Category Archives: Databases

LGBT Magazine Archive

The LGBT Magazine Archive provides full text, cover to cover access to a variety of publications ranging from the Advocate to Transgender Tapestry, and includes French, English, and Scottish publications.

The Advocate’s coverage of the fifth annual Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade on June 30th, 1974.

Other Columbia University Library databases supporting LGBTQ*  research:



Featured Resource: NAACP Papers

The NAACP Papers database (ProQuest) was added to Columbia’s resources in Fall 2016. It consists of six modules reproducing a wide range of primary source materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“Nearly two million pages of internal memos, legal briefings and direct action
summaries—the most widely used collection in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress—are easily accessed and searched, helping researchers chart the
NAACP’s groundbreaking efforts. With a timeline that runs from 1909 to 1972, users can examine the realities of segregation in the early 20th century to the triumphs of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and beyond.” From ProQuest brochure NAACP Papers.

Recently Added Resources

The following online resources have become newly available to Columbia University researchers since September 12, 2016. We hope that you may find something of interest here.

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Archives unbound has been enhanced by the addition of the following modules:

Church Missionary Society periodicals has been enhanced by the addition of Module 2: Publications of CMS medical mission auxiliaries.

Colonial America has been enhanced by the addition of Module 2: Towards Revolution.

Donetsk and Luhansk newspaper collection

Early European books: printed sources to 1700 has been enhanced by the addition of Collection 4.

Flavius Josephus online

Women’s Magazine Archive

Redbook, June 1973

The Women’s Magazine Archive  provides full-text access to popular women’s interest magazines.  Collection 1 has just been published and includes Better Homes and Gardens (1925-1978) , Good Housekeeping (1885-2005), Ladies Home Journal (1886-2005), Parents (1949-2005), Redbook (1903-2002), and the Canadian magazine Chatelaine (1928-2005).   These publications chronicle women’s roles and family life with articles on child rearing, home economics, health, careers, fashion,  current events, politics, and social conditions.  When it is published, Collection 2 will include Cosmpolitan, Essence, Seventeen, Town & Country, Women’s Day, and Women’s International Network News.



Exploring Columbia’s Journal Collections with Browzine


The researcher follows many paths in search of scholarly information — chasing down specific items recommended by colleagues using CLIO and the Catalog, using the same tools to follow the footnotes and delve into an author’s sources, searching in Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus, or collections of online full text to follow the footnotes “forward,” (i.e., to see who else has cited a work), or mining gateways like EbscoHost and Proquest or individual databases for their field to discover works that have been written on a particular topic. A less systematic, but often equally fruitful approach has long been serendipity, the chance identification of relevant or related material that frequently occurs when one is browsing a collection, say, while looking for a particular item on the shelves in the library stacks and notices another interesting title just a . In recent decades, with the movement of much material to offsite collections and the replacement of more and more print texts by online electronic ones, many scholars have lamented the declining opportunities for this kind of tangential discovery.

Happily, Columbia and other libraries have been circling back to a revival of this approach.

A wonderful, though still little known feature of our current online catalog is the option it provides for a Virtual Shelf Browse. When a full record is displayed on the bottom of the screen, the shelf browse option appears at the bottom of the page, and can be turned on by simply clicking a button. One can then browse back and forth along a virtual shelf that brings all of Columbia’s library departments together.

Browzine is a tool that seeks to enhance the declining opportunities for serendipity in our periodical reading rooms, as more and more titles become available in online format only. Browzine works with an impressive list of publishers to bring many (but far from all) of the journals in our collection into a library from which individual titles can be retrieved and browsed, starting with the most recent issue. Individual articles can be displayed on screen and then downloaded to one’s desktop or captured using a citation management software like Zotero.

After creating a user account (don’t use your Columbia password!), a reader can place the journals most likely to be consulted on a four personal bookshelves. An app for portable devices can also be downloaded, enabling users to sync to their online account and download and read articles there.

The number of publishers working with Browzine is growing. If there is a journal that you would like to see included here, feel free to contact us at

Featured Resources: New Databases in LGBTQ Studies

The Library has added three new databases to support LGBTQ studies at Columbia.

Archives of Human Sexuality: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940  includes digitized archives of the New York Mattachine Society, the Gay Activists Alliance, and ACT UP from the New York Public Library; newsletters, feminist newspapers,  and subject files from the Lesbian Herstory Archives; Daughters of Bilitis, homophile, and activism collections of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco;  AIDS Crisis records from the National Library of Medicine; Hall-Carpenter Archives, London School of Economics; the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives; and several collections of LGBT magazines.

