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London Low Life

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Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus) Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus)
Adam Matthew Digital
Adam Matthew Digital

London Low Life is "A full-text searchable resource, containing colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 19th and early 20th century London."(OCLC)

London Low Life (subtitled on the site as Street Culture, Social Reform and the Victorian Underworld) includes Fast literature, Street ephemera, posters, advertising, playbills, ballads and broadsides, Penny fiction, Cartoons, Chapbooks, Street Cries, Swell’s guides to London prostitution, gambling and drinking dens, Reform literature, andMaps and views of London. Among its topics are the underworld, slang, working-class culture, street literature, popular music, urban topography, ‘slumming’ , Prostitution, the Temperance Movement, social reform, Toynbee Hall andpolice and criminality.

Listed as themes, you can explore:
Street Literature and Popular Print
Politics, Scandal and the News
Disreputable London
Sex, Prostitution and Obscenity
Religion, Charity and Social Reform
Crime and Justice
Geography and the Built Environment
Leisure and Entertainment
Work, Industry and Commerce
Women and Gender

The database has a basic and advanced search. Pdfs of the items received may be downloaded and saved.Citations also will download into citation managers, including EndNote.

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Interlibrary Loan:
Print-only copy permitted
Resource Advocate:
Savonius-Wroth, Celestina
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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Victorian Studies
  • Art & Art History
  • History
  • English and American Language and Literature

Library of Congress Subjects:

Popular culture -- Great Britain -- 19th century -- Sources.
London (England) -- History -- Sources.