Global Commodities is an online resource useful for economic and trade history of covering the early modern period to 20th century . It is relevant for world history, economic and trade history, social history, discovery and exploration, history of consumption and life style, etc.
It includes wide-ranging sources:
- Records of individual traders, showing patterns of consumption for a range of commodities over time.
- Business Accounts and Records of both small and large companies from an early fur trapper to a major chocolate manufacturer.
- Dock Accounts describing the development of a major port from 1755 to 1960.
- Bills of Entry for major ports which show changing patterns of trade between 1820 and 1939.
- 17th and 18th century Trade Returns and Prices Current for key markets.
- Material on the discovery and exploitation of commodities in Asia, Africa and the Americas from 1492 to 2000.
- Government records concerning taxation, economic development and colonial business schemes.
- Exhibition Catalogues.
- Statistical sources documenting world trade; and a vast range of visual material including advertising and packaging, photographs, paintings and prints.
The trial runs until 11 February. Please leave any comments on History databases desiderata & trials or email Isabel Holowaty, History Librarian.