Using Primary Sources: new open access e-textbook launched

Special Collections & Archives has been a key contributor in “Using Primary Sources”, a newly launched Open Access teaching and study resource that combines archival and early printed source materials with high quality peer-reviewed chapters by leading academics.

Edited by Dr Jonathan Hogg, Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century History at the University of Liverpool, with over 30 academics contributing, this project is a collaboration between Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Library and JISC, and is available for free on the BiblioBoard platform.

Special Collections & Archives has provided images for several chapters across the Medieval, Early Modern and Modern anthologies. Dr Martin Heale’s chapter on Popular Religion features high resolution images from some of SC&A’s illuminated medieval manuscript treasures, including the Dance of Death scene in MS.F.2.14, a French Book of Hours from the late 15th century.  Death is represented as a rotting corpse, followed by a procession of a pope, an emperor and a cardinal. The depiction is intended to have a moral message: a reminder the end is the same for all, regardless of their wealth or status. The accompanying chapter provides the context for the interpretation of such primary sources, so as to better understand attitudes to popular religion during this period.

Dance of Death, Book of Hours (Use of Chalons), LUL MS F.2.14 f82r

Both the Cunard archive and the Rathbone papers feature in Dr Graeme Milne’s chapter on Business History, whilst items from our children’s literature collections have been selected for Dr Chris Pearson’s chapter on the Environment. Some of these items are also used in teaching classes, where students have the opportunity to see and interpret the volumes for themselves.

A. Johnston, Animals of the Countryside, 1941. Oldham 485

Title page of A. White, The instructive picture book, 1866 JUV.550.2

From the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament ephemera collected by Science Fiction author John Brunner to a 14th century English Book of Hours, “Using Primary Sources” is both a valuable showcase for SC&A’s collections, and an important open access resource for students.

The textbook can be accessed via the Library catalogue, or directly from: https://library.biblioboard.com/module/usingprimarysources.

You can read more about the project on the Liverpool University Press website, as well as an interview with editor Dr Jon Hogg.

Follow “Using Primary Sources” on Twitter @LivUniSources to find out when new themes are added to the e-textbook. Forthcoming chapters for launch in 2017 include Science & Medicine, Gender and Political Culture.

LUP: Then and Now 4.

The fourth April post from Special Collections & Archives celebrating Liverpool University Press‘s 10th (115th) birthday by showcasing each of the ‘Ten for £10′ landmark books published by LUP in the last decade, and pairing them up with a book published by the Press one hundred years ago. The ninth and tenth pairings match Chris Bongie’s Friends and Enemies (2008) with  John Rankin, A History of Our Firm: some account of Pollok, Gilmour and Co. and its connections (1908) and S. J. Connolly’s Belfast 400: People, Place and History (2012) with Primitiae: essays in English literature by students of the University of Liverpool (1912). Each new pairing will be added to the Special Collections & Archives display cases as the Ten for £10 list is revealed by LUP during April, and added to the blog with more about LUP: Then and Now.

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Continuing the April celebration of Liverpool University Press‘s 10th (115th) birthday, Special Collections & Archives is showcasing each of the ‘Ten for £10′ landmark books published by LUP in the last decade, and pairing them up with a book published by the Press one hundred years ago. The sixth, seventh and eighth pairings bring together Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid’s Seán MacBride (2011) with Alexander Mair, Philosophy and reality: an inaugural lecture delivered in the University of Liverpool (1911); Bill Marshall’s The French Atlantic: Travels in culture and history (2009) with Annie Isgrove’s Eledone (or octopuses) from 1909; and The Letters of John Murray to Lord Byron (2007) with University College & The University of Liverpool 1882-1907, printed for the twenty-fifth anniversary. Each new pairing will be added to the Special Collections & Archives display cases as the Ten for £10 list is revealed by LUP during April, and added to the blog with more about LUP: Then and Now.

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Continuing the celebration of Liverpool University Press‘s 10th (115th) birthday, Special Collections & Archives is showcasing each of the ‘Ten for £10′ landmark books published by LUP in the last decade, and pairing each one with a book published by the Press one hundred years previously, drawn from the complete collection of the Press’s output back to 1899. The fourth and fifth pairings bring together Tim Grady’s German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War (2011) with John Glyn Davies, Welsh Metrics (1911) and David Ellis’, Memoirs of a Leavisite with (2013) with A Catalogue of the books collected by the late William Noble (1913). Each new pairing will be added to the Special Collections & Archives display cases as the Ten for £10 list is revealed by LUP during April, and added to the blog with more about LUP: Then and Now.

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LUP: Then and Now 1.

Continuing the celebration of Liverpool University Press‘s 10th (115th) birthday, Special Collections & Archives is showcasing each of the ‘Ten for £10′ landmark books published by LUP in the last decade, and pairing each one with a book published by the Press one hundred years previously, drawn from the complete collection of the Press’s output back to 1899. The first three pairings bring together Faye Hammil’s Sophisitication (2010) with the University’s inaugural lecture on Naval Architecture (1910), John Belchem’s Liverpool 800 (2006) with The Liverpool students’ song book (1906) and Peter Bell’s Three Political Voices with Studies in Tuberculosis. Each new pairing will be added to the Special Collections & Archives display cases as the Ten for £10 list is revealed by LUP during April, and added to the blog with more about LUP: Then and Now.

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Happy Birthday LUP!

Liverpool University Press is celebrating its 10th birthday since relaunch in April 2004 – and its 115th birthday too. To mark the occasion, Special Collections & Archives is showcasing each of the ‘Ten for £10’ landmark books published by LUP in the last decade, and pairing each one with a book published by the Press one hundred years previously, drawn from the complete collection of the Press’s output back to 1899.

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So alongside the award-winning Liverpool 800 (2006) and Sophistication (2010) are displayed The Liverpool students’ song book (1906) and the inaugural lecture on Naval Architecture (1910). Each new pairing will be added to the display as the Ten for £10 list is revealed by LUP during April, and added to the blog with more about LUP: Then and Now.