Subscription Databases

This gateway provides scholars with remote access to entire primary sources for the purpose of academic study and research across many disciplines. Includes: minutes of political parties; reports of national institutions; official government publications; commercial archives relating to the Industrial Revolution, the slave trade or colonisation; the papers of individuals prominent in the history of Britain and its Empire during the modern era; the Communist Party of Great Britain; missionary, naval and other records relating to Africa, Asia and the Americas.

British Periodicals provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth. Includes the complete run of the Anti-Slavery Reporter, in its various incarnations, from 1825 to 1931.

This release contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. Particular care has been taken to index this material so it can be searched more thoroughly than ever. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The product includes 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland Planter William Claytor.

Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Also included is a digitised version of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739, which contains bibliographic records and extracts for thousands of additional documents.

Fold3 (formerly provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Collection highlights include the papers of the American Colonization Society, the Amistad federal court records, the Mathew Brady Civil War Photos, the documents of the Southern Claims Commission, Slave Court Records for the District of Columbia, the Registro Central de Esclavos for Puerto Rico, and Slavery and Emancipation in the Danish West Indies.