Sunday, May 30, 2004

Those of you wedded to Historical Abstracts might also like to check out the new Academic Search Premier, a very large full text multidisciplinary database compiled by the giant journal clearing-house, EBSCO. It indexes over 8,000 journals (70% of them peer-reviewed scholarly titles), including more than 4,600 in full text -- with direct links. For more information see, or go there directly at
Indian Affairs Annual Reports is a digitized searchable collection of the annual reports created by the various Government of Canada departments responsible for the portfolio of Indian Affairs from 1864 to 1990. The collection was compiled by the National Library of Canada and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
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Women Working from 1870 to 1930 is a fascinating new on-line resource representing the first fruits of a Harvard University Library initiative intended to demonstrate the feasibility of bringing together books, manuscripts, and images from across the Harvard Libraries and Museums and integrating them into a digital collection using the Web as a primary access tool. See it at
The university catalogue now allows users of the Early English Newspapers microfilm collection to search for all 1,293 newspaper titles by individual title. Simply search for the overall title "Early English Newspapers", and from there click on "See an alphabetical (and searchable) listing of the titles included in this microfilm collection".
Through June 17 the Library is offering trial access to The Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection, which enhances our Core Collection of over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works with an expanding range of key titles, including the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. This means an additional 70,000 entries, including 50,000 longer, in-depth, signed entries with bibliographies". How can you resist? Check it out at
For a full-motion view of the recent-ish past, see British MovieTone News, a Website of one-minute potraits of famous people and stereotyped scenes of British life dating back to 1929. Shot in black-and-white but candy-coloured all the way, these old newsreel clips are as interesting for the way the stories are told as for the stories themselves. See for yourself at:

Métis Scrip Records is a searchable database of over 15,000 images of selected parts of original scrip records held in the National Archives of Canada. The federal government created a number of records in its day-to-day administration of the scrip that it issued to Métis residents of Manitoba and the former North-West Territories. The records generally consist of affidavits and applications, land and money scrip notes, scrip certificates, receipts, and a number of textual files consisting of letters and memoranda outlining government policies, rulings, and procedures. This database provides access to the affidavits and applications only.
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Library users can now access the UBCIC RG 10 File & Item Database compiled by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. It consists of the information contained in fifty-two electronic finding aids obtained from the National Archives, and represents all the electronic finding aids for Department of Indian Affairs Record Group 10 as of April 1997. Included on the database are finding aids to the following series:
Black Series: Western Canada 1872-1959
Red Series: Eastern Canada and Headquarters Administration 1872-1964
Central Registry Files: General Headquarters files 1833-1989
School Files: School administration files 1879-1953
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Our friends in the Library inform us that the National Union Catalog of pre-1956 imprints is again available in the Main Library. Its new permanent location (the catalogue exists in three dimensions, as books, so you need to travel to the library to see it) is on the third floor, near the end of the "C" classed material. This is a fundamental resource offering the entire Library of Congress cumulative list of authors up to 1956.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Graduate students in the History Department have done exceedingly well in the latest SSHRC competitions. Congratulations to Brendan Edwards and Julie Gibbings, each of whom has been awarded a prestigious Canada Graduate Scholarships Program (CGS) Doctoral Scholarship. Congratulations, too, to Brad Coates, Karen Sander, Elizabeth Scott, and Jillian Staniec, each of whom won CGS Master's Scholarships.
Warren Johnston and Jeff Wigelsworth each have an article in a special edition of the Canadian Journal of History 38 (2003), which is just out. The essays originated at a conference last May in Halifax to honour the retirement of Professor Paul Christianson of Queen's University. Warren's article is "The Patience of the Saints, the Apocalypse and Moderate Nonconformity in Restoration England", while Jeff's is "Lockean Essences, Political Posturing, and John Toland's Reading of Isaac Newton's Principia." Other essays are by John Morrill, Sears McGee, and Ian Gentles, so be sure not to this edition of the journal. Click here for further details.