Journey to the far reaches of settler frontiers with ‘Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement and Colonial Encounters’

08 September 2016

Now available online, Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement and Colonial Encounters, provides students and scholars instant access to content vital for comparative research and classroom use.

Digitised material ranges across four centuries and offers a vast geographical spread capturing the lives, experiences and colonial encounters of people living at the edges of the Anglophone world. The huge array of unique primary sources highlights the changing aspects of frontier existence and its lasting influence in North America, Africa and Australasia.

“This extraordinary digital collection gives you the potential to range across vast spaces and temporal periods, and to zoom in on really useful material in a few clicks.” 

Alan Lester, Professor of Historical Geography, University of Sussex

Selected from sixteen libraries and archives across the globe, the majority of Frontier Life is never-before published, including documents on the creation of new states, trade networks and the marginalisation and decline of indigenous peoples, making it an unparalleled resource for in-depth research and teaching. 

Enhanced with a comprehensive search functionality and supporting interactive research tools, the resource proves invaluable for the comparative study of colonialism and imperialism, global history, historical geography, indigenous studies, the American West, Africa, Australasia, migration, borderlands and economic history. 


  • Records of expeditions allowing for comparison of exploration in North America, Africa and Australasia.
  • Material on the Fur Trade from the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives.
  • Gold rush and mining material relating to Klondike, Victoria, California, and the Transvaal.
  • An interactive map which situates events in time and space in order to contextualise unique source material.

Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement and Colonial Encounters
is available now. For more information, a free 30-day trial, or to register for the live webinar on 21st September, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..