In cooperation with the FID Benelux (Lower Countries) and the FID Geschichtswissenschaften (History), the FID AAC has successfully secured a German national license for Transatlantic Relations Online: Digital Archives of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies. The Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS) is located in Middelburg (The Natherlands) and includes a graduate school, a research center, a public library, and an extensive archive.
As such it is one of the most important European centers for the study of American and transatlantic history and promotes the exploration of the "trajectories of Dutch-American and, generally, transatlantic relations" in culture, society, and politics. The RIAS' local archive is expansive, reaching from presidential papers (Roosevelt - Carter), to W.E.B. DuBois's papers, to US foreign relations with the Netherlands and its colonies. 230,000 documents and 52 audio files of its holdings have been digitized and made available through BrillOnline's Transatlantic Relations Online database.
The collections of this database are:
- Dutch-American Diplomatic Relations Online, 1784-1973
- The Fulbright Archives, 1949-2016 (excerpts)
- Dutch-Catholic Immigration to the Americas Online, The Henk van Stekelenburg Collection, 1820-1960
- Dutch-Protestant Immigration to the Americas Online, The Stallinga-Ganzevoort Collection, 1890-1960
According to the database description, these "are of particular interest to scholars working on cultural and public diplomacy, political and economic relations, migration flows, cross-cultural exchanges, [and] the role of religion in foreign policy making." If you or your students are working on these topics, these primary sources will be of tremendous value to you.
As with all our licenses, the Kompetenzzentrum für Lizenzierung (KfL) has negotiated with the publisher to provide access to the materials from your university’s network or via the database information system (DBIS) provided by your library. Independent scholars or scholarly-minded people without an affiliation can register for access to nation-wide licenses with the DFG (German Research Council) when they permanently reside in Germany. Find more information concerning registration and our other databases on the FID AAC page at the KfL.
Additional materials on related topics (books, journal articles, DVDs, Blu-rays) can be provided by the FID via inter-library loan.