History Day 2016 at Senate House (University of London) – bookings now open

By Mary Fisk|October 12, 2016|Archival collections, History|0 comments

  The annual History Libraries, Archives and Research Day 2016 for MPhil and PhD students and early career researchers (and anyone with an interest in history!) will take place at Senate House between 10.00 – 4.00 on Tuesday 15th November. The day includes an open history fair, showcasing libraries and archives from the London area and beyond (SOAS will be there!) where you can get individual advice on your research,

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Gertrude Bell Archive at Newcastle University Library and on open-access

By Mary Fisk|July 2, 2014|Archival collections, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

Gertrude Bell (1868 – 1926) was a pioneering traveller whose deep interest in the language, culture, history and archaeology of the Near and Middle East led to her involvement in military intelligence in the area during the First World War and in its aftermath to play a leading role in the creation of the modern Iraqi state. She was also Honorary Director of Antiquities in Iraq and established the Iraq

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History – May 2014

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|June 5, 2014|History|0 comments

General & Comparative A history of future cities / Daniel Brook. Empires in World War I: shifting frontiers and imperial dynamics in a global conflict / edited by Richard Fogarty and Andrew Jarboe. China & Tibet Liberal barbarism: the European destruction of the palace of the emperor of China / Erik Ringmar. Near and Middle East The animal in Ottoman Egypt / Alan Mikhail. Sharia and the making of the

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Over 2.5 million British India records digitized and searchable online

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|May 13, 2014|History, South Asia|0 comments

A partnership between the British Library and ‘Findmypast’ has made over 2.5 million family history records from the India Office Records accessible online. The digitized documents reveal a vast amount about the lives of the British in India from 1698 to 1947 including: careers and domestic life, the lives of women in India, records of baptisms, marriages, wills and burials and civil and military pensions. The indexes can be accessed

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Twenty libraries in Delhi you’ve never visited

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|April 25, 2014|South Asia|0 comments

A recent post on the South Asia Archive and Library Group (SAALG) blog highlighted an article which will be of interest for anyone planning a research trip to Delhi. Daniel Majchrowicz, a PhD candidate at Harvard University, has reviewed twenty libraries in Delhi and provided information about opening times, location and collections as well as lots of helpful tips and links to websites (where possible). The review is published by

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Art and Archaeology – September 2012 to May 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|January 9, 2014|Art and Archaeology|0 comments

A great court painter of 18th-century Korean : the art of Kim Hong-do / Oh Ju-seok ; [translated by Lim Seon-young, Yang Ji-hyun ; revised by Mark S. Turnoy]. Archives, museums and collecting practices in the modern Arab world / [edited] by Sonja Mejcher-Atassi and John Pedro Schwartz. Archaeological theory today / edited by Ian Hodder. Embellished reality : Indian painted photographs : towards a transcultural history of photography /

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History – October 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|November 14, 2013|History|0 comments

Cultural encounters during the Crusades / edited by Kurt Villads Jensen, Kirsi Salonen, Helle Vogt. Monarchy and modernity in Egypt: politics, Islam and neo-colonialism between the wars / James Whidden.  The military collapse of China’s Ming Dynasty, 1618-44 / by Kenneth M. Swope.   Not even my name: from a death march in Turkey to a new home in America, a young girl’s true story of genocide and survival /

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New primary sources for Middle East studies

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|September 19, 2013|History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Students and researchers at SOAS have recently gained access to two new databases of archival documents that are of crucial importance in the studies of Middle East modern history and politics: Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969 http://www.archivesdirect.amdigital.co.uk Archives Direct is a suite of collections sourced from The National Archives, Kew – the UK government’s official archive. The Confidential Print series originated out of a need for the Government to preserve

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The Digital Public Library of America Launches Today, Opening Up Knowledge for All

By Farzana Whitfield|April 26, 2013|Unknown|0 comments

A group of top American libraries and academic institutions launched a new centralized research resource today, The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), making millions of resources (books, images, audiovisual resources, etc.) available in digital format. It is an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that draws on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums in order to educate, inform, and empower everyone in the current and

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