Brill Digital Archival Collections: Group Purchasing Scheme 2020-2021

  • Start: 16 Nov 2020
    Expiry: 31 Jul 2021
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    Each publisher on the Digital Archival Collections Group Purchasing Scheme has provided a list price based on the Jisc banded structure, with the entry price point decreasing from band 1-10. The price displayed represents 20% off the Jisc banded list price and is the maximum price members would pay (excluding VAT, where applicable). Once the order has been placed, you will immediately gain access to the content.

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The Digital Archival Collections Group Purchasing Scheme makes primary source materials and archives more affordable to Higher Education. Group purchasing is community-centred, based on the simple market principle; the more products that are purchased, the lower the price for those participating. The scheme runs from November to July of each academic year and guarantees a minimum saving of 20% off the list price of all the products on offer, with the potential to expand to 30% depending on uptake.

e.g. Publisher X has 20 product titles on offer, with discount triggers set at 20% for 1-4 products sold, 25% for 5-9 products sold, 30% for 10-plus products sold;

Six HE institutions across Jisc bands purchase a total of nine products, which can be different or repeat titles from the pool of 20 on offer;

Total discount achieved = 25% off the Jisc-banded list price.

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Eligible institutions/ group: Higher Education and Alternative HE Providers 


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BRILL is making the following collections available through the Digital Archival Collections Group Purchasing Scheme:

Book Sales Catalogues Online

Book  Sales Catalogues Online offers a comprehensive bibliography of book sales catalogues printed in the Dutch Republic before 1801. A sophisticated search menu provides access to some 3,750 digital facsimiles from ca. 50 libraries across Europe, including major collections in the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, France, and Russia. More catalogues will be added in the future. These catalogues are a key primary source for research on the history of the book and libraries, the history of ideas, the history of collecting, the history of literature, and the history of art. They contain information on books from all over Europe in various languages, such as Dutch, French, and Latin.

Codices Vossiani Latini Online

Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) was a classical philologist and collector of manuscripts, maps, atlases and printed works. The Codices Vossiani Latini Online publishes all 363 codices which form the world-famous Latin part of Isaac Vossius’ manuscript collection held at Leiden University Library. The Codices Vossiani Latini count a large number of early medieval manuscripts (76 Carolingian manuscripts dating from before 900), including major sources of many classic texts. Famous are the oldest sources of Lucretius’ De natura rerum, of Cicero’s philosophical works, and the earliest manuscript of Plinius’ Historia naturalis known to be produced north of the Alps (Northumbria, eighth century). Other highlights include an illustrated herbal from around 600 and the Aratea, an astronomical treatise from around 840, manufactured at the court of Louis the Pious with 39 beautiful miniatures of the constellations. A large part of the research done by foreign scholars on Western manuscripts at Leiden University Library focuses on the Vossiani Latini. The 363 codices in all comprise 40,278 openings, resulting in 84,266 images, including covers and flyleaves.

North China Daily News Online

The North China Daily News (in Chinese: Zilin Xibao), was an English-language newspaper in Shanghai, China, called the most influential foreign newspaper of its time. Spanning the period 1923-1941 this is the prime printed source in any language for the history of the foreign presence in China, and with that the history of Shanghai, a city at the forefront of developments in Chinese politics, culture and the economy, and thus the hub of all Euro-American activity. With full colour 300 dpi scans and OCR these newspapers are much more easily accessible and are full text searchable. Content updates due in the first half of 2017, for no extra cost to libraries.

The North China Daily News Online is a separate, complementary resource to the North China Herald Online. The North China Daily News Online is exclusively available from Brill.

US Intelligence on Asia

Editor: Matthew M. Aid

The  purpose of this unique online collection is to provide students and researchers with the declassified documentary record about the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in the Far East during the Cold War (1945-1991). Particular emphasis is given to America’s principal antagonists in Asia during the Cold War era: the People’s Republic of China, North Korea and North Vietnam. However, countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia are covered as well.

