Get your hands on the English State Papers Online (1509-1714) database – an amazing collection of scanned and calendared primary sources! Letters, accounts, coded documents, depositions, drafted acts of parliament, reports from spies who wear fake mustaches (Chapuys . . . the things you learn), and more! The SPO is relevant to everyone’s research, which is why you should come to our special workshop event, eat food, and persuade the library to get a subscription for us!
EMS is hosting a special State Papers Workshop on Thursday, April 17, 4-5pm in the Keck Learning Room at Honnold/Mudd.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday at 5pm!
Our specialty librarians will show us the many features of the SPO, and we can then play with it, download anything that could help your own research (scans of original primary sources!) and then EAT FOOD afterwards and discuss how SPO would add to our research resources at CGU.
We are trying to convince the library to subscribe, so there will be an opportunity for attendees to write short responses about their experiences with the SPO, and if they think it would be a good investment. Having SPO will increase the quality of 5-C and CGU research, and help us stay up-to-date with the huge amount of primary sources now available online for early modern studies.
Again, please RSVP to email@example.com before Tuesday at 5pm! See you there.
About State Papers Online
State Papers Online, 1509-1714 is a collection of English government documents originating from the 16th and 17th centuries. The papers feature the office archives and correspondence of the secretaries of state serving the Monarch as facsimile manuscript documents accessed directly or via the fully searchable Calendar. This collection contains information on every facet of English government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions and intelligence gathering as well as Britain’s international relations and foreign policy. Users have the ability to cross search the Calendars and access the documents directly from their individual Calendar entries. By overcoming the difficulty of matching an individual Calendar entry to the original facsimile document, State Papers Online, 1509–1714 marks a huge advance for historians in all disciplines, both as a research tool and as a teaching resource. State Papers Online includes:
- Letters to and from local officers or private persons
- Letter to and from the monarchs
- Letters to and from the Secretaries of State
- Documents in cipher
- Letters to and from ambassadors abroad
- Instructions to commissioners and to special missions
- Depositions, documents covering the Crown’s revenues and possessions
- Private papers and papers produced by the office’s internal administration
- Drafts of proposals or of acts of Parliament
- More than 200,000 searchable manuscript pages, along with searchable calendars.
April 1-April 24, 2014.