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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individual composers and composer collectives directly to ensure a strong resource for contemporary and previously unpublished works.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.

Inorganic Syntheses (Volume 1-35) – Just Added

We recently purchased Volumes 1 – 35 of Wiley’s Inorganic Syntheses in eBook format.


For anyone working in inorganic chemistry, The Inorganic Syntheses series is the complete and up-to-date review of the area, providing the information needed by lab chemists on procedures for the preparation of important and timely inorganic compounds. With recent volumes covering the latest hot topics and developing areas such as organometallic chemistry, main group chemistry and ligands, co-ordination chemistry and applications in material science, this series is also of use to organic and organometallic chemists, biochemists and materials scientists.

With a review of the materials, methods and techniques required for new syntheses of inorganic compounds, Inorganic Syntheses reflects the new directions in the subject over the last two decades. Many of the new areas of interest covered are characterized by complexity in design and molecules containing specific functional groups and touch on major rapidly developing areas such as metalloenzymology.

Just added – NAACP Parts 3 – 6 from ProQuest’s History Vault

York recently acquired Parts 3 – 6 of the NAACP Papers, part of ProQuest’s History Vault. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is one of the most famous records of the civil rights movement. The collection features nearly two million pages of internal memos, legal briefings, and direct action summaries from national, legal, and branch offices throughout the country. It charts the NAACP’s work and delivers a first-hand view into issues like lynching, school desegregation, and discrimination in the military, the criminal justice system, employment, and housing, among others.

Parts 3 to 6 cover the following:

Papers of the NAACP, Part 03: The Campaign for Educational Equality 1913–1965: Legal Department and Central Office Records Series A: 1913–1940; Series B: 1940–1950; Series C: 1951–1955; General Office Files Series D: 1956–1965

The Education files document the NAACP’s systematic assault on segregated education that culminated in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Files from 1955 to 1965 focus on the NAACP’s efforts to implement the Brown decision as well as to combat de facto segregation outside of the South.

Papers of the NAACP, Part 04: The Voting Rights Campaign 1916–1950; Supplement 1 General Office Files 1956–1965

Fighting for voting rights was one of the NAACP’s earliest major campaigns. The 1916–1950 files in this module document in extensive detail the NAACP’s campaign against the “white primary,” discriminatory registration practices, and the “grandfather clause.” Files from 1956–1965 chronicle the NAACP’s efforts to capitalize on the 1957 Civil Rights Act and the much stronger Voting Rights Act of 1965. NAACP’s voter registration efforts during this period are also well documented.

Papers of the NAACP, Part 05: The Campaign against Residential Segregation 1914–1955

Papers of the NAACP, Part 06: The Scottsboro Case, 1931–1950

One of the most celebrated criminal trials of the 20th century is the case of the Scottsboro Boys. In 1931, nine young black men were accused of raping two white women on a train in northern Alabama. Sixteen days after their arrest, eight of the nine teenagers were sentenced to death in the electric chair. All eight escaped execution when the Supreme Court, in the landmark case of Powell v. Alabama, ruled that the defendants had been inadequately represented by counsel. The files document the publicity that this case generated, as well as the competition between the NAACP and the Communist Party in representing the Scottsboro Boys.