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British & Commonwealth History - Collections
20th Century

Online Resources

Databases & Websites

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Full-text searchable sessional papers from 1801-2004.
Imperial War Museum: Collections Online.
Access to over 6,000 highlights from the IWM collection, including photographs, works of art, audio extracts, aircraft and vehicles, documents and library material as well as detailed catalogue information on over 160,000 items. See also their Online Exhibitions.
Official Documents, 1994-present. The official reference facility for Command Papers, Departmentally Sponsored House of Commons Papers and key Departmental Papers.
Presenting Britain: Posters; Sewers; Bloomsbury. Contains images of British World War I and II posters, processed from slides from the Hoover Archives.
Public Information Films, 1945-1951 (The National Archives). A selection of public information films featuring concerns and events from Britain's post-war history.
The World War I Document Archive

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Periodicals & Newspapers

Penny Illustrated Paper (British Library). Search the complete run of the Penny Illustrated Paper. Published from 1861 to 1913, it contains news of everday life set against the panorama of historical events in Britain and across the Empire.
Times (London) Digital Archive(1785-1985) Stanford Only
Official Index to The Times (1906-1980)

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Library Collections

The British Collection, Hoover Institution Library and Archives. The British Collection is strong on material on the two world wars, British foreign relations between the wars, decolonization, and, most important, the Labour Party. One of the first major acquisitions in 1919 was the Wellington House library of British wartime propaganda pamphlets. Holdings cover Great Britain's history in World War I and postwar events from the British point of view in Documents on British Foreign Policy (1919-39).

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Print Resources

Encyclopedias & Handbooks

A Companion to Contemporary Britain, 1939-2000, edited by Paul Addison and Harriet Jones.
Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005
Location: Green Library, HASRC (DA592.C613 2005)
Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture, edited by Peter Childs and Mike Storry.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Location: Green Library, Lane Room: Non-circulating (DA589.4 .E53 1999)
The Blackwell Biographical Dictionary of British Political Life in the Twentieth Century, edited by Keith Robbins.
Oxford, UK; Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Reference, 1990.
Location: Green Library, Lane Room: Non-circulating (DA556.9 .A1 B57 1990)
Twentieth-Century Britain: An Encyclopedia, edited by F.M. Leventhal.
New York: Garland Pub., 1995.
Location: Green Library, Information Center: Non-circulating (DA566 .T835 1995)

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Twentieth Century British History
Volume/date range: Vol. 1, no. 1 (1990)-
Location: Green Library, latest year or volume in Current Periodicals; earlier in Stacks (DA566 .T85 v.1-15)
Journal of Contemporary History
Volume/date range: v. 1- 1966-
Location: Green Library, latest year or volume in Current Periodicals; earlier in Stacks (D1050 .J68 v.1-40)
Electronic version available to Stanford-affiliated users at Sage Publications; OCLC; and JSTOR.

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A Bibliography of British History, 1914-1989. Compiled and edited by Keith Robbins.
Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Location: Green Library, Information Center: Non-circulating (Z2019 .R63 1996)
British History, 1945-1987: An Annotated Bibliography, Peter Catterall.
Oxford, UK; Cambridge Mass., USA: B. Blackwell, 1991.
Location: Green Library, Information Center: Non-Circulating (Z2020.3 .C37 1991)

Bibliography of the Writings of Sir Winston Churchill, Ronald I. Cohen.
London: Thoemmes, 2006.
Location: Green Library, Lane Reading Room, Z8169.45 .C64 2006 vols. I-III

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Microform Resources


Rare Radical and Labour Periodicals of Great Britain
A collection of over 100 rare 19th-century periodicals which record the history of working-class life, the response to industrial society, the formation of the British Labour Party, the rapid growth of the trade union movement, and the impact of World War I and the General Strike of 1926. The collection is broken down into two series covering the 19th and early 20th centuries, and represents a large number of periodicals (Worker's Cry, Trade Unionist, People's Newspaper, Yorkshire Tribune, Red Rag, etc.) and famous radicals, such as George Bernard Shaw, John Burns, Keir Hardie, Tom Mann, Annie Besant and George Lansbury. Based on the The Warwick Guide to British Labour Periodicals, 1790-1970: A Check-List, by Royden Harrison, which contains information about the dates, publishers, and viewpoints of the titles in the microfilm collection.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection
Series One: MFILM N.S. 3011
Series Two: MFILM N.S. 3627
Warwick Guide: Z7164.L1H37 1976

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