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Origins of Modern Science and Technology: Global Perspectives from the CIA Archives
Support learning and research across STEM and humanities disciplines with this new family of fully searchable digital collections. Each collection is comprised of thousands of primary source documents from around the world, collected and translated into English by the Central Intelligence Agency between 1957 and 1995. Researchers will find journal articles, government publications, newspapers, magazines, and transcribed television and radio broadcasts that shed new light on the origins of some of today’s most relevant scientific fields. Many of these materials are unavailable elsewhere. Each collection is available individually, giving libraries the opportunity to tailor their research collections to the current needs of students and scholars. In addition, the interface enables researchers to easily browse the collections by a broad range of topics, each providing highly relevant results for users at all levels.

These three products all feature text analysis tools, suggested search paths for easy browsing and discovery, and author biographies.

American Children's Books, Series 1-3, 1654-1819
Nearly every printed work, including books for entertainment, instruction, education, devotion, and play

American Sermons, Series 1 & 2, 1652-1819
Nearly every printed work, including sermons on religion, family life, politics, and society

Native American Indians, 1645-1819
Every major book printed in North America about Native Peoples

Early American Newspapers, Series 16, 1800-1877: Industry and the Environment
Early American Newspapers, Series 16, captures the intersection of America’s environmental, social and industrial past. Featuring more than 60 titles published between 1800 and 1877, Series 16 offers vivid accounts of the origins and growth of America’s most important industries, including textiles, agriculture, coal mining, oil and gas drilling, iron and steel production, commercial fishing and whaling, timber, railroads, canals and more. But America’s transformation from an agrarian nation to an industrial powerhouse wasn’t without repercussions, and newspapers from the towns and cities most impacted by these industries didn’t shirk from covering their environmental and social costs. The publications in Early American Newspapers, Series 16, provide firsthand reporting, editorial analysis, advertisements and classifieds that shed light on the impact of America’s march forward.


African Newspapers: The British Library Collection
Created in partnership with the British Library, this unique database features 64 newspapers from across the African continent, all published before 1900. From culture to history to geopolitics, the pages of these newspapers offer fresh research opportunities for students and scholars interested in topics related to Africa, including European exploration, colonial exploitation, economics, Atlantic trade, early moves towards self-governance, the growth of South Africa, and much more. Because Africa produced comparatively few newspapers in the 19th century, each page in this collection is significant, offering invaluable insight into the people, issues and events that shaped the continent. Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, obituaries, and military reports, the newspapers in this one-of-a-kind collection chronicle African history and daily life as never before.

Early American Newspapers, Series 15, 1822-1879: Immigrant Communities
In 1800, America had fewer than 100,000 foreign-born citizens; in 1880 there would be more than six million. Newspapers published by and for these newly arrived immigrants began in America’s Eastern seaboard cities, but by the 1840s they had spread into the heartland. In some communities new immigrants were welcomed, but in others they fell victim to ethnic or religious prejudice. Early American Newspapers, Series 15, 1822-1879: Immigrant Communities, is designed to provide a one-of-a-kind window into both sides of this uniquely American story. Series 15 contains 160 immigrant papers, many of which are considered the most important 19th-century publications of this genre. Complementing these and providing valuable context are traditional, general-interest newspapers published contemporaneously in those same cities or regions.

Territorial Papers of the United States, 1764-1953
More than half of America’s states began as territories. From the 1760s to the 1950s the United States of America expanded southward and westward, acquiring territories that spanned from Florida to California to Alaska. Before they evolved into twenty-seven American states, these territories were managed by the U.S. State and Interior departments. The official history of their formative territorial years is recorded in the “Territorial Papers of the United States”—a collection of Native American negotiations and treaties, official correspondence with the federal government, military records, judicial proceedings, population data, financial statistics, land records, and more. For the first time, the Territorial Papers are available in a digital online collection, offering unparalleled research opportunities for anyone interested in the creation of modern-day America.

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives: Announcing Five New Modules for 2018
This newly expanded family of digital resources provides global perspectives on important research areas seemingly ripped from today’s headlines: nuclear weapons, global propaganda, world protest movements, America at war, East-West policy and politics, and more. These ten collections from the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency—including five added in 2018—offer penetrating insight into the modern world and reveal unprecedented opportunities for teaching and scholarship. Each is comprised of primary source documents from around the world, including government publications, magazines, newspapers and transcribed television and radio broadcasts, all collected and translated by the CIA between 1941 and 1996. Students and faculty will find these resources essential for classes on 20th-Century World History, Global or International Studies, Foreign Relations, Modern Diplomacy, the Cold War and others. For current events-focused classes, the resources offer countless starting points for discussion, analysis, and pro/con assessment across a period of nearly 50 years.

American Underworld: The Flash Press
The newspapers in this one-of-a-kind collection cover the seamier aspects of mid 19th-century urban life: crime, scandal, brothels and blackmail, combined with reviews of the bawdiest theatrical performances on offer and reports on sporting events such as cock-fighting, boxing and horse racing. Stopping well short of pornography, they played a delicate game with the police. With tongue-in-cheek humor, their editors often moralized against the very topics they covered, but did not shy away from including thinly-cloaked advertisements alongside. To many of their readers, the Flash Press also conveyed an implicit threat of blackmail, which often led to very ephemeral print runs. The more than sixty included papers were collected by the American Antiquarian Society, whose curators report that they are heavily researched there. They are among the rarest of all American newspapers, and are of particular interest to scholars in the fields of women’s studies, ethnic studies, urban life, criminal activity, and the underground economy and literature of the 19th century.

Nineteenth-Century American Drama: Popular Culture and Entertainment, 1820-1900
In the nineteenth century drama became the most popular form of entertainment in America while taking on myriad forms: historical plays, melodramas, political satires, black minstrel shows, comic operas, musical extravaganzas, parlor entertainments, adaptations of novels and more. All of these—more than 4,700 works in total—can be found in Nineteenth-Century American Drama: Popular Culture and Entertainment. This unique and comprehensive collection sheds new light on an enormous range of heavily studied topics, including daily life in the United States; politics, both local and national; culture in all of its forms; and the shifting and evolving tastes of Americans from across the country.

Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement 3 from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819
To understand the United States in the first two decades of the 19th century, students and scholars have depended for generations on Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker. Now this renowned digital collection has been supplemented for an anticipated final time from the remarkable holdings of the American Antiquarian Society. More than 1,700 rare and diverse works—all newly catalogued and digitized from the originals—cover a wide range of disciplines and address a host of increasingly studied topics. Never before have researchers had the opportunity to study this pivotal period in such a comprehensive way—both in the classroom and beyond. This multi-disciplinary supplement is ideal for courses on 19th-century American history and literature. It will also be essential for scholars of economics, sociology, anthropology, and geography as well as legal, ethnic, religious and women’s studies.

Civil Rights in America: From Reconstruction to the Great Society
From segregation to women’s suffrage to discrimination of all kinds, civil rights have shaped the course of American history. Civil Rights in America is a premier archive of official publications and primary source material related to civil rights in the United States. Fully searchable, with unique browsing capabilities and comprehensive metadata, this collection is indispensable for teaching and researching American history, political science, social justice, and related fields.

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