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English Historical Documents Online

16 November 2021

Starting November 2021 the UBL provides online access to English Historical Documents (EHDO), the ideal study and research resource for anyone with an interest in British History. The EHDO is a digital database compiling over 5,500 rare primary source documents, covering a broad range of British history from 500 AD to 1914, including American Colonial Documents to 1776.

These primary source documents were originally included in the prestigious 11-volume English Historical Documents, published by Routledge and available in study room 3 on the first floor of the University Library (DA26 .E58).  

The selection of documents includes a wide range of sources, such as:

  • treaties
  • statutes
  • declarations
  • government and cabinet proceedings
  • military dispatches
  • orders
  • acts
  • sermons
  • newspaper articles
  • pamphlets
  • personal and official letters
  • diaries and more.

Each section of documents and many of the documents themselves are accompanied by editorial commentary. The sources cover a wide spectrum of topics, from political and constitutional issues to social, economic, religious as well as cultural history.

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