New this month at Leddy: 7 Exciting New Electronic Resources.
- Detroit Free Press, 1831-1922
- Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans 1639-1800 and Supplement from the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1670-1800
- Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969
- Victorian Popular Culture: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic; Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks; Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment
- London Low Life
- American Periodicals Series Online
- American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries
Detroit Free Press, 1831-1922
The Detroit Free Press published its first edition before Michigan entered statehood and when wild animals outnumbered the people living in the city. Its editor assigned a writer to walk the waterfront and record the shipping news each day, creating the first news “beat.” The Free Press also was the first U.S. newspaper to print a regular Sunday edition and the first to publish court testimony. It sent reporters to Civil War battlefields to describe the action, set up a Washington bureau to report on politics, and was the first American newspaper published in Europe when it began a London edition in 1881.
Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans 1639-1800 and Supplement from the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1670-1800
Series I contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period. Series I is based on Charles Evans’ renowned “American Bibliography” and Roger Bristol’s supplement and includes more than 36,000 printed works and 2.3 million pages. The Supplement, from the acclaimed holdings of the Library Company of Philadelphia, contains a broad range of recently uncovered books, pamphlets, broadsides, and U.S. House and Senate Bills and Resolutions, offering nearly 1,000 rare and unique items printed during a 130-year period spanning the colonial era and the formation of the new nation.
Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969
Consists of ‘Confidential Print’ documents issued by the United Kingdom Foreign and Colonial Office since c1820, this collection covers the Egyptian reforms of Muhammad Ali Pasha in the nineteenth century, the Middle East Conference of 1921, the Mandates for Palestine and Mesopotamia and the Suez Crisis in 1956, to the partition of Palestine, post-Suez Western foreign policy and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Confidential Print: Middle East is a fundamental resource for academics, students and researchers studying the modern Middle East. These historical documents inform the volatile situation in the region today.
Victorian Popular Culture: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic; Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks; Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment
Victorian Popular Culture contains a wide range of source material relating to popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe in the period from 1779 to 1930, and shows how interconnected these worlds were. Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic explores the relationship between the popularity of Victorian magic shows and conjuring tricks and the emergence of séances and psychic phenomena in Britain and America. Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks focuses on the world of travelling entertainment, which brought spectacle to vast audiences across Britain, American and Europe in the 19th and early 20th century. From big tops to carnivals, fairgrounds and dime museums, it covers the history of popular shows and exhibitions from both audience and professional perspectives. Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment features material on music halls; theatre (legitimate and illegitimate); pantomime; pleasure gardens; exhibitions; scientific institutions, and visual delights such as magic lanterns shows and dioramas.
London Low Life
This collection brings to life the teeming streets of Victorian London, inviting students and scholars to explore the gin palaces, brothels and East End slums of the nineteenth century’s greatest city. From salacious ‘swell’s guides’ to scandalous broadsides and subversive posters, the material sold and exchanged on London’s bustling thoroughfares offers an unparalleled insight into the dark underworld of the city. Children’s chapbooks, street cries, slang dictionaries and ballads were all part of a vibrant culture of street literature. This is also an incredible visual resource for students and scholars of London, with many full colour maps, cartoons, sketches and a full set of the essential Tallis’ Street Views of London – a unique resource for the study of London architecture and commerce. We also include George Gissing’s famous London scrapbooks from the Pforzheimer Collection, containing his research for London novels such as New Grub Street and The Netherworld.
American Periodicals Series Online
American Periodicals Series Online™ (APS Online) includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century (1741-1940). Titles range from Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine and America’s first scientific journal, Medical Repository; popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies’ Home Journal; regional and niche publications; and groundbreaking journals like The Dial, Puck, and McClure’s.
American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries
This resource contains full text and full-color scans of journal content that can be cross-searched with American Periodicals Series Online, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, and other leading historical collections from ProQuest, and spans the 19th century through the dawn of the 20th century. The collection contains special interest and general magazines, labor and trade publications, scientific and literary journals, and photographic periodicals, as well as other historically significant titles. Key titles include: American Annual of Photography; The Craftsman; Electrical Age; Hampton’s Magazine; House & Garden; The Labor Journal; The Occident; American Jewish Advocate; Popular Science; and Woman’s Protest Against Woman Suffrage.