• The Cecil Papers Customer Resources
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    The Cecil Papers is a major collection of early-modern historical documents from the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I/VI. William Cecil (1521-1598), Lord Burghley and his son Robert Cecil (1563-1612), First Earl of Salisbury were at the heart of events during one of the most dynamic periods in Western history. One of Elizabeth’s I’s closest advisors, William Cecil was both her Lord High Treasurer and her Secretary of State – a position also held by his son who continued to serve Elizabeth and her successor, James I. More than 150,000 pages have been digitized in full color and high resolution to create a definitive online archive of almost 30,000 manuscript documents written by some of the most significant figures of Elizabethan and Jacobean history. These are accompanied by the complete Calendar of the Cecil Papers, featuring summaries and/or transcripts of many documents and two eighteenth-century volumes of selected transcriptions all of which have been re-keyed to a high level of searchable accuracy.

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    Key Benefits:

    • Full colour, high resolution images that provide the most authentic experience for researchers and students
    • Original cataloguing and identification metadata has been retained allowing users to find documents based on previously published references
    • Access to the scanned documents in a number of formats, including an easy-to-read interactive mode which allows fluid zooming, panning & free rotation of the images
    • ProQuest Platform benefits include cross-searchability, regular updates, and new modern search technology

    What To Expect:

    • Dual Access period started in February, 2017 and last until early summer 2017
    • Both new instance and legacy products will remain available during this dual access period
    • Customers will need to save searches and documents from their MyArchive account and either create a new MyResearch account or move information over to an existing MyResearch account
    • Obtaining new collection-level MARC records
      • The legacy instance of The Cecil Papers have database level records only
      • Non-journal records will be made available via ProQuest’s FTP site for downloading. We will provide more information when those records are available.
    • Discovery services – Both Ex Libris PRIMO and SUMMON will enable the new feed to the new access URL when dual access starts so they can support queries to both the legacy and the new instance until the end of the dual access period. At that time, the instance on the legacy site will be disabled and customers will have to select the new instance.



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