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Adam Matthew publishes unique primary source collections from archives around the world.

Florida State University has access to over 50 of these collections. Select this portal to access all of FSU's subscribed Adam Matthew content. You can search across all of them via the AMexplorer search box, or browse individual collections from the list of links.
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Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity.
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This unique collection documents American History from the earliest settlers to the mid-twentieth century. It is sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the finest archives available for the study of American History.
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Tales of frontier life, Native Americans and vigilantes and outlaws are of constant interest, and are matched by more recent interest in the growth of urban centres, the environmental impact of westward expansion and life in the borderlands.
The Graff Collection is a unique resource which enables scholars to explore all of these areas and more. Through a mixture of original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources, this resource is a dynamic teaching and research resource.
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These previously restricted letters, diplomatic dispatches, reports, trial papers, activists’ biographies and first-hand accounts of events give unprecedented access to the history of South Africa’s apartheid regime. The files explore the relationship of the international community with South Africa and chart increasing civil unrest against a backdrop of waning colonialism in Africa and mounting world condemnation. Sourced from British government files from the Foreign, Colonial, Dominion and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices spanning the period 1948 to 1980.
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Covering the 18th and 19th centuries, China, America and the Pacific provides primary source materials for the study of the history of North American trade and cultural exchange with China. This collection also provides coverage of China’s economic dealings with the whole of East Asia and the Pacific.
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Extremely rare pamphlets from the Charles W. Wason Collections on East Asia, Cornell University Library; one of the oldest and most distinctive collections of its kind. As there is no comparable digital project offering this type of material, this project meets the need for English language research sources relating to China and the West, and addresses a wide variety of research interests and topics surrounding Chinese history, religion, culture, and everyday life.
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Discover over 200 years of Chinese history, charting the monumental social and political upheaval that recreated China as a modern power. With documents encompassing events from the earliest English embassy to the birth and early years of the People's Republic, this resource collects sources from nine archives to give an incredible insight into the changes in China during this period.
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Discover hundreds of years of world history with this vital collection for students, researchers and teachers of missiology, world Christianity, and 19th & 20th century colonial & post-colonial history. With active mission stations in every continent, the published journals, letters, and reports represent a truly global perspective on not only evangelism and mission history but conflict, colonialism, and globalisation.
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A 'game-changing' development for historians and researchers of early American, Colonial America enables access to a vast archive of circa 70,000 manuscript documents—now fully searchable using Handwritten Text Recognition technology. Modules include: Early Settlement: Expansion and Rivalries; Towards Revolution; The American Revolution; Legislation and Politics in the Colonies; Growth, Trade and Development.
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Complete volumes of all British Government Confidential Print for Africa, from the Colonial, Dominion, Foreigh, and War Offices. From coastal trading in the early nineteenth century, through the Conference of Berlin of 1884, and the subsequent Scramble for Africa, to the abuses of the Congo Free State, fights against tropical disease, and more, these government documents are an essential source for the study of African history and the understanding of Africa today.
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Complete runs of all British Government Confidential Print volumes relating to the nations of South and Central America. This collection begins in the aftermath of independence for the former Spanish and Portuguese colonies of Latin America, addressing the politics of state-building and the Latin American nations' establishment of their place in the fast-expanding global economy.
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Complete volumes of all British Colonial Office and Foreign Office Confidential Print for the Middle East. From the Egyptian reforms of Muhammad Ali Pasha, the Middle East Conference of 1921, the Mandates of Palestine and Mesopotamia and the Suez Crisis in 1956, to the partition of Palestine, post-Suez Western foreign policy and the Arab-Israeli conflict, these government documents inform the volatile situation in the region today.
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Explore documents covering a broad sweep of history from c. 1824-1961, taking in the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, and Central America. This collection consists of the Confidential Print for the United States, Canada, and the English-speaking Caribbean, with some coverage of Central and South America. It also covers such topics as slavery, Prohibition, the First and Second World Wars, racial segregation, territorial disputes, the League of Nations, McCarthyism, and the nuclear bomb.
