Free Trial Access to Gale Digital Collections until June 15

Posted in resources by Editor on March 13, 2013

ASECS Trial for Gale Digital Collections

Gale Digital Collections is providing a free trial to many of its collections, from now until June 15, 2013. This trial does not require a username or password. Feel free to share this trial with your colleagues. If you find value in any of these collections, please contact your library liaison. Often times, faculty feedback and comments influence library collection development decisions. Here are the digital collections for review in alphabetical order:

British Literary Manuscripts – This extensive digital archive includes hundreds of thousands of pages of poems, plays, essays, novels, diaries, journals, correspondence and other manuscripts from the Restoration through the Victorian era.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) – Consisting of every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, Eighteenth Century Collections Online was the most ambitious single scholarly digitization project ever undertaken. Bearing witness to what many scholars consider the three most significant events in world history — The American Revolution, The French Revolution and The Industrial Revolution.

Gale NewsVault – The definitive cross-searching experience for exploring Gale’s range of historical newspaper and periodical collections. Users can simultaneously search or browse across The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985, 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2006, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, and many more.

The Making of the Modern World, Parts I&II – This unrivaled online library fully documents the dynamics of Western trade and wealth that shaped the world from the last half of the 15th century to the mid-19th century. Part II adds approximately 5,000 newly scanned titles extends this impressive series into the beginning of the 20th century.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) – The most ambitious scholarly digitization and publication program ever undertaken, this collection is invaluable to research and teaching in one of the most studied historical periods. Rare primary sources, curated by an international team of experts, provide never-before-possible access to important works sourced from leading libraries worldwide.

Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 – This is an online collection of books, pamphlets, serials and other works about the Americas, from the time of their discovery to the early 1900s.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive – The largest and most ambitious project of its kind, this collection is a thematically organized, four-part historical archive devoted to the scholarly study and understanding of slavery from a multinational perspective.

State Papers Online–This collection is the gold standard for anyone conducting research on early modern English politics and culture. Organized in four parts, each cross-searchable and available separately, this online archive of original manuscript documents of British State Papers chronicles domestic and foreign history, from 1509-1714, the period of Henry VIII to Queen Anne.

Exhibition and Resource | French Pamphlets at The Newberry

Posted in exhibitions, resources by Editor on March 13, 2013

From The Newberry:

Politics, Piety, and Poison: French Pamphlets, 1600–1800
The Newberry Library, Chicago, 28 January — 13 April 2013

This exhibition displays French pamphlets published during the transitional period from the Ancien Régime to the French Revolution. They served as modes of dissemination and diversion, teaching tools and educational models, and the foundation for current and future scholarly projects. The exhibition focuses on the ways in which these pamphlets complement and enhance the Newberry’s other vast collections of primary sources documenting early modern European culture and the history of printing. The Newberry’s outstanding collection of French pamphlets was recently cataloged through a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

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About The Newberry’s cataloging project:

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Case Wing Z 144.A1, vol.10 No.87, Ordonance (The Newberry Library)

French Pamphlet Collections at the Newberry Library is a three-year project funded by a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant. CLIR administers this national effort with the support of generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. French Pamphlet Collections at the Newberry Library  began in January 2010 and will be completed in January 2013. Through the project, the Newberry is creating full, item-level MARC records for 22,000 French pamphlets that date from the 16th to the 19th century.

The Newberry applied for the CLIR grant to support one of its top cataloging priorities of processing hidden collections. A committee comprised of staff with library service, stacks management, curatorial and collection development responsibilities prioritized these uncataloged and undercataloged materials based on its knowledge of researcher requests, scholarship trends, Newberry collection strengths, subject areas in need of development, and strong complementary collections in other institutions. Pamphlet collections were one of the highest priorities. More specifically, the committee identified the French Pamphlet Collections as being an urgent cataloging need. The material complements strengths of the Newberry’s collection and it is in high-demand by researchers. The bulk of the pamphlets date to the period of the French Revolution and are primary sources for legal, social, and cultural history; literary studies; and the history of publishing. These ephemeral documents have often been overlooked and undervalued by past generations of scholars and undercataloged in research collections. They are of particular value to modern scholarship because they move past official histories and contribute to new interpretations. . .

Call for Articles | The Senses of Humour

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 13, 2013

“The Senses of Humour,” edited by Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins, is a special issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction that will explore the relationships among various meanings of the term “humour” in the long eighteenth century, from humoral theories of the body to the cultivation and regulation of “senses of humour” in literature, culture, and social interaction. We invite submissions on eighteenth-century legacies of classical humoral theory; the philosophy of laughter; the emergence of modern forms of wit, satire, and other humorous genres in literature and illustration; cul-tural negotiations of body and mind as sites of “humour”; and the role of humour(s) in discourses of feeling, sentiment, sensibility, and sociality. We welcome articles that treat the topic in areas both inside and outside of imaginative prose fiction. Manuscripts (5,000-8,000 words) should reach ECF by 1 May 2013. Electronic submissions are encouraged: visit ECF at Digital Commons & choose “Submit Article.”

Further details about submitting articles can be found at / Les protocoles de la présentation et de la soumission des articles sont consultables à “Editorial Policy.” To submit an article for a special issue, or a call for articles, or a  regular issue of the journal, which publishes 4 issues per year, choose “Submit Article.” We encourage electronic submissions at Digital Commons, but if you have any concerns about this online submissions system, you may contact the ECF editors at ecf@mcmaster.ca.

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