Number of documents: 4,285

Cold War Intelligence Online

The Secret War Between the U.S. and the USSR, 1945Editor: Matthew M. Aid

This unique collection of well over 2,300 formerly classified U.S. government documents (most of them classified Top Secret or higher) provides readers for the first time with the documentary record of the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in its efforts to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War. This document collection covers the period from the end of World War II in 1945 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but also includes a number of formerly classified historical reports and articles written by U.S. intelligence historians since the end of the Cold War. This documentary collection, obtained over the course of thirty years of research at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C. and other archival repositories, is essential reading for students and researchers seeking to better understand how secret intelligence informed and shaped U.S. and NATO defense and foreign policy towards the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Number of documents: 2,360 Number of pages: 21,700

US Intelligence on Europe Online

Editor: Matthew M. Aid

This unique collection of over 4,000 formerly classified U.S. government documents provides a comprehensive survey of the U.S. intelligence community’s activities in Europe, including Eastern Europe, Turkey and Cyprus, covering the time period from the end of World War II to the fall of the Iron Curtain and beyond.


  • U.S. Intelligence operations in Western Europe
  • U.S. Intelligence operations in Eastern Europe
  • U.S. Intelligence gathering on Western European communist parties Economic intelligence gathering
  • Monitoring European anti-nuclear groups in the 1980s
  • Intelligence gathering on terrorist groups
  • Analyses of European socio-economic developments

Number of documents: 4,023 Number of pages: ca. 21,000

US Intelligence on the Middle East 1945 - 2009

Editor: Matthew M. Aid

Since 1945, the U.S. intelligence community has had to cover a half dozen major wars and several dozen smaller but equally bloody armed conflicts in the Middle East, as well as innumerable civil wars, border clashes, armed insurgencies, and terrorist attacks. This comprehensive document set sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community’s spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran’s nuclear program.

Topics covered:

  • U.S. Recognition of Israel and the 1948 Middle East War Overthrowing Mohammed Mossadeq in Iran (1953) 1956 Middle East War
  • 1967 Middle East War Israel and the Atomic Bomb
  • Muammar Qadhafi’s 1969 Coup in Libya
  • 1973 Middle East War
  • 1973-1974 OPEC Oil Embargo
  • The Fall of the Shah of Iran and the Rise of Ayatollah Khomeini (1978-1979)
  • Iran-Iraq War (September 1980- August 1988)
  • Lebanon (1982-1984)
  • The Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait (1990)
  • The Iraqi WMD Intelligence Assessments (2002-2003)
  • The Abortive Syrian Nuclear Program (2006-2007)
  • The Iranian Nuclear Program (1970s-present)
  • The Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism
  • The U.S.-Israeli Intelligence Relationship Spying on Israel

Number of documents: 2,740 Number of pages: 19,500

Weapons of Mass Destruction - The Top Secret History of America’s Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Warfare Programs and Their Deployment Overseas

Editor: Matthew M. Aid

At its peak in 1967, the U.S. nuclear arsenal consisted of 31,255 nuclear weapons with an aggregate destructive power of 12,786 megatons – more than sufficient to wipe out all of humanity several hundred times over. Much less known is that hidden away in earth-covered bunkers spread throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan, over 40,000 tons of American chemical weapons were stored, as well as thousands of specially designed bombs that could be filled with even deadlier biological warfare agents. The American WMD programs remain cloaked in secrecy, yet a substantial number of revealing documents have been quietly declassified since the late 1970s. Put together, they tell the story of how America secretly built up the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. The documents explain the role these weapons played in a series of world crises, how they shaped U.S. and NATO defense and foreign policy during the Cold War, and what incidents and nearly averted disasters happened. Moreover, they shed a light on the dreadful human and ecological legacy left by decades of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons manufacturing and testing in the U.S. and overseas. This collection contains more than 2,300 formerly classified U.S. government documents, most of them classified Top Secret or higher. Covering the period from the end of World War II to the present day, it provides unique access to previously unpublished reports, memoranda, cables, intelligence briefs, classified articles, PowerPoint presentations, military manuals and directives, and other declassified documents. Following years of archival research and careful selection, they were brought together from the U.S. National Archives, ten U.S. presidential libraries, the NATO Archives in Brussels, the National Archives of the UK, the National Archives of Canada, and the National Archives of the Netherlands. In addition, a sizeable number of documents in this collection were obtained from the U.S. government and the Pentagon using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) requests.

