Digital Primary Source Collections from Taylor & Francis

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Primary Source Collections

Expand Your Library’s Digital Collections!

Discover Taylor & Francis primary source collections and empower research, teaching, and learning through easy-to-navigate dashboards of some of the world’s most important historical content. These digital archives include 5,628,950 pages of primary source material and teacher resources to enhance curriculum.

Try it for yourself! We’re offering institutions FREE 30-day institutional trials of any digital primary source collection. So, pick an archive, investigate the user-friendly dashboard, seamlessly browse digital content, and open up an era of history for your institution.

Investment in our collections ensures long term value for both Scholarly Researchers and Librarians alike at your institution.

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Benefits for Academics


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  • Aids development of scholarly research skills in analyzing primary sources
  • Facilitates lecturers in creation and sharing of tailored reading lists
  • Provides sample lesson plans (varies by resource)
  • Includes downloadable glossaries of all keywords- indexed to inspire searches and research topics.
  • Displays key event timelines and key people glossaries
  • Contains essays written by the Editorial Boards which contextualize the primary source material

Benefits for Librarians


  • Online training demonstrations for librarians and end-users
  • Advice on incorporating the archives into your collection using MARC records
  • Compatibility with third party e-learning environments such as Blackboard and Moodle
  • Access to the resource via IP range, Athens, Proxy Server and Shibboleth
  • Internal marketing materials and support

Digital Primary Source Collections

South Asia Archive

south asia archive

This collection is huge, providing digital access to 4.5 million pages of interdisciplinary primary and secondary research materials on the Indian sub-continent dating from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century.

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“The South Asia Archive online is a fantastic resource for those researching original source material on the region. The website is easy to navigate and it is amazing to be able to search for obscure material just by using search terms. A particularly good feature is the ability to look at a preview of the document with the specific pages that match your search terms, this speeds up searching through materials greatly. Image quality of the sources is very clear and quick to load. A fantastic resource.”
— Helen Waddell, BBC Researcher

Cold War Eastern Europe: 1953 – 1966

Get behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ with the Cold War Eastern Europe digital archive collection and access over 10,000 primary source files covering every aspect of political, economic, cultural, social and dissident life from 1953-1966.

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“This fascinating collection is an extraordinary resource for researchers interested in socialist Eastern Europe. It offers insight into a wide array of topics from the 1950s through the 1980s, including trade and economic development, internal politics, foreign affairs, human rights and dissident movements.”
— Melissa Feinberg, Rutgers University

War, State and Society

Explore the reality of Britain’s Home Front in World War II through thousands of primary source documents reporting on and managing every aspect of the civilian population’s daily lives, from evacuation to food rationing, and air raids to propaganda. Covering social, economic and cultural affairs, this resource provides a unique insight into the everyday impacts of total war.

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“The sheer volume of material available here deserves recognition: this is not a partial nor selective view, but rather a comprehensive catalogue of various aspects of British society during the Second World War.”
— David Clampin, Liverpool John Moores University

Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War

Spanning four key twentieth-century conflicts, with a spotlight on the Second World War, this resource contains 4,500 British government secret intelligence and foreign policy files spanning 1873 to 1953. Sourced entirely from The National Archives, U.K., and ranging from original signals intelligence to government directed policy, Secret Files provides unique access to the “missing dimension” of 20th century world history.

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“Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War is perhaps the greatest and most exciting British archival innovation in decades… This is a fascinating and a fantastic collection and ought to be the staple ingredient for all histories of the Second World War from now on.”
— Professor Michael Goodman, King’s College London

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