02 May 2008

The British Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition

On May 13 the British Library, British Arts and Humanities Research Council, and cooperating institutions will launch the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse). According to the British Library press release this is "a unique digital resource, which gives the user an informative, accessible and authentic experience of 19th century newspapers. The collection illustrates the phenomenal growth and transformation of the press in the 19th century and brings to life a society and century in flux.

The titles included in the ncse are:

  • Tomahawk: a satirical illustrated contemporary of Punch with elaborate, full-page cartoons
  • English Woman's Journal: an early women's magazine published and set by women
  • Northern Star: a social reformist newspaper, which gave away portraits of notable Chartists and at its height had nine editions on a single day
  • Publishers' Circular: a trade magazine from the publishing industry with lavish illustrations
  • Leader: a mid-century political weekly, which began by printing Town and Country editions
  • Monthly Repository: a long-lived theological and philosophical monthly."
I'm unsure how useful the collection will be for family history, but we'll soon find out as it's to be free online to all.

There's more information at: www.ncse.kcl.ac.uk, including links to some other interesting digitization projects under Resources in the left-hand column menu.

Via ResourceShelf

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