Description: An essential source for the study of the Atlantic world and early colonial period, the Ferrar Papers (1590-1790) from Magdalene College, Cambridge, document:

  • the founding and economic development of Virginia as seen through the papers of the Virginia Company of London, 1606-1624;
  • the continuing interest of the Ferrar family in the settlement of North America from Jamestown to the Bermudas;
  • trade between Britain and America;
  • the ethnic and gender composition of early Virginia;
  • tensions amongst the colonists and of early relations with Native Americans.
    Coverage: 1590-1790

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This resource is designed as an important portal for slavery and abolition studies, bringing together documents and collections covering an extensive time period, between 1490 and 2007, from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. Close attention is being given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social-justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today. The project offers:

  • High-quality color and greyscale images of many thousands of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and other documents not available elsewhere;
  • A powerful portal with links to other significant online sources approved by leading scholars;
  • A series of contextual essays by leading authorities from around the world, with each essay including hypertext links to the primary sources discussed.

Coverage: 1490-2007

Description: Jewish Life in America explores the history of Jewish communities in America from the arrival of the first Jews in the 17th century right through to the mid-20th century. This rich collection brings to life the communal and social aspects of Jewish identity and culture, whilst tracing Jewish involvement in the political life of American society as a whole.
Coverage: 1654-1954

Description: The Confidential Print series, issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices since around 1820, is one of the most important series produced by the British Government (The National Archives, Kew). It originated out of a need for the Government to preserve all of the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. Some of these were one-page letters or telegrams; others were large volumes or texts of treaties. All items marked "Confidential Print" were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet and to heads of British missions abroad. The documents of Confidential Print: Latin America cover the whole of South and Central America, plus the non-British islands of the Caribbean, from just after the final Spanish withdrawal from mainland America in the 1820s to the height of the Cold War in the 1960s. Covering revolutions, territorial changes and political movements, foreign financial interests, industrial and infrastructural development (including the building of the Panama Canal), wars, slavery, immigration from Europe and relations with indigenous peoples. It includes materials such as:

  • Profiles of leading political, military, diplomatic and economic figures;
  • Incoming and outgoing diplomatic dispatches;
  • Correspondence;
  • Statistical charts and tables;
  • Descriptions of leading personalities;
  • Accounts of tours;
  • Minutes of meetings and conferences;
  • Texts of treaties;
  • Political summaries;
  • Economic analyses;
  • Annual reports and calendars of events, by country.

The resource also features 300 color maps, a number of them previously separated from their parent files at The National Archives but cross-referenced with those files here for ease of scholarly use.
Coverage: 1833-1969