Adam Matthew Digital

Adam Matthew Digital is an academic publisher based in the United Kingdom and the United States. It has been an independent subsidiary of Sage Publications since 2012.[1] The company specializes in online primary source databases and curated collections for the humanities and social sciences.[2] Its corporate offices are in Marlborough, Wiltshire.[3]

Adam Matthew Digital
Parent companySage Publications
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationMarlborough, Wiltshire
Publication typesdatabases


Adam Matthew Publications was founded in 1990 by David Tyler and William Pidduck.[4] The company focused on publishing microfilm collections with a back list of over 600 titles until publishing their first ‘digital’ collections in the late 1990s on CD-ROM, and releasing its first truly online resources in the early 2000s.[5] By the mid-2000s, the company directors – now including Khal Rudin - founded Adam Matthew Digital to focus solely on the development and production of digital collections, and began trading as a separate entity from 1 January 2007.[6] On 5 October 2012, the company was acquired by SAGE Publications.[7]


Adam Matthew at the School of Advanced Study History Day 2017.

The company publishes collections of digitized primary source materials from different historical eras.[8] For example, Empire Online covers the histories of colonial era United States, Canada, India, Australia, South Africa, and Britain.[9] Other collection topics include gender studies, American history and consumer culture, Victorian England, Asian history, the First World War, and others.[10]


Adam Matthew have collaborated with various source archives and institutions including the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Newberry Library and The National Archives (United Kingdom). An explanation of their relationship with The National Archives (United Kingdom) has been recorded in a short video [11] which covers the process of selection, preservation and digitisation of materials required to produce resources on topics such as Apartheid South Africa, Confidential Print: Middle East and The Nixon Years.[12]

In January 2016, Adam Matthew partnered with Jisc to provide all UK Higher and Further Education institutions with access to their nineteenth century collection on global immigration, Migration to New Worlds. To gain permanent access without payment, UK institutions can register with Jisc to receive access details for their entire staff and students.[13]


In 2013, the company entered into an agreement with the Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to provide permanent access to two Adam Matthew digital collection via the TexShare consortium.[14] The agreement allows the provision of access to rare and unique materials for the study of American history, to close to two thousand individual institutions across Texas, from K-12 to 4-year colleges, public libraries and community colleges.[15]


  1. ^ InPublishing. "SAGE Publications acquires Adam Matthew". Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  2. ^ "Adam Matthew Digital". Sydney Australia: Council of Australian University Librarians. Retrieved 2015-01-14.
  3. ^ Verma, Henrietta (October 11, 2012). "SAGE Acquires Adam Matthew". Reviews. Library Journal. Archived from the original on June 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Adam Matthew Digital. "Our History". Adam Matthew Digital. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  5. ^ Pidduck, William. "Archival Publishing: The Microform/CD-ROM Partnership". Schmidt Periodicals GmbH. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  6. ^ Hindsl. "v25 #2 ATG Interviews Karen Phillips, Vice President, SAGE and Khal Rudin, Director, Adam Matthew". Against the Grain. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  7. ^ CLC LLC. "30th Annual Charleston Conference" (PDF). Charleston Information Group, LLC. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  8. ^ Cotton, Justine; Sharron, David Mark (2011). Engaging Students with Archival and Digital Resources. Oxford: Chandos. p. 47. ISBN 9781843345688.
  9. ^ "The Birth of a Database". New York USA: Library Journal. Archived from the original on 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2015-01-14.
  10. ^ "Adam Matthew Digital". Sydney Australia: Council of Australian University Librarians. Retrieved 2015-01-14.
  11. ^ "Digitising The Past - Video". News. Adam Matthew. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  12. ^ Fogg, Martha. "Digitization: a successful collaborative partnership between library and publisher". Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Jisc and Adam Matthew collaborate to provide access to 'Migration to New Worlds' to all UK higher education and further education institutions". News. Jisc. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Now in TexShare: The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures from AMDigital". Texas State Library. Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Adam Matthew Announces State-Wide Contract with TexShare Consortia". Adam Matthew Digital. Retrieved 4 January 2015.

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