ONLINE PRIMARY SOURCES AND RELATED WEBSITES
Empire's Children: An online resource for
tracing and telling family histories as they relate to the British Empire. The site accompanies
the Channel Four television documentary.
Colonial Film: Detailed information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British Empire. Over 150 films are available for viewing online. You can search or browse by country, date, topic, or keyword.
Institute of Commonwealth Studies: This
research center at the University of London has dozens of useful links for researchers
BBC Archive: An online archive of hundreds of film and radio recordings of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) dating back to the 1930s.
Digital South Asia Library: Information about
contemporary and historical South Asia including full-text documents, statistical data,
electronic images, cartographic representations, and language instruction.
The British Library: A catalogue of thousands of documents
and scanned images relating to the British Empire from the library's vast collections.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Contains over
56,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and the British Empire
from earliest times to the 2003. (access from LC server only.)
National Archives of India: The
repository of the non-current records of the Government of India holding them in trust
for the use of administrators and scholars. Originally the Imperial Record Department
founded in 1891 and transferred to New Delhi in 1926.
Royal Geographical Society: Founded in 1830, the RGS has sponsored
many missions of scientific and geographic exploration throughout the British Empire and other parts
of the world (especially in sub-Saharan Africa the polar regions).
UK Gazettes Online: Official Newspapers from
London, Edinburgh, and Belfast.
Royal Photographic Society: Founded in 1853 with Queen
Victoria and Prince Albert as patrons, the Society's mission today, as in 1853, is "to
promote the Art and Science of Photography".
British Empire Links: Contains
links to institutes, online courses, and data relating to the British Empire.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A
database with information on more than 35,000 slave voyages that forcibly transported over twelve
million Africans to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Legacies of British Slave-ownership: A database tracing the ways through which the wealth of slave labor in the British Empire was transferred to Metropolitan Britain. Sponsored by University College London and the Hutchins Center at Harvard.
Institute for British and Irish Studies: An
Internet clearinghouse run by the University of Southern California listing
electronic resources in British and Irish Studies.
Black Cultural Archives: Founded in 1981 and located in Brixton, London, the BCA's mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of black people in the United Kingdom.
Victoria Research Web and
Victorian Web both contain
useful links for research on the British Empire.
the Famine: A catalogue of English and Irish newspaper articles and
illustrations relating to the Irish famine of 1845-49.
Portcullis: An electronic
catalogue containing descriptions of around three million records from the archives of
Early English Books Online (EEBO): Contains digital facsimile
page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North
America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
Collections Online (ECCO): Contains over 180,000 titles including books, pamphlets, essays, and
broadsides published in Britain and abroad during the eighteenth century in English and other languages.
Nineteenth-century Collections Online (NCCO):
A resource for 19th century studies. Collections are sourced through partnerships with major world libraries as well as specialist libraries. Content includes monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more.
The Times Digital Archive: Full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page of The Times of London from 1785 through 2007. Each entire newspaper is held, with all articles, advertisements, illustrations, and photos divided into categories. Subject indices can help locate relevant articles.
Gerritsen Collection: The largest online
resource for documents and primary sources relating to women's history (access only from LC server).
Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Documents relating to foreign policy of the
Irish Free State between 1923 and 1932. This site is sponsored by the National Archives of Ireland, the Royal Irish
Academy, and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Ireland.
DIPPAM: Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration.
An online virtual archive of documents and sources relating to the history of Ireland and its migration
experience from the late 18th to the late 20th centuries.
Proceedings of the Old Bailey: A fully searchable
online database containing the records of nearly 200,000 criminal trials held at London's central
criminal court. The largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published.
Convict Transportation Registers Database: This
database sponsored by the Queensland State Library in Australia contains data from 1787 to 1867 compiled
from the British Home Office (HO) records. You can find details for over 123,000 of the estimated 160,000
convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries including names, term of years, transport
ships, and more.
ANZAC Commemorative Site: This official site of
the Government of Australia Department of Veterans Affairs contains information about the
Australian and New Zealand forces in the Dardanelles Campaign of the First World War. For
other empire war memorials see the Somme Association
of Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth War Graves
High resolution images of British imperial architecture in India,
Penang (Malaysia), and various works in the
"Moghul Style" (courtesy of Victorian Web).
maps of India: Contains antique maps of British India; links
to Internet sites related to British India.
British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia
(BACSA): This UK organization raise funds to maintain British gravesites in South
Asia and is a valuable resource for family research and historians of British India.
Rudyard Kipling Society: Photographs, biographical
data, literary selections, and commentary from Anglo-India's greatest writer.
Harappa: Educational website
with hundreds of articles, photos, lithographs, and postcards from
First World War Studies: Academic center at the University of
Birmingham dedicated to supporting scholarship and advancing knowledge
about World War I. For a broader selection of images and information see
the Imperial War Museums of Britain
related to Imperialism: Imperialism: analyses, motives & attitudes,
celebrations & objections; India under British rule.
related to Islamic History: Sufism, Islamic nationalism, Islam
& liberal democracy, Islam & 19th century European imperialism, maps.
related to Nineteenth-century Britain: Radicalism, liberal reform,
social class, Ireland, Victorian sensibility, Victorian literature.
related to India since 1900: The Indian National Congress, Mahatma
Gandhi, British policy in India in the 20th century.
related to Decolonization: Retreat from Empire, the Non-Aligned
related to general Indian History: The Mughal Empire, Western
expansion, Indian nationalism, India since Independence, Pakistan
Prof. Campion's other course directories of online resources:
HIST 217 Modern South Asia,
HIST 224 Modern Britain,
HIST 400 Modern Ireland,
HIST 450 The Victorians,
HIST 450 The British Raj