New primary source resources available to Husker researchers

News for Researchers

Posted March 2, 2023 by Tiffany Lee

A landmark deal between the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the digital collections company AM will allow University of Nebraska-Lincoln students and faculty to access 69 new primary source databases covering a wide range of disciplines, including history, literature and culture. 

The deal, finalized in December 2022, gives the 14 BTAA members access to millions of pages of primary source content from AM, a London-based company specializing in digitized collections for higher education. BTAA researchers can now tap into the vast resources of the AM core collections portfolio, which includes information from museums, libraries and government archives worldwide. 

The collection covers subjects including U.S. and global history, literature, culture, economics, political science, ethnomusicology, advertising and government documents. Its full-text materials include diaries, government documents, personal accounts and correspondence, ship logs, newspapers, photographs and many other types of primary documents.  

“We’re excited that the university community now has access to these databases, which are valued at $6 million worth of primary documents,” said Claire Stewart, dean of University Libraries. “This deal will allow our Nebraska researchers to deepen their expertise in their own fields, and also opens the door to larger-scale research collaborations with our partners in the BTAA.” 

Charlene Maxey-Harris, associate dean of University Libraries, said the partnership expands support for scholarship and research related to particular geographical, national or cultural areas. 

“The significance is the diversity in the types of collections, along with the geographic diversity of the materials and availability of entire collections about countries such as South Africa, China and areas of southeast Asia,” she said.  

The databases have been added to the Libraries catalog. Researchers can explore the entire list of the 69 new databases here

Contact your subject specialist librarian with questions about the new resources. 

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