Our latest trial databases are treasure troves of historical material which surface stories of and by traditionally underrepresented and marginalised people, complement our collections of forbidden books, and feature female-authored material. The following databases are available on a temporary basis and we welcome your feedback.

New Gale Primary Source databases
For trial 8 Feb — 8 Apr 2022

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Our latest trial databases are from Gale primary sources, which celebrate a range of stories by well-known and underrepresented voices in history with a particular focus on herstory. These complement content already available for State Library members in the Women’s studies archive and the Archives of sexuality and gender: LGBTQ history and culture since 1940, parts I and II.

Herstory

n. history considered or presented from a feminist viewpoint or with special attention to the experience of women 1

Archives of sexuality and gender: Part V L’Enfer de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Uncover one of the best known private collections of forbidden books with the Archives of sexuality and gender: Part V L’Enfer de la Bibliothèque nationale de France. Established in the 1830s, this collection comprises 2,400+ literary works, manuscripts, engravings, lithographs, and photographs (once) banned on moral grounds at the time of their creation. Spanning 1530s to the 2010s, these works deemed erotic, pornographic or otherwise questionable offer insight into our changing social mores. Works are mainly in French, with some titles also in English, German, Spanish and other languages.

Screen shot of Archives of sexualirty and gender landing page.

The Listener historical archive (1929-1991)

Another fantastic database we have on trial is the Listener historical archive (1929-1991): a complete archive of the weekly Listener magazine established by the BBC in 1929. Featuring contributions from major writers, artists, social commentators and thinkers of the twentieth century, it covers diverse topics from visual arts and culture to politics and science. Keep an eye out for contributions by E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and other celebrated writers.

Sceenshot of landing page of the Listener historical archive database

Nineteenth century collections online: Women transnational networks

Deep-dive into an archive of primary source documents covering issues of gender and class from the late-eighteenth century to the era of suffrage in the early-twentieth century, all through a transnational perspective (American and European). The Nineteenth century collections online: Women transnational networks includes serials, books, manuscripts, diaries, reports, and visuals.

Screenshot of landing page of Nineteenth century online collections database

Women’s studies archive: Rare titles from the American Antiquarian Society, 1820-1922

What was it like to be an American female in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? Explore the Women’s studies archive: Rare titles from the American Antiquarian Society, 1820-1922 online collection to hear from female writers on language, literature, domestics, etiquette, fashion and other social mores of their time. Enjoy a mix of fiction and non-fiction, political ephemera, manuscripts, and memoirs among other works.

Screenshot of landing page of Women's studies archive database

Women’s studies archive: Voice and vision

Explore the Women’s studies archive: Voice and vision collections of female-authored material, covering an array of topics beyond suffrage and key to the study of women’s history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This includes works covering topics from the abolition of slavery, alcohol and temperance movements, pacifism, and political activism, to domestic service, education, health and hygiene, divorce, and social reform.

Committee Groups of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom with Disarmament Petition ready to go to Geneva, 1931, Herald Feature Service; MS9377/PHO4

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We would love to hear from you about these trial databases. You can share your thoughts by clicking the ‘Feedback’ button below and completing a short online form.

To access the features discussed in this post, you can sign up for membership online. Victorian members can also have free access from home to the Library’s eresources, including ebooks, enewspapers, ejournals and streaming services.

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  1. Merriam-Webster, n.d., ‘Herstory’, in Merriam-Webster.com dictionary, viewed 23 February, 2022, <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herstory>

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