Gale Primary Sources releases new archive dedicated to underrepresented stories

Six New Collections Support Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives and Encourage Cross-Cultural Awareness

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., March 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — large windsubsidiary of the Cengage Group, supports academic initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) with the publication of six new archives on the Primary sources of gale (GPS) Platform. This archive explores the stories of LGBTQ+ communities around the world, women, Native Americans and other underrepresented communities. Primary sources of gale provide librarians, students, and scholars with historical context on controversial issues from a wide range of perspectives highlighting how the past has shaped today’s political and civil rights movements around the world. With the ever-increasing misinformation on campus about diversity, social justice, and political issues, this archive is changing the conversation by providing access to original historical primary sources that allow researchers and students to compare resources and make key connections. This latest archive from Gale promotes open dialogue and teaches critical thinking skills that inspire change and cross-cultural awareness.

Gale’s new primary source archive explores underrepresented stories.

These new archives provide historical context about underrepresented stories and how they have shaped the world today.

“No other resource gives researchers more information from more perspectives than Primary sources of gale. Original, first-hand content is meticulously intersected to highlight facts and bring information to life in remarkably new ways,” said Seth Cayley, vice president of global academic product at Gale. “These new additions stem from regular discussions with researchers, librarians and students who have highlighted the need to support diversity, equity and inclusion. Our work to bring these stories to life continues at Gale. We are actively working on several projects that will provide greater representation of the history of minority groups such as these.

New GPS Front List Archives include:

  • Archives of Sexuality and Gender: The Hell of the National Library of France: The fifth installment in Gale’s award-winning series Archives of Sexuality and Gender provides access to one of the world’s most famous, famous and sought-after private case collections. The name alone evokes visions of damnation and moral ruin. Hell (which translates to “Hell” or “Hell”) refers to the library call number given to the collection which was created in the 1830s to protect and isolate works considered contrary to the morals of the time. As with other private case archives, the entire collection was kept in a locked section of the library due to the erotic or pornographic character of the works as well as their rarity and value. While many of the more than 3,000 books – dating from the 1530s to the 2010s – have been consigned to the collection as morally objectionable, the digital release of this private case allows scholars to explore the full scope of human sexuality. .

  • China and the modern world: imperial China and the West Part II, 1865-1905: Digitized primarily from the UK Foreign Office files contained in the FO 17 series, together with several volumes of court officers’ reports from the FO 83 series, this archive is a continuation of Imperial China and the West Part I, 1815–1881. It provides scholars with valuable information on all aspects of Sino-Western relations from 1865 to 1905, with key primary sources on international diplomacy, trade and economics, politics, military affairs, Chinese emigration and the right.

  • Declassified Documents Online: 20th Century British Intelligence Watching the World: Unique for their high level of centralization and interdepartmental communication, Britain’s intelligence and security services have reached every corner of the world during a century of global conflict, high-stakes diplomacy and political upheaval. The records span the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and place the all-important signals intelligence work of the Second World War alongside the central intelligence machinery in the Cabinet Office. This unique archive provides many details of the work of GCHQ, which is essential to the study of military history, intelligence and security, 20th century international politics and diplomacy, and world history. of World War II.

  • Indigenous peoples of North AmericaPart II: The Indian Rights Association, 1882-1986: This collection provides the nearly complete records of the first organization to deal with Native American interests and rights. Newly digitized, it illustrates and contextualizes over a century of Indigenous peoples’ history by United States with unprecedented depth and breadth of content. Due to the organization’s origins in the late 1800s, Gale’s handwritten text recognition (HTR) technology was applied to correspondence, allowing full-text searches of the early days of the Indian Rights Association.

  • The Making of the Modern Law: Landmark Records and Briefs of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Part II, 1891–1950: This unique collection of legal works brings together selected, nearly impossible-to-access briefs and memoirs from 1891 to 1950 for the cases that have most influenced research in modern American law and legal history. This collection addresses a wide range of issues through briefs filed with US appellate courts on suffrage, treatment of minority communities, political sedition, obscenity laws, and workers’ rights.

  • Women’s Studies Archives: Female Precursors Around the World: This fourth installment in the award-winning series Women’s Studies Archive The program focuses on women and organizations around the world who have innovated in business, social reform, popular culture, health care and more. Highlights include articles by African American pioneer women; nursing journals from around the world, including Britain, Australia, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean; popular magazines from Australia and New Zealand; and collections concerning the role of women in the supernatural and crime.

These new archives are available on the Primary sources of gale Platform, allowing search across multiple archives to help users make new connections between subjects. Using scanning technology such as HTR, users can search the full text of handwritten letters and manuscripts, not just metadata, and make new discoveries. For those looking to explore even deeper insights, the archive is also available through the large wind Digital University Lab. This allows researchers to apply natural language processing tools to raw textual data (OCR) from collections or Primary sources of gale archive and perform textual analyzes on large corpora of historical texts. Now scholars can analyze and explore historical texts in a more interactive way, generating new research insights and sets of content that were not possible before.

Primary sources of gale is a digital research platform that brings the thoughts, words and actions of centuries past into the present for a comprehensive research experience. With authoritative content and powerful research technologies, the platform helps students and scholars examine the literary, political and social culture of the past 500 years and develop a more meaningful understanding of how history continues to have an impact on today’s world. Its innovative technology improves discovery, analysis, and workflow while setting the bar for digital primary source analysis and data visualization with tools such as interarchive search and Topic Finder, which visually organizes findings research to help users make new connections between subjects.

For more information or to request a trial, visit Primary sources of gale Frontlist Web page.

About Cengage Group and Gale

Cengage Group, an educational technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, is advancing the way students learn through quality digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language education and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, part of the Cengage Group, provides libraries with original, curated content and the modern research tools and technologies that are essential for connecting libraries to learning and learners to libraries. For more than 65 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to foster the discovery of knowledge and ideas – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees worldwide with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit

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