The Oxford DNB is more than an online biographical dictionary. It has a list of themes. Some of these are, Anglo-Norman invaders of Ireland; the Metaphysical poets; Proponents and critics of appeasement; British Union of Fascists; England, Scotland and the Acts of Union; High-kings of Ireland; Lord Lieutenants of Ireland; Music in Britain: 1905 and after; Papal legates to medieval Britain and Ireland; The road to Suez and War poets. Articles link to biographies of the people involved.
The ODNB links to American National Biography Online. As well as biographies the ANB has research ideas which link to relevant articles and biographies of the people involved. The ideas are: American literature; Arts in America; Black history; Civil Rights movement; Civil war; Depression and the New Deal; Frontier and Western expansion; Gilded age; Hispanic American heritage; Native American heritage; Women’s history; and World War II.
Academic Earth’s free politics videos include 10 lectures on, African American studies, by Prof. M Sawyer (UCLA); 12 lectures on, Current issues in international and area studies, by Paula Goldman (Berkley); 10 lectures on, Conceptual foundations of international politics, by Prof. L. Anderson (Columbia); 24 lectures on, Introduction to political philosophy, by Prof. S. B. Smith (Yale); 6 lectures on, Geography of United States elections, by M. Lewis (Stanford); 19 lectures on, Politics, strategy and game theory, by Prof. K. Bawn (UCLA); 5 lectures entitled, Talk’s from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, by former US Senator Bill Bradley (Princeton); 5 lectures on, Presidential politics: race, class, faith & gender in the 2008 election, by Prof. Al Camarillo (Stanford); 25 lectures on, The moral foundations of politics, by Prof. I. Shapiro (Yale); 12 lectures on, Justice: what’s the right thing to do?, Prof. M. Sandel (Harvard); 24 lectures on, Faith and globalization, by various distinguished speakers(Yale); 26 lectures on, Nonviolence: from Gandhi to Martin Luther King, by Prof. M. Nagler (Berkley).
The Jackie Clarke Library and Archive in Ballina is a collection of primary historical materials gathered together by Jackie Clarke (1927-2000). It contains over 100,000 items: manuscripts, photographs, legal papers, pamphlets, hand-bills, film, political autograph books, letters, cartoons, maps and proclamations. For a history of the Library see the Collection Booklet. The Library is currently closed to the public but for further information contact the Library’s curator. The Curator has placed a video about the Collection on You Tube.
The Manuscript Division of Library of Congress has the papers of twenty three United States presidents. In 1996, the Division embarked on a programme to digitise them. The following papers are available: The George Washington Papers; The Thomas Jefferson papers; The James Madison Papers and The Abraham Lincoln Papers. Other collections will follow. Library of Congress has also prepared a presentation called “I do solemnly swear…”: presidential inaugurations. Other useful resources for the researcher include the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which has extensive digital archives; The American Presidency Project with over 90,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency and with links to other presidential libraries; and the Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project which has useful links to other sites.
Cabinet Papers, a joint JISC / National Archives project, includes Cabinet memoranda supplied to Cabinet before meetings, Cabinet conclusions and decisions, and Cabinet Secretary’s notebooks since 1942. The papers may be browsed by theme, for example Limited war and the politics of defence, and Law liberty and society. This is a very important resource for research into twentieth century Britain.
The IFG‘s mandate is among other things to “discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet…advise… ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world.. [and to]… contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise”. It has published three books in electronic format which are freely available for download: Internet governance forum (IFG): the first two years; Internet for all; and Internet governance: creating opportunities for all.
The British Cartoon Archive based at the University of Kent at Canterbury comprises cartoons from 1904 to the present. The archive illustrates the work of around 250 British cartoonists. Much of it contains social and political comment. Another collection of British cartoons is housed in the Library of Congress in Washington. These earlier cartoons were published primarily between1780 and 1830. According to Library of Congress , “the cartoons highlight aspects of British political life, including tensions with its colonies and other nations, as well as society, fashion, manners, and theatre”. The University of Illinois has harvested a collection of Irish political cartoons. These are drawn primarily from the Weekly Freeman and National Press and United Ireland newspapers. They address the subject of Irish politics of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and, in particular, Ireland’s relationship with England. For cartoons relating to Northern Ireland go to the CAIN website. For more collections follow the Intute link.
Students of American history and politics may be interested in the Mike Wallace interviews available as videos and transcripts in the Harry Ransom Center . There are interviews with Eldon Edwards, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan (on segregation, communism etc); Senator Wayne Morse (on the Eisenhower administration); Earl Browder (former head of the Communist Party in the US); Dr. Ralph Lapp, nuclear physicist (on nuclear testing and the atomic bomb); Senator James Eastland (“the voice of the white south”); Frank Lloyd Wright (on politics and war); Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (on the Little Rock controversy); Eleanor Roosevelt (on Republicans, Democrats and the Soviet Union); John Gates (a leader in the Communist Party); Fulton Lewis Jnr. (on American politicians); Abba Eban (on Arab nations); William O. Douglas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US (on the loss of liberties); Cyrus Eaton, industrialist (on the Cold War); Aldous Huxley (on freedom in the US); Adlai Stevenson (on American politics); Henry Kissinger (on US foreign policy); Arthur Larson (on the Eisenhower administration).
The JISC funded SPHERE project is collecting information on the use of the Stormont Parliamentary Papers digital resource – an archive of the House of Commons debates from the Stormont Government, 1921-72. A short web survey on use of the resource is available at the following web link Stormont Papers web survey.
The information collected by the project will be used to understand the needs of the research and teaching community and establish priorities for the digitisation of new content and redevelopment of the user interface. Your contribution to the survey will establish current use of the Stormont Parliamentary Papers resource and help to shape its future development.
Please visit the Stormont Papers web site for further information on the project.
The SPHERE project is funded by JISC, based at King’s College, London and Queen’s University, Belfast, working in Partnership with the Northern Ireland Assembly Library, and the NIA Official Report. It started on Nov 1st, 2010, and concludes in April 2011.