LSU Libraries provides access to new digital resources

LSU Libraries is providing access to 50 additional Adam Matthew databases as part of its membership in The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL).  These databases cover an array of interesting topics from disciplines such as anthropology, business, literature, and international studies.  Adam Matthew Digital is an academic publisher that specializes in digital primary source materials, and the new acquisition enables every member library of ASERL to have perpetual access to all pre-2016 content. It includes 77 digital products, containing 12 million-plus pages of content, valued at more than $3.4 million dollars. The new content is in addition to the content LSU Libraries added in February 2021. The following resources are just a few of the newly acquired databases from Adam Matthew:

African American Communities focuses predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports, and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity.

China, America, and the Pacific explores an extensive range of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America, and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries.

Eighteenth-Century Drama is a unique archive of almost every play submitted for license between 1737 and 1824, and hundreds of documents that provide social context for the plays, featuring: John Larpent Collection of Plays from the Huntington Library Supplementary documents including Anna Larpent Diaries The London Stage, 1660-1800 A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800.

Leisure, Travel, and Mass Culture presents a multi-national journey through well-known, little-known, and far-flung destinations unlocked for the average traveler between 1850 and the 1980s. Guidebooks and brochures, periodicals, travel agency correspondence, photographs, and personal travel journals provide unique insight into the expansion, accessibility, and affordability of tourism for the masses and the evolution of some of the most successful travel agencies in the world. 

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East is a resource for understanding the events in the Middle East during the 1970s. It addresses the policies, economies, political relationships, and significant events of every major Middle East power. Conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli War, the Lebanese Civil War, and the Iranian Revolution are examined in detail, as are the military interventions and peace negotiations carried out by regional and foreign powers like the United States and Russia. 

World’s Fairs explores the phenomenon of world’s fairs from the Crystal Palace in 1851 and the proliferation of North American exhibitions, to fairs around the world and twenty-first-century expos. Through official records, monographs, publicity, artwork, and artifacts, this resource brings together multiple archives for rich research opportunities in this diverse topic.

A comprehensive list of these new databases can be found here: ASERL (Adam Matthew Databases). They can be accessed through LSU Libraries’ webpage under the A to Z databases tab.

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