The Library subscribes to many digital primary source databases provided by Adam Matthew Digital. The company is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, May 13, that will "provide researchers of consumer culture, trade and commerce, business, advertising, marketing and human geography with a detailed overview of ":
This British Online Archives collection includes private merchants' papers preserved at the Liverpool Record Office relating to the transatlantic slave trade. During the eighteenth century when these documents were compiled, Liverpool was the leading slave trade port in the world. "The material includes correspondence with ship captains and Caribbean agents about the acquisition of Africans and their sales; statistics on the Liverpool slave trade; sales accounts of the lots of Africans disembarked in the Americas, often with the names of purchasers and prices; information on dealings with diverse African groups along the coast of West Africa; and details of payments for slave sales. The account books of ships' voyages includ material on the outfitting of vessels and the cargoes of goods exported to Africa."
The vast majority of these documents are handwritten and have not been transcribed. The metadata describing the documents can be searched, but not the documents themselves. Only individual pages can be downloaded and/or printed.
Human Rights Studies Online is a "research and learning database providing in one place comprehensive, comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide. The collection is growing to include 75,000 pages of text and 150 hours of video that give voice to the countless victims of human rights crimes in the 20th and early 21st centuries.
"The collection takes a case study approach, providing primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than 30 additional subjects. Resources for each topic guide users through the full scope of the event, from the historical context that made such violations possible through the international response, prosecution of perpetrators, and steps toward rebuilding."
60 Minutes: 1997-2014 provides access to nearly two decades of the television program through streaming video. "This resource also includes 175 hours of bonus segments from the popular CBS News program Sunday Morning, whose timely news pieces, cultural features, and newsmaker profiles form an ideal complement to 60 MINUTES content."
"The photographs in the Farm Security Administration - Office of
War Information Photograph Collection form an extensive pictorial
record of American life between 1935 and 1944. This U.S. government
photography project was headed for most of its existence by Roy
E. Stryker, who guided the effort in a succession of government
agencies: the Resettlement Administration (1935-1937), the Farm
Security Administration (1937-1942), and the Office of War
Information (1942-1944). The collection also includes photographs
acquired from other governmental and non-governmental sources,
including the News Bureau at the Offices of Emergency Management
(OEM), various branches of the military, and industrial corporations."
These photographs were originally intended to document the need for agricultural assistance and to record how the FSA addressed that need. However, the scope of the collection far exceeded these parameters and the collection encompasses pictures that depict everyday life of Americans, the effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, the migration West or to industrial cities of displaced people, and America's mobilization for World War II. Represented in the collection are works of well-known photographers of the period, including Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Jack Delano, and Esther Bubley.
Not all of the images were printed, but even so the number of printed images became difficult to manage. The archivist Paul Vanderbilt was hired to arrange them and, recognizing that researchers would approach the collection with different needs, he devised two organizational schemes. He first organized sets of prints into "stories," generally consisting of images with the same subject matter or from a specific geographic region. These were called LOTs (examples of which can be found in Documenting America: Photographers on Assignment.) The LOTs were microfilmed by the Library of Congress.
Since the unprinted photographs did not have this organizational scheme applied to them, they are not as easily accessible through the online catalog search. After conducting a search, go to the
description for any FSA/OWI image and select the "Browse
neighboring items by call number" link. The Library of Congress continues its efforts to add metadata to these records so they will increasingly be easier to locate.
The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia started as a collaboration between the University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose was to study the non-pharmaceutical interventions in American cities during the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic to determine what lessons could be learned from that experience.
After the initial results of the investigation were published, the researchers continued to build on their work. Using primary source materials gathered from libraries and archives across the country, they developed narrative essays on fifty cities, "exploring the story of influenza’s arrival in each community and the havoc it caused, [and] documenting the civic response, the political and economic ramifications, and, in every community, the heroism and courageousness of doctors, nurses, and countless volunteers who gave their all to fighting the epidemic." In addition, they solicited articles from historians of public health and experts on virology on aspects of the epidemic. The anthology of essays, articles, and primary sources are co-located in this extensive online resource.
First Hand: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection "displays for the first time more than one hundred thirty-five drawings by Joseph Becker and thirteen of his colleagues, who, during the nineteenth century, served as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. These Special Artists drew and sent back for publication images of the Civil War, construction of the railroads and transatlantic cable, Chinese in the West, Indian wars, Great Chicago Fire, and other American milestones." [source]