primary sources

New Primary Sources Available Online

Doherty recently added online access to a number of primary source collections. These additions make it easy to search and view thousands of historical documents.

British Foreign Office CorrespondenceDr. Lee Williames & David Theis Collection
Alexander III and the Policy of “Russification,” 1883-1886 - explores the policies of Alexander III as observed by the British diplomatic corps in Russia.
Commercial and Trade Relations Between Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union and the U.S., 1910-1963 - reproduces instructions to and dispatches from U.S. diplomatic and consular personnel dealing with Russia and the Soviet Union.
World War I and Revolution in Russia, 1914-1918 - documents the Russian entrance into World War I and culminates in reporting on the Revolution in Russia in 1917 and 1918.

McFadden-Moran Collection for Irish Studies Research
The Dublin Castle Records 1798-1926 - makes available original materials documenting the British presence and control in Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Testaments to the HolocaustThe Albert and Ethel Herzstein Collection
The Middle East Online: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970 - chronicles the politics, wars, administration and diplomacy surrounding the Palestine Mandate and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
U.S. Relations with the Vatican and the Holocaust, 1940-1950 - offers rare primary sources tied to Myron Taylor, appointed as the president’s representative to the Vatican.
Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950 - provides a unique perspective on the lives of the survivors — Jewish and non-Jewish — of the Holocaust and World War II.
Testaments to the Holocaust. Documents and Rare Printed Materials from the Wiener Library, London - primary source documents from the Wiener Library, the oldest institution established for documenting the Nazi regime and Jewish life in Germany from 1933 through the war.

Database of the Month: The Churchill Archive

Doherty Library now has access to the Churchill Archive, a digital collection of Sir Winston Churchill’s papers. The archive includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. This is more than a fantastic collection of primary source material; it is a unique online resource offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past. Click here for a detailed write-up of this collection from The Guardian. 

Database of the Month: ARTFL-FRANTEXT

Founded in 1982 as a result of a collaboration between the French government and the University of Chicago, the ARTFL Project  provides access to North America’s largest collection of digitized French resources.

The ARTFL-FRANTEXT database consists of over 2900 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts. Genres include novels, poetry, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy.

Click here to access ARTFL-FRANTEXT. To get an idea of the variety of material you can find in the database, try starting with a simple search for “Charlemagne.” Feel free to contact a reference librarian at http://www.askus.stthom.edu if you have questions about using the database.