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British & Commonwealth History - Collections
Early Modern History


Online Resources

Databases & Websites

British History Online. A digital library of text and information about people, places and businesses from the medieval and early modern period, built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust.
The Clergy of the Church of England Database (CCEd). A collaborative project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and bringing together scholars from King's College London, the University of Kent at Canterbury and the University of Reading, whose objective is to create a relational database documenting the careers of all Church of England clergymen between 1540 and 1835. The website also provides a range of supporting materials about the Church and its clergy.
Consitutional States. Full-text links from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
Early English Books Online From the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War, EEBO digitally reproduces facsimile images of the original editions of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661). Searching is limited to author, title, subject, printer and publication date. Stanford Only
Early English Books Online: Text Creation Partnership.Of the 125,000 titles in EEBO, 25,000 volumes have been targeted for conversion over a five-year period to full-text searching. Selection is based on the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, which was chosen as a guideline because it includes foundational works as well as less canonical titles related to a wide variety of fields, not just literary studies. Stanford Only
Early English Prose Fiction: Over 200 complete works in fictional prose from the period 1500-1700. Authors in this collection include Aphra Behn, John Bunyan, Margaret Cavendish, William Congreve, Thomas Heywood, John Lyly, Christopher Middleton, Thomas Nashe, Sir Philip Sidney, John Skelton and Lady Mary Wroth.
Early Stuart Libels: An Edition of Poetry from Manuscript Sources. A searchable full-text edition of early 17th-century political poetry, much of which has never before been published. The 350-plus poems range from satire to invective to anti-libels, and throw new light on literary and political culture in Enlgand in the decades from the accession of King James I to the outbreak of the English Civil War.
Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare. Contains 11 major editions from the First Folio of 1623 to the Cambridge edition of 1863-6, 28 separate contemporary printings of individual plays and poems, selected apocrypha and related works. In addition, it contains more than 100 adaptations, sequels and burlesques from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
The Making of the Modern World: The Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature, 1450-1850. This full-text, fully searchable database combines the strengths of the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London and the Kress Library of Business and Economics at Harvard with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in Columbia's Butler Library and from the libraries of Yale University. Almost 12 million pages present more than 61,000 books from the period 1460-1850, and 466 pre-1906 serials, offering a comprehensive witness to the theories, practices, and consequences of economic and business activity in the West.

Hanover Historical Texts Project. Links to primary texts in Early Modern European history.
The Luminarium. English Literature: Early 17th Century (1603-1660). Primary documents.
The British Academy John Foxe Project. Foxe's Book of Martyrs Variorum Edition Online concentrates on the four English editions of Foxe’s martyrology published in London during his own lifetime: those of 1563, 1570, 1576, and 1583.
The Newton Project (Imperial College). This site presents the transcipts of Newton's natural philosophical writings and mathematical works, as well as his theological tracts and alchemical texts. Offers numerous other texts, such as 18th century biographies of Newton and religious histories. The goal of the project is to make all Newton's writings freely available online.
The Richard III Society Online Library. Full-text editions and extracts of 15th-19th century sources on the Ricardian controversy; a hypertext edition of Shakespeare's play; essays on Richard III in history, drama, and literature.

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Periodicals & Newspapers

Early Modern Literary Studies. Refereed journal examining English literature, literary culture, and language during the 16th and 17th centuries. Also offers internet resources for Renaissance scholars, including archives, electronic texts, discussion groups, and beyond.
Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
Sixteenth Century Journal Stanford Only

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Print Resources

Encyclopedias & Handbooks

A Companion to Stuart Britain, Barry Coward, editor
Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2003.
Location: Green Library, Stacks (DA375.C684 2003)
The Political History of Tudor and Stuart England: A Sourcebook, Victor Stater.
London; New York: Routledge, 2002.
Location: Green Library, Information Center: Non-circulating (DA310.S73 2002)

Historical Dictionary of Stuart England, 1603-1689, Ronald H. Fritze and William B. Robison, editors-in-chief.
Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.
Location: Green Library, Lane Room: Non-circulating (DA375 .H57 1996)
Tudor England: An Encyclopedia, Arthur F. Kinney and David W. Swain, general editors.
New York ; London: Garland, 2001.
Location: Green Library, Lane Room: Non-circulating (DA315 .T83 2001)

