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Government publications (statistics, court reports)
Internet resources (especially digitized versions of historical documents)
Manuscripts, journals, diaries
Materials in UK Libraries' Special Collections Research Center
The Special Collections Research Center at UK Libraries contains a number of primary research materials that may be useful in your research, including journals such as the Westminster Review and Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. Of special interest is the W. Hugh Peal Manuscripts Collection, which contains personal writings (e.g., diaries, letters) of the writers of the Romantic Period and other European writers.
Many materials are listed in InfoKat Discovery, but since not all materials will be found there, also consult the following research guides or contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
These databases contain primary source materials of particular interest to the study of Great Britain in the Victorian period.
This collection contains the Victorian manuscripts from the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. Each author collection is included in its entirety, allowing users to browse and search the manuscripts as they would in the Berg Reading Room. Authors represented include: Matthew Arnold, The Brontës, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy.
"Advice Literature for men and women." Access to approximately 50,000 images of original manuscript and printed material, including a strong core of documents from the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Ephemeral material such as ballads, cartoons and pamphlets are featured alongside diaries, advice literature, medical journals, conduct books and periodicals.
Over 60,000 manuscripts and documents covering the reach of the British Empire, all the way to Australasia, South Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Also includes references to biographies and chronologies.
Digital preservation repository and access platform. Provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. Full-text searchable. Public domain titles available full-text with linkblue login at the HathiTrust site.
"The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public."
A browsable and keyword-searchable edition of six nineteenth-century periodicals and newspapers, including the Monthly Repository (1806-1837) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833); Northern Star (1838-1852); Leader (1850-1860); English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864); Tomahawk (1867-1870); and Publishers’ Circular (1880-1890).
Available in microfilm: B 2002-09
pt. 1. Sources from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire County Records Offices (16 reels).
pt. 1. Sources from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire County Records Offices (16 reels) -- pt. 2. Sources from Birmingham Central Library and Birmingham University Library (24 reels) -- pt.3 Sources from Suffolk County Record Office and Cambridge University Library (25 reels) -- pt.4 (27 reels) -- pt.5. Sources from Essex Record Office (20 reels) - pt.6. Sources from Wiltshire, Somerset and Hampshire Record Office (26 reels).
Selected Primary Source Periodical Indexes
These newspaper and periodical databases also contain primary source materials:
Consists of 19th century newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent 19th century Britain. Includes national and regional newspapers (e.g., those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial areas of the manufacturing Midlands) as well as publications from Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Full color facsimile run of over 260,000 pages, including specials and presentation pieces. Full-text searchable and browsable individual issues, including specials and supplements. Articles and pages can be saved in the marked list then bookmarked, e-mailed and printed.
A systematic article-level index to the subject matter of 19th century periodicals, covering 479 British and American periodicals for the years 1802-1906. Also see 19th Century MasterFile (electronic resource).
Over two centuries on-line for full-text searching of the London publication, more than 7 million articles, from 1785-1985. Widely recognized as the source for authoritative reports on politics, law, business and society. Extensive coverage of parliamentary debates, royal doings, obituaries, official appointments. Does not include the Sunday Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Times Educational Supplement, the Times Higher Education Supplement.