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The Center for Research Libraries provides access to a number of diverse digital collections on a variety of subjects. Topics include propaganda from the early years of the People’s Republic of China, slavery and emancipation in Mali, Chicago’s most prominent Polish language newspaper, Brazilian government documents, pamphlets from the French Revolution, and the history and culture of Southeast Asia.
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.
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.
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.
The National Library of France has developed a digital collection of their treasured holdings from the Carolingian era. The texts and images featured here shed light on politics, society, and culture in early France. Please note that interested users should be proficient in French as both sources and editorial information are provided only in French.
This digital library showcases a variety of primary and secondary sources, most concerning the history and culture of Hungary. Topics covered include science, math, technology, arts, and literature. Please note that most of the materials (including navigational links) are in the Hungarian language, though some have been translated into English.
The national libraries of France, Hungary, and Portugal collaborated to create this multinational and multilingual digital project. The project consists of a wide variety of primary and secondary sources and is fully searchable by the following criteria: century (16th through 20th), language (8 choices), institution, and theme (art, economics, history, religion, etc.).
This digital collection contains a variety of literary texts in almost every genre ranging from the medieval period to the twentieth century. The collection includes an especially strong selection of the work of James Joyce as well as a number of international sources in original French and Spanish.