Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Modern Resources

(Image: Roots, Frida Kahlo, 1943)

Archival Research

Online Databases: Available to LUC students for free through the LUC Libraries website are several online databases, listed below, that contain nineteenth century archival materials and books. Secondary sources on nineteenth century literature and history are available on databases such as JSTOR and Project Muse. 

Literature and Drama Periodicals

EBL (now ProQuest Ebook Central)

Beckett Digital Manuscript Project 

Bibliography of American Literature

Digital Scholar Lab (Gale) 

Drama Online 

American Verse Project

American Historical Periodicals Collection 

African American Periodicals (1825-1995)

The American Periodical Series (3) 

ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index 

HarpWeek (1857-1912)

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

Newspapers History, Law, Art

Access Newspaper Archive

African American Newspapers 1827-1998

Chicago Defender Historical

Chicago Tribune Historical (1849-1986)

Historical Newspapers 

Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003

Times Digital Archive

Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive 

Washington Post Historical (1877-2002)  

African American Studies Center 

Afro-Americana Imprints 

Archives of Sexuality & Gender Part 3: Sex and Sexuality in the 16th through 20th Centuries 

The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises (1800-1926)

Supreme Court Records and Briefs (1832-1978)

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 - Present

Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume I, Christianity

Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume IV, Eastern Religions  

Open Access: 

Besides searching for obscure or out of print nineteenth century titles in Google Books, consult:

Project Gutenberg

Internet Archive




Modernist Archive Publishing Project (MAPP)

Modernist Journals Project

The Modernist Magazines Project 

D.H. Lawrence Resources

For periodical research, consult: 

the Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC)Series III

Research Institutions

Local Research Institutions: 

The Rare Books Collection, The Catholic Women Poets Collection, and the Women in Leadership Collection are all held at the LUC Archives and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Cudahy Library, LSC. Items in these collections are available for consultation by appointment only.

Chicago's Newberry Library contains hundreds of twentieth century primary sources for various areas; To discover Modern Manuscript Collections: search or Browse all Modern Manuscript Collection Abstracts (summary descriptions of almost all collections, often with links to more detailed online inventories and collection-level catalog records); search for Modern Manuscripts in the Online Catalog (catalog records describing individual manuscript items or collections, often with links to more detailed online inventories); Search across online inventories and digital collections in Chicago-area repositories using Explore Chicago Collections, maintained by the Chicago Collections Consortium; Search across the online inventories and catalog records of many Modern Manuscript Collections throughout the United States via ArchiveGrid.

Additionally, the institution holds an annual book fair every summer that often offers twentieth century texts for sale at average or reduced prices. https://www.newberry.org/modern-manuscripts-and-archives

International Research Institutions: 

  • The British Library
  • The Bodleian Library
  • The New York Public Library


  • The Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
  • British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS)
  • Feminist Inter/Modernist Association (FiMA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
  • Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)


Modernist Networks (ModNet): Modernist Networks (ModNets) is a consortium of digital projects in the field of modernist literary and cultural studies. It has the dual goals of establishing a vetting community for digital modernist scholarship and a technological infrastructure to support development of scholarly projects and access to scholarship on modernist literature and culture.

The Australian Modernist Studies NetworkThe AMSN aims to support and promote modernist studies in Australia and its region, but with a broad international focus and across the arts and media. AMSN is closely affiliated with the Centre of Modernism Studies in Australia at the University of New South Wales. The AMSN and CMSA publish a journal: Affirmations: Of the Modern. 

International  James Joyce FoundationCreated in 1967, the International James Joyce Foundation (IJJF) sponsors Symposia every other year around June 16th, which gather scholars and readers from all over the world to discuss the works of James Joyce in a European location. (Past venues have included Trieste, Zurich, Frankfurt and Dublin.) Further information about membership of IJJF can be found through the website, as well as access to some online information about Joyce.

The Dorothy Richardson SocietyProvides information about Richardson scholarship including the most up-to-date bibliography of Richardson's work, Richardson criticism and the material contained in the Richardson archives, introductory material about her life and work, news and events, and links to a new electronic journal, published annually, devoted to Richardson studies.

The Ford Madox Ford SocietyInternational society founded in 1997 to promote knowledge of and interest in the life and work of Ford Madox Ford. Organizes regular events and publishes International Ford Madox Ford Studies.

The Katherine Mansfield SocietyA new international organization, recently established to promote and encourage study and enjoyment of Mansfield's work through newsletters, an annual journal and by organizing conferences.

The Pound SocietyThe Ezra Pound Society is a cooperative group of scholars from USA, Canada and the UK working on Pound and related matters. Since 2014 it has published a quarterly magazine, entitled Make it New.

The Virginia Woolf Society of Great BritainA non-profit organization which aims to raise the profile of Virginia Woolf and promote the reading and discussion of her works. An Editorial Committee produces the Virginia Woolf Bulletin three times a year (January, May and September), as well as a number of other publications. Woolf-related events and talks, open to members only, are held throughout the year.

Teaching and Research Tools

BRANCH: This site, which is intertwined with Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, provides users with a free, expansive, searchable, reliable, peer-reviewed, copy-edited, easy-to-use overview of the period 1775-1925. BRANCH offers a compilation of a myriad of short articles on not only high politics and military history but also “low” or quotidian histories (architecture design, commercial history, marginal figures of note, and so on). Authors come from History, Art History, and English departments across the world. 

Lili Elbe Digital Archive: In 1930 Danish artist Einar Wegener underwent a series of surgeries to become Lili Elvenes (more commonly known as Lili Elbe). Her life story, Fra Mand til Kvinde (Man into Woman), published in Copenhagen in 1931, is the first full-length narrative of a subject who undergoes a surgical change in sex.

Modernist Journals Project Teaching Tools: Besides digitizing English-language literary magazines from the 1890s to the 1920s, The Modernist Journals Project also offers essays and other supporting materials from the period as teaching tools.

Woolf Online: Woolf Online serves as a digital archive and resource for the study of Virginia Woolf's modernist classic, To the Lighthouse (1927). During the last thirty years or more, Woolf's fiction has generated a massive body of criticism, but surprisingly little of it has drawn upon the extraordinary wealth of surviving source material that Woolf left behind, and the detailed information it can yield as to how her work came to be written. Using the Mojulem software developed by CTSDH faculty, Woolf Online brings together a range of rare material on a digital platform.