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New from Adam Matthew Digital: American History 1493-1859

We recently added American History 1493-1859 to our online collections, a new product from Adam Matthew Digital.



This collection of documents covers American History from the times of the earliest settlers until the end of World War II. It is sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. York has access to Module 1 Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859. Module 2 Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945 is publishing in Spring/Summer 2015.


New from Adam Matthew Digital: Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1966

We recently added Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1966 to our growing collection of Adam Matthew Digital resources.

Apartheid South Africa makes available British government files from the Foreign, Colonial, Dominion and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices spanning the period 1948 to 1980.

The launch of National Party apartheid policies in 1948 heralded 40 years of white dominance over South African business, politics and society. Punitive restrictions placed on travel, education, work and political activism instigated the formation of organisations such as the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), saw support increase for the Communist Party and fuelled the growth of international anti-apartheid organisations.

These previously restricted letters, diplomatic dispatches, reports, trial papers, activist biographies and first-hand accounts give unprecedented access to South Africa’s apartheid regime. Files explore the relationship of the international community with South Africa and chart increasing civil unrest against a backdrop of waning colonialism and mounting world condemnation.

This resource is being released in three sections over the next six months: 1948-1966 (available now), 1967-1975 (coming December 2014), 1976-1980 (coming March 2015).

If you have any questions about this resource please contact ereport at yorku dot ca

New from Adam Matthew Digital: First World War: Visual Perspectives and Narratives

We recently acquired First World War: Visual Perspectives and Narratives from Adam Matthew Digital.

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The third resource in Adam Matthew Digital’s First World War portal, The First World War: Visual Perspectives and Narratives features primary source material from the holdings of Imperial War Museums.

Through both visual and documentary resources, this collection showcases the international dimensions of the conflict, the Home Front and the role of women in the war.

The collection includes:

  • Photographs (documenting the war from multiple international perspectives, including foreign official photographs and private collections)
  • Artwork (oil paintings, watercolours, pastels and pencil sketches from a large array of artists, including artists’ commissioning documents)
  • Film clips (covering the full duration of war and numerous international forces)
  • Museum objects (object photographs)
  • Posters (various international posters)
  • Manuscripts (previously undigitized personal collections)
  • Rare printed material (books and pamphlets recording various aspects of the war)
  • Ephemera (books, pamphlets, pin badges, postcards, stamps)

New Streaming Audio Resources from Alexander Street Press

We’ve added three new streaming music resources to our online collections.

Classical Music in Video


Classical Music In Video contains 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses captured on video—approximately 1,500 performances in all. The collection contains performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.

Classical Scores Library: Volume II



Music Online: Classical Scores Library, Volume II is the follow-up to Alexander Street’s Classical Scores Library and will bring together 200,000 pages when complete. It’s the first online score collection for libraries that’s composed mostly of in-copyright classical scores from major composers and editions. When curating the collection, editors targeted individual composers and composer collectives directly to ensure a strong resource for contemporary and previously unpublished works. The collection contains full, study, piano, and vocal scores, and will provide valuable source material for teachers and students of music history, performance, appreciation, and theory.

Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection



Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection delivers more than three hundred important dramatic works in streaming audio from the curated archive of the nation’s premiere radio theatre company. The plays  are performed by leading actors from around the world and recorded specifically for online listening. Specialized indexing at the track level for over half of these recordings links individual segments of plays to specific academic disciplines and subject keywords.

Newly Acquired: Financial Times Historical Archive(1888-2010)

York University Libraries recently added the Financial Times Historical Archive(1888-2010) to our online collections.


The archive contains 122 years of the world’s daily business newspaper.

From its beginning as the London Financial Guide in January 1888, the Financial Times has developed to become one of the best-known newspapers in the world.
This complete online fully-searchable facsimile edition of the FT offers the complete run of the London edition of the paper, from its first issue to the end of 2010. Every individual article, advertisement and market listing is included and shown individually and in the context of the full page and issue of the day. For this online archive every item has been subject or topic categorized to permit fast retrieval and review of relevant articles.