The British Online Archives is a gateway to Microform Academic Publishers’ digital publications
Providing surrogate copies of primary sources for research lies at the heart of Microform Academic Publishers’ long history, applying our considerable expertise to serving the information needs of the world’s library and research communities, maintaining a vibrant programme of new titles.
Selected archival documents from most of our online collections can be viewed as freely accessible examples, giving you an immediate impression of the range of materials and the quality of our images.
A natural continuation of nearly sixty years of success, British Online Archives affords researchers with a convenient, cost-effective and content-rich means of consulting core archival material sourced chiefly from UK-based libraries and repositories.
It contains a vast amount of history from the seventeenth century onwards relating to every continent on the planet.
But more than this, it allows academics to integrate the original documents on which their own published work is based fully into the courses they deliver to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
“The Past,” wrote L.P. Hartley, “is foreign country.”
And, just as you cannot truly know another country by reading up to a dozen of even the most richly illustrated guide books, the only sure way to discover the past is to plunge into it.
This is the experience that British Online Archives offers — total immersion in the past, not edited highlights that can leave you wondering which documents were not selected and why.