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Discover five centuries of primary sources providing a gendered perspective on conduct, domesticity, the family, consumption, education, and the body. Students and scholars are provided the opportunity to research the ideals of social conduct, power distribution within the family, consumption and leisure, education of men and women, and gendered perceptions of the body, to analyse and challenge the changing views and ideas surrounding traditional gender roles.
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Bringing together rare journals printed between c. 1685 and 1835, this resource illuminates all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political, and literary life. Eighteenth Century Journals draws together material from some of the finest archives across the UK and the US, with the aim of representing the rich variety of the eighteenth-century press. It is the first resource of its kind to make available unique and extremely rare eighteenth century periodicals online, each chosen to convey the eclecticism and evolution of the publishing world between 1685 and 1835.
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Spanning five centuries and charting the rise and fall of empires around the world, Empire Online enables students and researchers to explore colonial history, politics, culture, and society. With primary source material from American, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and British perspectives, this collection provides varying points-of-view for comparative research. Documents from Africa, India, and North American are also featured.
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An unparalleled resource for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Everyday Life and Women in American, c. 1800-1920 comprises thousands of fully searchable images of rare books, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes.
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Rich in primary source content from world-class libraries and archives, this collection is an invaluable source for anyone studying and researching the 'Great War.' From personal collections and rare printed material, to military files, ephemera and artwork, the First World War highlights the experiences of soldiers, civilians and governments on both sides of the conflict and in multiple theatres of war. FSU has access to Module I: Personal Experiences, Module II: Propaganda and Recruitment, and Module III: Visual Perspectives and Narratives.
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Formerly restricted British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980. Featuring diplomatic dispatches, letters, newspaper cuttings, political pamphlets, reports of court cases and other materials, this collection represents a constant exchange of information between London and the British embassies and consulates. Due to the unique nature of the relationship between Britain and China, these formerly restricted first-hand accounts provide unprecedented levels of detail into a turbulent period in Chinese history.
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Survey the high politics of Independence and Partition, social and cultural interchange after 1947 and the ramifications that these changes continue to have throughout South Asia today. This is an outstanding resource for the political and social history of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in this period, featuring essential content on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Kashmir, as well as other frontier regions.
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From invasions and civil wars to revolutions and revolts, explore a rich period of Middle Eastern History. The Middle East in the 1970s was characterised by its conflicts, with a cast of political figures whose influence can still be felt today. Providing an invaluable resource for researchers and students seeking to understand the modern Middle East, this collection contains complete runs of Foreign Office files, providing an expansive view of key events and their global political impact. FSU has access to Section I: 1971-1974, The 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the Oil Crisis.
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Through a large array of unique documents, this multi-archive collection captures the lives, experiences and colonial encounters of people living at the edges of the Anglophone world from 1650-1920. Explore documents on the creation of new states, trade networks, and movements of people in these regions alongside the marginalisation and decline of indigenous people.
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Explore the histories of fifteen key commodities that changed the world through a wide range of manuscript sources, rare books, maps, advertising, paintings, photographs, and ephemera. One of the most popular ways of teaching World History is through the story of global commodities and the way in which these transformed the world. This resource focuses on the following fifteen significant commodities whose stories are often intertwined: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, oil, opium, porcelain, silver & gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, and wine & spirits.
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Taking the phenomenon of the Grand Tour as a starting point, this resource explores the relationship between Britain and Europe from c. 1550 to 1850, exploring the Anglo-European response to continental travel for pleasure, business, and diplomacy. This digital collection of manuscript, visual, and printed works allows students and researchers to explore and compare a range of sources on the history of travel for the first time, including many from private or neglected collections.
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Explore the history of South Asia between the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 and the granting of independence to India and Pakistan in 1947. The wonderfully rich and diverse South Asian manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland are extremely varied, ranging from the papers of key East India Company representatives and colonial officials to records of daily life in Agra, Bombay, Lahore, and Madras.