LGBT Thought and Culture

LGBT Thought and Culture

LGBT Thought and Culture includes manuscripts from the Kinsey Institute for Research in  Sex, Gender and Reproduction, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the Tracy Baim editorial files, the National Archives at Kew; and the Eros Foundation Archives.  It also includes books: scholarly and popular history, fiction and cultural studies.

LGBT Studies in Video

From Before Stonewall, LGBT Studies in Video

LGBT Studies in Video provides a cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community.  This streaming collection features award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, transgender issues, religious perspectives on homosexuality, global comparative experiences, and other topics.   The database includes 370 videos, searchable transcripts, and name and subject indexing.

Other Library databases in LGBTQ studies include LGBT Life, an index of scholarly and popular periodicals from the mid-twentieth century to the present, Gender Studies Database, and Independent Voices, an open access collection of the alternative press with a number of LGBT titles, including a run of ONE from 1954 to 1973.

New Databases, March to September 2016

Please find below links to CLIO records for new databases related to the humanities and/or history acquired by Columbia University Libraries since our last newsletter was published (on March 1, 2016). For a fuller descriptive treatment of selected new databases, please see Featured Resources: New Databases in LGBTQ Studies.

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African Blue Books, 1821-1953 (Microform Academic Publishers)

Archives of the Church of Uganda Online (Brill)

Art Discovery Group Catalogue (OCLC)

Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture. The Oliveira Lima Library (Gale)










Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876 (Readex)

Colonial America [Module 2: Towards Revolution] (Adam Matthew)

Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library. Biblical Texts (Brill)

Digital Library Collections (Columbia University Libraries)

The Docuseek2 : Complete Collection  (Alexander Street Press)  Video Video

Eighteenth Century Drama : Censorship, Society and the Stage (Adam Matthew)









Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 (Adam Matthew)

Hakchisa Nyunonmun

History of Mass Tourism (Adam Matthew)

Indian Papers of the 1st Earl of Minto, 1806-1814 (Microform Academic Publishers)

International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance (Brepols)


Personal Justice Denied: Public Hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment, 1981 (Gale)

Records of the Far Eastern Commission, 1945-1952 (Gale)

Screen Studies Collection (ProQuest)

The Selected Papers of John Jay : Digital Edition (University of Virginia Press)

Tonga Ilbo Ak’aibŭ

World Council of Churches Online : World War II Era Records (Brill)

World’s Fairs : A Global History of Expositions (Adam Matthew)


–Blogpost compiled by: Anice Mills and John Tofanelli

New and Improved Databases: September 2015 to February 2016

New and Improved Databases
The following databases have either been newly acquired or improved since the last “New and Improved Databases” column was published in Humanities & History Division Newsletter (in our fifth issue, September 2015).


African American Communities (Adam Matthew)
“Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina, this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories.”


Archives of the Presbyterian Church of Cuba Online (BrillOnline)
This collection makes available for research the records of the Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada en Cuba (IPRC) and predecessor Presbyterian churches and missions in Cuba, including a complete run of Heraldo Cristiano, the church’s newsletter, 1919-2010, which provides a framework for the history of the church.

Colonial America (Adam Matthew)
Colonial America will be released in five modules, organized thematically. We currently have access to: Module 1: Early Settlement, Expansion and Rivalries. This first module documents the early history of the colonies, and includes founding charters, material on the effects of 1688’s Glorious Revolution in North America, records of piracy and seaborne rivalry with the French and Spanish, and copious military material from the French and Indian War of 1756-63. New modules are scheduled for publication annually through 2019, at which point Colonial America will be complete. The complete database will consist of all 1,450 volumes of the CO 5 series of Colonial Office files held at The National Archives in London, plus all extracted documents associated with them.

Drama Online (Bloomsbury Publishing)
For description see: Featured Resource: Drama Online

The John Johnson Collection : An Archive of Printed Ephemera (ProQuest)
“This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.”

Migration to New Worlds (Adam Matthew)
Migration to New Worlds explores the movement of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia. This first module concentrates on the period 1800 to 1924 and covers all aspects of the migration experience, from departures to arrival and permanent settlement. Includes letter collections, travel journals, diaries, audio files of oral histories, scrapbooks, government papers, and many other types of materials.

