Access to the British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries (1500-1950) collection (from Alexander Street Press) has been enabled in Library OneSearch. Access to the collection is direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus. (Please note that only those links provided through Library OneSearch will authenticate successfully for customers accessing the collection or titles within it from off-campus.) The collection is described as follows:
Spanning more than 300 years, British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries bring researchers the personal experiences of nearly 500 women as revealed in over 90,000 pages of diaries and letters. Of interest to historians, sociologists, students of literature, researchers in genealogy and those working in many other disciplines, the collection combines primary material from the personal papers of the diarists and letter writers (drawn from across the period from 1500 to 1950) with biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources. Represented are all age groups and life stages, all ethnicities, many geographical regions, the famous and the not so famous.
As well as a collection level entry in the Find Databases look-up, individual catalogue records for titles in the collection have also been added to the Library OneSearch ‘Books and Audio-Visual’ index. Example titles include:
- Mother’s diary during blitz 1940 – Anne Jane Walker Shepperd
- The diary of an idle woman in Sicily – Frances Elliot
- A journal kept during a summer tour, for the children of a village school – Elizabeth Missing Sewell