HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF OUR PRIMARY SOURCE COLLECTIONS
The Library has expanded access to primary source materials through the acquisition of the following digital collections. Access to the collections is available to currently enrolled University of Sydney students, staff, and walk-in users of the Library.
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online(1688–present)
Full text access to over 300 years of parliamentary debates, bills, command papers and reports and accounts, providing important historical record of the government of Britain and its colonies, as well as its impact on the wider world. It’s a valuable source of primary material encompassing all areas of social, political and economic policy. The 18th Century collection will be of great interest to those studying the early colonial history of the Americas, India and Australia. The19th Century collection provides access to the ideas and agendas of prominent 19th century thinkers, campaigners and innovators such as Anthony Trollope, John Stuart Mill, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage and the Brunels. The 20th Century collection covers topics such as the World Wars, the formation of NATO and the United Nations, the end of Apartheid and the impact of September 11.
ADAM MATTHEW DIGITAL COLLECTIONS
The Grand Tour and Travel writing, spectacle and world history We continue our exploration of travel with the addition of these collections. The Grand Tour explores the British response to travel on the Continent for pleasure, business and diplomacy between c1550 and c1850. The collection provides access to manuscript, visual and printed works including letters, diaries, guidebooks, paintings, sketches and architectural drawings drawn from private and public archives, including the British Library and the Paul Mellon Centre. Travel writing, spectacle and world history includes women’s travel diaries and correspondence of the 19th and 20thcenturies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Image title: Portrait of a woman, traditionally identified as Margaret Stuart, Lady Hippisley Artist: Batoni, Pompeo Date: 1785 Reference: B1981.25.37 Source: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.
Foreign Office Files for China, 1949-80 Provides access to the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong and Taiwan from the National Archives Kew. The collection includes coverage of key events in 20thcentury Chinese history from the foundation of the People’s Republic, in 1949, to the death of Zhou Enlai and Mao, the arrest of the Gang of Four and the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976.
Victorian Popular Culture contains a wide range of source material relating to popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe between 1779 and 1930. The collection is divided into three sections: spiritualism, sensation and magic; circuses, sideshows and freaks; music hall, theatre and popular entertainment, and draws on collections ranging from the Harry Price Library ofMagical Literature and the W.H Crain Barnum & Bailey Circus Collection.
Slavery, abolition and social justice, 1490-2007 is a portal for slavery and abolition studies bringing together documents and collections relating to slavery and its impact in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The collection provides access to original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and U.S. Court records relating to slavery.
Mass Observation online provides access to the original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, together with printed publications, photographs and interactive maps. The collection provides an important insight into the social history of Britain between 1937 and the mid 1950s.
Camouflage Australia: art, nature, science and war – a new book from Sydney University Press. Through the involvement of two staff: William Dakin and Leslie Wilkinson, Sydney University played a significant role in the efforts to camouflage Australia – the grounds of the Camperdown Campus were used to test concealment and deception methods, while the Zoology Department housed a camouflage laboratory. Read more…