Diversity, equity, and inclusion: four digital archives

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Thanks to targeted University of Waterloo Library funds and contributions from donors including St. Jerome's University Library, researchers now have access to additional primary materials including newspapers, monographs, and manuscripts.

Part of the Library's Gale Primary Sources, these digital collections can be examined on their own or in conjunction with the Digital Scholar Lab, a set of tools that facilitates document analysis in various ways. Users can sign in using their Google or Microsoft accounts to save and share their discoveries.

Archives of Sexuality and Gender

  • Find newsletters, government documents, pamphlets, and more relating to sex and sexuality from the sciences to the legal to the humanities.
  • Coverage: 1600s to present.

Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture

  • Covers law, criminology, popular culture, phrenology, fiction, and more. Contains books, broadsheets, manuscripts, and periodicals. Also included are court transcripts, prison records, petitions, and police advertisements. Documents are from Europe, North America, India, and the Antipodes.
  • Coverage: 1790 to 1920.

Indigenous Peoples of North America

  • Facilitates the study of invasion and colonization. Find materials relating to customs, dance, music, warfare, peace treaties, removal grants, legends, and myths. Search manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, images of artwork, and more.
  • Coverage: 1600s to 2000s.

Women's Studies Archive

  • Find primary sources relating to women's activism. Featured are female-authored literature and women's periodicals.
  • Coverage: 1800s to 2000.

Sample Gale primary sources screenshot

Sample Gale Primary Sources interface:
1. Search and discover 2. View document images 3. View converted text 4. Sign in, save, cite, share

Questions?

Contact:

Lauren Doyle, librarian for English Literature and Language
Jane Forgay, librarian for History and Political Science
 

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