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Adam Matthew Digital Archival Collections 2017 - Jisc Digital Archival Collections group purchasing pilot

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Adam Matthew Digital Archival Collections 2017 - Jisc Digital Archival Collections group purchasing pilot 

Adam Matthew is making available the following six digital archival collections at discounted prices as part of the Jisc Digital Archival Collections group purchasing pilot which runs from March – August 2017. Jisc is working with a small number of publishers on this initiative which aims to support institutions with a more efficient, coordinated and transparent approach to the acquisition of digital archival collections. The pilot leverages the collective purchasing power of institutions thus widening access to digital archival collections. The more Adam Matthew products are bought by institutions across any of the six collections below, the lower the price.

Literature, Society and Performance Package

Eighteenth Century Drama

Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape

Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library 

History of Innovation and Discovery Package

Empire Online

Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Exchange

World's Fairs: A Global History of Expositions

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Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Academic Levels

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • Research

Resource Types

  • News Media
  • Archive Agreement

Further information

Eighteenth Century Drama

Date range: 1737-1824

Delve into the theatrical world of eighteenth-century society, and explore how the Larpent plays reflect the politics of the time, the role of women, views on race and religion, opinions on empire, and European and British history.

The plays and social documents in this resource provide an essential view of every aspect of theatre culture and wider society. Follow the rise, and changing styles of, opera; view the role of women through thirty years of Anna Larpent’s meticulous diaries and the biting social commentary of Hannah Cowley and other female playwrights in their plays. Collections of correspondence provide fascinating insight into the relationships between actors, theatre managers, composers and playwrights; both the supportive friendships and the fierce rivalries. This truly interdisciplinary resource is a rich trove of material for researchers in, not only theatre and drama, but literature, history, politics, music, censorship, gender, romanticism and the long eighteenth century.

The main focus of Eighteenth Century Drama is the unique John Larpent plays from the Huntington Library. The resource also features correspondence between key theatrical figures, biographical information, portraits, advertisement and historical information. The companion texts, The London Stage 1660-1800 and A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800 also feature as both scans in their original printed format and as a searchable database. Anna Larpent’s diaries have been fully indexed and can now be navigated by month with extensive keywords, and links to plays mentioned. Other source archives include Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, V&A, Garrick Club Library, University of London and the British Library.

Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape

Date range: 1768 to 1903

This powerful resource offers unparalleled access to the single largest collection of working notebooks, verse manuscripts and correspondence of William Wordsworth and his fellow writers anywhere in the world, all digitized in full colour.

With access to the annotated full manuscripts of such notable works as The Prelude and Michael, or Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Dejection: An Ode this project is unrivalled in its content and scope. Researchers and students can trace the interactions of key literary and political figures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century through the mass of personal correspondence and witness the close circles in which contemporary authors and artists moved and how they influenced each other’s work.

Other materials include diaries, travel journals, scrapbooks, autograph books, financial records and receipts, each with detailed meta-data enabling in-depth analysis. Supplementing the manuscript collection, this resource also includes full-colour digital images of fine art pieces from celebrated artists such as J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, Benjamin Robert Haydon and John Ruskin.

The resource also contains an interactive map with specially-commissioned modern photographs of the Lake District, allowing users to trace the movements of Romantic writers, poets and artists across the landscape that inspired their creativity.

Shakespeare in Performance

Date range: 1670s to 1970s

Shakespeare in Performance is an essential resource for all scholars of Shakespearean drama, featuring rare and unique prompt books from the world-famous Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.

The prompt books tell the stories of key performances as they were put on in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States and further afield, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.

In a mixture of handwritten manuscripts and printed typescripts, often interspersed with personal notes, sketches, and cues for lighting and music, this resource takes users behind the scenes to shine a light on how the Bard’s timeless works have been interpreted by theatre companies, actors and directors across the centuries.

Researchers can follow how each production unfolded, see what amendments were made to the lines and stage management over the years as audiences and social culture changed, and explore the influences and connections between different productions of the same play. The prompt books are supplemented by souvenir copies, ephemera, illustrations and drawings, photographs, music scores and correspondence.

Empire Online

Date range: Late 15th – early 21st Century

Spanning five centuries, and charting the rise and fall of empires around the world, Empire Online is a powerful digital resource, enabling researchers to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society.

The resource charts the story of the rise and fall of empires; from the explorations of Columbus, Captain Cook, and others, right through to de-colonisation in the second half of the twentieth century and debates over American Imperialism.

Researchers can explore themes such as colonisation and decolonisation, missionaries, slavery, travel and travel Writing, religion, race, class and imperialism through a wealth highly indexed manuscript and full text printed material.

The resource contains a vast array of documents such as exploration journals and logs, letter books and correspondence, periodicals, diaries, official government papers, missionary papers, travel writing, slave papers, children's adventure stories and traditional folk tales. A particularly strong core of these documents and images are sourced from the British Library. Other major libraries and archives featured include The National Archives, UK, Cambridge University Library,The National Archives of Canada, The Glenbow Museum, Canada, The National Library of Australia, State Records, New South Wales, The National Library of Scotland, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Harvard College Library.

Global Commodities

Date range: 18th to 20th Century

Explore the histories of fifteen key commodities that changed the world. The commodities covered are chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, oil, opium, porcelain, silver & gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat and wine & spirits.

Each commodity is documented through a wide range of manuscript materials, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, ephemera, objects and rare books. The user can explore the origins of the commodity, their first uses, the trade that developed and the ways in which these items were marketed and consumed.

The project explores themes of exploration and discovery; imperialism and attempts at monopoly; trade Wars; translocation and economic geography; slavery; mass production; luxury; taste; and the evolution of global branding.

This broad and unique resource collates material from archives such as The British Library, The Field Museum, Chicago; The Hudson’s Bay Company Archives at Archives Manitoba, Massachusetts Historical Society, Mauritshuis, Den Haag; The Newberry Library, Chicago; New York Public Library, School of Oriental and African Studies, Städel Museum, Frankfurt; British Geological Survey and Nantucket Historical Association.

Global Commodities also contains a wealth of additional features including interactive data visualisations based on an extensive dataset of Global Commodities Prices and oil statistics, interactive data maps, illustrating routes of discovery, geographies of commodities and the commercial growth of nations and museum objects, many in 360⁰ versions that can be fully rotated.

World’s Fairs

Date range: 1851-1967

Explore two centuries of innovation, entertainment and international relations through the rich history of world’s fairs.

World’s Fairs holds primary source material from hundreds of fairs, including London’s Great Exhibition of 1851, American fairs of the 19th and 20th centuries and 21st century EXPOs.

It is a vital resource for students, teachers and researchers of a huge range of subjects including imperialism, race relations, gender studies, science and technology, consumer culture, architecture and design. With content from hosting and participating countries from every continent, imperial history, race and national identity are key themes.

Collating material from archives around the world, this resource features ephemera, souvenir artefacts and personal reflections collected by fair-goers as well as official records from the organising committees and examples international reception. With material including pamphlets, guide books, official catalogues, oral histories, periodicals, minutes and correspondence gives a ‘360’ view of the fairs from the origination and planning of fairs, the experience of visiting them and the physical, cultural and political legacies they leave behind. There is also a rich selection of visual material including maps, photographs, postcards and illustrations.

This material is collated from key source archives include Bibliothèque nationale de France, Hagley Museum and Library, Library and Archives Canada, Missouri Historical Society, The National Archives (UK), St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and The Victoria and Albert Museum.

These resources are sold as closed, complete collections and will not have any new content added to them. The platform is periodically updated with the latest search capabilities and functionality at no charge to the end user.