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Adam Matthew Digital

Primary sources for teaching and research

Adam Matthew Digital

Adam Matthew Digital’s unique research and teaching products span the social sciences and humanities and provide access to over five centuries of primary source materials. Working in collaboration with leading libraries, archives and academics around the world, Adam Matthew Digital enhances primary sources using innovative technology in order to empower current and future generations to challenge, analyse and debate. The growing portfolio of multidisciplinary products range from African American Communities and Sex and Sexuality to Socialism on Film, Shakespeare’s Globe Archive, and many more. These thematic-based products are carefully curated to meet current and future research demands of the global academic community.


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Engaging with these materials is a deeply enriching experience.
—Professor Nigel Smith, Princeton University


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Content and Features

  • More than 80 interdisciplinary primary source products
  • In addition to millions of pages of primary sources, Adam Matthew Digital products include*:
    • Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR): HTR search functionality harnesses artificial intelligence to make handwritten manuscripts full-text searchable
    • Video: From the earliest “movies” (Victorian Popular Culture) to socialist propaganda from the British Film Institute (Socialism on Film)
    • Image galleries: Photographs, paintings, illustrations, and ephemera all available for download and use in coursework, academic reports, or classroom presentations
    • Mapping: Explore interactive and high-resolution maps from the evolution of food trade routes around the world (Global Commodities) to the explorative voyages of Christopher Columbus and Francis Drake (Age of Exploration).
    • 360-Degree Objects: View historical objects from every angle at the click of a button with Adam Matthew Digital’s 360-degree object features
    • Contextual and thematic essays written by experts in the field
    • Interactive chronologies providing context to primary sources

*not all features available in all collections


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Anyone working on the Modern Middle East will find the Confidential Print: Middle East collection extraordinarily useful. This collection is an absolutely invaluable resource for both researchers and teachers.
—Professor Michael Gasper, Yale University

The First World War: Personal Experiences gives users an unparalleled opportunity to see the Great War through the eyes of the generation of 1914. …It’s as close to history from the bottom up as we can get.
—Professor Jonathan Vance, University of Ontario

This collection is an immensely powerful new resource for our understanding of the early Cold War era in China. [Foreign Office Files for China, 1949–1980]
—Professor Rana Mitter, University of Oxford

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If you have any questions regarding our digital products, please feel free to contact your regional sales manager for additional information and pricing. 

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