18th Century


British Literary Manuscripts Online c.1660-1900

British Literary Manuscripts Online c.1660-1900 provides an intimate look into the lives and works of Britain’s major writers across two hundred years. From the rise of Charles II to the death of Queen Victoria British Literary Manuscripts Online c.1660-1900 contains complete facsimile copies of author manuscripts including poems,plays, and novels, private correspondence, diaries and journals as well as drawings and handwritten notes. The collection traces the development of literary movements from the classicism of Pope and Johnson to the Romanticism of Wordsworth and the gothic novels of the Brontës. Users can search across 400,000 pages by metadata which includes author, named person and title of the work.



Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) is the most ambitious single digitisation project ever undertaken and has resulted in a online library of over 136,000 titles and editions (over 155,000 volumes), published between 1701 and 1800, and printed in English-speaking countries, or countries under British colonial rule.Now with the discovery of new material and the development of new scanning technologies, Gale introduces Eighteenth Century Collections Online: Part 2: New Editions.




17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers represents the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library and includes more than 1,000 pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers from the period. This collection helps researchers chart the development of the newspaper as we now know it, beginning with irregularly published transcriptions of Parliamentary debates and proclamations to coffee house newsbooks, finally arriving at newspaper in its current form.



Slavery And Anti-Slavery

Slavery and Anti-Slavery is a digital archive in four series devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America. Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition is a scholarly collection of approximately 1.5 million pages of primary source documents focussing on the abolitionist movement and the conflicts within it, the anti- and pro-slavery arguments of the period, and the debates on the subject of colonisation.




The Making of the Modern World: The Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850

An online fully-searchable archive of over 12 million pages from The Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850. It contains 61,537 printed works, many multi-volume, plus 466 serials published during the period, 1460-1850. It provides a comprehensive overview of the theories, practices and consequences of economic and business activity in the West, from the last half of the 15th century to the mid-19th century. With full-text searching across all titles, researchers can quickly access a magnificent library of primary source materials permitting scholars to bring together and forge new connections in the study of Western economic history.


The Making of the Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926

This collection contains more than 2 million pages of fully searchable content and describes more than 10,000 trials that scandalised society in America, the British Empire and the world. The literature of legal transcripts and trial accounts offers an unfiltered narrative into the daily lives of everyday people. Trials publications may be the best historical source researchers have for examining questions of sex, gender, class, marriage and divorce and raises interesting questions about the nature of celebrity and crime within a given era.



The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2006 NEW!

The new extended version of the archive — The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2006 — adds an additional 20 years to the original 1785-1985 edition, offering users an extra 795,000 new pages of invaluable content covering the tumultuous period at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. All in a new, intuitive user interface