British Theatre, Music and Literature: high and popular culture

We now have access to this database which is a Cengage database, and part of Nineteenth Century Collection Online. The content is primary source material relating to the Arts in the Victorian era.   To access the database select a Cengage database such as Nineteenth Century British Library newspapers, proceed to the list of Cengage databases (see picture below)  and select Nineteenth Century Collection Online.

Irish –Australia transportation records

These records held in the National Archives of Ireland list the names crimes and sentences of people sent to the penal colonies. In many cases burglary and robbery brought sentences of seven years, though cow or sheep stealing could bring sentences of ten years.  Sometimes transportation sentences were commuted to shorter periods of imprisonment. Nineteen year old Thomas Adams from Antrim had his proposed transportation commuted to eighteen months imprisonment. Murder brought the death penalty but could be “respited” if the convict was transported for life.  Such was the fate of Thomas Kenna of Waterford. Patrick Hagan, aged 60, was detained in Dundalk Guardhouse for being a United Irishman. The records are searchable and give interesting insights into the crimes and punishments of late eighteenth/early nineteenth century Ireland.  There is also an article by Rena Lohan on the Archives’ resources on the transportation of Irish convicts to Australia.

KGB in the Baltic States

This site presents the digitised documents of different KGB departments, illustrating the differences in their work in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania. All the documents, scanned from the originals, have descriptions. Descriptions are in English and Russian. They can be searched by name, place and date, KGB department and title of document.  There are NKGB files 1940-41; MGB files 1943-53 and KGB files 1954-91.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913

This is “a fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court”. It is one of a number of resources in the Connected Histories website and is obviously an important resource for the legal researcher.

It is also of value to historians and social researchers.  In the community histories section there are analyses of the minority communities in London: black communities, the Chinese, gypsies and travellers, Irish, Jewish and Hugenot communities. For the social historian the proceedings provide detailed evidence of “the sophisticated worlds and subcultures of London’s homosexual communities”. There are analyses of gender and crime seen through the Proceedings and of the types of punishments imposed. It is a rich source of information complemented by the site’s research and study guides.

The project is a collaboration between the Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield and the Open University.

Circle: a calendar of Irish Chancery Records c. 1244-1509

“The records of the Irish Chancery were destroyed on 30 June 1922 in an explosion and fire in the Public Record Office of Ireland, located at the Four Courts, Dublin. Among the most important classes of record destroyed were the medieval Irish Chancery Rolls… CIRCLE is the culmination of nearly four decades of work reconstructing these lost records…The site contains over 20,000 Irish chancery letters translated from Latin into English, together with an unparalleled collection of digital images of surviving medieval chancery letters and rare printed volumes.” [From CIRCLE Home page]

Treaty Exhibition

See The National Archives of Ireland Treaty Exhibition. It “focuses on the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and draws almost exclusively upon the rich documentary holdings of original Irish Government records held in the National Archives. The core of ‘Treaty’ is the original document itself released online in its entirety on 6 December 2011”.

There is a timeline, a document gallery, exhibition topics, information on delegates, a newsreel and a video about the Treaty.

Early Journal content available on JSTOR.

Journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere, is now freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.

You can browse a list of available content by discipline or by title.
Additionally the Library subscribes to JSTOR Ireland and JSTOR Arts and Sciences Collection III.

JISC digital collections

Recently the Library has taken out a subscription to the newly released JISC eCollections, a high quality range of book, journal and multimedia archives. The collection comprises:

JISC Historic Books: full text of over 350,000 books published from 1475-1900. The collection is made up of Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Nineteenth Century Books from the British Library.

JISC MediaHub: over 725,000 multimedia items including more than 3,600 hours of film and over 50,000 images from NewsFilm Online, Film & Sound Online and the new Digital Images for Education archive.

JISC Journal Archives: more than 3.7 million journal articles from Oxford University Press, BRILL, Proquest, Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics, Institute of Civil Engineers. Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis will be added soon.

The three databases are available from the Portal’s Learning Resources tab..

Early Dutch Books Online

 map from, Kort begrip der waereld-historie voor de jeugd, by J.F. Martinet

Early Dutch Books Online  gives full-text access to more than 2 million pages in 10,000 books from the Dutch speaking region from the period 1781-1800. The emphasis lies on “Dutch material”, in other words, printed in the Netherlands or treating of the Netherlands. The dutch language cannot be employed as a strict selection criterion. Before 1800 books weren’t always printed in Dutch. Universities used Latin and the Court spoke French. That is why the project includes both Dutch and French materials.


The European Library’s online exhibition The Roma Journey  “provides a unique opportunity to uncover Romani culture in the Balkans and beyond. With the help of ground-breaking texts, photographs, paintings and recordings of traditional songs, this exhibition unravels the Roma’s rich oral heritage. Visitors can take a tour of texts in the Roma language as well as Serbian, English and French and share the experiences of this nomadic culture. Discover the first ever written dictionary in Roma- Serbian-German compiled in a concentration camp in WWII.”

Jordanstown LRC has a special collection on Irish Travellers. The Collection also has information on Travellers in Britain, Scotland, Europe and the United States of America and may be consulted by arrangement with the Social Sciences Librarian.