Participating Libraries

American Antiquarian Society

Founded in 1812 by Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, music and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, as well as manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary texts, bibliographies, digital resources and reference works related to all aspects of American history and culture before the twentieth century.



The British Library

The British Library serves business and industry, researchers, academics and students in the UK and world-wide. The library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland and the collection includes well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. The British Library houses manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, patents, sound recordings, stamps and other philatelic items and over 16,000 people use the collections each day (on site and online).



California Historical Society

The California Historical Society, founded in 1871, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California's richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives. The California Historical Society collection represents the environmental, economic, social, political, and cultural heritage of the entire state, including materials from outside California that contribute to a greater understanding of the state and its people. The collection comprises a diverse body of materials documenting the history of California, including 50,000 volumes of books and pamphlets; 4,000 manuscript collections; 500,000 photographs; printed ephemera, periodicals, posters, broadsides, maps and newspapers; the Kemble Collection on Western Printing and Publishing; 5,000 works of art, including paintings, drawings, and lithographs and artifacts and costumes.



Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is wholly owned by the Government of Canada. Its purpose is to explore the theme of immigration to Canada in order to enhance public understanding of the experiences of immigrants as they arrived in Canada and make the public aware of the vital role immigration has played in the building of Canada and of the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian military personnel during the Second World War. Today, Pier 21 hosts the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 – Atlantic Canada’s only national museum.



Glenbow Museum

Glenbow Museum began with the remarkable vision of petroleum entrepreneur and lawyer Eric Lafferty Harvie. Mr. Harvie came into his fortune when oil was discovered on the land to which he held the mineral rights to, with the discovery in Leduc in 1947 and in Redwater in 1949. With this prosperity, he decided to pursue his favourite passion – collecting – and simultaneously return some of his good fortune back to the region that had been so generous to him. Mr. Harvie's goal was to collect the objects representing the history and culture of Western Canada as well as from around the world. Glenbow's vision is for more people to experience art and culture more often. Glenbow showcases world-renowned travelling and permanent exhibitions that are meaningful to many diverse groups and boasts the largest art collection in Western Canada.



Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania inspires people to create a better future through historical understanding. One of the oldest historical societies in the United States, it is home to some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items. Its unparalleled collections encompass more than 350 years of America’s history – from its 17th-century origins to the contributions of its most recent immigrants. The society’s remarkable holdings together with its educational programming make it one of the nation’s most important special collections libraries: a center of historical documentation and study, education, and engagement.



Liverpool Record Office

Liverpool Record Office is the repository for all aspects of Liverpool's local history. The collection includes Liverpool Council minutes, committee reports and proceedings; school archives; cemetery interment registers; church records; records of various businesses including some architects, solicitors, brewers, and tobacco manufacturers; community archives, including the Merseyside Jewish Community Archives; hospital records; workhouse records; coroners' inquest reports; Merseyside County Council, Merseyside Development Corporation and Merseyside Record Office archives; maps and plans of the city; architectural drawings and plans of some Liverpool buildings; personal papers, diaries and letters, including the papers of William Roscoe, the Earls of Derby and the Earls of Sefton; photographs and small prints of streets, churches, buildings and people; voters lists or electoral registers from 1832 onwards; street directories; local newspapers dating from the eighteenth century onwards and an extensive collection of local studies and printed material relating to all aspects of the city's history and relating to Merseyside and parts of Lancashire in general.



Maritime Museum of San Diego

Founded in 1948, the Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum brings adventure and discovery to life through interactive exhibits, volunteer opportunities and educational outreach. The Maritime Museum of San Diego has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship, the Star of India.



Maritime Museum of Tasmania

The Maritime Museum’s mission is to promote an understanding of the maritime heritage of Tasmania and its importance to people's lives through research, interpretation and presentation of maritime history to the community. As an island state, the sea is significant to all Tasmanians. The museum explores the influence of the sea on the lives of Tasmanians and the strong maritime heritage of the islands. The Shiplovers' Society of Tasmania first began lobbying for a nautical room at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in 1931, but it was not until 1972 that a group of six enthusiasts established an independent maritime museum. They pooled their private collections and these, along with donations from the Shiplovers’ Society, form the core of the collection today.



Museum Victoria, Australia

Museum Victoria’s origins date back to 1854, with the founding of the National Museum of Victoria and the establishment, in 1870, of the Industrial and Technological Museum of Victoria (later known as the Science Museum of Victoria). These two institutions were amalgamated in 1983 to form what is known today as Museum Victoria, governed by the Museums Board of Victoria. In 1996, Museum Victoria took over custodianship of the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. As the state museum for Victoria, the museum is responsible for looking after the State collection of nearly 17 million objects, documents, photographs and specimens. Museum Victoria is Australia’s largest public museum organisation.



The National Archives, UK

The National Archives are one of the world’s most valuable resources for academic research. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government they are the guardian of millions of the UK's national documents, the earliest dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. For the academic community and others engaged in scholarly research The National Archives offer opportunities for collaboration and partnership across a broad range of disciplines. They bring together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historical documents with leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.



National Museums Liverpool: Maritime Archives & Library

National Museums Liverpool: Maritime Archives & Library is in the Albert Dock, Liverpool. It contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool. Highlights include ship models, maritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels. The museum also houses the International Slavery Museum (on the third floor) as well as the Border Force's national museum: Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered. The opening of National Museums Liverpool: Maritime Archives & Library led the way in revitalising the Albert Dock area, including Canning Half Tide and Graving Docks. In 1983 the Albert Dock Company was created to redevelop the whole site. The dock is now a major tourist attraction.



The Robert Opie Collection

Much of The Robert Opie Collection is currently housed at Opie's Museum of Memories at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in London. Built up since 1963, the collection now contains over 500,000 items which together tell the extraordinary story of Britain's consumer society, its lifestyle and culture and dramatic changes that have happened as a result of, and since, the Industrial Revolution.


University of Sussex: The Keep

The Keep is a world-class centre for archives that opens up access to all the collections of the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO), the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections and the internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections. It is also a centre of excellence for conservation and preservation and represents the new generation of archive buildings in the UK. The combined collections have synergies and have been brought together to provide, under one roof, an unrivalled, detailed record of the region’s history, dating back over 900 years. These archives document the lives of individuals, places and events from across the county and beyond and include written records, maps and plans, prints and drawings, photographs and films, oral histories and digital and electronic records.



Tenement Museum, New York

The Tenement Museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of the generations of newcomers who settled in, and built lives on, Manhattan's Lower East Side, America's iconic immigrant neighborhood. The museum forges emotional connections between visitors and immigrants past and present and enhances appreciation for the profound role immigration has played, and continues to play, in shaping America's evolving national identity. The museum tells the stories of 97 Orchard Street. Built on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7,000 working class immigrants.