19th Century Studies Resources


19th Century Studies Resources

Bibliography and Historiography

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index

A growing all-inclusive bibliographic spine for 19th-century research. C19 is a one-stop finding tool covering multiple content types, providing records for more than 11 million documents ranging from books and newspapers to government documents and periodicals at the article level.

Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalog

An attempt to list every book published in Great Britain and its colonies, or published in English anywhere in the world, in the 19th century. See printed bibliographies in Reference Collection for equivalent listings for other countries and languages.

 and WorldCat

Tips: In IUCAT, use Advanced Keyword search, include 19th century and/or bibliography and/or sources as subject terms. (WorldCat uses he same subject terms.) To find 19th-century publications, limit your search by dat of publication.

Also: the British Library Catalogue, COPAC, combined online catalog for major UK research libraries, Gabriel (Gateway to Europe's National Libraries)

Historical Abstracts
 and America: History & Life

Electronic indexes to scholarly publications in history (HA is world history, AHL is North American history). Use the Time Period Index to focus search on the 19th century, or even individual decades.

MLA International Bibliography

Note that the MLA does not use 19th century as a subject term/descriptor. Use 1800-1899 instead.

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature

Nineteenth Century is the operative word, e.g. English literature Nineteenth Century

British Fiction, 1800–1829
: A Database of Production, Circulation, and Reception 

"Allows users to examine bibliographical records of 2,272 works of fiction written by approximately 900 author, along with a large number of contemporary materials (including anecdotal records, circulating-library catalogues, newspaper advertisements, reviews, and subscription lists)."

General Interest Periodicals and Newspapers:

Libraries’ Old News Page

Nineteenth Century Masterfile

Includes Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (major US and British publications, 1802-1907) and Index to Legal Periodical Literature (1786-1922).

Also: Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900. Useful as a supplement to Poole's Index, this index is searched by author, and includes bibliographies and tables of contents.

19th Century Historical United States Newspapers

A digital archive of American historical newspapers from the 19th century, including over 1.5 million full-text pages, many complete with images.

British Newspapers 1600-1900

Comprehensive digital historic newspaper archive. Includes 17-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, 19th Century British Library Newspapers, 3 million pages of historic newspapers, newsbooks & ephemera, and national & regional papers from British Isles.

Early American Newspapers Series I, II, III, IV & V

More an 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers published during the past four centuries, including titles from all 50 preent states, 1690-1922.

British Periodicals

British Periodicals provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images.

Readers Guide Retrospective 1890-1982

Index of popular U.S. magazines, coverage back to 1889.

Times Digital Archive (The Times, London)

Digital archive of the London Times, 1785-1985. Includes both searchable text and page images.

New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

Digital archive of the New York Times, 1851-2001. Includes both searchable text and page images.

Periodicals Index Online

Index to thousand of scholarly journals in English and other western European languages, with coverage back to first issue of journal.

Periodicals Archive Online

An archive of hundreds of digitized journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Making of America Project

Digitized selections from 19th-century American periodicals. and

Godey's Lady's Book

Digital archive of a 19th-century American women's magazine. Includes searchable text and illustrations but not full page images.

African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century

Searchable text of key 19th-century African American newspapers.


Searchable digital archive of core scholarly journals, with coverage going back to first issue of each journal. Good for primary sources for 19th-century science, as well as for literary criticism and historiography.

Indexes to Fiction and Literature in Periodicals:

Index to Early American Periodical Literature, 1728-1870

Wells Library - Research Coll. - Stacks Z6951 .U5

The Literary Index to American Magazines, 1815-1865; 1850-190

Wells Library - Research Coll. - Stacks Z1225.W38 1996

Indexes to Fiction in...

Series of guides for specific journals useful for lesser known writers, 1860-1910.

BROWSE IUCAT for "Indexes to Fiction in" to retrieve a list of journals covered.

Literary Reviews and Criticism:

Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism (includes contemporary reviews of 19th-century literature)

Available in Literature Criticism Online

American Literary and Drama Reviews: An Index to Late 19th Century Periodicals

Wells Library - Research Coll. - Reference Dept. PN2256.M37 1984

Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 1789-1797; 1798-1820 (2 v.); 1821-1826

Wells Library - Research Coll. - Reference Dept. Z2013.W36

New York Times Theater Reviews (1870-present)

Wells Library - Research Coll. - Reference Dept. PN1581.N4

The Romantics Reviewed; Contemporary Reviews of British Romantic Writers

Wells Library - Research Coll. – Stacks PR590.R415

Subject-Specific Periodical Indexes:

The British Empire in the Victorian Press, 1832-1867: A Bibliography

Wells Library - Research Coll. - Stacks Z2021.C7 P32 1987

International Index to the Performing Arts
 (1864 - present)

Index Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office (medicine) 16th century-mid-20th century

Wells Library - Research Coll. - Reference Dept. Z6676.U5

Beilstein CrossFire plus Reactions
 (Chemistry) 1771-present

 (Psychology) 1887-present

GeoRef (CSA)
 (Geology) 1785-present

Government Publications:

Lexis-Nexis Congressional

Use Historical Indexes file to search U.S. Congressional documents from 1789—

Index to the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
 (available in C 19: the Nineteenth Century Index)

The Papers themselves are available on microfiche. Consult with Government publications staff to learn more.

Selected Nineteenth Century Collections:

American Periodicals Series Online

Amerian magazines and journals, 1740-1900. Contains searchable full text of all extant issues of over 1000 titles, ranging from children's magazines to professional journals. Can be cross-searched with historical newspaper archives.  Titles and series are in IUCAT.  Online and microform.

Empire Online

Contains over 70,000 images of original manuscripts (including biographies and chronologies) and printed materials covering Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Oceana, and South Asia.Coverage: 1492-1962

English Literary Periodicals (Microform)

Titles and series are in IUCAT.

English Poetry Database

Electronic texts of the complete works of English poets to 1900. Wonderful for identifying the bits of poetry 19th-century writers are so fond of sprinkling through their works…

Rhodes House Library, Oxford, anti-slavery collection (Microform)

Correpondence, minutes, and other papers of the British and Foreign Anti-slavery Society, the Anti-slavery Society, the Aborigines Protection Society, and other similar societies and committees, 1795-1880.

Wells Library - GIMSS - Microforms - Microfilm - HT857.R48

Southern women and their families in the 19th century, papers and diaries (Microform)

Archival materials from a number of libraries in the southern U.S.

Wells Library - GIMSS - Microforms - Microfilm - HQ1438.S63 S687

Victorian Popular Culture

This database describes popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe from 1779 to 1930. Subjects covered include stage magic, spirit writing and ghost hunting.

Wright American Fiction (1851-1875)

Digitized collection of nearly 3000 American novels.

Victorian Women Writers Project

Highly accurate transcriptions of literary works by British women writers of the late 19th century, encoded using the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). The works, selected with the assistance of the Advisory Board, include anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, and volumes of poetry and verse drama.

On the Internet:

Victoria Research Web

Don't miss the amazing bibliography of periodical literature resources,

The Victorian Web

A web encyclopedia of eminent Victorians, key issues, etc.

last updated: 5/14/2010