Selected Resources for: Nineteenth Century Digital Collections

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Gordon Anderson

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The University Libraries have an extensive and growing collection of digital archives and indexes to 19th-century primary sources. These include archives, audio files, books, documents, illustrations (color photographs, posters, engravings, e.g.), journals, newspapers, pamphlets, photos and posters, and video files.

Explore these archives and send your comments and suggestions to me! (ganderso@umn.edu)


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

provides seamless linking between article records, contributor and pseudonym records, and periodical introductions, and includes links to article full text for selected titles available in ProQuest's Periodicals Archive Online and British Periodicals full text resources.


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an aggregate resource of a number of indexes to nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives.

Current Contents of 19th Century Masterfile:

Series I: Multi-Title Periodical Indexes
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, Index to Legal Periodical Literature (Jones and Chipman), Catalogue of Scientific Papers, the Religion Index and more.

Series II: Indexes to Books
ALA Index to General Literature, 19th-century bibliographic database and more.

Series III: Indexes to Newspapers
New York Times Index, New York Daily Tribune Index, Palmer's Index and more.

Series IV: Indexes to Individual Periodicals
Harpers Weekly, Atlantic Monthly, North American Reviews (with free links to full text)

Series V: US and UK Government Documents Indexes and US Patent Index
Congressional Record, Papers of the President, Hansard's Parliamentary Indexes and more.

The database allows for searching almost a century's worth of popular magazine articles (1890-1982), giving an in-depth primary-source picture of late 19th- and early 20th-century America and its ever evolving attitudes and cultures.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

The Checklist is a nearly comprehensive list of US Government publications published during these years.

January 1895 - June 1976, updated monthly. Issued by the Superintendent of Documents for the Government Printing Office, catalogs all publications of the United States government, including those of the Congress and all executive departments (with the exception of administrative and confidential or restricted documents). The government prints thousands of documents each year, and many of these are sent to depository libraries.


Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

The web sites in this bibliography are generally relevant to EngL 5150, Readings in 19th-Century Literature and Culture: Digital Perspectives (Fall 2014). Proprietary sites marked with an asterisk have restricted access, which is provided by the University of Minnesota Libraries. (Should a link fail, approach via https://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/a.)


Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

delivers a complete, full-text searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2008. Full-colour images, multiple search indexes, and the facility to browse each and every issue - all combine to offer a unique primary source covering the 19th and 20th centuries.


Electronic Journal Titles

HarpWeek contains the scanned images of pages of the magazine Harper's Weekly for the years 1857-1912, together with a series of controlled-vocabulary indexes, which are interactively linked. Includes news and editorials, fiction, illustrations, photos, political cartoons, advertisements.


News Sources

Includes Early American Newspapers Series 1, 6 and 7, 1690-1922. Spanning two centuries and 40 states, these archives of selective content from historical newspapers are primary sources for researching crucial conflicts from the Civil War to World War I, movements ranging from early states rights to women’s suffrage, noteworthy citizens, local events, natural disasters; political campaigns; and the evolution of American culture.

The most significant digital collection of British historic newspapers. New conservation and imaging techniques and a new cross-searchable platform adopted by the British Library offers unparalleled access and discoverability to this valuable historical and cultural archive. In addition one will find specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.

Digital archive of the Chicago Tribune from 1849.

This site allows you to search and view US newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Includes Early American Newspapers Series 1, 6 and 7, 1690-1922 and African American Newspapers, 1827-1998. Spanning two centuries and 40 states, these archives of selective content from historical newspapers are primary sources for researching crucial conflicts from the Civil War to World War I, movements ranging from early states rights to women’s suffrage, noteworthy citizens, local events, natural disasters; political campaigns; and the evolution of American culture.

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive provides online access to the entire run of the ILN from its first publication on 14 May 1842 to its last in 2003. Each page has been digitally reproduced in full colour and every article and caption is full-text searchable with hit-term highlighting and links to corresponding illustrations.

Full page and article images with searchable text back to 1881.

Full-page, digital archive of the New York Times from 1851. Search and view images of actual articles, advertising and more.

Digital archive of 48 nineteenth century British newspapers. This online collection includes national and regional newspapers including those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also included in the collection.

Digital archive of 19th century U.S. newspapers (1.7 million pages). Includes digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers Minneapolis Tribune 1867-1922

The Minneapolis Tribune is no longer available via Proquest Historical Newspapers. State Library Services and the Minnesota Historical Society are currently working to ensure long-term access to the digitized Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922) and will integrate this historical newspaper into the Minnesota Newspaper Hub. The Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub contains hundreds of 19th and 20th century newspapers from cities and counties across the state.

Digital archive covering British news media from 1757-1817. The archive contains about 700 newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney. The contents were published mostly in London, and some were published in English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.

Digital Archive of The Times of London for the years 1785-1985. Full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories.


Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

This site allows you to search and view US newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Provides full-text and full-page-image access to books, pamphlets, and broadsides published in America from 1801 through 1819. Contains many state papers and government materials, including published reports; presidential letters and messages; and congressional, state and territorial resolutions. Based on the American Bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, which is now supplemented by thousands of new items. Allows browsing by genre, subject, author, printing history, place of publication, and language. Allows searching in citation text, title, subject, genre, author, place of publication, publisher, and document number. Cross-searchable with other Archive of Americana collections.

Provides full-text and full-page-image access to books from the 1460-1850 period, and pre-1906 serials. It focuses on economics interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, history, sociology, and special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing. It combines the strengths of two pre-eminent collections--the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London Library and the Kress Library of Business and Economics at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration--along with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and from the libraries of Yale University.

A multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the nineteenth century; will be comprised of numerous collections to be released over many years, including a variety of material types--monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more.

Brings together hundreds of accounts by women of their travels across the globe from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. Researchers will find sources covering a variety of topics including; architecture; art; the British Empire; climate; customs; exploration; family life; housing; industry; language; monuments; mountains; natural history; politics and diplomacy; race; religion; science; shopping; war. A wide variety of forms of travel writing are included, ranging from unique manuscripts, diaries and correspondence to drawings, guidebooks and photographs. The resource includes a slideshow with hundreds of items of visual material, including postcards, sketches and photographs.


Government Documents

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers are vital to the historical record of Britain, its former Colonies and the wider world. They are among the richest and most detailed primary sources for the history of the past two centuries, and are fundamental to an understanding of current legislation, policy making and the political environment. features publications published officially by the House of Commons or the House of Lords from 1688 to 1834.

A rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history, from the bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the reports, documents, and journals of the US Senate and House of Representatives. Additional congresses are added each month.


Historical Documents

Contains color digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London. It is designed for both teaching and study at the undergraduate and the graduate levels.

Provides full-text digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on U.S. and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Browse feature (by author or title) and full-text search engine provided.

Primary Sources is a full-text searchable archive, including constitutional conventions and compilations (reports, journals, proceedings, and debates, and supplementary documents published by the conventions including, manuals, rules of order, and information for the use of delegates); city charters (the texts of enacted and proposed charters and ordinances in American jurisdictions); law dictionaries; early U.S. state codes; and colonial records. Includes Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources Part I (1620-1926) and Part II (1763-1979).

The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926 contains unofficially published accounts of trials; official trial documents, briefs and arguments reprinted or bound as separate publications; and official, separately published records of legislative proceedings, administrative proceedings, and arbitration cases. The focus is on America, England, and the British Empire.


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