The British Columbia Digital
Digital Library Collections By Subject: Discovery,
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Title; International Collections by Institution;
Literature: General; specific time periods for literature; the language or national literature
and Science and Technology.
- Alexander von Humboldt Digital Library.
Offenburg, Germany: University of Applied Sciences. "A research project in cooperation with American and German
partners." Summary (Text archive > Online text research): "This is a pilot prototype of a multimedia online digital archive on Alexander
von Humboldt as a digital network." Date accessed: 2004-09-08. Date added:
Indians of the Pacific Northwest (University of Washington Libraries).
- American Journeys: Eyewitness
Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement: A Digital Library
and Learning Center. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society, 2003. Summary:
"American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of
North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the
diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later." In addition to
listing, browsing and searching through the digital facsimiles, you can
also access only graphical images. Site uses ContentDM.
Date accessed: 2003-12-19. Date added: 2003-12-19.
- American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920.
Washington, D.C.: American Memory, Libray of Congress. Date accessed: 2003-10-10.
Date added: 2003-10-10.
Blue Books Online. Winnipeg: Archives and Special Collections, University
of Manitoba Libraries. Summary: "... a searchable, World-Wide Web version of Andrew Taylor's unique index to the 19th
Century British Parliamentary Papers concerned with the Canadian Arctic."
As of April 2003, the Blue Books themselves are digitized and linked to
the index. Date accessed: 2003-08-06. Date added: 2003-08-06.
- The Barren Lands:
J.B. Tyrrell's Expeditions for the Geological Survey of Canada, 1892-1894
(University of Toronto Libraries Digital Collections).
Digital de Obras Raras e Especiais. Săo Paulo, Brazil: Universidade
de Săo Paulo. An extraordinary collection of digital facsimile rare books
on a wide range of topics dating back to the 1400s. Many of these works
pertain to early exploration of the Western Hemisphere by European adventurers
and scientists. Date accessed: 2004-03-06. Date added: 2004-03-06.
As I Saw It": First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years,
1849-1900 (American Memory, Library of Congress). Keyword searchable full-text
versions in HTML and SGML of 190 pioneer accounts, including many that describe
parts of British Columbia.
- Classics in Washington History. Olympia, WA: Washington State Library. Summary: "This digital
collection of full-text books brings together rare, out of print titles for easy
access by students, teachers, genealogists and historians. Visit Washington's early
years through the lives of the men and women who lived and worked in Washington
Territory and State." Access requirement: free DJVU plugin from Lizardtech. Date accessed: 2007-09-15. Date added: 2007-09-15.
- Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA). College Park, MD: Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland. Summary: "a collection of electronic
texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820. Open to the public for research and teaching
purposes, EADA is published and supported by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) under the general editorship of Professor Ralph Bauer, at the University of Maryland at College Park.". The site has two components: EADA itself and the Early Americas Web Gateway, a directory of texts by early American authors available both at EADA and elsewhere on the Internet. EADA texts are encoded in XML and a full-text search is available; no digital facsimiles. Date accessed: 2008-01-12. Date added: 2008-01-12.
- Early Americas Web Gateway. College Park, MD: Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland. Part of: Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA). This page provides links to "texts by early American authors available both at
EADA and at other sites on the internet." Texts at other sites may be either encoded transcriptions or digital facsimiles. Date accessed: 2008-01-12. Date added: 2008-01-12.
- Early North Americana (Center for Retrospective Digitization [GDZ],
Göttingen State and University Library, Germany). Alternate
URL: http://www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/gdz/search-entry.shtml Full-text searchable/browsable
digital facsimile library with a focus on the travel books,
journal and magazine articles collected since the
establishment of the library in 1734. Related digital facsimile collections
produced by the GDZ are Itineraria/Travel Literature
As of December 2001, the center is beta-testing downloading of its digitized
works in Adobe PDF. Date accessed: 2002-02-09. Date updated: 2002-02-09.
- Hakluyt Society Digitized Books. London, England: Hakluyt Society. Summary: As of January 2008, "A useful selection of early Hakluyt Society publications, largely from the First Series and dating from 1847 to the 1860s, has recently been digitized by Google Books. The list below includes only those titles known to be available in 'full view', meaning that they have been scanned cover-to-cover and the full text placed in the public domain. They
can be read online, converted to a basic text format, or they can be downloaded as a pdf file." Date accessed: 2008-01-10. Date added: 2008-01-10.
- Hubert Wenger Eskimo Database:
First Contact and First Observations in the Literature Pertaining to Eskimos.
Fairbanks, AK: Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The database contains close to 200 searchable digital renditions of first-contact
accounts. Date accessed: 2002-09-16.
Date added: 2002-09-16.
- Jump to Itineraria/Travel literature (Center for Retrospective Digitization [GDZ],
Göttingen State and University Library, Germany).
- The Jesuit
Relations and Allied Documents, 1610 to 1791 (Hosted by Creighton
University). Complete English translation (HTML transcription)
in progress of the 70-plus volumes documenting the travels, explorations and
missionary work of
Jesuit priests in New France (Quebec). This site also links
Early Canadiana Online
digital facsimiles of the original texts. Date accessed: 2002-05-05. Date
- The Jesuit Relations and the History of New France. Ottawa, ON: National
Library of Canada. Online exhibit with links to the Early Canadiana Online
digital facsimiles of the original texts and the first English translations
by Reuben Gold Thwaites (1853-1913). Date accessed: 2002-05-05. Date added:
2002-05-05. Date updated: 2004-04-21.
Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Edited by Gary E. Moulton.
"Sponsored by the University of Nebraska Press, the Center for Great Plains
Studies, and the UNL Libraries Electronic Text Center. ... Initially offering almost two hundred pages from volume four, this website will
eventually feature the full text of the journals—almost five thousand pages.
