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America in records from colonial missionaries, 1635-1928

76 Documents (33,900 Pages)

The importance of the material in this collection from historical research lies not merely in their religious content, but in...

The importance of the material in this collection from historical research lies not merely in their religious content, but in the fact that missionaries in North America, as elsewhere, were often the only people recording and submitting regular reports of events from remote English-speaking communities around the world. According Isobel Pridmore, former archivist of the United Society for the Propagation...

American prisoners of war, 1812-1815

45 Documents (5,932 Pages)

These prison ship records show how prisoner populations were managed at Plymouth and Dartmoor in the early 19th century. There...

These prison ship records show how prisoner populations were managed at Plymouth and Dartmoor in the early 19th century. There is a gap in the Plymouth records from May 1814 to January 1815. However, the Dartmoor General Entry Books appear to be complete and nearly all prisoners received in Plymouth by 1814 were sent on to Dartmoor. There may have...

American records in the House of Lords archive, 1621-1917

77 Documents (42,367 Pages)

When Professor Walter Minchinton of Exeter University and Peter Harper of Keele, originally listed the contents of this collection in...

When Professor Walter Minchinton of Exeter University and Peter Harper of Keele, originally listed the contents of this collection in 1983, computers were a truly rare sight and the order of the papers would have needed to be preserved prior to their return. In 2016 the technology available is rather more advanced and we have been able to arrange the...

The American Revolution from a British Perspective, 1763-1783

93 Documents (83,627 Pages)

This collection includes content written by the Founding Fathers of the United States. These papers also include British Parliamentary debates...

This collection includes content written by the Founding Fathers of the United States. These papers also include British Parliamentary debates about how much independence to give to the United States. Other items cover the trials of Americans who were tried for treason, in varying levels of detail. Religion also played a leading role as many sermons took sides in the...

American slave trade records and other papers of the Tarleton family, 1678-1838

7 Documents (655 Pages)

The Tarleton family were influential merchants in Liverpool during the 18th century. The main focus of these papers is on...

The Tarleton family were influential merchants in Liverpool during the 18th century. The main focus of these papers is on their business interests in Britain and the West Indies. Their trade also gave them social standing and influence. One of them became the mayor of Liverpool and another family member considered standing as an MP. Through revealing merchants' social and...

Antigua, slavery and emancipation in the records of a sugar plantation, 1689-1907

232 Documents (25,432 Pages)

The Tudway of Wells papers are the most complete surviving private records pertaining to an Antiguan Sugar plantation; due in...

The Tudway of Wells papers are the most complete surviving private records pertaining to an Antiguan Sugar plantation; due in no small part to the arms-length nature of the plantation's ownership rendering correspondence between owners and managers essential. A combination of statistical ledgers and narrative correspondence yields quantitative and qualitative information to the researcher. The period covered by these records...

Asia at war, World War 2 as described by USPG missionaries, 1914-1946

13 Documents (823 Pages)

The outbreak of war between the Allies and Japan came at a time when the Society for The Propagation of...

The outbreak of war between the Allies and Japan came at a time when the Society for The Propagation of The Gospel was very active in South East Asia. Missionaries in Japan were the first to be affected as the police came in the morning after war was declared and took most of them away to internment camps. Missionaries in...

The atheist politician and his anti-war daughter: the Bradlaughs, 1833-1948

62 Documents (15,378 Pages)

Bradlaugh was a co-founder of the National Secular Society and Editor of the National Reformer. He is also responsible for...

Bradlaugh was a co-founder of the National Secular Society and Editor of the National Reformer. He is also responsible for the creation of a secular oath for politicians in the 19th century. His fight for the secular oath was made possible by the sustained support of voters in Northampton. Bradlaugh was a keen supporter of Indian Home Rule, and access...

Australia in records from colonial missionaries, 1808-1967

83 Documents (19,545 Pages)

This collection of C series records (C/AUS), along with selected volumes from the series of copies of letters sent and...

