HIST 101: Modern Imperial Britain

Searching OskiCat for Primary Sources

Certain words and phrases (part of the Library of Congress Subject Headings classification system) will find primary sources in library catalogs.  You can use these in OskiCat or Melvyl:magnifying glass and computer keyboard

-correspondence
-sources
-diaries
-personal narratives
-interviews
-speeches
-documents
-archives
-early works to 1800
-newspapers

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history victorian britain sources
women 19th century personal narratives


Primary Sources: Newspapers

  • 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
    Newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817); the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library. Covers more than 200 years of accounts from newspapers from England, Ireland, Scotland and a handful of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia.
  • 19th Century British Newspapers
    Contains full runs of 49 papers selected by the British Library as representative. It contains regional and national papers in England as well as papers from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Content comes from penny papers read by the working class and papers advocating political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism and Home Rule.
  • Times Digital Archive
    Online access, fully searchable full text of over 200 years (1785 to 1985, with 1986 to 2003 added later this year) of The London Times, the "world's newspaper of record." [Note: "Sunday Times" is a distinct newspaper with no editorial connection to The Times London, and is not included in this database.]
  • Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006
    180 years and 600,000 pages of the The Sunday Times. (Despite the similarity of names, The Sunday Times is an entirely separate paper from The Times until 1st January 1967, when both papers came under the common ownership of Times Newspapers Ltd. To this day, The Sunday Times remains editorially independent from The Times, with its own remit and perspective on the news.)

Primary Sources

European Women's Periodicals.
Reading, England ; Woodbridge, Conn. : Research Publications, 1991
MICROFILM.77991
Guide MICROFILM.77991.guide

Protest Movements, Civil Disorder and the Police in Inter-War Britain.
Brighton, Sussex: Harvester Press Microform Pub., c1982.
MICROFILM.78267
MICROFILM.78267.guide
Metropolitan Police files concerning government surveillance of extremist groups and civil disorder during the 1930s

Women Advising Women.
Marlborough, Eng.: Adam Matthew, 1992
MICROFILM 71273
From the Hope Collection of Early Newspapers and Essayists at the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Part 1: Early Women's Journals, 1700-1832,
Part 2: Advice Books, Manuals, Almanacs, and Journals, 1625- 1837
Part 3: Ladies' Magazine, 1770-1832
Part 4: Ladies' Magazine, 1801-1832
Part 5: Women's writing and advice, 1450-1720
Women and Victorian Values, 1837-1910.
Marlborough, Eng.: Adam Matthew, [1996]
MICROFILM 77769
MICROFILM 77769.guide
From the Bodleian Library, Oxford: Advice Books, Manuals and Journals for Women.
Parts I-VII

Women's Journals, 1919-1968, from Franchise to Feminism.
Marlborough, Eng.: Adam Matthew, 1997
MICROFILM 78499
MICROFILM 78499.guide
Part I: Eve, 1919-1922

Women's Periodicals : 18th century to the Great Depression.
Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications, 1991-1992.
MICROFILM.77997
MICROFILM.77997.guide
  • 19th Century British Pamphlets
    Full text images of several collections including: pamphlets from Bristol UniversityForeign and Commonwealth Collection, the Earl Grey Pamphlets Collection, the Hume Tracts, and the Wilson Anti-Slavery Collection. Subjects range from colonial affairs to social reform to universal suffrage.
  • Empire Online
    Includes 70,000 images of original manuscript and printed documents to support study and research in the field of colonial and empire studies. Five sections include: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969; Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire; The Visible Empire; Religion and Empire; and Race, Class, Imperialism and Colonialism, c. 1607-1969. In addition to original documents, this database contains scholarly essays and analysis.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
    Contains over 180,000 items published in Great Britain and its colonies, including those in North America, during the 18th Century. This database complements the materials found in Early English Books Online (EEBO), which covers 1475-1700. The resource is thus a rich source of information about the American and French Revolutions and the Age of Reason, scientific and medical advances, literature, law, religion, industry, and all aspects of 18th Century life in Britain and its colonies.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)
    Primary source material from the nineteenth century and beyond. Particularly strong in British politics and society, European literature from 1790-1840 (via the Corvey collection), Asia and the West, and British popular culture.
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
    Provides full-text access to thousands of 18th, 19th and 20th Century Parliamentary Papers. Includes all the "sessional papers" of the British Parliament: bills, reports of committees, papers presented by Royal Commissions and government departments, treaties and international agreements, command papers, and statistics.
  • Making of the Modern World: The Goldsmith's-Kress Library of Economic Literature
    A digital collection of more than 61,000 books from the period 1460-1850, and 466 pre-1906 serials. Focuses on economics but includes political science, history, sociology, and special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing. Combines 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.
  • Mass Observation Online
    The online archive of the Mass-Observation Project. This project, described as a "pioneering social research organization," documented everyday life or ordinary people in Britain from 1937 to 1972. The archive, which consists of diaries, personal writings, questionnaires, interview transcripts, empirical data, file reports, photographs, pamphlets and books, provides insights into British cultural and social history.
  • 19th Century British Newspapers
    Contains full runs of 49 papers selected by the British Library as representative. It contains regional and national papers in England as well as papers from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Content comes from penny papers read by the working class and papers advocating political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism and Home Rule.

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