Historical Agricultural News topic‐specific search tool responds to the challenge of what has come to be known as “big data”: the overwhelming amount of information that often inundates the searcher. The digitization of primary sources has changed the face of archival research, bringing new opportunities—and new challenges—to scholars and laymen alike. Whether someone is working on an academic history or a family genealogy, materials can often be found as close as a laptop or tablet. But while availability of materials has increased exponentially, the ability to easily utilize these materials has not kept pace.

Historical Agricultural News hopes to achieve several purposes: to make the Chronicling America database more accessible to those interested in agricultural history; to demonstrate a new customizable search algorithm, which could be used for different topics in future search engines; and to make transparent the participation of newspapers in distributing and embedding new paradigms in agricultural science and technology.

Источник описания: ag-news.net.

Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories.

The Newspaper Title Directory is derived from the library catalog records created by state institutions during the NEH-sponsored United States Newspaper Program, 1980-2007. This program funded state-level projects to locate, describe (catalog), and selectively preserve (via treatment and microfilm) historic newspaper collections in that state, published from 1690 to the present.

Источник описания: Chronicling America

Description: The Comintern Archive contains original documents from over 35 communist and left-socialist parties, together with other international organizations from 21 different countries. The Archives highlight political developments in the Soviet Union and the emerging Cold War, as well as profiles of communist movement leaders and the evolution of communism over time. The database can be searched for keywords, descriptors, organizational and personal names and titles either in Cyrillic alphabet Russian or transliterated Latin alphabet using the "GOST" transliteration system.
Coverage: 1919-1956

Description: Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection presents a digital collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture. The holdings are a great resource for Hispanic literature and culture scholars. This collection accurately conveys the creative life of U.S. Hispanics, and sheds new light on the intellectual vigor and traditional values that have characterized Hispanics from the earliest moments of American history through contemporary times.

Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 includes:

  • 60,000 historical articles
  • Hundreds of political and religious pamphlets and broadsides
  • Complete texts of over 1,100 historical books of Hispanic literature, political commentary and culture
  • Content written in Spanish (80%) and English (20%)
  • Content indexed and searchable in Spanish and English

Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project

Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection draws its content from the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, the largest national project ever to locate, preserve and disseminate Hispanic culture of the United States in its written form since colonial times until 1960. The project functions under the direction of Dr. Nicolás Kanellos, founder and director of Arte Público Press, the oldest and largest publisher of U.S. Hispanic literature, and geographically covers all fifty states of the Union.


Description: In 1953, the Abraham Lincoln Association published The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, a multi-volume set of Lincoln's correspondence, speeches, and other writings. The edition is now freely available in electronic form, an invaluable resource to Lincoln scholars.


Description: Freely accessible sections include: Families, which provides access to Burke's Peerage Family Index, Burke's Peerage General Armory, Burke's Peerage Colonial Gentry, and Burke's Peerage Distinguised Familes; Genealogies, which includes sovereign and distinguished families of Europe; Heraldry, which consists of a glossary of heraldic terms and selected British coats of arms; and Index, which includes access to the Roll of the Baronets.


Description: The British Newspapers 1600-1950 is the most significant digital collection of British historic newspapers. Unparalleled in depth and scope, British Library Newspapers consists of two major collections from the British Library which span three hundred years of newspaper publishing in the U.K. For the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers Click here and and for the 19th Century Newspapers Click here. The two collections combined contain nearly 3 million pages and 40 million articles. New conservation and imaging techniques and a new cross-searchable platform adopted by the British Library offers unparalleled access and discoverability to this valuable historical and cultural archive. In addition one will find specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.
Coverage: 1600 - 1950


Description: The leading bibliography of the European Middle Ages (400-1500) providing a comprehensive, current bibliography of articles in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) worldwide. Provides access to the following databases: International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)Online - a comprehensive bibliography of over 300,000 articles, all of which are fully classified by date, subject and location. Also includes miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) worldwide; Bibliographie de Civilisation Médiévale - a comprehensive bibliography of monographs worldwide currently containing 40,000 titles. Drawn from the Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale and initially focused on the Central Middle Ages but gradual expansion to the Early and Late Middle Ages is planned. Compiled by the Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale at the Université de Poitiers; International Directory of Medievalists - Contains the names and addresses of specialists from over 70 different countries with their fields of study. It was compiled with the collaboration of the work undertaken by the Fédération Internationale des Instituts d'Etudes Médiévales (F.I.D.E.M.) under the auspices of UNESCO.


Description: Over eighty years after it was originally published, Charles O. Paullin’s Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States remains one of the most impressive and most useful atlases of American history. Containing nearly 700 individual maps spread across 166 plates, it addresses a broad range of issues. Beginning with a chapter consisting of 33 maps on the natural environment and a second containing 47 maps documenting the evolution of European and later American cartographic knowledge about North America, the atlas mapped an exhaustive number of historical topics: exploration and settlement of the continent, the location of colleges and churches, disputes over international and state boundaries, voting in presidential elections and in Congress, reforms from women’s suffrage to workmen’s compensation, transportation, industries, agriculture, commerce, the distribution of wealth, and military history.

For twenty-first-century audiences, it’s probably no surprise that it’s missing a few things as an historical atlas. Besides the fact that it’s now more than eighty years out of date, it is primarily focused on Americans of European descent—though, to be fair, it certainly contains a significant number of maps showing the geographic distribution of people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds. Yet whatever the atlas’s shortcomings, browsing through its many thoughtful and often beautiful maps one can’t help but be impressed. Anyone interested in American history before 1930 is almost certain to find many maps in the atlas that are both interesting and useful.