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Explore the history of Jewish communities in America from their first arrival in New York in 1654, to the integral part that they play today. Based on a rich variety of original manuscript collections from the American Jewish Historical Society in New York, this indispensable resource offers captivating insights into the everyday lives of the American Jewish population over three centuries.
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This collection charts the development of one of the world's largest and most culturally significant industries. The growth of leisure travel has profoundly influenced global society in the past two hundred years and the unique primary sources in this resource allow scholars and students to trace the evolution and impact of this phenomenon. From the emergence of travel agencies in the 19th century, to the impact of wilderness tourism on American national identity, and the golden age of package holidays in the 1970s, this content offers a wealth of essential material for any scholar or student of social, cultural and business history.
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The Berg Collection is recognised as one of the finest literary research collections in the world, and the Victorian holdings are the undisputed jewel in its crown. A broad range of authors from across the nineteenth century make this an essential research tool for all scholars and students researching Victorian literature. Students and scholars are offered an unrivalled opportunity to explore the manuscripts, notebooks, letters, and diaries of the nineteenth century's greatest authors.
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This project opens up new opportunities for the reading, study and appreciation of early modern verse and provides valuable source materials for both literary scholars and historians. This resource offers literary scholars the opportunity to examine manuscripts of 17th and 18th century verse held in the celebrated Brotherton Collection at the University of Leeds. Alongside original compositions are copied verses, translations, songs, and riddles.
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An extraordinary digital collection bringing to life the teeming streets of Victorian London, and inviting students and scholars to explore the gin palaces, brothels and East End slums of the nineteenth century's greatest city. From salacious 'swell's guides' to scandalous broadsides and subversive posters, the material sold and exchanged on London's bustling thoroughfares offers an unparalleled insight into the dark underworld of the city. Children's chapbooks, street cries, slang dictionaries and ballads were all part of a vibrant culture of street literature.
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This digital collection casts new light on Britain's relationship with the EEC, Anglo-American ties, the Cold War, Decolonisation, and issues of Public and Political Morality. Macmillian Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963 provides complete coverage of the Cabinet conclusions (minutes) and memoranda of Harold Macmilan's government, plus selected minutes and memoranda of policy committees.
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Delve into the pseudo-psychological world behind the advertising of some of America's biggest brands. What motivates women and men to buy and how can knowing that be used to sell? The collection is a treasure trove of information on some of America's best known brands, containing thousands of reports commissioned by companies such as Philip Morris, Chrysler, Exxon, and CBS on consumer goods ranging from tobacco and broadcasting, to cars and hotels.
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Mass Observation Online offers unique access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era. From the end of the 'Hungry Thirties' to the onset of the Second World War, the Blitz and the post-War world of consumerism and television, Mass Observation Online captures the daily lives, hopes, and expectations of British society and beyond during the mid-20th century.
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Only five major letter collections exist from fifteenth century England and they are all available online for the first time in this digital resource. The Paston Family Papers have long been a subject of both literary and historical interest. They are Britain's first surviving records of private correspondence, describing everyday life in East Anglia during the Wars of the Roses. In addition, four other valuable collections are included relating to medieval families in Essex, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire, and Warwickshire, c. 1400-1490.
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An extensive collection of manuscript materials for the study of medieval travel writing in fact and in fantasy. Explore this magnificent collection of medieval manuscripts from libraries around the world, dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, with a focus on accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India, and China. These sources tell us much about the attitudes and preconceptions of people across Europe in the medieval period, shedding light on issues of race, economics, trade, militarism, politics, literature, and science.
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Manuscripts for the study of Meiji society, culture, ethnology, and education from the papers of Edward Sylvester Morse (1838-1925). Edward S. Morse was a great polymath—notable for his work in natural history, ethnography, and art history—but, perhaps most famous for his work in bringing Japan and the West closer together.
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Discover the motives, aspirations, realities and personal hardships for European and Asian migrants during two centuries of global migration. Set against a backdrop of colonial expansion, industrial progress and global conflict, Migration to New Worlds tells the stories of individuals and families who risked everything to build new lives in North American and Australasia between 1800 and 1980. FSU has access to Module I: The Century of Immigration.
