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Adam Matthew publishes Module II: The Modern Era completing the Migration to New Worlds collection

August 30, 2017

Millions of personal stories brought to life through digitised material from twenty-six archives across the globe

Marlborough, UK. Migration to New Worlds charts the emigration experience of millions across 200 years of turbulent history, bringing together digitised material from twenty-six archives around the globe. Publication of Module II: The Modern Era marks the completion of this vast resource for teaching and research.

Continuing on from Module I: The Century of Immigration, Module II: The Modern Era begins with the activities of the New Zealand Company during the 1840s. Sources then lead on to the growth of colonisation companies, activities of immigration and welfare societies, the experience of later generations, and the plight of refugees and displaced persons after the Second World War.

 “A unique insight into the New Zealand Company – the reforming vision of its founders, the political machinations of its officers, and the fascinating experiences of migrants to the new world.”- Jock Phillips, former Chief Historian for New Zealand General Editor of Te Ara, The Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Selected in collaboration with participating archives and a specialist academic editorial board, materials digitised in full colour include papers from Stephen F. Austin, the ‘Father of Texas’ discussing the American settlement of Texas, together with pamphlets, government reports and ephemera encouraging immigration to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

Oral histories, objects and accounts document personal reflections on European migration experiences, whilst interactive features including a convict database, offer contextualising research opportunities. Users are also invited to watch a new video interview on Migrants at Sea with Professor John Belchem discussing shipping lines, journey conditions, dangers and how emigration was affected by global conflict in the 20th century.

Ideal for students and scholars across multiple disciplines including migration studies, history, sociology, law, economics, and postcolonial studies, Migration to New Worlds, Module II: The Modern Era is available now.

For more information, watch the short overview video, read our guest blog from Dr Marie-Charlotte Le Bailly, or contact for a free 30-day trial.


Adam Matthew, an imprint of SAGE Publishing, is an award winning publisher of digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. Sourced from leading libraries and archives around the world, their unique research and teaching collections cover a wide range of subject areas from medieval family life to twentieth century history, literature and culture.     @AdamMatthewGrp

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