ProQuest Permanent Archive Collection

Update: Pricing listed at the bottom of the page. You will need to log in via the left side bar to view.

ProQuest Permanent Archive

Cecil Papers PAL

ProQuest has teamed with The Hatfield House Archives to digitize their privately held collection of almost 30,000 documents gathered by William Cecil (1520-1598), Lord Burghley and his son Robert Cecil (1563-1612), First Earl of Salisbury. This important collection includes many sixteenth- and seventeenth-century state papers, grants from the Crown, legal documents, treaties, correspondences, and political memoranda.

One of Elizabeth I’s closest advisors, William Cecil was both Lord High Treasurer and Secretary of State – a position also held by his son, who continued to serve Elizabeth’s successor, James I. Occupying some of the highest offices of state in the land, these men were at the heart of events during one of the most dynamic periods in western history.            

Colonial State Papers PAL 

ProQuest has worked in association with The National Archives to create Colonial State Papers. Up until now, researchers have only been able to view these documents in their authentic full-color detail by visiting the National Archives in London. However, the agreement with ProQuest to digitize this first collection will vastly improve access to these valuable hand-written documents that give a fascinating insight into British trade, history and overseas expansion between the 16th and 18th centuries.

This first collection (CO 1) represents thousands of papers that were presented to the Privy Council and the Board of Trade between 1574-1757, and that relate to the governance of, and activities in, the American, Canadian and West Indian colonies of England. Colonial State Papers also includes the Calendar of State Papers Colonial – an advanced bibliographic search tool providing over 40,000 records of bibliographic description for documents from many collections, including those of CO 1. Calendar of State Papers Colonial consists of bibliographic entries along with transcriptions, extracts and abstracts, in fully keyed XML.

Country Life PAL 

A comprehensive archive (1897 to 2005) of the weekly British culture and lifestyle magazine, Country Life Archive focuses on fine art and architecture, the great country houses, society news, and rural living. Beyond this, Country Life Archive chronicles affairs of interest to the United Kingdom’s upper classes across the whole of the twentieth century.

This British popular magazine serves as an important record of the changing ownership of the United Kingdom’s great houses, sometimes serving as the only source for restoration of early 20th-century structures. With significant coverage of not only art and art history, but also pursuits relevant to its audience, such as equestrian news, landscaping, hunting, and shooting, this archive illustrates a unique and rich piece of  UK history and culture. Every page is fully searchable, and reproduced in full color and high resolution.


This digital archive is sure to receive rave reviews from those wanting to know more about behind-the-scenes activities of the music, film, and entertainment industries. By providing the complete runs of major trade and consumer magazines, from their inception to 2000, it arms students and researchers with the primary source material needed to develop a contextual understanding of the entertainment industry as it evolved over the 20th century.

Gerritsen Collection PAL  

This database is the definitive cross-cultural resource for information on women's history. It spans more than four centuries and 15 languages and includes over two million pages in full image. Users can trace the evolution of feminism within a single country, as well as the impact of that country's feminist movement on other countries and their movements. The Gerritsen Collection also provides immediate access to many primary sources from around the world that were previously available only in a limited number of rare book rooms.

Aletta Jacobs was a Dutch physician and feminist who, along with her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting information on women's issues in the late 1800s. Overall, the collection contains more than 4,500 publications from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, New Zealand, and continental Europe.

 The database consists of two segments:

The Periodical Series: This segment represents about 25 percent of the material in the database. It comprises 265 titles, including The Suffragist (1913-21) and The Women's Protest Against Woman Suffrage(1912-18).

Monograph Language Series: These 4,471 monographs and pamphlets make up about 75 percent of the collection. Included are 2,336 titles tracing suffragism in the English-speaking world. The collection will soon include 929 German titles that document the history of organized movements in Germany and Switzerland, and 734 French titles that cover women's issues from Gallic times through World War II. Another 472 titles representing 12 languages will also be available.

