FARMINGTON HILLS — Gale, a publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, announced the availability of several new collections in the Gale Digital Collections program

Included are State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, Part 1: Domestic, Military, Naval and the Registers of the Privy Council; The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970; and the final installment in the Slavery and Anti-Slavery series – Part IV: The Age of Emancipation.

“No other publisher matches our extensive collections in historical legal documents and the history of slavery, and the launch of these latest collections is a testament to our continued investment in new products that will enhance the research and discovery experience for students and faculty alike,” said Jim Draper, vice president and general manager, Gale.

The new collections, targeted to academic, special and public libraries, are currently available for purchase and trial and include:

State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782, Part 1: Domestic, Military, Naval and the Registers of the Privy Council – This collection initiates the final section of the State Papers series from the National Archives, Kew, UK. Part 1 offers historians access to 300,000 folios of rare British government manuscript documents from the reigns of King George I, King George II and part of the reign of King George III. The workings of government can be followed in the minutes in the registers of the Privy Council as well as the correspondence of the Secretaries of State. Key themes covered include the development of rule by parliament, the establishment of the British Empire as a dominant Colonial power, the development of agriculture and industrialization and European Enlightenment. It will be followed by Parts 2 and 3 which cover ‘foreign’ material on British affairs with Europe and Russia.

The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970 – The seventh installment in The Making of Modern Law series, this collection complements the treatises found in Foreign, Comparative and International Law 1600-1926. Whereas Foreign, Comparative and International Law 1600- 1970 is a collection of treatises, mostly on public international law and the laws of countries around the world, this new archive is a collection of books of historical codes and statutes, the “primary sources” of legal research. The individual codes and commentaries in this installment are based on the holdings of the great law library collections of Harvard, Yale and George Washington University.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery Part IV: The Age of Emancipation – The fourth installment in the Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive series begins in 1788 with Lord Dunmore’s offer of emancipation and ends in 1896 with Plessy v. Ferguson. It includes a range of rare documents related to emancipation in the United States, as well as Latin America, the Caribbean, and other areas of the world. It covers the time of the American Revolution, when northern states freed relatively small numbers of slaves, to later periods when an increasingly large free black community was developing, and emancipation became a political and moral expectation.

For more information on these archives or other Gale Digital Collections resources, visit or stop by the Gale booth (600) at the American Library Association annual meeting in Chicago, June 28 – July 1. For questions or to request a free trial of any of these resources, please contact Kristina Massari at


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