Quick Facts

  • Approximately 260,000 full-text pages
  • More than 7,000 issues
  • More than 1.5 million images
  • Covers 162 years (1842–2003)
  • 60,000 Print Edition Circulation in 1842, 300,000 at its peak in 1860s
  • Available in Gale NewsVault

GEOGRAPHY COVERED:

TIME PERIOD: 1842–2003

 

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Religion
Women/Gender
World History

Related Areas of Interest
Victorian/Romantic Era
World War I
World War II

Besterman/McColvin Award Winner
"Outstanding works of electronic resources and e-books"
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals’ (CILIP) ISG Reference Awards

Now Available in NewsVault! When it first appeared in the hoisted hands of street corner newsboys in 1842, The Illustrated London News revolutionized journalism. The world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, it allowed readers to not only read about British and world events but to actually see them. From war and disasters to politics and the arts, it provided a vivid view of the people, places and events that, until then, most of its readers could only imagine.

Today, the Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842–2003 from Gale allows researchers to access the entire run of this groundbreaking publication in a fully searchable digital format. High-quality color facsimile images bring to life more than 150 years of social, political and cultural history for scholarly and enthusiast researchers. Areas covered include politics, social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising and graphic design, as well as genealogy.

Summary: The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842–2003 is the product of Gale’s partnership with ILN Ltd, the owner of the Illustrated London News. A cover-to-cover, full-color online archive of the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper, the Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842–2003 includes every issue published from its first in 1842 to its last in 2003. Entirely full-text searchable with new, high-quality digital imaging from flat unbound print sets, it combines information and the power of pictures to provide unique perspective on virtually every aspect of modern life and those who helped shape it, over more than 160 years.

Significance: When first launched in 1842, the Illustrated London News marked a revolution in journalism and news reporting. It provided an unprecedented visual tour of the triumphs, tragedies, daily life and monumental events of the world and the modern British empire. The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842–2003 is an invaluable asset to students and researchers of subjects including social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising, graphic design and politics, as well as the general public, particularly those interested in genealogy.

Source: The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842–2003  is the product of Gale’s partnership with Columbia University, the owner of the Illustrated London News.

Structure: The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842–2003 contains the entire run of this landmark publication — including all Special Numbers and Reports — reproduced in high-quality color facsimile images.

The text of each article and caption is full-text searchable with hit-term highlighting and links to corresponding illustrations. The easy-to-use interface allows users to add article and illustration categories to narrow searches and pinpoint results.

The archive spans more than 160 years, providing in-depth coverage of Victorian society as well as the whole of the 20th century including the two world wars. It supports research in:

  • Social Sciences
  • Communications
  • Political Science
  • Genealogy
  • And more

And covers subjects including:

  • Social History
  • Politics
  • Fashion
  • Literature
  • Theatre
  • Media
  • Advertising
  • Graphic Design

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The user-friendly homepage features an intuitive interface, interactive timeline and multiple search options.

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