New Library Resources: 19th Century UK Periodicals and Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Burney Collection Newspapers

Please see below for descriptions by our librarians of some new digital primary resources available through Honnold/Mudd Library!

Below are brief descriptions of some exciting new primary source databases the library now provides access to. The 19th Century UK Periodicals complements our existing collection, Eighteenth Century Journals ( The newspaper archive complements our collection of individual historical newspapers (

Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals Digital Archive: New Readership and Empire
United Kingdom printed serial material from the nineteenth-century.

Collection covers the period 1800 to 1900.
When complete it will make available full runs of nearly 600 titles, some of which exist only in a single copy, such is the fragile state of much nineteenth-century printed material.
Six million pages of nineteenth-century journalism, fully searchable, sourced from the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and other specialist libraries, offers a collection of unparalleled range and diversity.
Collections include New Readerships: Women’s, Children’s, Humour and Leisure/Sport
and Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary and Colonial

Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Burney Collection Newspapers Digital Archive
17th & 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers Digital Archive

The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media.
The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of ‘news’ and newspapers’ and the “free press”, totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles.
Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden.
Article images can be magnified, reduced, saved, emailed and printed. Entire newspaper pages may need to be tiled in order to be legible.
The Topic Guide has essays and biographical information. “About this Publication” has additional background on a specific newspaper.

And for those of you for whom British history is an important correlate to the study of British literature, we now have the complete State Papers Online (, which covers the Tudors (from 1509) through the Eighteenth Century (to 1782).

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