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An unparalleled resource for nineteenth century culture and the literary luminaries who shaped it. Nineteenth Century Literary Society offers unprecedented digital access to the peerless archive of the historic John Murray publishing company. This digital resource enables researches to discover the golden age of the company that published genre-defining titles including Darwin's On the Origin of Species, Austen's Emma, and Livingstone's Missionary Travels.
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Review top level Anglo American discussions, briefing papers, research social conditions, domestic reforms, trade, culture, and the environment. These files allow scholars and researchers the opportunity to assess from a British, European, and Commonwealth perspective Nixon's handling of numerous Cold War crises, his administration's notable achievements, as well as his increasingly controversial activities and unorthodox use of executive powers culminating in Watergate, and resignation.
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Discover the manuscripts and writings of early modern history with Perdita Manuscripts, 1500-1700, bringing together rare materials from female writers and collectors across the British Isles. This digital resource was produced in association with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University, with the goal of identifying and describing all manner of writing by early modern women, from diaries to works of drama.
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From the austerity of the 1950s to the excess of the 1970s, discover the period through a wealth of printed and manuscript sources, visual material, ephemera, and video clips. Music, Politics, Fashion, Youth Culture—the period from 1950 to 1975 witnessed dramatic changes in society. There was the onset of Rock & Roll, the introduction of computers and credit cards, the boom of radio and television, and campaigns for black power, civil rights, and women's liberation.
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Explore the medicine chests and bookshelves of the everyday nineteenth-century American through a colourful array of advertisements, popular texts and much more. Uncover the history of 'popular' remedies and treatments in nineteenth century America, through primary source materials from the extensive collections at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Explore three pivotal decades in the struggle for civil rights in America. Comprising surveys and papers from The Amistad Research Center, this collection offers a wealth of primary source material on the Civil Rights Movement, segregation, discrimination, and racial theory in America.
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Discover the working methods of Romantic poets and trace the evolution of celebrated verse with the manuscript collections of the Wordsworth Trust. 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.
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Go behind the scenes and explore how Shakespeare's plays have been interpreted by theatre companies, actors, and directors across the centuries. This resource features the world-famous prompt book collection at the Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books tell the story of Shakespeare's plays as they were performed in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States, and internationally, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.
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An essential resource for the study of slavery, the African American experience and world history spanning over five centuries. Designed for teaching and research, this resource brings together documents and collections from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world, covering an extensive time period from 1490. Topics covered include the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective, and the continued existence of slavery today.
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Women's travel diaries and correspondence from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. This world history resource offers students and researchers a window to the past and transports them across continents. From the everyday to the extraordinary, these rare diaries and the supporting correspondence describe the travel experiences, destinations, and desires of nineteenth and twentieth century American women.
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This innovative portal invites readers into the darkened halls, small backrooms, and traveling venues that hosted everything from spectacular shows and bawdy burlesque, to the world of magic and spiritualist seances. As well as fascinating primary source material in the form of objects, printed books, ephemera, posters, photographs, and playbills, the resource includes a number of tools to support teaching and research.
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This resource documents the founding and economic development of Virginia as seen through the papers of the Virginia Company of London, 1606-1624. It shows the continuing interest of the Ferrar family in the settlement of North American from Jamestown to the Bermudas and provides a rich source for the study of trade between Britain and America.
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A finding aid for women's studies resources in The National Archives, UK is presented alongside original documents on the suffrage question in Britain, the Empire, and colonial territories. This finding aid is far more detailed and extensive than anything available elsewhere online and has the benefit of ranging across all of the classes held at the archive.
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Explore two centuries of innovation, entertainment, and international relations through the rich history of world's fairs. From the Eiffel Tower and the Space Needle to the invention of television, chewing gum, and hot dogs, world's fairs have shaped our world. This resource digitises primary source material from hundreds of fairs—a vital collection for students of globalisation, imperialism, anthropology, mass communication, design, and more.
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