Queen Victoria's Journals PAL     

"The book, Mamma gave me, that I might write the journal of my journ[e]y to Wales in it."

With these words, the 13-year old Princess Victoria of Kent began the first volume of her journal, or detailed diary, in 1832, thus starting a habit that would last for the rest of her life, until her death in 1901, by which time she was known to the whole world as Queen Victoria, ruler of a quarter of the world.

Queen Victoria was the longest serving British monarch, reigning as Queen from 1837 to 1901 and as Empress of India from 1876. In total 141 volumes of her journal survive, numbering approximately 33,000 pages. Queen Victoria's journals have never before been published in their entirety and have hitherto only been accessible to scholars by appointment at the Royal Archive. Edited excerpts have been published in print but they cover only a fraction of the whole.

As well as detailing household and family matters, the journals reflect affairs of state, describe meetings with statesmen and other eminent figures, and comment on the literature of the day. Queen Victoria’s journals represent a valuable primary source for scholars of nineteenth century British political and social history and for those working on gender and autobiographical writing.

This website reproduces every page of the surviving volumes of Queen Victoria's journals (including draft volumes and copies made by Lord Esher and Princess Beatrice), as high-resolution color images along with separate photographs of the many illustrations and inserts within the pages. Each page is also being meticulously transcribed and re-keyed, allowing for journals to be searched.

Trench Journals WWI PAL  

Trench Journals is an extraordinary collection of rare and previously inaccessible magazines that were written by – and for – servicemen and women during the First World War.

Each journal is a reflection of its unit The magazines contain poems, sketches, short stories, jokes, plays and articles contributed mostly anonymously by servicemen, and the pieces serve to create an invaluable insight into the attitudes of servicemen and women to the war and their part in it.

Indispensable for the researcher working on any aspect of literature or history of the First World War, but also essential for:

-- Examining the civilian’s views at a time of war: While the majority of these publications represent military units, a sizeable portion of the collection is made up of civilian magazines of societies or organizations that dealt closely with an aspect of the war (e.g. The Salvation Army, The Red Cross, The National Federation of Disabled Soldiers and Sailors)

-- Research in women’s studies: Women found an unprecedented level of autonomy and freedom as a result of the war. Women worked in the traditional roles of nursing and caregiving, but, with so many men in the armed forces, women also worked as bus and ambulance drivers and mechanics, in munitions factories, agricultural laborers, and in the new women's branches of the armed forces. The changing role of women, their hopes and, sometimes fears, of what the end of war would bring can be explored in their publications.

-- Research in contemporary culture: Everything from reviews of films shown in training camps, to essays on agriculture in prisoner of war camp magazines, to advertisements for trench coats, boots, and food hampers appear in officer cadet journals. Virtually every aspect of contemporary culture is touched upon by the Trench Journals.

-- History of medicine, care-giving and the welfare of veterans: Post-demobilization or discharge issues can be explored in the numerous magazines of hospitals, convalescent homes and societies and charities.

-- Genealogy/personal and local history: Clearly found in the magazines of home-based units. There, writing about their immediate environment, conditions and prospects, the servicemen and women give a view of the war long lost or overlooked in large-scale histories.

The vast majority of this collection is unique, and not available in digital or print form elsewhere. 

Women's Wear Daily PAL

The Women's Wear Daily Archive provides online access to the definitive fashion and retail publication, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). The entire archive of WWD, previously unavailable in digital form, opens up new opportunities for research. This authoritative record of how the fashion industry developed over the twentieth century provides valuable primary source material for students across the disciplines of fashion, business, and history.

The Women's Wear Daily Archive allows users to explore influences on the fashion and beauty industry. It contains the full run of past print issues and supplements and will be updated biannually with more recent issues. Users can explore every page of every issue since 1910, scanned cover to cover, including all advertisements and images, in high resolution and full color, presented in page-image format with searchable text. Take research deeper by cross-searching with The Vogue Archive, arts indexes, historical periodicals, and newspapers.

Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <table> <tr> <td>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.