July 10, 2014 – NCCO indexes the full text of books, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, diaries, photographs, statistics, literature, government reports, treaties, and other kinds of documents in both Western and non-Western languages as HTML and PDF, plus some image formats. Now includes 12 topical areas from literature to science, politics to religion, and maps to photography. 1789-1925.
Children's Literature and Childhood provides a wide range of primary sources related to the experience of childhood in the long nineteenth century. Included in the archive are books and periodicals for children, primers and other material related to education, pamphlets produced by child welfare groups, documents and photos related to children and crime, newspapers produced by youths, and much more. Curated by experts in the field of children's literature, this unique assemblage of material is sourced from such renowned institutions as the University of Florida's Baldwin Library Collection of Historical Children's Literature, the National Archives (UK), and the British Library, among others.
In its focus and range, Children's Literature and Childhood offers an array of compelling subjects for research and teaching. Children's literature from any period reflects that period's social, moral, economic, and political views. This archive serves as a rich resource for nineteenth-century study across disciplines.
This second part of the Science, Technology, and Medicine archive includes some three million pages of scientific material from the late seventeenth century through the first quarter of the twentieth century, with a primary focus on the nineteenth century. The collection is divided into four major parts: academies of science publications, natural history, public health, and entomology. Taken together, the documents in this collection offer students and scholars a rare window onto the development of modern science and its methods.
Of particular utility to all scientific researchers is the unique collection Academies of Science Publications, which runs from 1665 to 1925. The academies were not only the first major research centers but also the first organizations dedicated to the promotion of scientific knowledge and inquiry. Their publications have a formidable intellectual reach, covering every area of science as well as related areas of technical and social concern. The thousands of digitized volumes are often beautifully illustrated and impeccably edited, containing articles by every major scientist in the era that dawned with the Newtonian mechanical universe and culminated with the uncertainty of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.
The Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature archive includes a myriad of maps representing the long nineteenth century. Selections have been culled from the vast map repositories of the British Library and the National Archives at Kew. In addition to these large map collections, maps representing the Americas, and in particular America's westward expansion, have been provided by the American Antiquarian Society. Maps depicting Canada and the polar regions have been generously provided by the University of Alberta.
Bryn Mawr's extensive collection of European Travel accounts provides a sweeping glance of the travel narrative genre. In addition to the Bryn Mawr Collection, selected travel narratives have been included from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society and the British Library.
When the nineteenth century opened in Britain and the United States, it would not have been unusual to think that mainstream Christianity had made its peace with eighteenth-century rationalism and Enlightenment thought. In New England, the location of almost all of the elite American colleges, a Unitarian Deism had become the norm among faculty and students. As the century opened in Britain, William Paley published his Natural Theology (1802), a text that seemed to successfully integrate eighteenth-century natural science and religious belief into a sophisticated scheme proving that the universe demonstrated its own divine design. Liberal Christianity, however, would not go uncontested. The nineteenth century, instead, was punctuated by economic, social, and intellectual events that birthed two powerful waves of evangelical revival, waves that in turn sparked highly influential religious and secular responses of a rationalist, philosophically organicist, or countercultural character. These disruptive events included the demographic upheavals of the early and second industrial revolutions, the mid-century revolutionary political upsurges of 1848, labor restiveness, English translation of German historical biblical scholarship, stratigraphic geology spawned by the mining industry, and the natural selection thesis so forcefully argued by Darwin's Origin of the Species (1859). All three types of intellectual response were associated with powerful impulses toward moral or social reform. It is impossible, in fact, to consider the topic of religion in the long nineteenth century without considering its relationship to the abolition of slavery, woman suffrage, temperance, conditions of labor, utopian experiments in living, missions to aid the poor, and the emergence of Christian Socialism and the Social Gospel movement.