Also included are a gallery of images as well as audio files of acclaimed poet
William Kloefkorn reading selected passages." Date accessed: 2003-03-06.
Date added: 2003-03-06.
- The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake. Washington, D.C.: Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, 2005. Part of: Global Gateway. Summary: "... This
collection [assembled by antiquarian bookseller Hans Peter Kraus and his wife Hanni] comprises important primary and secondary materials accumulated
about Drake’s voyages throughout the then Spanish territory of the Americas.
Texts are in English, Latin, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French. ...
The Kraus Collection consists of 60 items--16 manuscripts, 29 books, 8
maps and views, and 7 medals and portraits." Date accessed: 2005-01-11. Date added: 2005-01-11.
Lewis and Clark Information System. Missoula, Montana: Lewis and Clark
Education Project, EOS Education Center, University of Montana. A remarkable
synthesis of modern and historic sources through which visitors can retrace
Lewis and Clark's expedition. Date accessed: 2003-05-17. Date added: 2003-05-17.
- "A List of Trading
Vessels in Maritime Fur Trade, 1785-1794" by F.W. Howay (Transactions of
the Royal Society of Canada, Sec. II, 1930, 111-134) and
"A List of Trading Vessels In
the Maritime Fur Trade, 1795-1804" by F.W. Howay (Transactions of the
Royal Society of Canada, Sec. II, 1931, 117-149). Transcribed to HTML by
John Lutz, History Department, University of Victoria, BC.
- Matthew Flinders
Project (State Library of New South Wales, Australia). Virtual exhibit on
the British navigator and chartmaker who first circumnavigated and named
Australia. The Matthew Flinders Electronic Archive section will contain digital
facisimiles of all the personal papers of Flinders held by the library.
- Meeting of
Frontiers (American Memory, Library of Congress). New content was added in August 2005. Date updated: 2005-08-29.
Trails (Digital Media Library, Brigham Young University). Digital
facsimiles and/or Adobe PDF transcripts of narratives by travellers who passed
through or journeyed to California, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming from
east to west or west to east across what is now the United States. Select the
Limited Access link, then the Hierarchy link, then the Overland Trails
Overland Trail Routes: 1847-1869 (Marriott Library Digitized Collections,
University of Utah). Digital facsimiles of diaries and maps documenting trails
used by settlers of travelling from east to west in what is now the United
- Proyecto Humboldt
= Humboldt Project: Scientific
Expeditions to the Canary Islands. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain: Fundación
Canaria Orotava de Historia de la Ciencia; Berlin, Germany: Max Planck Institute
for the History of Science. Bilingual interface (English and Spanish). Digital
facsimiles of publications, along with secondary sources, that document
scientific voyages to the Canary Islands in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Date accessed: 2004-03-06. Date added: 2004-03-06.
- Records of
the Hudson's Bay Company Relative to the Thompson's River Post, (Kamloops,
BC) 1821-1865 (Duane Thomson, general editor; hosted by Living Landscapes:
Thompson-Okanagan). Includes a transcript of the Thompson's River Post Journal,
1841-1843, kept by John Tod and Donald Manson, along with supporting research
- Jump to Sibirica (Center for Retrospective Digitization [GDZ],
Göttingen State and University Library, Germany).
- Sir Joseph Banks' Papers (State
Library of New South Wales, Australia). Digital facsimiles of the English
botanist's correspondence and other writings, among which are letters
concerning Captain James Cook's third voyage of discovery and Captain George
Vancouver's voyage to the Northwest Coast of North America. A site-search
engine is available.
- The South Seas Project. Australia: Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University, the National
Library of Australia, and the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
at the University of Melbourne. Hosted by James Cook University (Townsville,
Queensland, Australia). Formerly known as The Endeavour Project, "the
aim of the South Seas Project is to produce an on-line companion to James Cook’s
momentous first voyage of discovery." The site includes the full text of
several important post-Cook publications. Date accessed: 2002-10-09. Date
- Spain, the United
States and the American Frontier: Historias Paralelas (American Memory,
Library of Congress).
- Travel Diaries
of R.V. Bing. Fort Steele, BC: Fort Steele Heritage Town. Illustrated
HTML transcription of 1921 and 1923 narratives by a Saskatchewan-based land
agent who traveled to British Columbia by automobile. The diaries are
copyrighted by the Bing family. Date accessed: 2002-05-05. Date added: 2002-05-05.
- Travels in Southeastern
Europe (Humanities Text Initiative, University of Michigan). Searchable
digital facsimiles with SGML versions of four travel accounts, primarily about
Bosnia and Hercegovina, originally published beteween 1876 and 1910.
- United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers, Comparing Cultures
= O projeto Brasil e Estados Unidos: Expandindo Fronteiras, Comparando
Culturas. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. Bilingual (English and
Portuguese), multimedia digital library from Brazilian and American sources. Summary:
"explores the history of Brazil, interactions between Brazil and the United
States from the eighteenth century to the present, and the parallels and
contrasts between Brazilian and American culture and history. The project is a
collaboration between the Library of Congress and the National Library of
Brazil. ... part of the Library of Congress's Global Gateway project to establish
cooperative digital libraries with national libraries around the world.."
Date accessed: 2004-03-17. Date added: 2004-03-17.
- Women's Travel
Writing, 1830-1930 (Electronic Text Research Center, University of
Compiled by David
Mattison, Victoria Telecommunity
Network, BC. Copyright © 2000-2011 by the
BC Community Network Association. This
site may be freely linked to but not duplicated in any fashion without the
consent of the BCCNA.