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Adam Matthew Collections at WFU

A guide to help you find the right Adam Matthew collection for your research or teaching.


This guide is aimed at faculty, students, and librarians to help you identify relevant Adam Matthew collections for your research and teaching. 

Categorization comes from Adam Matthew as well as from liaison librarians at ZSR. Categorization suggestions can be directed to the guide editors. 

What is Adam Matthew?

Adam Matthew is a digital publisher of unique primary source collections from around the world. Based in the UK, Adam Matthew has partnered with libraries, archives, and research institutions to make their materials available online for researchers. Each Adam Matthew collection comprises a curated set of materials from a repository that has been digitized and enhanced with metadata, OCR, supplemental essays, and in some cases, Adam Matthew's Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) search technology, delivering document-level full-text search results across all handwritten manuscript documents. 

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Group of African Americans on a city street

African American Communities

Provides access to materials related to African American culture and identity. Includes pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration.

Painting of a port and map of the Big Island of Hawaii

China, America and the Pacific

Explores the cultural and trading relationships that emerged between America, China and the Pacific region between the 18th and 20th centuries. Manuscript sources, rare printed texts, visual images, objects and maps document this fascinating history.

Painting of men and women in an art studio, c. 1750

Defining Gender, 1450-1910

Searchable full-text of advice literature covering household management, education, leisure, shoppping, sexuality, consumption and sport.

Painting of soldiers climbing out of a trench

First World War

Primary source documents related to the First World War, covering personal experiences of men and women, recruitment, the development and dissemination of various forms of propaganda, women's war work, the Home Front and international perspectives.

Lucky Strike Cigarette advertisement from the 1950s

Market Research & American Business, 1935-1965

Provides insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the market research reports and supporting documents of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst and market research pioneer.

Acknowledgement and CC License

Acknowledgement: This guide was created using Adam Matthew Collections by Scott Libson at Indiana University. 

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

History & Social Science Librarian

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Kathy Shields
453 ZSR Library

Research & Instruction Librarian: Art History, Theatre & Dance, Film Studies, Study of Religions, and School of Divinity

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Kaeley McMahan
ZSR 457-C
(336) 758-4661