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New electronic resources

Newly acquired electronic resources available to readers using the London Reading Rooms.

Owing to licensing restrictions, these resources can only be accessed from British Library workstations within our Reading Rooms and Business & IP Centre.

Except where indicated, titles are available in all the Library's London Reading Rooms.

Stalin Digital Archive

The SDA is an electronic database of finding aids, digitised documents and images from the recently declassified Stalin archive in the holdings of Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI). Digital versions of Yale’s Annals of Communism series supplement the RGASPI collection with additional scholarly commentary on selected documents concerning the history of Soviet and international communism from Russian state archives spanning the 75-year history of the USSR.

Middle East Manuscripts Online 1: Pioneer Orientalists

Fully digitised Arabic manuscripts from Leiden University Library’s world famous collection of Middle Eastern Manuscripts. This core collection was brought together by the Leiden Orientalists Joseph Justus Scaliger and Jacobus Golius. Included in the Scaliger collection are a dozen manuscripts that belonged to Franciscus Raphelengius. These collections consist of extremely rare, sometimes unique, manuscripts. There are 267 Arabic manuscripts in 303 volumes, amounting to 109,517 pages, in full-colour images.


Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War

An archive containing a vast collection of rare magazines by and for servicemen and women of all nations during the First World War. Over 1,500 periodicals written and illustrated by serving members of the armed forces and associated welfare organisations published between 1914 and the end of 1919 are included. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover, some in full colour, and with indexing of all articles and Publications.