Monday, August 2, 2010

Database Trials: British Women's Letters & Diaries, Jazz, The Romantic Era,...

See the Database Trials page for access to the following Alexander Street Press collections until August 31.

Jazz Music Library
Jazz Music Library is the largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres. The current release includes 5,040 albums/60,322 tracks and it continues to grow.

Romantic Era Redefined
This collection contains canonical and previously unrecognized writers from Britain, the British Empire, and North America. It currently contains over 90,000 pages.

Alexander Street Literature
A comprehensive, cross-searchable package of collections covering literatures of place, race, and gender. Today, Alexander Street Literature features 8 collections, currently containing over 503,561 pages in the following literature collections: Black Short Fiction and Folklore; Black Women Writers; Caribbean Literature; Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period; Latin American Women Writers; Latino Literature; Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period; South and Southeast Asian Literature.

British and Irish Women's Letters & Diaries
The immediate experiences of approximately 500 women are revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters. The collection now includes primary materials spanning more than 300 years. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database.

Now Online: Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Newberry Library) presents in maps and text complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. It also includes non-county areas, unsuccessful authorizations for new counties, changes in county names and organization, and the temporary attachments of non-county areas and unorganized counties to fully functioning counties.

Researchers can use the Atlas as a resource for seeking records, to interpret and display of county-based historical data (e.g., returns of elections and censuses), or for working on state and local history projects.