Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grand Tour database now available

Right before the beginning of this academic year, we were able to push through the purchase of some primary source databases, including:

The Grand Tour (Adam Mathew Digital) : “…this collection of manuscript, visual and printed works allows scholars to compare a range of sources on the history of travel for the first time, including many from private or neglected collections. We include letters; diaries and journals; account books; printed guidebooks; published travel writing; paintings and sketches; architectural drawings and maps.”

This database covers the years 1550-1850, with a spotlight on the eighteenth century. Daily life on the Continent, especially as experienced by British travelers, as well as religious and political life, transportation and science, intellectual exchange, and cultural exploration are all examined through the primary sources and reference materials included in this database. Simple and advanced searching, a dictionary of travelers, and visual resources all make this a worthwhile resource.

If you are a Stanford user, you can access this from the Databases page, or here:

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