The Women’s Library printed collections now on Copac

The Women’s Library printed collections catalogue is now available on Copac.

The collections cover subjects such as women’s rights, suffrage, sexuality, health, education, employment, reproductive rights, the family, and the home. The material mainly focuses on women in Britain but there is also some international material. The collections are a resource for women’s history researchers, social and medical historians, sociologists, social policy researchers, journalists and biographers.

The catalogue includes records from a number of special collections. The Josephine Butler Society Library a fantastic resource for researching sexuality and public morality from the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth century. The society was established in the campaigns against the Contagious Diseases Acts of 1864-1869. The Acts were put in place in an attempt to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in the armed forces. Police were given the power to identify and register prostitutes who were then forced to undergo medical examinations and if they refused they could be arrested and put before a magistrate. The campaigns were eventually successful and the Contagious Diseases Acts were suspended in 1883 and repealed in 1886.

The library was created to support the work of the society. The collection includes the Society’s Library and also it’s campaigning literature and business papers. As well as items on prostitution there are also works on slavery and trafficking of women.

The Cavendish- Bentinck collection contains mainly pre-1850 items, the earliest book An abstract of all the penall statutes … is dated 1592. The collection as a whole shows women’s contribution to literature and learning and records the position of women throughout history.

The Sadd Brown collection contains books and periodicals by and about women from the Commonwealth countries.

The Women’s Library has been added as part of the Copac Challenge Fund.

Photo of archway above Women’s Library: lewishamdreamer: http://flickr.com/photos/lewishamdreamer/31421368/

Copac+ESTC Interface Trial

The Copac+ESTC Trial Interface allows a combined search of the Copac database plus the English Short Title Catalogue at the British Library. The records retrieved from ESTC are merged into a single result set with the results from the Copac database. In the Copac ‘Main search’ screen ESTC is included in the ‘Libraries’ list field. Thus it is possible to restrict a search to ESTC alone, or with one or more other libraries eg. ESTC and the Register of Preservation Surrogates. The ESTC catalogue includes details of materials published between c.1473 and 1800, largely English language publications from Britain and America.

The trial interface can be accessed from the Copac home page

Try out the interface and send any comments to copac@mimas.ac.uk

Copac+ESTC Interface Trial

The Copac+ESTC Trial Interface allows a combined search of the Copac database plus the English Short Title Catalogue at the British Library. The records retrieved from ESTC are merged into a single result set with the results from the Copac database. In the Copac ‘Main search’ screen ESTC is included in the ‘Libraries’ list field. Thus it is possible to restrict a search to ESTC alone, or with one or more other libraries eg. ESTC and the Register of Preservation Surrogates. The ESTC catalogue includes details of materials published between c.1473 and 1800, largely English language publications from Britain and America.

The trial interface can be accessed from the Copac home page

Try out the interface and send any comments to copac@mimas.ac.uk

University of Leicester’s collections now on Copac

University of Leicester’s Special Collections and English Local History Collection are now available on Copac.

The Special Collections include primary materials from local authors such as Sue Townsend and Joe Orton, extensive medieval manuscripts and 19th century periodicals. One of the highlights of the collections is the Robjohn’s collection which contains most of the university’s medieval manuscripts and the library’s oldest book, a 12th century commentary on the Psalms by Gilbert de la Porée (Gilbertus Porretanus) , Bishop of Tours (d. 1154).

The Local History collection covers English topography, social and political history. The collection began with the Hatton collecton which was donated in 1920-21 to coincide with the opening of the University (then the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland College). It was donated by Thomas Hatton a local boot manufacturer and includes his topographical library and major county histories.