Empire Online


Empire Online contains over 60,000 images of original manscripts and printed material related to: Cultural Contacts; Empire Writing; the Invisible Empire; Religion and Empire; Race, Class & Colonialism. Covers Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Oceania & South Asia. There is a good balance between manuscript and printed material and a broad range of document types; written by men and women from both the European and the non-European perspective, including:

  • Exploration journals and logs
  • Letter books and correspondence
  • Periodicals
  • Diaries
  • Official Government Papers
  • Missionary papers
  • Travel writing
  • Slave papers
  • Memoirs
  • Fiction
  • Children's Adventure Stories
  • Traditional; folk tales
  • Exhibition Catalogues and guides
  • Maps
  • Marketing Posters
  • Photographs
  • Illustrations, including many in colour

Materials in Empire Online were sourced from: 

The British Library, The National Archives, Kew; The Bodleian Library, Oxford, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Church Mission Society Archive, University of Birmingham, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), The National Archives of Canada, The Glenbow Museum, Canada, The National Library of Australia; The Bank of England Library; Birmingham Central Library; State Records, New South Wales; The National Library of Scotland; The London Library; National Gallery of Canada, University of Michigan Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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