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Gale Debuts Four Archives for 19th-Century Research

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, added four archives to its collection of 19th-century research.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), Gale’s worldwide, multiyear digitization program, offers rare 19th-century primary sources such as newspapers, maps, and photographs from more than 80 institutions around the world. With the addition of the new archives, NCCO now has eight archives, and the entire program has more than 170 collections.

Since the 19th century is such a popular period of history, NCCO offers “a variety of rare, and cross-curricular content” that researchers can use to discover new areas of study, says Jim Draper, vice president and general manager of Gale. NCCO is valuable to “any institution looking to provide its students and faculty with the ability to perform innovative historical research.”

The new archives cover topics in Europe and Africa; photography; women; and science, technology, and medicine. Their inclusion was decided on by an advisory board of subject matter experts.

The Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest archive contains sources such as monographs, manuscripts, and newspaper articles that discuss the European conquest of Africa with regard to economics, world politics, and international strategy.

The Photography: The World Through the Lens archive explores the invention of photography, featuring the practice as a technical process, as an art form, as documentary evidence, and as an information type. Sources include landscapes, police photography, war photographs, and photographs of the poor.

The Women: Transnational Networks archive documents women’s movements around the world, with a focus on European and North American women, using serials, books, manuscripts, diaries, reports, and visuals.

The Science, Technology and Medicine, 1780-1925 archive displays the changing 19th-century attitudes toward natural history, physics, mathematics, medicine, and public health in journals and monographs.

Source: Cengage Learning 



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