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The libraries of Northwestern University provide access to a wide variety of digital collections. The collections have especially strong coverage of Africa, Chicago, Europe, and science. Users may browse or search collections.
British History Online provides access to a wealth of primary and secondary sources on the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Using manuscripts, scholarly works, images, reference works, and maps, the digital library covers a wide variety of subjects. Users may browse the materials or search by topic, region, period, or source type.
Enlightenment thinker, Denis Diderot, along with 140 fellow scholars, compiled Encyclopedie in the mid-eighteenth century. The work was designed to be a compendium of human knowledge and an example of Enlightenment values. Recently, the University of Michigan has partially digitized the original French version and translated a number of the articles into English. This digital project is a work in progress and new translations are periodically added.
Gallica represents a wealth of primary source materials drawn from the holdings of the National Library of France (BNF). Resources include 90,000 texts and 80,000 images, as well as audio content. Users should note that most sources pertain to the history and culture of France and the Francophone world, and all introductory, explanatory, and editorial information is provided only in French.
From 1888 to 1935, photographer William J. Meuer captured a visual history of campus and community life at the University of Wisconsin. This digital collection showcases thousands of his photographs of university students, faculty, alumni, and campus guests. Included in the collection are depictions of academic, athletic, and social events at the university; images of visits from political dignitaries and other noted celebrities; and photographs of local landscapes and historic sites.
Between 1946 and 1964, the United States conducted nuclear weapons testing in the South Pacific, primarily on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The resulting radiation had a tremendous impact on local ecology and along with several colleagues, Lauren R. Donaldson of the University of Washington surveyed the damage. This digital collection showcases Donaldson’s personal papers, photographs, and surveys.
Banned by the French government until 1949, Charles Baudelaire’s 1857 collection of poems, Fleurs de Mal (The Flowers of Evil), contains provocative commentary on personal, social, and cultural challenges in nineteenth-century France. This digital project provides access to all of the poems in the collection along with English translations, audio recordings, and editorial material.
Available in both English and French, this interesting digital project traces the history of the Imperial Cannery in Steveston, British Columbia from 1902 to 1997. Imperial Cannery’s parent company, BC Packers, was the largest fish processing facility in the British Commonwealth during its century-long history. BC Packers’ culturally diverse workforce tells the story of labor and community on the Steveston waterfront.
This digital project provides access to a variety of materials related to the waters of the American West. Focusing on the Columbia, Colorado, Platte and Rio Grande River basins, the project touches on the legal, political, cultural, and ecological debates over Western waters as well as the resources and opportunities the waters have provided to humans and animals in the region.
This digital project provides an overview of early American approaches to psychiatry. Using primary source documents and photographs, the site features pioneering practitioners, institutions, and activists concerned with mental health care. Based on the nineteenth century, the project also traces the emergence of state intervention in the treatment of the mentally ill.
The Finnish National Gallery has assembled tens of thousands of works of art in digital form ranging from the fifteenth century to the present. Works may be browsed or searched by theme, medium, date, or artist. Information about the art and the site is available in English and Finnish.
This digital project presents over 3000 photographs taken from the holdings of the American Geographical Society Library (AGSL). This growing collection is currently strongest in its coverage of Asia and the Middle East. Users may be especially intrigued by the vivid and beautiful photos of Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea.