How to use this Research Guide [READ THIS FIRST]:
To better serve you and your research needs during this time, primary resources, books, and articles are made centrally available here. Materials are organized into four boxes:
Jacob Gordon: email@example.com
Sara Kern: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Elliott: email@example.com
Items Viewed during the Library Special Collections Visit on February 15, 2021. Where available online, a link has been provided below the item.
Smithsonian online exhibit with artifacts, maps, ship diagrams, and a focus on maritime life in the 1700's including piracy and trade issues.
Newspapers or Other Publications
From the British Library, this database contains most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800.
Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads
The Bodleian Library has unparalleled holdings of over 30,000 ballads in several major collections. The original printed materials range from the 16th- to the 20th-Century. The Broadside Ballads project makes the digitized copies of the sheets and ballads available to the research community.
English Broadside Ballad Archive
Hosted by UC-Santa Barbara, the EBBA has a searchable database of broadside ballads of seventeenth century England.
London's Central Criminal Court - Old Bailey Proceedings
The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts between 1676 and 1772.
Piracy Trials - Law Library of Congress
"The Law Library of Congress has digitized its collection of pre-1923 piracy trial. This historical collection of piracy trials is critical for understanding how the various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900."
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake
This collection is provided by the Library of Congress. "Sir Francis Drake, English explorer and naval strategist, circumnavigated the earth from 1577-1580. During these travels, Drake visited the Caribbean and the Pacific claiming a portion of California for Queen Elizabeth and waging battles on the Spanish. This collection comprises important primary and secondary materials accumulated about Drake’s voyages.
Mariners' Museum Library & Archives
"... holds the largest maritime history collection in the Western Hemisphere." The collection includes over 1,750,000 items ranging from books and magazines, to rare materials, vessel plans, and photographs. The website provides access to the Library's online catalog and finding aids. An image database is also available for searching.
Massachusetts Historical Society
Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society, an independent research library, is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures.