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19th Century

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Databases & Websites

A Vision of Britain Through Time, 1801-1901 (Great Britain Historical GIS Project). Includes maps, statistical trends, and historical descriptions.
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.
An Gorta Mór: The Great Hunger Archive (Quinnipiac University).
Bentham Texts Online (UCL)
British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832 (UC Davis). Full-text database.

The Carlyle Letters Online. The online version of the Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, featuring over 10,000 letters to over 600 recipients and providing a unique perspective on the nineteenth century.
Charles Booth Online Archive. Searchable resource giving access to archive material from the Booth collections of the British Library of Political and Economic Science (London School of Economics and Political Science) and the University of London Library, which contain the original records from Booth's survey into life and labour in London, dating from 1886-1903 and the Booth family papers from 1799 to 1967.
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)
Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland:1801-1922. EPPI involves the electronic cataloguing and full-text digitisation of some 13,700 British Parliamentary papers (containing around 600,000 pages) from the University of Southampton's unique Ford Collection of Official Publications.
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.
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Full-text searchable sessional papers from 1801-2004.
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 Victorian Web: Literature, History, and Culture in the Age of Victoria.
The Workhouse. This site is dedicated to the workhouse — its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators, even its poets. Contains full text of Poor Law Acts, Workhouse rules, and other resources.

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Periodicals & Newspapers

Internet Library of Early Journals. A digital library of 18th and 19th century journals.
Palmer's Index to The Times (1790-1905)
Stanford Only
Penny Illustrated Paper (British Library). Search the complete run of the Penny Illustrated Paper. Published from 1861 to 1913, it contains news of everday life set against the panorama of historical events in Britain and across the Empire.
Penny Magazine Online (1832-1835). The Penny Magazine, published every Saturday, was aimed at the working class and was part of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge's program for liberal reform. It was a source of information on subjects of general, everyday interest, like tea and coffee, well-known places in England, animals and birds of Britain, and descriptions of present-day manufacturing.
Times (London) Digital Archive(1785-1985) Stanford Only
Victorian Studies

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Nineteenth-Century Masterfile
Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC). This catalogue aims to index all printed works published in Britain, its colonies and the United States of America, all printed works in English wherever published, and all translations from English, from the beginning of the 19th century to the end of the First World War. In addition, the catalogue indexes thousands of periodicals, directories and other ephemeral publications.
Victorian Resources Online: An Annotated List of Scholarly Websites

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Greenwood's Map of London, 1827

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Print Resources

Encyclopedias & Handbooks

A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britain, edited by Chris Williams.
Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2004.
Location: Green Library, Stacks (DA530 .C76 2004)
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)

The Routledge Companion to Britain in the Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914, Chris Cook.
London; New York: Routledge, 2005.
Location: Green Library, Lane Room: Non-circulating (DA530 .C8 2005)
Encyclopedia of the Victorian World: A Reader's Companion to the People, Places, Events, and Everyday Life of the Victorian Era, edited by Melinda Corey and George Ochoa.
New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1996.
Location: Green Library, Stacks (DA550 .E53 1996)
Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia, edited by Sally Mitchell.
New York: Garland Pub., 1988
Location: Green Library, Information Center and Stacks (DA550.V53 1988)

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Journal of Victorian Culture
Location: Green Library, latest year of volume in Current Periodicals; earlier in Stacks (DA533 .J68 1996-2005)
Nineteenth-Century Studies
Location: Green Library, Stacks (CB415 .N55 1987-2004)

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Sanitary Reform of London: The Working Collection of Sir Joseph Bazalgette
A collection of maps, engineering designs, Metropolitan Water Board working papers, legal briefs, and other pamphlets, documenting the history of London's sanitary evolution during the latter half of the 19th century. The heart of the collection is the working library of Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-1891), London's chief engineer for the drainage and embankment systems.
Location: Green Library, Special Collections. For more information on this collection, please consult the record on the British and Commonwealth Literary Studies site.
British Temperance Collection.
Combining the archives of reformer William Hoyle and the Joseph Livesy Library, this collection contains 1400 separately published pamphlets and tracts, 320 books, as well as newspapers, journals, and conference reports.
Location: Green Library, Special Collections. For more information on this collection, please consult the record on the British and Commonwealth Literary Studies site.

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Victorian Studies: A Research Guide, Sharon W. Propas.
New York : Garland Pub., 1992.
Location: Green Library, Information Center: Non-circulating (Z2019 .P76 1992)

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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)
Women Advising Women
A two-part microfilm collection from the Bodleian Library, Oxford, of early women's journal, 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.
Rare Radical and Labour Periodicals of Great Britain
A collection of over 100 rare 19th-century periodicals which record the history of working-class life, the response to industrial society, the formation of the British Labour Party, the rapid growth of the trade union movement, and the impact of World War I and the General Strike of 1926. The collection is broken down into two series covering the 19th and early 20th centuries, and represents a large number of periodicals (Worker's Cry, Trade Unionist, People's Newspaper, Yorkshire Tribune, Red Rag, etc.) and famous radicals, such as George Bernard Shaw, John Burns, Keir Hardie, Tom Mann, Annie Besant and George Lansbury. Based on the The Warwick Guide to British Labour Periodicals, 1790-1970: A Check-List, by Royden Harrison, which contains information about the dates, publishers, and viewpoints of the titles in the microfilm collection.
Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection
Series One: MFILM N.S. 3011
Series Two: MFILM N.S. 3627
Warwick Guide: Z7164.L1H37 1976

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