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Journals

Journal of Early Modern History
Volume/date range: Vol. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 1997)-
Location: Latest year or volume in Current Periodicals; earlier in Stacks (D1 .J574 v.1-8)
Electronic version available to Stanford-affiliated users at Ingenta Connect
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Volume/date range: Vol. 26, no. 1 (winter 1996)-
Location: Green Library, latest year or volume in Current Periodicals; earlier in Stacks (D111 .J6 V.1-34)
Electronic version available to Stanford-affiliated users at Duke Journals
Electronic version available to Stanford-affiliated users at Project Muse

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Maps & Atlases

Maps in Tudor England, P.D.A. Harvey.
London: Public Record Office: British Library, 1993.
Includes reduced-size reproductions of maps produced during the period 1485-1603; bibliographical references and index.
Location: Green Library (G1815 .H36 1993)

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Microform Resources

Documents

Crown Servants, Series One: The Papers of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, 1593-1641, from the Sheffield City Libraries.
Marlborough, England: Adam Matthew, 1994.
These papers consist of some 2800 holograph letters, mainly addressed to Strafford himself, and a number of letter books in which copies were kept of his own correspondence, along with 16 volumes of manuscript material. An ideal starting point for all scholars and researchers studying the origins of the English Civil War, the Crisis between Crown and Parliament in early Stuart Britain, and the nature of Government and Society in the seventeenth century.
Consists of 20 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.+1 guide; Library has reels 1-20
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (GUIDE DA396 .S8A35; MFILM N.S. 14043)
Crown Servants, Series Two: Papers of the Wynns of Gwydir, 1515-1690, and the Clenennau Letters and Papers, 1584-1698, from the National Library of Wales.
Marlborough, England: Adam Matthew Publications, 1999.
The second series of Crown Servants documents the lives of two generations of an important and influential Welsh family whose power base was in North Wales. Also included are the Clenennau Letters and Papers, 1584-1698 in this project. These papers are an important source for Religion and Politics in Britain through the Tudor and Stuart period - with the family maintaining Catholic and Protestant lines to ensure their survival. It is also an excellent source for topics as varied as the Royal progresses and court entertainment, the English Civil War, and the Gunpowder Plot.
Consists of 23 microfilm reels ; 35 mm; Library has reels 1-23
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 15107)
Crown Servants, Series Three: The Lauderdale Papers, c1647-1682, from the British Library, London.
Marlborough, England: Adam Matthew Publications, 2000.
This third series of Crown Servants comprises the Papers of John Maitland, second Earl and first Duke of Lauderdale (1616-1682). He was a leading Covenanter, a Scottish Commissioner during the 1640s and 1650s, and Secretary of State to Charles II.
Consists of 10 microfilm reels ; 35 mm; Library has reels 1-10
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (GUIDE DA804.1 .L3 A4 2000; MFILM N.S. 15301)
Diary of Walter Yonge (1581?-1649) of Colyton, County Devon, 1642-1645.
Wetherby, UK: British Library, Reproduction Customer Services, 2006. London: British Museum Photographic Service, [19uu].
Consists of 4 microfilm reels; 35 mm; library has reels 1-4.
Note: Original in British Museum. Department of Manuscripts, additional manuscripts, Mss. Add. 18777-18780.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 16587)
Ecclesiastical Authority in England: Church Court Records, c.1400-c.1660.
Brighton, England: Harvester, 1985-
Series 2 provides the complete records for the important diocese of Chichester. These manuscripts detail the operation of the ecclesiastical authorities and give insights into all those tried and involved in the courts. The wide variety of material includes instance, deposition, taxation and detection books; churchwarden's presentments and court papers; excommunication papers; and surviving church inspection books.
Incomplete collection; Library has Series 2, pt.1 (reels 1-19), pt.2 (reels 20-38)
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (GUIDE BX5107 .E5 E33; MFILM N.S. 12566)
Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature.
Items in this collection are cataloged separately and can be found under their individual authors and titles.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 1350)
Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature Catalog.
Allows user to access complete bibliographic citations to more than 60,000 economics and business primary source titles from the last half of the fifteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century.
Location: Green Library, Information Center: CD-ROMS (Z7164 .E2 G65 1997)
Online Guide to the Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature. Choose the Goldsmiths'-Kress collection as the collection to search, and then conduct a search by keyword, author, title, and other categories. Or simply browse the catalog.
Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature : A Consolidated Guide to Segment I of the Microfilm Collection (print).
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (Z7164.E2 G64)
London Directories from the Guildhall Library, 1677-1900.
Woodbridge, Conn.: Research Publications, inc., 1979-.
Comprises city directories, commercial and street directories and post office directories found in the Guildhall Library.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 2865)
Newsletters of Richard Bulstrode, 1667-1689, from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Marlborough, England: Adam Matthew, 2002.
The newsletters addressed to Sir Richard Bulstrode and others, 1667-1689, are an outstanding cache of these rare and important bulletins. There are nearly 1,500 in total, many written by hand in the news-letter offices of Sir Joseph Williamson, Secretary of State. They are a crucial source for anyone studying the reigns of Charles II and James II and provide an important supplement to the State Papers of the period.
Consists of 4 microfilm reels ; 35 mm; Library has reels 1-4
Copy Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 16390)
Sir William Clarke Manuscripts, 1640-1666.
Hassocks, Sussex : Harvester Press, 1977.
Contains the complete papers of Sir William Clarke from the Clarke Collection at Worcester College, Oxford.
Consists of 17 microfilm reels; Library has reels 1-17.
Copy Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 2691)
Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Newsletters and Related Papers: Part 1, Newsletters c.1564-1657 and Related Papers c.1607-1794, from the Public Record Office.
Marlborough, England: Adam Matthew Publications, 2002.
This collection provides a synthesis of foreign news and intelligence on events in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It contains a rich array of newsletters for the 1620s and 1630s; reports from a wide network of European contacts; and high level correspondence between Louis XIII and Charles I.
Consists of 18 microfilm reels; Library has reels 1-18
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 16389)

