May 31, 2013 | News
The Office of Library Services is proud to announce the purchase of two digital collections, Slavery & Anti–Slavery Archives and Nineteenth Century Collections Online. Both acquisitions from GALE Digital Collections present primary source materials that will enhance the research of CUNY scholars and are immediately available for system-wide access.
The four-part Slavery & Anti-Slavery Archives began release in 2009 and were completed this year. The archives explore the history of slavery in America, providing a direct view into primary source documents from leading collections around the world. Each archive contains more than a million pages of full-text, fully searchable pages of first-person accounts, slave narratives, newspaper articles, contemporary art, photographs, government and legal documents. The collection is arranged along thematic lines that cover:
Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition
Part II: Slave Trade in the Atlantic World
Part II: Institution of Slavery
Part IV: Age of Emancipation
The newly released Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focused on collections of primary sources from the nineteenth century. Each archive adds more than a million full-text, fully searchable pages of monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, ephemera, maps, statistics and other kinds of documents in both Western and non-Western languages. CUNY purchased the eight archives which have been released to date:
Archive 1: British Politics and Society
Archive 2: Asia & West Diplomacy & Cultural Exchange
Archive 3: British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture
Archive 4: Corvey Collection of European Literature
Archive 5: History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, 1780-1925
Archive 6: Photography
Archive 7: Women – Transnational Networks
Archive 8: Europe & Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest
The NCCO collections reside on a new platform that was designed with Digital Humanities research in mind. It supports such features as textual analysis, user-generated tags and annotations, browser-based tools for collecting, citing and organizing
research, and an image viewer that enables zoom, highlighting, rotating, reverse and custom views. (see Gale’s website: http://mlr.com/DigitalCollections/products/slaveryantislavery/).
Both NCCO and Slavery & Anti-Slavery complement ECCO, the Eighteenth Century Collection Online, which CUNY purchased for system-wide use in 2008 and 2012, along with the Burney Newspaper Collection.