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  • Nearly 1 million pages
  • More than 700 bound volumes
  • More than 1,200 titles, including pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers
  • Available in Gale NewsVault


TIME PERIOD: 1604–1800


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Now Availble in NewsVault! The largest single collection of English news media from these two centuries, 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers provides rare and often unique content for scholarly research into a wide range of political, educational, economic or journalistic study.

The original Burney volumes are now in fragile condition and have been restricted from ordinary reading room use. Until now, the only access to this unprecedented collection has been through microfilm. This digital collection, made possible by a partnership with the British Library, puts these early newspapers into the hands of scholars and researchers and is an invaluable research tool for all disciplines.

Specifically, historians interested in this period of UK history will find the cultural trends, political currents and social problems reflected in these newspapers – and their advertisements – especially useful as they give freshness and immediacy to historical events.

Summary: Documenting 200 years of cultural, political, social and historical events, 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers is the largest single collection of English news media, including newspapers, newsbooks, proclamations and pamphlets. It provides researchers with information and insight into England’s development as a world power, as well as the emergence of the modern newspaper.

Significance: These 200 years of accounts are essential to the study of British history and culture at crucial periods in the nation’s development as a world power. With the East and West India Companies and its military strength, England was the center of trade, power and culture during this period. This collection gives new freshness and immediacy to historical events and reflects the cultural trends, political currents and social problems of the day.

Source: Gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney and now a well-known collection at the British Library, the original Burney volumes are in fragile condition and are restricted from reading-room use except as microfilm. Through a partnership with the British Library, Gale has digitally scanned each page of this collection and with 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers  brings these rare documents to scholars around the world in an easy-to-use, full-text searchable digital format.

Structure: Essential to the study of British history and culture in crucial periods, this collection features many rare resources, including:

  • An Account of the Publick Transactions in Christendom c. 1694
  • Bath Chronicle c. 1784–1796
  • Bell’s Weekly Messenger c. 1796–1801
  • Calcutta Chronicle and General Advertiser c. 1788–1790
  • Collection for Improvement of Husbandry and Trade c. 1692–1702
  • English Posts with News Foreign and Domestick c. 1700–1709
  • Kingdomes Intelligencer c. 1660–1663
  • London Penny Gazette c. 1666–1792
  • Loyal Protestant and True Domestic Intelligence c. 1681–1683
  • Mercurius Politicus Comprising the Summ of All Intelligence c. 1650–1660
  • Moderate Intelligencer c. 1645–1649
  • Original Weekly Journal c. 1715–1720
  • Whitehall Evening Post c. 1718–1738

A highly intuitive interface with multiple search and browse options allows scholars and researchers to find and analyze the information they need.

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