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  • Approximately 15 million articles
  • Nearly 3.1 million pages
  • 71 newspaper titles
  • Available in Gale NewsVault

GEOGRAPHY COVERED:

TIME PERIOD: 1800–1900

 

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The most comprehensive range of national, regional and local newspapers in Britain between the 17th and early 20th centuries ever made available in a digital collection, the collections within the British Newspapers, 1600-1926 series provide a range of publications to reflect the social, political and cultural events of the times.

Taken directly from the extensive holdings of the British Library, the selected publications provide coverage of well-known historic events, cultural icons, sporting events, the arts, culture and other national pastimes. At a time when newspapers were emerging as a prerequisite medium of commercially-minded societies and major cities, their pages — from articles to advertisements — provide researchers with unique, first-hand perspective.

This series includes:

17th & 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers (Available in NewsVault)

19th Century British Library Newspapers Part I (Available in NewsVault)

19th Century British Library Newspapers Part II (Available in NewsVault)

NEW! British Newspapers, Part III: 1780-1950 (Coming Soon to NewsVault)

British Newspapers Part III will range from the late eighteenth century to early 20th century. Key noteworthy new content and sources include:

  • Sheffield Daily Telegraph
  • Leeds Intelligence
  • Evening Telegraph
  • Yorkshire Gazette
  • Nottingham Evening Post
  • Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury
 

Summary:

19th Century British Library Newspapers Part III will range from the late eighteenth century to early 20th century featuring new content and sources such as the Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Leeds Intelligence, Evening Telegraph, Yorkshire Gazette, Nottingham Evening Post, Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury.

19th Century British Library Newspapers Part I includes 49 national, regional and local publications taken directly from the extensive holdings of the British Library. Featuring key British newspapers selected from throughout the United Kingdom, it provides a comprehensive view of British and world news, culture and society during the 19th century.

19th Century British Library Newspapers Part II brings an additional 22 titles that expand the regional coverage and provides a wider political perspective through the addition of some more conservative newspapers.

The publications for Parts I-III were selected by a board of British newspaper experts.

Significance: With England's emergence as the global power of the 19th century, newspapers began to experience a higher degree of freedom of the press. The pages of its newspapers not only documented the historical, economic and political events but also reflected the social and cultural ideas, trends and conflicts. The collections in the British Newspapers, 1600-1950 series provide unique perspective on all aspects of British society — from the Victorians to the post-World War II — through articles, essays, advertisements, illustrations and more.

Source: 19th Century British Library Newspapers, Parts I & II are the product of a partnership with the British Library, holders of the most significant collection of British newspapers. British Newspapers, Part III: 1780-1950 is the result of a partnership with Brightsolid.

Structure: From monumental historic events, such as the battle of Trafalgar and the total defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, to day-to-day news, such as the opening of the first electric tube railway or the construction of the English Channel, British Newspapers, 1600-1950 covers it all. The first-person perspectives and reporting techniques are highly valued by both the serious historian and the more casual researcher. This comprehensive collection features:

  • Titles from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales – 49 titles in Part I and 22 titles in Part II
  • Titles in specialist areas such as Victorian radicalism and Chartism
  • Bibliographic headnotes for each newspaper, explaining its importance
  • Contextual essays regarding the role of newspapers in the Victorian age
  • A chronological overview of 19th-century Britain
  • Many illustrations with examples of early photography
  • Global coverage
  • Newspapers selected on the basis of their importance

A sample list of newspapers available in Part I:

  • Brighton Patriot and South of England Free Press
  • The Bristol Mercury
  • The Caledonian Mercury
  • The Champion
  • Daily News
  • The Examiner
  • Freeman's Journal
  • Genedl (Wales)
  • Glasgow Herald
  • The Graphic
  • Hampshire Telegraph
  • The Hull Packet
  • Jackson's Oxford Journal
  • The Leeds Mercury
  • Liverpool Mercury
  • Lloyd's Illustrated Newspaper
  • The Manchester Examiner
  • Northern Echo
  • The Northern Liberator
  • The Northern Star
  • Western Mail

A sample list of newspapers available in Part II:

  • The Blackburn Standard
  • Dundee Courier
  • The Essex Standard
  • Isle of Man Times
  • Lancaster Gazette
  • Leicester Chronicle
  • The Morning Post (London)
  • Royal Cornwall Gazette
  • Sheffield Independent
  • The Standard (London)
  • The Wrexham Weekly Advertiser
  • The York Herald

British Newspapers Part III will range from the late eighteenth century to early 20th century. Key noteworthy new content and sources include:

  • Sheffield Daily Telegraph
  • Leeds Intelligence
  • Evening Telegraph
  • Yorkshire Gazette
  • Nottingham Evening Post
  • Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury
 

 

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