This collection of C series records (C/AUS), along with selected volumes from the series of copies of letters sent and received (CLR & CLS), consists of files relating to the establishment of the Society's activities in the province of the Anglican Church of Australia, and the development of a diocesan organisation to support them. Correspondence was entered into by the...

BBC handbooks, annual reports and accounts, 1927-2002

116 Documents (23,247 Pages)

This collection, covering 1927-2001/2, includes all the handbooks, annual reports and accounts published by the British Broadcasting Corporation during the...

This collection, covering 1927-2001/2, includes all the handbooks, annual reports and accounts published by the British Broadcasting Corporation during the 20th century. In addition to financial data relating to the BBC's grant-in-aid and how it was spent, the collection contains a review of each year's public-service broadcasting, with detailed schedules, audience research, performance and objective tables, as well as commentaries...

BBC Listener Research Department reports, 1937-c.1950

51 Documents (10,298 Pages)

The Audience Research Reports of the BBC", covering the period 1937-c.1950, present the early research of the British Broadcasting Corporation's...

The Audience Research Reports of the BBC", covering the period 1937-c.1950, present the early research of the British Broadcasting Corporation's pioneering Listener Research Department (LRD) into wireless listening in Britain nationwide and at a regional level. From the controversial founding of the Department in 1936, it takes in the turbulent years of the Second World War through to the early...

'Black Schools' in Canada, America and the Bahamas, 1645-1900

127 Documents (24,025 Pages)

The body of records consists primarily of correspondence files, minute books and financial reports for the institution established by Dr...

The body of records consists primarily of correspondence files, minute books and financial reports for the institution established by Dr Thomas Bray and his associates. The files concern the organisation of the Associates up to 1900, and include annual reports. Documents relating solely to the period after 1900, when the Associates were in decline (e.g. BRAY/f 20-29 in the initial...

Bolton's mills, how the spinning mule changed the textile industry, 1672-1929

108 Documents (7,006 Pages)

This resource combines papers relating of two families prominent in the history of Bolton. Both families, the Cromptons and the...

This resource combines papers relating of two families prominent in the history of Bolton. Both families, the Cromptons and the Heywoods, were involved in Lancashire?s rapidly expanding textile industry. Samuel Crompton's 'Mule', invented near the turn of the nineteenth century, was instrumental in the revolutionising the manufacture of textiles, leading in turn to the subsequent prosperity of Bolton. Documents contained...

Bristol shipping records: imports and exports, 1770-1917

132 Documents (28,562 Pages)

The Bristol Presentments are bills of entry derived from official sources (the reports and manifests of ships) which contain information...

The Bristol Presentments are bills of entry derived from official sources (the reports and manifests of ships) which contain information about the trade of Bristol. This collection of Bristol Presentments, now in the Central Reference Library, Bristol, is the earliest series of bills of entry known to exist. Returns are available for the following years: imports 1770, 1775, 1777-80. 1791-1828,...

British Army Lists of Officers, 1740-1784

29 Documents (6,694 Pages)

These lists reveal where the British army regiments fought from the Seven Years War to the American Revolution. These detailed...

These lists reveal where the British army regiments fought from the Seven Years War to the American Revolution. These detailed lists will assist those researching military regiments or trying to trace ancestors. The wars themselves are not covered here, but do feature in: American records in the House of Lords archive, 1621-1917. The American Revolution from a British Perspective, 1764-1783,...

British diplomacy with America and Ireland, an Ambassador's letters, 1909-1962

8 Documents (3,049 Pages)

A British ambassador to Washington from 1917 until 1918, Arthur C. Murray served as the Assistant Military Attaché to the...

A British ambassador to Washington from 1917 until 1918, Arthur C. Murray served as the Assistant Military Attaché to the British Embassy. While Murray worked with Franklin Roosevelt the two men became close friends. They continued writing to each other until Roosevelt's death in 1945. The Murray- Roosevelt letters reveal how the President's foreign policy evolved prior to World War...