Nineteenth Century Collections Online

The most ambitious project ever undertaken to digitise primary source collections from the 'long' nineteenth century, Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) is set to transform the teaching, learning and research landscape forever. Heralding a new wave of research and discovery into the 19th century, NCCO is a multi-year publishing programme sourcing collections from across the globe in multiple languages (including non Western languages)  richly representing regions including :
  • Africa                
  • Continental Europe
  • East & South Asia           
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East          
  • South Asia

The programme includes a variety of content types including:

  • Monographs (books)          
  • Manuscripts
  • Newspapers            
  • Ephemera
  • Photographs           
  • Statistics
  • Maps

The Archives

Released incrementally beginning in mid-2012, the Nineteenth Century Collections Online publishing programme allows libraries to customize and scale their selections to meet their specific collection needs. Modular, subject -specific 'archives' will explore the themes and movements most requested by scholars and researchers. For example, the first archive, British Politics and Society,  focusses on documents that reveal the story of social and political change in Britain. Future archives will focus on the story of science, technology/industry, the arts, empire and more.

Now available:

Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
British Politics and Society
British Theatre, Music, and the Arts: High and Popular Culture
Children's Literature and Childhood
Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest
European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection
Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature
Photography: The World Through the Lens
Religion Spirituality, Reform and Society
Science, Technology and Medicine, 1780-1925 Part I and Part II
Women: Transnational Networks

International Advisory Board

Nineteenth Century Collection Online's international board of advisors will guide the selection of materials to be published in this programme. Content is being sourced from around the world: from national libraries; from academic and public libraries; and from a variety of special collections, archives, and repositories. Read more>>

Cutting edge technology

Designed specifically with the researcher in mind, Nineteenth Century Collections Online is being built on a groundbreaking Research Platform that offers the robust search functionality and annotation and tagging tools necessary for scholarly work. Read more>>

With its authoritative content  and extensive bibliographic information, and underpinned by technology (including a user driven product design) that fits the needs of today’s researchers, Nineteenth Century Collections Online will transform  the nature of research on the nineteenth century.


Please come back often for more information and updates.




Please note:

“Our databases and digital archives are only available for institutions to trial and purchase. They are not available at this stage for individual subscriptions. For individuals seeking specific content within one of our resources, Gale, part of Cengage Learning does not have the rights to provide this service. If you wish to obtain a specific article, issue or book, please contact your library and enquire about online access to our products. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”