This collection comes with several auxiliary aids, including a chronology and a historiographical essay with links to the documents themselves, providing context and allowing for easy navigation for both students and scholars.

Number of documents: 2,374 Number of pages: ca. 21,212

North China Herald Online

Advisor: Professor Robert Bickers, University of Bristol

The English-language North China Herald is the prime printed source in any language for the history of the foreign presence in China from around 1850 to 1940s. During this so-called ‘treaty century’ (1842-1943) the Western Powers established a strong presence in China through their protected enclaves in major cities. It was published weekly in Shanghai, at the heart of China’s encounter with the Euro-American world in a city at the forefront of developments in Chinese politics, culture, education and the economy. As the official journal for British consular notifications, and announcements of the Shanghai Municipal Council, it is the first -- and sometimes only -- point of reference for information and comment on a range of foreign and Chinese activities. Regularly it also features translations of Chinese official notifications and news. The Herald had correspondents across the whole of China. These supplied a constant stream of news on an extensive range of topics, as well as news and gossip, such as, -- apart from news and gossip reflecting the social, cultural and political life of the foreign settlements--, trade statistics, stock prices, Chinese news, essays on Chinese culture and language, law reports from foreign courts in the settlements, company reports, news on foreign social, cultural and political life, maps, cartoons, photographs, stock prices and law and company reports, advertisements, tables of tea, silk and cotton exports, or long-forgotten facts about missionaries, birth, marriage, and death announcements. Its coverage extends well beyond British communities, and includes other foreign nationals - the French, Danish, Italian, German, Dutch, and so on. Though a thriving treaty port press developed over the century of the foreign presence, no other newspaper existed over such an extended period, and covers it in such incredible depth and variety. The dense unindexed columns of the Herald offer therefore an indispensable, still largely unexplored treasure-trove for any scholar of modern Chinese history.

War, revolution and politics have conspired to destroy library holdings or frustrate access to publications from China’s treaty century. The fully text-searchable North China Herald Online is one of the leading primary resources on a period which continues to shape much of China’s world and worldview. 

Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online I: Pioneer Orientalists

The Manuscript Collections of Scaliger, Raphelengius and Golius from Leiden University Libraries The Leiden University Library has a world-famous research collection of Middle Eastern Manuscripts. Its core collection consists of volumes brought together by, among others, the Leiden Orientalists Joseph Justus Scaliger (d. 1609) and Jacobus Golius (d. 1667). Included in the Scaliger collection are about a dozen manuscripts which belonged to Franciscus Raphelengius (d. 1597). These collections consist of extremely rare, sometimes unique, manuscripts.

Brill and the Leiden University Library have joined forces to digitize the Arabic manuscripts from three of the library’s core collections, now published online under the title Pioneer Orientalists: The Manuscript Collections of Scaliger, Raphelengius and Golius from the Leiden University Library. The publication consists of 267 Arabic manuscripts in 303 volumes, consisting of 109.517 pages Pioneer Orientalists: The Manuscript Collections of Scaliger, Raphelengius and Golius from the he Leiden University Library. The publication consists of 267 Arabic manuscripts in 303 volumes, with 109.517 pages, in full-colour, high-definition images.

Critical Editions of the New Testament Online

The Greek Text, Versions, and Transcriptions of Manuscripts Online

Professor D.C. Parker, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology. Director of the Institute for the Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing

The Critical Editions of the New Testament Online

The Greek Text, Versions, and Transcriptions of Manuscripts

The oldest texts

The recovery of the oldest available text of the New Testament continues to occupy the attention of biblical scholars. Because the early printed editions were based on late and incorrect texts, scholars had to study the materials to find older forms of the text. We now know that to study the text of the New Testament and to recover the oldest forms of it, scholars have available over 5,500 Greek manuscripts, translations into early languages, including especially important ones in Syriac, Latin, and Coptic, and quotations in early Christian writers. The task of examining these witnesses, and collecting from them the relevant data, has occupied scholars for over three hundred years.

Principal critical editions

This collection contains the principal critical editions of the Greek New Testament produced in that time. They are of continuing value in biblical and textual scholarship, for the following reasons:

  • They represent some of the highest achievements of biblical scholarship.
  • They sometimes contain materials which are no longer available.
  • The editorial decisions of scholars of the past continue to act as a guide and resource to successive generations of scholars.