Wan Qing qi kan quan wen shu ju ku (1833-1911) = The late Qing dynasty periodical full-text database (1833-1911)
The full-text database covers over 280,000 pieces of historical documents from 302 periodicals published during 1833-1911. The extensive collection has covered almost all the periodicals published during such critical periods later known as the Opium Wars, Westernization Movement, Reform Movement of 1898 and Revolution of 1911.


The following databases have been improved by the addition of substantial new content.

Archives Unbound (Gale)
Archives Unbound has been expanded by the addition of three modules:
1.  Country intelligence reports on China
2.  Political, economic, and military conditions in China: reports and correspondence of the U.S.
Military Intelligence Division, 1918-1941
3.  Records of the U.S. Information Service in China: Chinese press reviews and summaries, 1944-1950

Christian Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History (BrillOnline)
Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, is a general online history of relations between the two faiths as represented in works written by Christians and Muslims about the other and against the other. It has recently been expanded by the addition of Part II, which covers all parts of the world in the period 1500-1914.

Early European Books: Printed Sources to 1700  (ProQuest)
This resource has been enhanced by the addition of  Collection 2, which contains early printed volumes from the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (National Central Library of Florence). Collection highlights include more than 770 editions printed by Aldo Manutius and the Aldine Press, founded in Venice in 1495; marginal notes written by Galileo on his own personal copies of works by Euclid, Petrarch, Ariosto, Tasso and Horace; rare first editions of the works of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio; volumes by the controversial preacher Girolamo Savonarola; and over 780 16th- and 17th-century editions of sacre rappresentazioni, popular verse plays depicting Biblical scenes, episodes from the lives of the saints and Christian legends.


Music Online: Classical Scores Library (Alexander Street Press)
Volume IV has recently been added to the existing database. Music Online: Classical Scores Library is a series of four volumes with a mission to provide a reliable and authoritative source for scores of the classical canon, as well as a resource for the discovery of lesser-known contemporary works. The collections encompass all major classical musical genres and time periods from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers
This resource now allows you to search across 35 newspapers. These include seven titles newly available at Columbia, each of which may also be searched individually through its own database link:
Austin American Statesman (1871-1976)
Detroit Free Press (1831-1922)
Hartford Courant (1764-1990)
Louisville Courier Journal (1830-1922)
Nashville Tennessean (1812-1922)
Newsday (1940-1987)
St. Louis Post Dispatch (1874-1922)

ProQuest History Vault. Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantations Records.
This resource has been enhanced by the addition of Part 2. The records presented in Part 2 come from the holdings of the University of Virginia and Duke University. This database includes content from two microform series: Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War and Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration.

–Blogpost compiled by: Anice Mills and John Tofanelli

Featured Resource: Drama Online

Drama Online is an exceptional collection of digital texts, images, audio, and video that together meet the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies.

A product from Bloomsbury Publishing, the foundation of this resource is comprised of the core collection featuring 1200 titles from Bloomsbury’s Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare Series, and Faber and Faber. There are production photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum Performance Archive and the American Shakespeare Center. The dramatic works span the Greek Classics to modern drama with an international roster of major playwrights represented. Also included are essential foreign works in translation. There are critical texts and short biographies for playwrights. Navigating the resource is simple and direct. A variety of access points to the content are provided enabling a search by either play titles, playwrights, genres, periods, or context and criticism.

In addition to the core collection, the most recent additions include approximately 400 titles from Nick Hern Books, one of the UK’s leading performing arts publishers, and video content from the Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen Film Collection. This video collection launched with twenty one stage productions recorded live on the Globe stage and now presented in high definition and surround sound. Productions feature outstanding performances from Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam.

Drama Online is a dynamic resource and an exciting addition to our library collection. You can access the resource through our Databases search from the Columbia University Library website. If you have questions about Drama Online, feel free to contact Nancy Friedland (, Librarian for Film Studies and Performing Arts.

New Database: Emily Dickinson’s Correspondences

Emily Dickinson’s Correspondences: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry  (EDC) is an XML-based archive of poems and letters from Emily’s correspondence with her sister-in-law and primary confidante, Susan Dickinson. Each text is presented with a digitized scan of the holograph manuscript. These images have zoom functionality as well as a special light-box feature that allows users to view and compare constellations of related documents.

Dickinson It is a product of the Dickinson Electronic Archive (DEA).

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