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UK institutions get early European books and fashion archive

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A new national licence between Jisc and ProQuest will enable access for the UK Higher Education community to two digital archives: Early European BooksCollections 1-4 and The Vogue Archive.

Providing access to almost 25,000 rare and often unique books, Early European Books is described as a key resource for those with a strong research interest in the period from 1450 – 1700. It has been developed in collaboration with a range of major European libraries. 

Updated monthly with the most recent edition of the magazine, The Vogue Archive gives researchers of fashion, photography, advertising and history access to the entire publication run of the US edition of Voguemagazine, back to its first issue in 1892. The collection contains over 400,000 pages, reproduced as high resolution full colour images, along with very rich indexing and metadata.

Lorraine Estelle, executive director content and discovery and divisional CEO of Jisc Collections, said: 'We are committed to making scholarship as accessible as possible across UK institutions and are thus very pleased to ensure all libraries can have access to Early European Books and the wealth of material it contains. We have long seen the potential of The Vogue Archive to support education across many disciplines – not only those with a focus on fashion – and look forward to it being a well-used resource in higher and further education.'