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Lots of new resources for historians

Centre for English local History Thesis Collection
The University of Leicester Library has recently extended some of our digital collections, that might be of interest to historians:

Primary sources on travel writing of the "Grand Tour" of Europe between 1550 and 1850

An ancient history database: texts of ancient Greek historians including Brill’s New Jacoby and Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker or Fragments of the Greek Historians (FGrHist) Parts I-V

A law database: full-text historic UK and Irish legislation from 1235, and links to full-text case law from other legal providers

State Calendars and Papers from both the Tudor (1509-1603) and Stuart (1603-1714) periods


Online archive of key colonial newspaper from 1838 to 2007


The Library and the Centre for Local History have also teamed up to create a new resource:

Makes available the theses completed by students at the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester. The collection comprises 104 theses, 103 of them PhDs, and 1 MPhil. The full text is available to read and download in the majority of cases. The coverage begins in 1948 and ends in 2015. 

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