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The Colonial State Papers are digitized primary source documents from the early history of England’s governance of the Americas, together with a top-class bibliographic resource. Document collection CO 1 provides more than 7,000 high-quality, full-color images of unique 16th-18th century documents. The Calendar of State Papers Colonial is a valuable finding aid with more than 40,000 bibliographic records, listing documents from CO 1 and many other sources. Full-text document types include letters of commission, petitions, articles of peace, lists of vessels and goods, reports of exploration, complaints of disputes, and more.
Scholars can access the documents of CO 1 in authentic colour at their convenience, without travelling to London for limited access to the collection. The Colonial State Papers satisfy growth in demand for primary source materials in Early American history, British colonial history, history of the Caribbean, maritime history, Atlantic trade, plantations and slavery.
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- Colonial State Papers is the only electronic version of the Calendar of State Papers Colonial to combine full text from the National Archives UK collection with bibliographic records
- Document viewing tools provide the ability to zoom smoothly to incredible detail and maintain image clarity which is essential when viewing these documents in electronic format for research
- The collection has international appeal because it covers topics relating to Britain’s colonial relations with the Americas and other European rivals for power at this time in history. The collection also includes coverage of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World
- Includes bibliographic information, summaries, and transcripts of many other documents from additional collections
- Cross-searchable with The Cecil Papers
- Indexed in Summon and Primo
- ProQuest Platform benefits include cross-searchability, regular functionality updates, and new modern search technology)
What To Expect:
- Dual Access period started in December, 2016 and will last until early summer 2017
- Both the new instance and legacy product will remain available during this dual access period
- Customers will need to save legacy data – it will not port over to the ProQuest Platform
- Customers with My Archive will need to save their searches and documents and either create a new My Research account or move their materials into their My Research account
- Obtaining new collection-level MARC records
- The legacy instance of The Colonial State 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 sites 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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