This collection documents the period of rapid colonial expansion by European powers across the African continent during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It includes accounts of missionaries and European explorers navigating the interior of the continent in the early nineteenth century; the rise in European desire for increased power, empire and wealth culminating in the Berlin Conference 1885-1886; and the subsequent power struggles, negotiations and conflicts that raged across the continent at the turn of the twentieth century. The documents within this collection chart Africa's encounters with European imperialist regimes and their impact on the lives of peoples across the continent.
This collection consists of records of Amnesty International from the second half of the twentieth century. The material within this collection covers the history of key political events, global social change and the development of a global movement for human rights and includes themes of state violence, political prisoners, minority rights and more. The material contains minutes, reports, correspondence, first-hand accounts, publicity materials and circulars relating to human rights violations of all kinds in all parts of the world. Amnesty International's remit of campaigning for an end to human rights abuses means that this archival material inherently relates to the themes of oppression, cruelty and degradation. Content includes, but is not limited to, descriptions of persecution, disappearances, capital punishment, violence and torture. This content contains both written descriptions and images.
Supplied by the British Film Institute and Imperial War Museums, this is a large collection of newsreels produced by the Topical Film Company and provides a glimpse into the early twentieth century in Great Britain. Topics include everyday interests such as sport and fashion, and coverage of key events such as the First World War, the suffragette movement, and the establishment of the Irish Free State.
This collection highlights how the expansion of radio and television technology, and the rise of mass media empires, accelerated the United States' transformation into a consumer-based society through the lens of David Sarnoff, President of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), and other industry papers. The bulk of the material spans the 1920s to the 1970s, representing the decades of David Sarnoff's career at RCA. Some additional content covers pre-1920s broadcasting developments, and the final years of RCA before its sale in 1986.
This collection of British Foreign Office files provides a comprehensive history of key events across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during a period of political upheaval, civil unrest and escalating conflict. Comprising correspondence, maps, photographs and memoranda, this collection examines how the conflict crossed international borders and impacted the wider region. Administrative reports offer insight into the internal politics of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, covering key themes such as trade, economic development and increasing political instability.
Including zines, newspapers, ephemera, oral histories, films, and photographs, this collection is an eclectic resource compiled from archival collections housed across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. Capturing diverse perspectives, materials produced by grassroots organizations and under-represented groups are presented alongside government records and mainstream media to showcase the key social, cultural, and political concerns of the decade.
A comprehensive record of the performance history of the Royal Shakespeare Company and its predecessor, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, this collection includes almost 1,400 prompt books representing the performance of the works of William Shakespeare as well as plays dating from Classical Greece to the modern day. These are accompanied by production records including costume bibles, sheet music, photographs and other materials relating to 53 groundbreaking or otherwise significant productions.