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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and empower research, teaching, and learning through easy-to-navigate dashboards of some of the worlds most important historical content.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 librarians FREE 30-day institutional trials of any digital collection. So pick an archive, investigate the user-friendly dashboard, seamlessly browse digital content, and open up an era of history for your institution.

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War, State and Society

Access thousands of original source documents covering Britain’s social, economic, political and cultural affairs during WWII with the War, State & Society collection.

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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

Cold War Eastern Europe: 1953 - 1966

Get behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ with the Cold War Eastern Europe digital archive collection and access over 6,000 primary sources covering every aspect of political, economic, cultural, social and dissident life from 1953-1960.

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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

Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War

This archive provides full-text searchable digital access to over 4,500 primary source British government secret intelligence and foreign policy files sourced from The National Archives, U.K. This collection spans four key conflicts from 1873-1953 with a spotlight on the Second World War.

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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

South Asia Archive

This collection is HUGE providing 4.5 million pages of searchable digital archives of interdisciplinary material from the Indian sub-continent covering the mid-18th to 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

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