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Included in this guide are links to online primary source collections related to food in European history.

Semester and Year: 
Fall 2017
Course number: 
HST 414/554
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Primary Source Databases

British Library Newspapers

A comprehensive range of regional and local newspapers in Britain between the mid-eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, providing a range of publications to reflect the social, political and cultural events of the times. The British Library Newspapers' collections feature London national newspapers, English regional papers, home country newspapers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and titles in specialist areas such as Victorian radicalism and Chartism

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Early English Books Online

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. Access includes Thomason Tracts and Early English Books Tract Supplement.

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European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

European Views of the Americas is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750 from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750. The database contains more than 32,000 records, and covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples.

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Making Of The Modern World

The Making of the Modern World provides digital facsimile images of primary sources that track the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth. Full-text searching across millions of pages of works from the periods 1450-1850, 1851-1914, and 1890-1945 provides researchers access to material for research in the areas of history, political science, social conditions, technology and industry, economics, area studies and more. Includes books, serials, pamphlets, essays and more.

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Online Collections of Primary Sources

HathiTrust Food Studies Collection

Collection of primary source documents on food studies.

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Cookbook and Home Economics Collection

The Cookbook and Home Economics Collection includes books from the Young Research Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA, The Bancroft Library at The University of California, Berkeley, and the Prelinger Library.

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Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks

Handwritten cookbooks, circa 1600s-1960s, documenting culinary history in America and Europe and how tastes have changed over the years.

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Wellcome Library Recipe Books

Explore medicinal and culinary recipes through the ages with this collection of 16th-19th century domestic recipe manuscripts.

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Grewe Food and Gastronomy Collection (University of Barcelona)

The Grewe digital collection is a selection of 50 books on food and cooking from the sixteenth century to 1820. 

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.

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Encyclopedia of Diderot and D'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project

An ongoing project to translate articles from this important work of the French Enlightenment.

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A Colony in Crisis: The Saint-Domingue Grain Shortage of 1789

The website is designed to provide online access to both the French originals and the English translations of key primary sources dealing with the grain shortage faced by the colony of Saint-Domingue in 1789

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Aaron Thomas: The Caribbean Journal of a Royal Navy Seaman

The journal of Aaron Thomas begins on June 15, 1798 and concludes on October 26, 1799, and chronicles the experiences and adventures of a British seaman serving in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Lapwing in the West Indies during the French Revolutionary wars. 

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London Lives 1690-1800

London Lives makes available, in a fully digitized and searchable form, a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London. 

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Papers of Sir Joseph Banks

The collection amounts to approximately 10,000 manuscript pages and includes correspondence, principally letters received, but also reports, invoices and accounts, journals, plus a small quantity of maps, charts and watercolors.

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Sloane Letters Project

The correspondence of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) consists of thirty-eight volumes held at the British Library, London. The letters are a rich source of information about topics such as scientific discourse, collections of antiquities, curiosities and books, patients’ illnesses, medical treatments and family history. 

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Sugar and the Visual Imagination in the Atlantic World, circa 1600-1860

Sugarcane and its products were imaged in many ways in the early modern period, but least often as the white crystals that we commonly associate with the sweetener.  The cane itself was frequently depicted in a variety of contexts, didactic, symbolic, and aesthetic; it can be found on title pages of travel literature, in satiric prints and children’s books.  Molasses and rum made their way into visual representation less frequently, although here we see how rum came to signify in both pro- and anti-slavery imagery. Exhibit from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.

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