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British & Commonwealth History - Collections
18th Century

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Databases & Websites

Act of Union Virtual Library: A Digital Resource for the Act of Union of 1800. A unique collection of pamphlets, newspapers, parliamentary papers and manuscript material contemporary with the 1800 Act of Union between Ireland and Britain.
Bentham Texts Online (UCL)
British Cartoon Prints, Library of Congress. The approximately 10,000 cartoons in the British Cartoon Collection at the Library of Congress date largely from the period 1780 to 1830 and highlight aspects of British political life, including tensions with its colonies and other nations, as well as society, fashion, manners, and theater. About five per cent of the collection is available online.
British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832 (UC Davis). Full-text database.
The Clergy of the Church of England Database (CCEd). A collaborative project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and bringing together scholars from King's College London, the University of Kent at Canterbury and the University of Reading, whose objective is to create a relational database documenting the careers of all Church of England clergymen between 1540 and 1835. The website also provides a range of supporting materials about the Church and its clergy.
The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online
Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy (The Avalon Project, Yale University)
Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Full-text database. Stanford Only
Historical Directories (University of Leicester). A digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books.
The Making of the Modern World: The Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature, 1450-1850. This full-text, fully searchable database combines the strengths of the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London and the Kress Library of Business and Economics at Harvard with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in Columbia's Butler Library and from the libraries of Yale University. Almost 12 million pages present more than 61,000 books from the period 1460-1850, and 466 pre-1906 serials, offering a comprehensive witness to the theories, practices, and consequences of economic and business activity in the West.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674-1834. A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.
The Newton Project (Imperial College). This site presents the transcipts of Newton's natural philosophical writings and mathematical works, as well as his theological tracts and alchemical texts. Offers numerous other texts, such as 18th century biographies of Newton and religious histories. The goal of the project is to make all Newton's writings freely available online.
The Spectator Project. An interactive, hypermedia research archive for the study of 18th-century periodicals, including The Tatler (1709-1711) and The Spectator (1711-14).

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Periodicals & Newspapers

Internet Library of Early Journals. A digital library of 18th and 19th century journals.

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Print Resources

Encyclopedias & Handbooks

A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain, edited by H.T. Dickinson.
Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.; London: The Historical Association, 2002.
Location: Green Library, Stacks (DA480 .C58 2002)
An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832, Iain McClaman.
Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1999
Location: Green Library, HASRC and Stacks (DA533.O94 1999)
Cassell's Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain, Stephen Brumwell and W.A. Speck.
London: Cassell & Co., 2001
Location: Green Library, Lane Room: Non-circulating (DA480 .B78 2001)
Eighteenth-Century Britain: 1688-1783, Jeremy Black.
New York: Palgrave, 2001.
Location: Green Library, Stacks (DA480 .B555 2001)

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Eighteenth-Century Life
Volume/date range: v. 1- Sept. 1974-
Location: Latest year or volume in Current Periodicals; earlier in Stacks (CB411 .E337 v.1 1974 - present).
Electronic version available to Stanford-affiliated users at DUKE JOURNALS and PROJECT MUSE.
Online table of contents from PCI available to Stanford-affiliated users.
Eighteenth-Century Studies
Volume/date range: v. 1- ; Fall 1967-
Location: Latest year or volume in Current Periodicals; earlier in Stacks (PN2 .E37 v.1 1967 - present).
Electronic version available to Stanford-affiliated users at MUSE and JSTOR.
Online table of contents from PCI available to Stanford-affiliated users.
The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Southampton: British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies;Voltaire Foundation: England.
Location: Green Library, Stacks (XX 5651713.1)

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Microform Resources


Popular Literature in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain
A collection of more than 1,500 rare chapbooks, assembled and preserved by Robert White (1802-74), poet and local historian of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Chapbooks were the "street literature" of the day, offering news, entertainment, and sensation through startling and scurrilous accounts, and formed an essential link between the oral tradition and the popular press of the latter 19th century. A printed guide, Popular Literature in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Britain: The Robert White Collection of Chapbooks from the University Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, lists all titles and reel numbers in the collection.
Location: Green Library, Media-Microtexts (GUIDE PR972.P6 1985; MFILM N.S. 7636)
For more information, please consult the record on the British and Commonwealth Literary Studies site.

English Cartoons and Satirical Prints, 1320-1832, in the British Museum
A microfilm edition of the British Museum's remarkable collection of engravings, which illuminate the opinions and propaganda of their day with their myths, fantasies and slogans. Included is the work of Hollar, Hogarth, Gillray, Rowlandson and Cruikshank, as well as many minor and unknown artists. To be used in conjunction with the Catalogue of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum (Art and Architecture Library, Art Locked Stacks, Level M, NE55.L7A45 v.1-11).
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 1753)
Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature.
Items in this collection are cataloged separately and can be found under their individual authors and titles.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (MFILM N.S. 1350)
Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature Catalog.
Allows user to access complete bibliographic citations to more than 60,000 economics and business primary source titles from the last half of the fifteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century.
Location: Green Library, Information Center: CD-ROMS (Z7164 .E2 G65 1997)
Online Guide to the Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature. Choose the Goldsmiths'-Kress collection as the collection to search, and then conduct a search by keyword, author, title, and other categories. Or simply browse the catalog.
Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature : A Consolidated Guide to Segment I of the Microfilm Collection (print).
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (Z7164.E2 G64)
Women Advising Women
A two-part microfilm collection from the Bodleian Library, Oxford, of early women's journals, ephemeral publications and didactic literature. Part one contains early women's journals, 1700-1832; Part two contains advice books, manuals, almanacs, and journals from the period 1625 through 1837.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection (GUIDE PN 5124.W6 W66; MFILM N.S. 13035).
For more information, please consult the record on the British and Commonwealth Literary Studies site.

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