The Hartlib Papers.
Set contains the entire collection of Hartlib papers now held in Sheffield University Library. This amounts to about 20,000 pages of manuscript, together with a further 5,000 pages of printed ephemera; also includes more than 23,000 images of original documents.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (CD-ROM: ZMS 868 DISC 1-2; GUIDE ZMS 868)
The Papers of Anthony Bacon, 1558-1601.
London, World Microfilms, 1974.
Consists of correspondence from and to Bacon, including some materials in the final volume that were added to the collection after his death. Extensive correspondence with Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex, appears in the collection.
Consists of 9 reels; Library has v.1-9
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 1275)
The Tanner Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Brighton, Sussex: Harvester Press, 1977-1980.
Documents and letters of leading churchmen, academics, and figures of political and public life of the 16th, 17th, and early 18th centuries, collected by Thomas Tanner, author and churchman, and housed in the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 3037)

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The Complete State Papers Domestic

State Papers Domestic: Henry VIII, 1509-1547.
124 microfilm reels cover the reign of Henry VIII.
Berkshire, England; Conneticut: Research Publications, 1994-1995.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (GUIDE DA25 .E1 1994 SER.3, PT.1-6; MFILM N.S. 16487)
State Papers Domestic: Edward VI - James I, 1547-1625
Brighton, Eng.: Harvester Press, 1979.
Location:
Microfilm: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (N.S. 3526)
Guide: Green Library, Government Documents Department and Current Periodicals/Microtext (GUIDE DA345.G7 1979)
State Papers Domestic: Edward VI (Public Record Office)
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 1764)
State Papers Domestic: James I, 1603-1625
Brighton, Eng.: Harvester Press, 1979.
Location:
MFILM: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (N.S. 3525)
GUIDE: Green Library, Government Documents Department and Current Periodicals/Microtext (DA392.G7 1979)
State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1625-1648
Brighton, Eng.: Harvester Press, 1983-1986.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (GUIDE DA370 .G74 1983; MFILM N.S. 7501)
State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1649-1660 (Public Record Office)
Brighton: Harvester Press., 1981-1985.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 4065)
The State Papers of Queen Anne: 1702-1714.
Wilmington, Del.: M. Glazier, 1977.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 1746)

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