petitions that have been both transcribed and digitised, and gathered from national and local archives. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Resource page updated by Anna-Nadine Pike - last updated 10/10/20

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