ONLINE PRIMARY SOURCES AND RELATED WEBSITES
Institute of Historical Research: This is the premier historical institute in Great Britain. It sponsors
lectures and seminars, publishes books and articles, and contains a directory of online
and archival resources for historians in Britain.
Institute of English Studies: Interdisciplinary focus on the English language and its literatures (including other national
and international literatures in English), in the History of the Book, and in cognate
fields of study.
The British Library: A catalogue of thousands of documents
and scanned images relating to Victorian Britain and the Empire from the library's vast
National Archives of India: The
repository of the non-current records of the Government of India holding them in trust
for the use of administrators and scholars. Originally the Imperial Record Department
founded in 1891 and transferred to New Delhi in 1926.
Royal Historical Society: The Society was founded in
1868 and is the premier society in Great Britain which promotes and defends the scholarly
study of the past.
Royal Geographical Society: Founded in 1830, the RGS has sponsored
many missions of scientific and geographic exploration throughout the British Empire and other parts
of the world (especially in sub-Saharan Africa the polar regions).
Royal Photographic Society: Founded in 1853 with Queen
Victoria and Prince Albert as patrons, the Society's mission today, as in 1853, is "to
promote the Art and Science of Photography".
Centre for Metropolitan
History: Promotes the study and wide appreciation of London's character and
development from its beginnings to the present day, and is concerned to set the history
of London in the wider context provided by knowledge of other metropolises.
North American Conference on British Studies: A
scholarly society dedicated to all aspects of the study of British civilization. The
NACBS sponsors scholarly publications, an annual conference, as well as several academic
prizes and graduate fellowships.
Institute for British and Irish Studies: An
Internet clearinghouse run by the University of Southern California listing
electronic resources in British and Irish Studies.
North American Victorian Studies
Association: NAVSA was established in 2002 to provide a continental forum for the
discussion of the Victorian period, to encourage a wide variety of theoretical and
disciplinary approaches to the field, and to further the interests of scholars of the
British & Irish Bibliographies
Online: This database is maintained by the Royal Historical Society in association
with Irish History Online and London's Past Online.
Nineteenth-century Collections Online (NCCO):
A resource for 19th century studies. Collections are sourced through partnerships with major world libraries as well as specialist libraries. Content includes monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more.
The Times Digital Archive: Full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page of The Times of London from 1785 through 2007. Each entire newspaper is held, with all articles, advertisements, illustrations, and photos divided into categories. Subject indices can help locate relevant articles.
UK Gazettes Online: Official Newspapers from
London, Edinburgh, and Belfast.
Victoria Research Web: Dedicated to the
scholarly study of nineteenth-century Britain, and to aiding researchers, teachers, and
students in their investigations of any and all aspects of this fascinating period.
Victorian Web: A useful guide to
resources and images relating to Victorian Britain and the Empire; arranged topically.
Victorian Studies: This journal is
devoted to the study of British culture of the Victorian period. It includes
interdisciplinary articles on comparative literature, social and political history, and
the histories of education, philosophy, fine arts, economics, law, and science and an
extensive book review section in each issue.
Portcullis: An electronic
catalogue containing descriptions of around three million records from the archives of
Gerritsen Collection: The largest online
resource for documents and primary sources relating to women's history (access only from LC server).
Broadside Ballads, Bodleian Library, Oxford:
The Bodleian Library has unparalleled holdings of over 30,000 ballads in several major collections.
The original printed materials range from the 16th to the 20th century. The Broadside Ballads project
makes the digitised copies of the sheets and ballads available to the research community.
Clergy of the Church of England Database:
A collaborative project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and bringing together
scholars from King's College London, the University of Kent at Canterbury, and the University of
Reading. Its objective is to create a relational database documenting the careers of all Church
of England clergymen between 1540 and 1835.
DIPPAM: Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration. An online virtual archive of documents and sources relating to the history of Ireland and its migration experience from the late 18th to the late 20th centuries.
Eurodocs: Britain, 1816-1918: Hundreds of primary sources and research materials on the internet.
H-Albion: A discussion network
for British and Irish history
Victoria & Albert Museum:
This London museum contains one of the world's largest collection of artifacts from around
the world including many from Victoria's empire.
Vision of Britain:
A database containing census returns, historical maps, traveller's accounts and
other historical records from Britain Between 1801 and 2001.
Proceedings of the Old Bailey: A fully searchable
online database containing the records of nearly 200,000 criminal trials held at London's central
criminal court. The largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published.
Convict Transportation Registers Database: This
database sponsored by the Queensland State Library in Australia contains data from 1787 to 1867 compiled
from the British Home Office (HO) records. You can find details for over 123,000 of the estimated 160,000
convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries including names, term of years, transport
ships, and more.
Empire's Children: An online resource for
tracing and telling family histories as they relate to the British Empire. The site accompanies
the Channel Four television documentary.
British Empire Links: Contains
links to institutes, online courses, and data relating to the British Empire.
Digital South Asia Library: Contains information
about Victorian India including full-text documents, statistical data,
electronic images, cartographic representations, and language instruction.
maps of India: Contains antique maps of British India; links
to Internet sites related to British India.
Harappa: Educational website
with hundreds of articles, photos, lithographs, and postcards from
Rudyard Kipling Society: Photographs,
biographical data, literary selections, and commentary from Anglo-India's greatest
related to Imperialism: Imperialism: analyses, motives & attitudes,
celebrations & objections; India under British rule.
related to Nineteenth-century Britain: Radicalism, liberal reform,
social class, Ireland, Victorian sensibility, Victorian literature.
Prof. Campion's other course directories of online resources:
HIST 217 Modern South Asia,
HIST 224 Modern Britain,
HIST 328 The British Empire,
HIST 400 Modern Ireland,
HIST 450 The British Raj