This collection

This series makes available for the first time in a single online collection the principal critical editions, lists of variant readings and collections of manuscript transcriptions and collations from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth century. In addition, a number of the most useful editions of the ancient versions and of ancillary materials have been included. It begins with the first large collection, compiled by John Mill and published in 1707, and ends with von Soden’s huge work of 1902-13. It thus spans two centuries of scientific and technical advance, and of manuscript discoveries. This development is parallel to the collection and classification of materials in the natural sciences. The materials in Parts 3 and 4 have been chosen because of their scarcity, their continuing value for scholarly research, and their significance in the development of the discipline.

New Collection: Grotius Collection Online

This collection consists of 267 printed works by and on the great Dutch humanist and jurist Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), published between 1609-1941, that are kept at the Peace Palace Library in The Hague. 205 of these titles have been published on microfiche before in the collections on international law and jurisprudence. 18 more titles have been digitized from microfiche, that have not been published before. 44 more titles have been newly scanned and added to this online collection. Including one of only three known copies of the rare first state of the first edition of De Iure Belli ac Pacis, purchased in 2012 by the Peace Palace Library. The result is an indispensable source of information covering a wide range of disciplines. From law, jurisprudence and diplomacy to philosophy, history and theology. This collection enables scholars to examine the work of Hugo Grotius, quickly and efficiently online.  The titles in this collection are written in several languages:

  • Dutch - 88 titles
  • English - 33 titles
  • French - 19 titles
  • German - 13 titles
  • Italian - 3 titles
  • Latin - 108 titles
  • Polish - 1 title
  • Spanish - 1 title
  • Other languages - 1 title

New collection: Pre-1600 Rare Books Collection: Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics, Philosophy & Theology, and Literature | The Augustus De Morgan Collection, Part 1

Almost 3,800 items on mathematics and its history, printed between 1474 and 1870, predominantly in English. Arithmetic is especially well represented, but algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, logarithms, probability, annuities, functions, astronomy and, to a far lesser extent, mechanics are all present. The collection includes multiple editions of popular or significant works, most notably Euclid’s Elements, and numerous bound pamphlets. Mathematical and astronomical landmarks jostle with obscure titles. Several items are extremely rare or, indeed, unique. De Morgan’s annotations enhance a significant minority. This is the Library’s founding collection.

New collection: Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online 4: The Shangoda Collections from Dagestan

This collection includes the 150 manuscripts and a small number of printed works that form the collection of Rafi’ Shamghudi (1863-1932), a famous scholar and bibliophile from Shangoda, a town in central Dagestan. The private collection was gathered by several generations of scholars from the Shamghudi family. Rafi’ Shamghudi inherited them and added further texts on his travels to Mecca, Yemen, and Egypt. When rumours of Shamghudi’s arrest reached his hometown, scholars decided to hide the library in the basement of the local Friday mosque. The library remained hidden throughout the Soviet period and was recovered only in July 2001. The collection, with texts in Arabic and Persian, includes copies from the Timurid period. All metadata is Library of Congress-compliant.

New Collection: Warfare in North America, c. 1756-1815 | British Perspectives

This collection of documents, reproduced from originals in The National Archives at Kew, illuminates the British side of three North American conflicts  – the Seven Years War (1756-63), the War of American Independence (1775-83) and the War of 1812 (1812-14). A selection of documents has been made from four important sets of papers in The National Archives. The Amherst Papers provide a wealth of detail on the Seven Years War in North America. The British Army Headquarters Papers (also known as the Carleton or Dorchester Papers) cover the whole of the War of Independence. Material in the Colonial Office Papers relating to Upper and Lower Canada illustrates the War of 1812. The volumes chosen from the enormous collection of Admiralty Papers present rich evidence on the naval aspects of the three wars. Readers will be able to learn much about high-level strategic thinking and about local operations, sometimes led by relatively junior officers, as well as see documents that illustrate the logistical challenges of war in North America and its impact on the population – native and enslaved, as well as settlers of European lineage.  Nor should the collection interest only historians of these three armed contests, or of military affairs more generally.  The documents provide rich pickings for any scholar who wants to know more about decision-making processes, leadership, allegiance and identity.

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